Little bits of history are so fun to dig through. So fun, in fact, its often hard to remember to pick one instead of continuing the treasure hunt that is Throwback Thursday!
Today I decided to start in the cabinet downstairs. It’s been a little while since I’ve looked to its shelves and drawers, and I wanted to see if I could find something new that would spark my curiosity. I’ve said it before, and while it’s not my intention to sound redundant, it is incredible how many different things are hiding under photo frames, awards and advertisements.
After just a few minutes in I’d pulled out a couple of ledgers, some tattered scrapbooks containing everything from old ads to full newspaper articles and assorted family photographs. Eventually I settled on digging through a stack of folded papers that appeared to be gallery plans for the showroom floor. There were a few blanks, one or two from Broyhill and a Flexsteel layout that was also empty. Another I discovered was a little more detailed. I decided to roll with this fun 90’s find; a Flexsteel gallery layout featuring actual fabric scraps to show details of the pieces for the floor plan.
My first observation were the fabrics themselves. The amount of stripes and plaids in comparison to the solids, florals and other geometric shapes we see more of today stood out immediately. I wondered what year this was from, guessing either 80’s or 90’s based on those patterns. Unfolding it revealed the date , which is marked in what appears to be purple ink as 1990. The layout was completed by someone identified as “WLE”.
I like to get as much information from Brad as I can when I uncover something that I know little about, so before I finished my write up, I asked what he may know about this large piece of paper. Though he wasn’t sure what the initials stood for, his first comment was on the fabric styles. Little details like stripes vs. solids are so telling of the changes in fashion and home décor across the decades. We know this, but it can be much less obvious when you’re going through random pieces of history.
Seeing details up close, actually putting your hands on them and making deductions based on those small factors really brings some history to life!
After we talked about the clear difference in 90s fabric trends vs. today’s, Brad mentioned that we were actually the first Flexsteel Gallery in the State of Washington! We still carry a variety of Flexsteel furniture on the showroom floor, and the fabric options continue to be incredible, regardless of your style!
What’s your favorite fabric trend over the years?