Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 5, 1998 · Page 24
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 24

Ukiah, California
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Friday, June 5, 1998
Page 24
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4—FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1998 ON THE MARKET FURNITURE Native American artisans create home furnishings By SUSAN PRICE Los Angeles Times Syndicate D esigner Cassandra Lohr has the distinction of being the first decorator ever to have a tepee she designed featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. The 23-foot tepee sits in an open meadow atop an Aspen mountain with a sweeping vista of the valley below. Of course, this was no ordinary tepee; it was the culmination of her years of effort in seeking out and working with the best artisans in the American West. Lohr's quest for the most unique Western artisans began with a designer's dream commission. A Middle Eastern Prince with a Harvard education and a yen for the ultimate in Rocky Mountain living retained her exclusive services with the proviso that she research the best of the West to furnish his exquisite 56,000-square-foot, country-style house and surrounding compound. In the process, Lohr found the artisans and developed the relationships that eventually enabled her to launch "The Old West Collection," a potpourri of the most exquisite Native American- influenced home furnishings, now available through decorator outlets nationwide. The Old West Collection encompasses elegant Western furniture: beds, night stands, desks, armoires and luxurious hand- painted bedding, as well as artifacts and accessories. Everything has the look and quality of master craftsmanship, from the hand- stitched leather blankets to the intricately carved wooden desks that incorporate antlers and copper detailing. Lohr traveled extensively throughout the West for two years locating the best and most original artists and artisans from Mississippi to Arizona. She then worked closely with them to create furnishings and accessories that express a fresh vision of the American West. "I was inspired by their genius at working with wood, leather and antique beads," says Lohr, "and I wanted to develop art, artifacts and accessories that would give their work exposure and engender respect for its authenticity." Lohr explains that she creates new designs, instead of using antiques, "because my clients want contemporary comfort, proportion and beauty that looks as refined as the pieces from the original era. Where can you find an antique king-size bed with hand-stitched, hand-painted Western style linen, much less an antique armoire ready made with TV, stereo and bar?" The pieces, however, are executed in the designs and with the methods that were used to make furniture and accessories in the 18th and 19th centuries. Extraordinary patience and attention to meticulous detail are applied. "One artisan spent over 80 hours sewing a 10-inch square of delicate Native American beading that was used for a throw pillow," she says. "The making of these objects is almost a lost art today," says Lohr, "because people want things ready-made and ready-logo. But manufactured items cannot achieve the beauty and feel of the painstakingly hand-made, one-of-a-kind treasures here. Factories cannot reproduce the colors that paint the Western landscape, the sunsets and canyon- lands, nor the smell of the burnished leather of a well-worn saddle. All senses are affected by the real and authentic, and that's what makes these things such a pleasure to experience." The Old West Collection is available to the trade through the Photo courtesy of Cassandra Lohr Design. Distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. The Old West Collection features this denim duvet with hand-painted leather. Egg & Dart in the Denver Design International in Denver. Center, at Thomas & Company in Copyright (c) 1998, Susan Scottsdale, Ariz, or through Price. Dist. by Los Angeles Tunes Cassandra Lohr Design Syndicate Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty, inc UKIAH 444 N. STATE STREET 462-5400 COLDUietL WILLITS 1460 S. MAIN STREET 459-5389 LOCATIONI LOCATIONI LOCATIONI Located on a large lot across from the golf course and city park. This 3 bed, 2 bath home offers the best of all worlds, I.e. in town with the country feeling of not being hemmed in. Asking $173,000. WONDERFUL, LARGE 3 LEVEL HOME in a very private setting, views of Western hills, beautiful landscaping with walkways in back, Irg. flat area made lor parking, RV., etc. Also has a storage bldg. Wonderful large spa/sun room and large rec room w/dance floor and bar. BED AND BREAKFAST POTENTIAL Turn ol the century Victorian with loads of charm and historic background. 2 stories, appr. 3,300 sq ft, wrap around porch, extra large lot, detached garage, and beautifully remodeled. Zoned commercial Offered at $349,900. Assumable financing may be available to qualified buyer. GREAT WESTSIDE LOCATION 2 bed, 1 ba with extra room, dining room, living room, also a detached room In rear of yard. Also Included are refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, microwave. Bathroom has been remodeled with tile floor and tub. Also includes a pellet stove. Priced to sell at $124,000. SPRING IS HERE This is a wonderful properly, which backs up to BUM landl Large barn, beautiful views, hwy. access, nice 3 bed, 2 ba home, pool, and your very own waterfall. You must see this wonderful acreage. JUST USTEDI This very nice double wide, 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile in desirable, quiet, close to everything Senior park Features open floor plan, new carpet, new vinyl, dining room plus breakfast room. Easy to care for landscaping Won't last! $37,500. NO SPRING CLEANING NEEDED WvuW -fja I** MI inj/n mto a 3 bedroom twite Sa>i fiat t*W" MI we!) improved and caitxj irji «&> 'fft ii'jult) have to do (W-Vxil!/ (ivviiriy liji /ti/b? Then drive ill 1 lit*/ 5>un ixrt /rials* an appointment Ki M* B* »«**;! OtffctbO at $124.900 BEAUTIFUL 40+ ACRE HORSE RANCH Features custom home, tremendous views, 11 stall bam, large shop, hay barn, and much, much more. Call for info and brochure. COUNTRY LIVING WITH CITY CONVENIENCE Beautiful 3 bed, 2 ba mobile home located in Redwood Valley, yet close to shopping. Separate family and living rooms w/ spacious bedroom. walk in closet in master. Exquisite landscaping & design. $55,000. 324 +/- ACRES IN HOPLAND 50 - 60 acres plantable to vineyard. Lots of spring water, meadows, views of entire Sane) Valley. Asking $700,000 OWC. WESTSIDE APARTMENTS We have two 5-plexes next to each other fully occupied and ready for an Investor. Purchase one or both of them. Each building offers 5 (2 bedroom, 1 bath units covered parking and laundry room. .8 ACRE PARCEL is ready for your home/modular. Utilities are to the property. Easily developed as most is flat and useable. Asking only $55,000. NEW MODULAR ON LAND New 1200 Sq. Ft. modular on U/ acre In Redwood Valley. Great well, nicely treed, still time to pick your colors. $149,900. GREAT LOCATION on State Street. Zoned light industrial, home, rental unit, storage building, etc., etc. One of the best Industrial parcels left in the Ukiah KerriVau Blake Betty Bullard 485-8254 Jaime Garcia 468-5961 459-8698 Elma Hart 468-5214 462-6865 Michael Jacobs 468-1200 Don Kelly 463-3720 John Lazaro 463-3915 Bob Levy 462-5400 Hark Levy 462-6713 Jerry McCarn 468-3882 Pat Williams 468-8634 Mtulo billy. Ui

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