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Thomas Edison was here!

An Industrial Console 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 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.

Our industrial style console 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)

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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Smokin in the Boiler Room

Back in 1952, teachers Sammy Taylor & Bob Stange, were smoking cigarettes in the boiler room of Waupaca High  when they decided it would be a great idea to quit their jobs and open a furniture store.

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!!?”

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.

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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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.

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!)


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

An Easy Way to Carry Your Home's Paint Colors

A Smart Idea

Paint a Popsicle stick or paint stick  for each room in your home.

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