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Thomas Edison Console

Thomas Edison Was Here!

An Industrial Console Table With a Whole Lot of History

More Than a Console Table

At first glance, I saw a well made industrial style console table. But then I learned it was a piece of Wisconsin history too.

Because Thomas Edison needed a furniture company to make the wooden cases for his early phonographs, he invested in the Wisconsin Chair Company. They dedicated their New London Wisconsin factory to manufacturing cases for his newfangled music machines.

Thomas Edison Industrial Console Table

Our console table already had a long life as Edison’s factory floor. The wood was sculpted by the feet of Wisconsin factory workers driving silver slivers into the wood. It’s likely Edison himself strode along these planks.

Here’s one of his early phonographs. (courtesy of the New London Public Museum)

Thomas Edison Phonograph

Limited Edition

The console manufacturer, Charleston Forge,  only made a limited number Edison Consoles. Our console is number 069,

The Recording Industry Begins

Because he needed records for his phonographs, Edison had to start the first record companies. That included Paramount Records which was owned by his Wisconsin Chair Company. I found this on the rise & fall of the original Paramount:

How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof?….By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas).


We Love the Uncommon

Because we love uncommon home furnishings that can set your home apart, we had to buy an Edison Console. Come take a gander at all the treasures we offer in our 6 floors of showroom. We believe you will love what you see.

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Sam Taylor & Bob Stange

Smokin in the Boiler Room

How Taylor – Stange Furniture began.

Back in 1952, teachers Sammy Taylor & Bob Stange, were smoking cigarettes in the boiler room of Waupaca High School when they decided it would be a great idea to quit their jobs and open a furniture store. It would be called Taylor – Stange Furniture Store. Sammy was a life long Waupaca resident with lots of friends. Bob was a new comer to the area having been raised in Oshkosh. Bob who had an electronics background from the army would double as their first TV repairman.

Sam Taylor and Bob Stange

They decided to to tell their wives Lois and Rene over a game of bridge. I can only imagine my mother saying, “you’re going to do what!!?” It was quite a risk Sammy & Rene had 2 young boys at home while and Bob & Lois had one.

Taylor Stange Furniture Store

They rented this store front from Randy Hansen who had his photography studio upstairs. They sold furniture, appliances, TV’s and radios. At one point they even sold eggs.  If they went all day without a sale they would go upstairs and sell Randy a pencil.

Taylor Stange Furniture first Truck

Every June we celebrate the wild chance Sammy and Bob took, risking their savings to open a furniture store. Risk a jaunt to Waupaca yourself while nearly everything in our store is on sale. You’ll find all sorts of uncommon home furnishings designed to set your home apart. You are going to love us!

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kid proof fabrics

She Laughed When I Spilled Wine on Her Sofa!

kid proof fabrics - cleanable fabric resists red wine

Wine, coffee, mud--these fabrics can handle it all.

Been dreaming of a white sofa but afraid of the stains? Look no further than Kid Proof Fabrics from Crypton, Revolution, Sunbrella , Wear Proof and Wear Proof Plus. You''ll be able to laugh to when the Cabernet hits your cushions. Yes, you can spill red wine on a white sofa and not have a heart attack.

stain resistant


All Kid-Proof by Rowe fabrics inherently resist virtually all stains and spills. Treat stains quickly by first blotting the trouble area with a clean damp cloth which in most cases will remove the majority of the stain.



All Kid-Proof by Rowe fabrics meet and exceed Industry standards for durability. They are constructed to meet high wearability standards, combining durable fibers and heavy duty construction.

liquid repellancy


*Some Kid-Proof by Rowe fabrics are designed to repel liquids. The occasional spilled glass of juice or coffee will simply bead and puddle up on the surface allowing you to hand blot with a clean cloth.

odor resistance


*Some Kid-Proof by Rowe fabrics are designed with Silver Ion Technology which helps resist microbial development thus inhibiting odor causing bacteria.


*Some Kid-Proof by Rowe fabrics are saturated with highly UV stable pigments providing the ultimate protection towards the degrading effects of sunlight. Consider this if your furniture will be exposed to high levels of ultraviolet sunlight because all fabrics have the potential to fade under these conditions.

Cleanup is Easy! Check out this video from Crypton

Years of beautiful, reliable durability.

"If this fabric resists stains, is it full of chemicals?" So glad you asked. Crypton totes a GREENGUARD Gold certification, which means that it doesn't have a chemical smell or heavy off-gassing. Even chemically-sensitive people are able to enjoy Crypton fabric without a problem. Let us help you create the look you'll love to come home to with a sofa, chair or sectional covered in a Kid Proof Fabric.

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Elements of interior design | space

The Elements of Interior Design | Space

Back to the Basics

The Elements and Principles of Design are the foundation or buildng blocks of Interior Design.  How many times have you seen a space that is really put together and thought  “Wow that is really nice, how did she do that?”  Elements and Principals are second nature to designers.  When you study a space and discover the Elements & Principles iincorporated into the design you’ll soon realize that designer really knew what she was doing!



Space is defined by walls, funishings, ceilings and other devices such as screens and columns.  Space can be open as in a large empty room or closed as in a small closet.

In this example the railing defines and separates the dining area from the living space while still leaving it open and free flowing.

In this bedroom the ceiling separates the seating area from the sleeping space.  The lower height also makes it a nice cozy place to enjoy the fire.

Here the change in floor height as well as the short wall, which also serves as the back to the sectional, defines the living room.  Isn’t this a great room?

Space can also be positive or negative.  Take for example a bar stool.  The positive space would be the wood and legs plus the upholstered seat and back.  The negative space is the opening or empty areas between the seat and the back of the chair.

We'll delve deeper into more Principles & Elements of Interior Design in future blog posts



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Taylor Stange furniture 1952

Harry Truman was President when

It was 1952 when 2 school teachers decided to take a chance, risking their savings opening a furniture store. Bob put in $3000. Sam was a little short, so he threw in his car which they traded for this pickup truck.

Stange's take a chance

They rented this store front from Hansen Photography. Randy Hansen's studio was upstairs. When they had a day without a sale they would go upstairs and sell Randy a pencil.

"Number Please", The operator would say. "Five Six" was my reply. Then she would ring our store. You can see our first phone number prominently displayed on the door of our truck below. Our phone numbers are longer now but among our phone numbers is 715-256-5656

All these years later, we're still taking chances at Stange's, buying uncommon home furnishings you won't find at stores that play it safe. Risk a short drive to Waupaca. With six floors of showrooms inside 3 attached buildings, there is plenty for you to see.


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