By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: April 2014
Owners Clinton and Robin Taylor are featuring Green Gables country style furniture in The Refuge Lifestyle’s newly enlarged showroom. Green Gables reimagines old barn wood and repurposes it into heirloom quality furniture.
Owners Clinton and Robin Taylor invite you to visit The Refuge Lifestyle in Bixby. Whether actively shopping for home furnishings or just wanting a unique experience, you’ll enjoy the many functional creations for any room of your home, lake home, mountain home or second home. The Refuge Lifestyle’s offerings include rustic, country style home furnishings made of logs, old barn wood, oak, walnut, cedar, aspen and pine. They also have wall art and wildlife mounts by a world-class taxidermist.
“We recently expanded one of our showrooms,” said Robin. “It is full of beautiful Green Gables furniture, well-known throughout the Midwest. Green Gables is reclaiming American history by turning old barns and other structures into beautifully crafted, heirloom-quality tables, chairs, bars, beds and hutches.”
“Timber has been an important natural resource since the beginning of the United States,” said Clinton. “Just as the tools and techniques used to harvest trees evolved over time, the quality of lumber was forever changed since old growth timber became less available. Green Gables hired a furniture designer who created a totally new concept using large beams and wood from buildings and barns. The resulting success is known as Timber Frame Furniture.”
Timber Frame Furniture is bold, sturdy, and built to last. The unique pieces are graced with a natural patina that only Father Time and Mother Nature can provide. Support beams that once sustained the weight of the season’s hay supply are now reclaimed to become massive table legs, bedposts and stretcher beams. Antiquated roof trusses and siding boards have become impressive doors, drawers and table tops. It’s a real treat to stroll through The Refuge Lifestyle and appreciate the unique collection of Green Gables furniture and other home furnishings and decorations. You don’t need a rustic-style home to utilize the furnishings found at The Refuge Lifestyle. “Our furniture is rustic,” said Clinton, “but it is very classy, of the highest quality and will fit in any home, whatever the style.” Customers building new homes or wanting to revitalize existing ones enjoy visiting with Clinton and Robin, who have lots of ideas to share about the beautiful works of masterful craftsmanship available that will be enjoyed now and by future generations.
Clinton and Robin are expressively thankful for all their customers, friends and family members who have faithfully supported The Refuge Lifestyle. “This year we are looking to expand our building so we can even better serve our community with our one-stop location for the finest in rustic furniture and home décor,” says Clinton.
Watch for special events to be held throughout the year at The Refuge Lifestyle and make it a point to go by for a visit. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
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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.