For nearly forty years the “Big Apple” has been my largest market. I’ve always felt it had a lot to do with the smaller size bedrooms that many of the apartments in New York have. But in fact, many of my beds either went in to rather sizable units with large bedrooms, or homes that had even larger bedrooms.
Could it possibly be there was a certain saturation point in an area the size of Manhattan……I doubt it. Sales really never fell off in the New York area. It was just that interest and eventual sales coming out of Texas started eclipsing the Manhattan area.
So here again……. You have to ask yourself Why?
There are a couple of theories floating around that might make some sense. The first is the economy and the amount of new remodels going on in Texas. I happens t be as higher or higher than any other state in the country. Obviously oil prices and that industry has had a lot to do with the recovering economy and particularly Texas.
Another school of thought is the heightened awareness of decorating with antiques. Texans were always seen as “new money”, and it came about due to the oil boom and was reflect in the more modern homes and furnishings the used. Back east and up in New York and the New England states, our population has been ensconced from the time Columbus set foot on Plymouth Rock and their decorating and homes also reflected that older more permanent feel.
I find more and more interior designers in Texas starting to lean more and more toward antiques and country farm house decor. To recreate the old farm houses, iron beds are a natural addition to any restoration or new rendition of the old flavor farms had back in the 1800’s.
The “country farm house” look, has a definite austere utilitarian nature to it that require a straighter or geometric design to the beds that look appropriate. Whereas some of the more ornate and prosperous farms and even “in- town” residential homes require a more scrolled Victorian style bed. But it definitely seems the awareness has picked up and antique popularity a is at an all time high.
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