Savvy Shopper - August 2007

See what's turning our heads this month as we showcase some of the best furniture and timber frame house products on the market.

Sweet Seat

Chip Swing Timber Frame Savvy ShopperNothing says summer like a porch swing built for two. A staple for any outdoor space, a porch swings is the perfect place to relax—that is, after your get it installed. Luckily, the folks at Wood Classics, a company dedicated to producing the best American-made teak outdoor furniture, have come up with “swing kits.” Each kit includes the assembled swing, solid brass hardware and enough rope to hang your swing from and 8-foot ceiling, making installation a breeze. (800-385-0030,

Guiding Light

Lamp Timber Frame Savvy ShopperShed a little light—and a lot of style—on your timber-home spaces with the new line of pendant fixtures from Thomas Lighting. Featuring sleek and sophisticated styles with a touch of vibrant color, the lights are the perfect accent pieces for any room, whether it’s traditional or more modern. Think about hanging them over kitchen workspaces or bathroom vanities for that just-right amount of lighting that smaller spaces need. (502-420-9600,

Household Names

Sectional Timber Frame Savvy ShopperWhat happens when you combine two creative powerhouses? You get one amazing furniture line. Enter design dream team, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Together, the duo launched Mitchell Gold (recently changed to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), an innovative furniture company focused on comfort, style and affordability. From upholstered products to their new case goods collection, they offer something for every style. Our favorite: the Classic Roll Arm sectional. Piped in baby blue, this crisp and classic white sofa will make every home feel like a beach getaway. (