In the spirit of the Holidays, Merridian collected gifts for The Family Scholar House. FSH is working to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. We couldn't agree more with their mission and we're happy to help!
What better way to celebrate our Anniversary, than to reminisce on how it all began…
When newlyweds, Patrick and Merry Dougherty, began searching for interesting and eclectic furniture, reminiscent of their days living in Santa Fe, NM, they kept coming up empty-handed. So much so that they eventually determined the Louisville furniture market lacked what they were searching for and in 1997 Merridian Home Furnishings was born.
After creating an innovative plan to provide semi -antique furniture, upholstery, art and accessories, the couple went to work and opened the now iconic home furnishings mecca (store?) featuring interesting finds from all over the world. Initially, it required a significant amount of travel to exotic destinations in Eastern Europe, India, Asia and Mexico. Patrick notes, "To really control the quality, we had to touch and feel the product." But as he quickly points out, "It was grueling work in some pretty dirty places. It wasn't glamorous at all."
Striving to offer unique pieces that represented a variety of styles and vowing to keep overhead low was no easy task. Establishing strong relationships with vendors in each locale was critical in getting the business started. Patrick equipped each vendor with a digital camera, new technology at the time, to capture and send images of their current inventory, usually pieces ranging from 30 to over 100 years old. This method of buying provided Merry the opportunity to hand select individual pieces from warehouses in central China and India while sitting at her desk in St. Matthews. Two decades later, seeing images and having the dimensions of each piece still allows Merridian to keep fresh inventory flowing on a regular basis. Merridian still has great working relationships with two of the original vendors they met over 20 years ago. Currently they receive new photos from vendors about every three days. "Sometimes we'll take 75% of what we see, sometimes we don't take anything," Merry explains. "We only select pieces that have great lines and an overall appeal or those that can serve a useful purpose in someone's home or business. Sometimes, however, we choose a piece based entirely on it's extraordinary craftsmanship, beauty, or rarity. Certain items have become much more difficult to find even in the short time we've been doing this. Old things are definitely a limited resource!" With shipments arriving about every two weeks, the ever-changing inventory and one of a kind pieces set Merridian apart from other furniture stores, not to mention that most items are available for immediate delivery...an important feature to remember if you have unexpected family members arriving for the holidays!
Cheers to 21 years, and many more to come!
Adding bold color to your home will make such a big impact! Even if you have a neutral home, it’s still fun to add splashes of color here and there to liven things up, add warmth and give personality to your spaces. A neutral palette is a wonderful place to start. I find one of the easiest ways to introduce color into your home is through small decorative items like pillows, vases and various objets d'art.
One of our favorite quotes at Merridian is “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris. At Merridian, we aim for both!
Because color has the power to transform any room, using it in curated steps, allows one to add color and still stay within their comfort zone. However, remember life begins where your comfort zone ends, so don’t forget going big with a small amount of color in an unexpected way, may add just the right amount of drama!
That’s why we love color at Merridan- we don’t have to use a lot to make an impact and mixing and matching with neutrals means all color can happily co-exist!
Discover a world of color and let us help you find yours today!
-Merridian Home Furnishings
LABOR DAY SALE
Join us for our Labor Day Sale where you'll find specials up to 50% off. Make your home your own with unique, handmade furniture and accessories from around the world.
Hurry! Official Sale Ends September 10th!