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.
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 because Sammy & Rene had 2 young boys at home while and Bob & Lois had one.
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. When they went all day without a sale they would go upstairs and sell Randy a pencil because any sale was a good sale.
Every June we celebrate the wild chance Sammy and Bob took when they risked their savings to open a furniture store. Risk a jaunt to Waupaca yourself because we believe you are going to love us. Discover all sorts of uncommon home furnishings designed to set your home apart. You will love what you see.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
Drill a hole near the end of each stick. Fasten them together with a nut & bolt and you are done.