By: Christopher Davis | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2014
Clinton Jr., Clinton Sr., Robin and family welcome you to The Refuge Lifestyle’s new location in South Tulsa.
Since taking over operations of family-owned The Refuge Lifestyle, Clinton Taylor, Jr., has established a new watermark of success. In fact, the humble Bixby furniture and home décor store with major curb appeal has done so well, Taylor is opening a second location in South Tulsa at 71st Street near Highway 169.
On August 22, 23 and 24, The Refuge Lifestyle will have a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. With extended business hours, food, special deals and more, the store will spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday celebrating its new location. Look for them on the south side of 71st Street, next door to Appliance Solutions and east of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The new showroom, with its distinct modern take on rustic décor, is likely to draw the attention of the thousands of pedestrians and drivers who navigate the busiest shopping district in Tulsa.
Owner Clinton Taylor, Jr. is optimistic about carving out a niche amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. “We are bringing a new design of furniture and home décor that nobody has really seen in this area. I’m really excited about it,” he says.
Tulsans tend to adopt a broad palette when it comes to home décor, combining urban and modern influences with more organic, timber-based items inspired by an agricultural heritage. At first, such tastes may seem to inhabit opposite ends of a spectrum; but The Refuge Lifestyle proves otherwise, catering to folks’ love of sleek, warm, wood-based aesthetics and sturdy, timeless craftsmanship.
“The term ‘rustic’ is used in a variety of ways, nowadays. Whereas before ‘rustic’ simply referred to log furniture. That’s not the case anymore,” explains Taylor. As with any design movement, things expand and evolve over time. “We intertwine barn wood, juniper and slab wood to implement a rustic, modern, contemporary feel.”
The Refuge Lifestyle represents the modern evolution of rustic and craftsman décor. Taylor’s father, Clinton Taylor, Sr. established the furniture store years ago, with much of the furniture crafted by his own hands. Today, while original works are still available, the Taylors bring elegant rustic pieces from all over the country. Their long-standing relationships with larger, well-known manufacturers like Green Gables and Woodland Creek means their store offers often hard-to-find furniture at competitive prices.
While the new Tulsa location will have a distinctly more contemporary feel than the original Bixby store, both outlets are best viewed as showrooms for an impressively large inventory which includes large furniture, such as couches and bed frames, to smaller items like tables and nightstands, and even accent pieces like picture frames, wall and table decorations. And, whether you are searching for that perfect piece to complete your room or planning a from-the-ground-up design, there is no doubt The Refuge Lifestyle has what you seek.
“Only about five percent of our total inventory fits in our stores,” Taylor says. “We have over 1,500 unique products, and most are customizable in size and color.” He is quick to add that he and his staff are always willing to help customers find the perfect fit for their home, even if it means searching their own warehouse or calling up suppliers. Additionally, they routinely consult on larger design schemes for single rooms or entire homes. “Many of our customers come in to order for their vacation homes in Colorado and California,” he says.
The Refuge Lifestyle has two locations to serve you. Store hours for the Bixby store are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tulsa store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.