Friday, July 11, 2014


 Find Your Balance - The Story of lokai

Have you ever experienced a moment that shakes you to your core?

We all enter moments when we're suddenly very aware that our lives can take a turn in an instant. That right behind challenges lie times of great happiness - and vice versa.

For Steven Izen, that moment was during his freshman year at Cornell University. His grandfather, "Papa" was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. It was the first time he felt helpless, knowing he would have to sit back and watch his Papa's mental faculties and body slowly deteriorate.

Days after he received the heartbreaking news, Steven found himself on the beach with his family and friends. He wondered - how could some parts of his life feel so aligned, while others were so broken?
It was this realization that was the driving force behind lokai, a bracelet that encourages one to be humble through the highs and hopeful through the lows. Drawn to the earth itself and its natural sensibility of highs and lows, Steven set out to give this sense of balance a physical form. Nearly three years later, after countless hours of research and development, lokai was born.

The bracelet is infused with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on earth.  The white ball, carring water from Mt. Everest, and the black ball, holding mud from the Dead Sea, exist on opposite ends. A string of clear beads link the two, signifying that throughout life's circular journey, your path is your own.   As Steven puts it, "life is about the journey, not the destination."
Life is marked by highs and lows. Without one, we could not appreciate the other. The lokai bracelet is a constant reminder that no matter how far the scale tips in one direction, you should always strive for balance.

Wear lokai to remember that life sees many altering moments - it's how you process them that matters most. Wear it as a reminder that your path is yours alone or give lokai to someone who might do well to remember the value of his or her own personal journey.

No matter the setback, success or surprise, enjoy your story. Wherever your journey takes you, find your balance.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Have you ever wondered how a GREAT quality piece of furniture is made??  Sherrill Furniture is hand made right here in the USA, piece by piece.....and sold here at Andrea's is what you look for.

Frame ConstructionSherrill blends traditional hand craftsmanship with modern manufacturing methods to produce frames that are among the finest used in the upholstery business. 

Back ConstructionBack construction varies depending on style.

A typical lawson style back has sinuous wire springs anchored to the frame and held together horizontally by coated wire to prevent turning.
Each frame is precisely cut and hand assembled.
Double dowels are utilized in all structural parts for sturdy, longlasting joints.

To complete construction and add stability to the frame, large precisely cut corner blocks are positioned at each corner where the greatest stress occurs using both glues and screws.

Sherrill mounts a solid interlace web bottom to each frame. Springs of various gauges and heights are securely attached to the full web bottom using clinch fasteners.

Eight-way Hand-tied Spring SystemThe eight-way hand-tied system and full web bottom is characteristic of high quality furniture and is traditionally the best known technique for ensuring long lasting comfort.

The individual spring coils are hand-tied and bound together in eight separate directions using polyester cording. The cording is then securely anchored to the frame.
Back ConstructionBack construction varies depending on style.

Polypropylene covering is used over the eight-way hand-tied springs and the sinuous wire springs backs as a protective shield and to provide a substantial base for various filling materials.
Marshall units are used when thickness of back and styling permits.

Filling MaterialOn most styles the standard filling material is urethane foam combined with polyester fibers and cotton felt.

Generous layers of polyester batting and cotton are used in conjunction with urethane foam to achieve just the right contour and comfort. Outside arms and backs are padded to assure a smoother surface and provide an extra measure of neatness.

CushionsAt Sherrill the standard cushion filling is U-D, a high density reinforced urethane core covered with a two ounce polyester fiber encased in a sewn ticking and is unconditionally guaranteed.

Also available is Super UD filling, a high resiliency urethane with 2 1/3 ounce fiber. Both cushions are encased in a sewn casing. Other cushion filling options are spring-down, comfort-down, and comfort-fiber. Sherrill offers loose pillow back option fiber-down and Shertrel. When cared for properly and rotated on a regular basis Sherrill cushions will provide years of trouble free comfort.
Upholstery At Sherrill we are as careful applying a fabric as you are selecting one for your home. Each piece is painstakingly hand-tailored by specialized technicians who have spent years perfecting their trade. 

The Sherrill line is an extensive and varied as any in the upholstery business. Sherrill stocks a complete selection of colors, patterns, weaves and yarns - all carefully selected to complement the design and craftsmanship of your new Sofa or Chair. All fabrics are carefully inspected for quality and consistency prior to being placed into stock .  Specialized cutters take particular care using individual patterns to create the proper pattern flow. Each piece is cut by hand to assure that each style will exceed Sherrill’s stringent standards. Specialized technicians perform various sewing tasks using the finest available sewing thread, sewn seven stitches per inch to assure more durable seams and trouble free wear.

Friday, May 16, 2014

I am so behind in my postings.....
Sorry for the short notice!!