By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Interior Retail | Issue: March 2009
Steven Vogler, designer and buyer at Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques, relaxes for a moment in a modern leopard-print transitional chair.
If you truly enjoy fine furnishings and classy antiques, there’s a place that will make you feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store. Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques, founded in 2002, is a destination to visit, even if you aren’t looking to buy just now.
“We have the best of both worlds – antiques and new furnishings,” says Steven Vogler, designer and buyer for Lou’s. The showroom is over 26,000 square feet, with absolutely incredible selections of furniture, both old and new, unique accessories, gorgeous Persian rugs, and the largest selection of bronze statuary in the area.
One really nice thing about Lou’s is that customers are not attacked at the door by an overzealous salesperson. You will be greeted and informed of any specials, then permitted to shop and browse at your leisure. As Mr. Vogler puts it, “People don’t want to be sold. They enjoy buying nice things.” The attitude at Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques is to let clients get enjoyment from the shopping experience – something that seems to have been lost over the years.
If you want help in coordinating fabrics or designing an area in your home, Lou’s will happily assist you with ways to expand your design options and create your own unique personal space.
A view from the mezzanine reveals only a small portion of one of the showroom areas at Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques.
Bronze sculptures on display range in size from tabletop pieces to life-size selections for garden areas. These works of art come from the same foundries as the NatureWorks selections you’ve seen along Tulsa’s Riverside Parkway. They are lost-wax castings, and most are limited editions.
Many antique pieces that fill the showroom floor come from decommissioned European churches. Lou’s has wonderful selections of old crosses, prayer benches and other architectural items, many of which have found their way to area churches.
Most of the store’s antiques come from France and the British Isles – England, Scotland and Ireland. David Gardner, sales representative, buyer and interior designer for Lou’s, lived in Europe while in the military and became hooked on fine European antiques. He is indeed an educated authority and knows the history of the antique pieces the store sells.
Lou’s also carries a few highly formal items from France and rustic French Country pieces. You will find dozens of antique desks throughout the huge showroom, as well as many stylish new desks and credenzas for the home or office. Some outstanding Oriental pieces are available as well. At Lou’s, you will never find an item that was manufactured to appear is if it came from somewhere else in the world; all pieces on display are true to their origin.
If you find an item you like but aren’t quite ready to buy, Lou’s offers a layaway plan in which you make a modest monthly payment until you’re ready to have the piece delivered. In the meantime, there is no storage fee, and the warehouse is climate controlled. The antiques in the store are one-of-a-kind. With the layaway plan, you know your selected item will still be there when you’re ready for it.
Business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday by appointment only.
If you’ve never visited Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques, do yourself a huge favor – go there this week. Lou’s takes pride in the quality merchandise they offer to the public. Pay them a visit, and you’re sure to be amazed.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.