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Vintage Sam Moore Chair Finds Its Way Home

Sarah stands with her vintage Sam Moore chair, along with a gallery of new Sam Moore chairs at Belfort Furniture in Virginia.

This is the story of how a chair became a family treasure, then found its way home while inspiring new friendships along the way.

The classic chair with a fan-shaped back was part of Sarah’s family’s life for 60 years.

This vintage Sam Moore Furniture chair is believed to date to the early 1950s.

It first belonged to her Great Uncle Walter in Connecticut. After his death, the chair “traveled around,” to her mother’s home, and more recently resided in her own sewing room.

One day, curious about the chair’s origins, she turned it upside down and found something intriguing: A deck label with signatures of every craftsperson who had helped build the chair, along with the name, “Sam Moore Furniture Original and Custom Made,” of Bedford, Va.


Finding the set of original craftsmen’s signatures on my uncle’s chair started my journey to Sam Moore,” said Sarah, who lives in Fauquier County, Va. “Once I read and viewed the Sam Moore story on the website, and saw that they were still proudly making their furniture in America, I decided to reach out.” Sarah said she was impressed at Sam Moore’s history of entrepreneurship, custom craftsmanship and citizenship.

When she reached out to the company, she connected with Phil Garrett at Sam Moore’s parent company, Hooker Furniture, along with Sam Moore’s Virginia sales rep David Moldenhauer, and even executive Matt Huber of Belfort Furniture, which is located near Sarah’s home. They all met up at Belfort, where Sarah brought the vintage chair and was able to admire a display of new Sam Moore chairs as well.

Left to right: Matt Huber, Belfort Furniture; Sara Fowler; Phil Garrett, Hooker Furniture and David Moldenhauer, Sam Moore.

 Everyone was fascinated by the chair, which Sam Moore believes dates to the early 50s. “The upholstery is quite worn in places, and general wear and tear and dirt have taken their toll over the decades,” Sara said, ‘but I have always loved its shape and design, and the chair is still quite comfortable.”

Sarah decided to present the chair as a gift to Sam Moore, so they could display it at the Bedford, Va. headquarters and the High Point, N.C. showroom at High Point Market.

Belfort and Sam Moore joined forces to offer Sarah the opportunity to pick out a chair silhouette and fabric, and recently completed producing a new chair for her that was just delivered to her home by Belfort. “The new chair will be a stylish and comfortable addition to our family room, as we not only enjoy its workmanship, but also appreciate Sam Moore’s individual craftsmen and craftswomen, past and present,” Sarah said.

Sarah enjoys her custom-made new Sam Moore chair, just delivered to her living room by Belfort Furniture.

She added that the entire experience has been quite meaningful. “Meeting with Phil and David at Belfort was more moving than I ever imagined,” she said. “I’m happy to have made a connection to a Virgina company that takes such pride in its manufacturing history.

Then and now: the Sam Moore vintage chair, and Sarah’s brand new, custom-made chair made in Bedford, Va.

“Friends and family are certain to comment on this lovely chair, and I will say, “Have a seat and let me tell you a story.”



First Home Furniture Essentials

Turn your house into a home with double-duty furniture like this. Photos: shopjosieb/etsy, Country Living, Hooker Furniture.

Nothing quite matches the thrill of placing out the welcome mat  to your first home. If that’s on your to-do list this Fall, now’s the time to make a checklist and get shopping for what you need to properly furnish your new place. Sofa, dining table and bed. Duh. They’re a given.  But so are other furnishings that combine fashion with multi-function. That’s what makes these pieces of furniture first home essentials everyone needs.

For a chic industrial look, try this Studio 7H desk. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With sawhorse legs up to there, the Studio 7H Stiegs Writing Desk is more than a desk. This is an updated Scandinavian take on an iconic design element and is sized to serve as a sofa or buffet table. And with so many built-in storage spots, keeping tidy is a cinch wherever Stiegs goes.

This Hill Country bench makes multi-function living a cinch. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Not only does the Hill Country Ozark bed bench provide an additional place to sit, it’s provides a ideal place to display blankets and throws while keeping them within arm’s reach for chilly Fall nights.

This bookcase rewrites the story on eco-friendly storage style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Aptly named, the Transcend bookcase rises above expectations. Made of solid Acacia wood harvested responsibly (one tree planted for each tree cut), it is as artful as it is purposeful with an organic, contemporary silhouette distinguished by butterfly joinery on live edge drawer doors and drawers.

Why sit when you can poshly perch? Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture.

With the Walker exposed wood chair  Cynthia Rowley delivers lots of wow in fashion diva style. First, she makes Walker the ultimate accent piece by sizing it right for any room in the house (from living room to bedroom to home office). Then she dresses it in a trendy tie-dye plaid fabric called ‘Java.”

This may be the best designed nightstand–ever. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

By including a sleek half top-shelf on the Elixir leg nightstand,Hooker designers deftly solve two problems faced by homeowners everywhere—how to elevate lighting to proper reading height and free up space on the table.  A roomy drawer and lower shelf make this into a compact storage piece as well.

Here’s how a retro look plays a new tune. Photo: Hooker Furniture

With Mid-Century Modern finesse, the  Studio 7H LP record player/gaming entertainment console  gives clutter a cool spin by corraling electronic equipment and gadgets in one hip place. Outfitted with cubbies for a turntable, speakers, albums (since vinyl is back with a vengeance) and more, there are also sensible cutouts designed to keep cords out of sight, out of mind.

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment, condo or house, furniture that looks great and delivers multi-function is a true asset. Head your nearest Hooker Furniture retailer to see these first home essentials.


Ramp up Relaxation as Summer Winds Down

Create a family room or man-cave that will stand the test of time. Rustic yet contemporary, the Imagine Sofa stars cuddle-up seating that looks handsome but offers feet-up comfort when you want it. Bradington-Young Furniture.

 Summer is winding down, but if you’re like most of us, its actually time to ramp up your relaxation. As the pace of life picks up after Labor Day, “downtime” becomes even more important for recharging.

Subtle fan-shaped detailing and distinctive nailhead treatment give these comfortable Carson swivel chairs a chic and artful look. Photo: Hooker Upholstery

Whether you’re planning a staycation or just crave a little pampering when you get home from work or errands, the right seating can help you take it easy. Today’s club chairs, swivel chairs  are more comfortable than ever.

So are the new recliners, whether they’re stand-alone chairs or part of a luxurious sofa or sectional.

The Thomas recliner with its weathered leather, fits perfectly into today’s chic, industrial and nature-inspired environments. Bradington-Young

As hard as you work, you deserve an easy chair that’s easy on the eyes too. Now, turn on the A/C. It’s a perfect time to get serious about relaxation.  Through September 5, Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young and Sam Moore have a National Labor Day Sales Event available through participating retailers.

The Gideon Swivel Chair is made with the multi-tasking fashionista in mind. Ikat patterns, like paisleys and other global classics, look new in fresh blues and greens, and the scale of this chair is inviting for a breakfast room or master bedroom. Photo: Sam Moore.

No matter how luxe the lifestyle or how often they’re entertained, guests always appreciate a chance to relax. The Armand swivel club chair adds an easy swivel to the club chair’s gentle embrace. Sam Moore.

Robust, rugged, and proud of it, the Huss Recliner is just what the doctor ordered for the man-cave or family room. this well-engineered piece is a study in real comfort, and rich leeather means it will age gracefully. Bradington-Young Furniture.

Sheathed in chic butter-soft leather, the Newman sofa is a power nappers’ dream come true with plush Spring Down and pillow soft cushions; and a decadent full recline at both arms.

Hopefully, all these options inspire you to get serious about relaxation.  Through September 5, Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young and Sam Moore have a National Labor Day Sales Event available through participating retailers.

This will insure you can ramp up your relaxing as the busy fall season arrives.