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Dust in the Wind

Dust in the Wind

breathe easy with wool carpet

No, We're not talking about the song from 1977 by Kansas. Winds are blowing all over the place. You've got your Nor'Easter in the East, Norther in the Midwest, Chinook in the Rockies, Santa Ana, Diablo, and Sundowner winds here in California. There's Taku in Alaska and to the farthest of the far west are the Pali and Kona Winds of Hawaii. You can also throw in occasional gales, cyclones, twisters, and dust devils just to make sure we're paying attention. With all this wind, there's all manner of debris flying around pretty much all the time. It kicks up pollutants to enter your nostrils but you can breathe easy with wool carpet.

breathe easy with wool carpet

It is nice to know that carpets of 100% pure wool can help out. Here's how: Wool has an amazing ability to attract and hold airborne pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide among other niceties. It also attracts dust particles, pollen and other allergens and holds them in place until they can be harmlessly vacuumed away. This helps you create a healthier home.

breathe easy with wool carpet - Hedgerow Wool Carpeting

Cumulative evidence strongly suggests that carpets of 100% pure wool have a beneficial effect on people's health.Not long ago a major European Community Respiratory Health study of nearly 20,000 people at 30 centers in 17 countries concluded that wall-to-wall installations of wool carpets in bedrooms were associated with dramatically reduced incidents of allergy and asthmatic symptoms. This effect was consistent over all 30 centers studied.

\breathe easy with wool carpet - Shag Area Rug

 Breathe easy with wool carpet. Wool is ideal for allergy-prone individuals. Allergy to wool is virtually non-existent. Wool carpeting acts as a natural air purifier, does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria and is inherently fire safe through its natural flame-retardant qualities.

So when the winds blow in your neighborhood quit wasting money on Allerest, Clariton, and Flonase. Have Stange's install 100% pure wool carpeting or add a wool area rug instead. You can learn more about the wonders of wool here.

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Thomas Edison Console

Thomas Edison Was Here!

An Industrial Console Table With a Whole Lot of History

At first glance I saw a well made industrial console table. But this table is a little piece of Wisconsin history too. Thomas Edison needed a furniture company to make the cases for his early phonographs, so he invested in the Wisconsin Chair Company. They dedicated their New London Wisconsin factory to manufacturing cases for his music machines.

Thomas Edison Industrial Console Table

Our industrial style console table had already had a long life as Edison’s factory floor. The wood has been sculpted by the feet of Wisconsin 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

While the console manufacturer, Charleston Forge, is currently only making limited edition Edison Consoles, I was told they would construct a coffee table or end table out of this historic floor in any custom size. While our console is number 069, your custom table could be number 1 or even one of a kind.

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).


At Stange’s we love uncommon home furnishings that can set your home apart so we had to buy an Edison Console. Come take a gander at all we offer in our 6 floors of showroom.

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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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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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Monochromatic Color Schemes

Mono – one,single,alone. A monochromatic color scheme takes a single color and runs through several of its tints, tones and shades.   In an interior when we hear monochromatic we often think of white, cream, or beige but it can really be any color, purple, blue, green, you name it – or dream it.  You may think this is kind of boring but a monochromatic color scheme is anything but.  It is soft, elegant, peaceful, calm, – Zen.  It has a subtle energy due to the lack of contrast and speaking of contrast one of the elements I really love about monochromatic color schemes is playing around with textural contrast.  Without color stealing the show textures give the color scheme a lift and playing with their contrasts is so much fun!

2011 Dream Home Bedroom at Merchandise Mart contemporary bedroom
The area rug adds textural warmth, the ripply fabric on the shades and roll pillow lend a texture you just want to touch.  The mirrors and light given off by the wall sconces introduce a smooth shiny element.  Oooooh love this bedroom, has warm and cool textures (more on this in an upcoming post)
Casa Verde Design traditional living room
Great texture in the stone, really draws your eye to the fireplace.  A little color creeping in, see the flowers 🙂
Virginia Highlands House contemporary living room
Velvet upholstery on the backless settee’s – so soft to touch.  The sculptures in the corner bring in a rough, dimensional element.
Rustic Family Room eclectic family room
Who wouldn’t love this living room and want to live there?  Anything but boring!!  Wood floor and ceiling, lots of warm texture there.  The lighting on the fireplace highlights its dimension.  Fabric/leather combination on the chairs says “I’m so hip” and the chandelier adds that candle glow flicker (I know they’re not real candles!)
Monochromatic Bedroom


If you like this soft soothing bedroom your creative partner at Stange’s of Waupaca can help you create a monochromatic room you’ll love to come home to!
Sendai Bathroom contemporary bathroom
Ok I admit I haven’t been in many men’s restrooms but this has got to be the coolest one I’ve ever seen.
Let’s move on to some “color” monochromatic s
Decor by Jennifer Inc contemporary family room
Soft buttery yellow – makes you want to melt.
Art Deco - Miami style! contemporary bedroom
Bring the outside in – green, green, green.  Just look outside and see  how beautifully mother nature mixes green.
Sophie Azouaou traditional bedroom
Mint – what a restful night’s sleep you’d get in this bedroom.
Now if you live in Wisconsin, like I do, this time of year you need a bloody nose to get a little color in your life.   Here’s  a few monochromatic s with a pop of color for excitement.  That’s the other great thing about monochromatic s, its so easy to add some color without breaking the bank.  A few pillows, lamps, new art work, candles and you just changed up your room, giving your stable pieces a new look.  Life couldn’t be better.
Living Room traditional living room
How about blue?
Decor by Jennifer Inc contemporary living room
Or yellow…..
Modern Manor contemporary living room
More Yellow
2007 ASO Decorators Showhouse & Gardens contemporary living room
Navy gets a touch of red.
Now wasn’t that fun?  You have to agree monochromatic s aren’t boring.
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carry your paint chips

Carry Your Paint Chips

An Easy Way to Carry Your Home's Paint Colors

A Smart Design Tip.

When you are shopping for furniture, art or accessories it's hard to carry your color scheme in your head. This simple design tip allows you to carry your paint colors in your purse. Paint a Popsicle stick or paint stick  for each room in your home.

carry your paint chips

Drill a hole near the end of each stick. Fasten them together with a nut & bolt and you are done.

carry your paint chips
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