By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Home Interior Retail | Issue: December 2009
Antiques and bronze specialist David Gardner helps make shopping at Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques a treasure-hunting experience.
Discover one of Tulsa’s secret jewels for antique furnishings, Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques at 3711 S. Sheridan. There is no need to go somewhere such as Dallas to find something unique, something special, something you’ll treasure for generations in your home. Lou’s has it, and a whole lot more.
“Most people are literally shocked at the size of our store,” says store manager Steven Vogler, referring to the 26,000 square feet of showroom space. Lou’s imports large containers of antique furnishings from France, England, Ireland, Germany and Italy. They also have close relationships with premier auction houses so that they can handpick pieces from national high-profile estates before they are presented to the public.
But antiques aren’t all you’ll find at Lou’s. Select accessories and high-quality reproduction pieces complement each of the antique pieces. “People in this area have eclectic homes,” Steven explains, “so they mix and match old and new. That’s what we do with each arrangement on the floor.”
Styles range from formal to classic to primitive, and just about everything in between: animal prints, earth tones, rich jewel tones and fun harlequins. There are pieces to blend with your surroundings, to make bold statements, or to fulfill unique and decorative functions. Lou’s offers something to satisfy everyone’s taste and budget, with small accessories starting at $10.
Dining room furnishings are popular choices this time of year. Tables and chairs are all priced separately. To quickly give a room a whole new look, Lou’s has area rugs – old and new – and upholstered and quality leather pieces that include recliners and sectionals.
Nowhere in Tulsa will you find a more unique selection of desks for a business or home office. These aren’t typical cookie cutter desks, but really special pieces with built-in character. New designs are outfitted for today’s computer equipment. But many customers have found that even old desks can accommodate laptop computers and scaled-down electronics. They become even more interesting when paired with filing cabinets that have been cleverly refashioned to camouflage their purpose.
Lou’s also features the largest selection of bronze statuary in the area, ranging from tabletop to life-size to monumental sizes for gardens and outdoor living spaces.
Special gift items include footstools, dressing valets, magazine racks, coat stands and TV stands. A wonderful line of scented candles offers holiday scents that bring the outdoors in and kitchen scents that are sure to convince guests you’ve been baking all day.
You’ll always feel welcome at Lou’s. Browse as long as you wish without an escort to pressure you. Staff members are on hand to answer your questions and provide information when you need it. “Our employees assist in making purchases. They don’t sell,” says Steven. If there is something special that you don’t see on the floor, ask for it on the “Wish List” that locates antiques through a wide network of channels around the globe.
A layaway plan with up to six months to pay makes it easy to pick out special one-of-a-kind items and secure them until your new home is built or your remodel is finished. If you need extra time, Lou’s will hold your purchases in their climate-controlled warehouse and then deliver to your home, free of charge, within the Tulsa metro area.
Enjoy a holiday shopping experience at Lou’s Fine Furnishings & Antiques at 3711 S. Sheridan. The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.