Western decor is certainly having a moment, especially here in Oklahoma. With items like cowhide rugs and colorful tribal-inspired geometric linens, many homeowners are turning to the American West for inspiration when decorating their homes.
Even if you don’t live near the American West, these types of home furnishings can be accessible to you.
For those looking to outfit their homes with items reminiscent of cowboy country, here are three Oklahoma stores that specialize in western furniture and decor.
1. Woodland Creek furniture
Originally founded in 2012 as a wholesale company, Woodland Creek Furniture sold furniture to companies like Bass Pro Shops. Now the company is focused on manufacturing custom western-style furniture in a 55,000-square-foot showroom and workshop in Tulsa.
The company is focused on creating unique rustic pieces using locally sourced materials, said Donna Laster, general manager of Woodland Creek Furniture. In addition to custom western-style furnishings, Woodland Creek also offers The Refuge Lifestyle, which features new trends in contemporary, modern and rustic furniture.
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“Anything you can dream of, we can have built for you,” Laster said. “Because we source our wood locally, our furniture has its own personality, its own life. It has a story – maybe it was a tree standing on a hilltop that someone was sitting under to be protected from the sun. It radiates a story – just by being near you know this tree has lived an exquisite life.”
People want rustic, ranch-style furniture and decor because it reminds them of what’s most important in life, Laster said.
“The lifestyle and aura that comes with the furniture draws people in because it takes us back to a simpler time in our lives,” Laster said. “It takes us back to our roots; it is homemade. It makes sense to sit at the dining table and tell stories about how it used to be.”
2. Furnishings of the LOREC Ranch
LOREC Ranch Home Furnishings is a family-owned rustic western and accessories store with locations in Pawhuska, Oklahoma City and Amarillo. Established in 1993, the company uses premium cow and deer hides, Tibetan leathers and Western-style fabrics to create items for bedrooms, offices, dining and living rooms, and other home accents.
“As you step through our front door, you smell the wonderful woods we use for all of our furniture and the scent of leather,” said Dr. Kari Lopez, Founder and CEO of LOREC Ranch Home Furniture. “You can choose the beautiful fabrics you want to use and the stains and color washes – turquoise, barn red, gray – you want. This is your experience when you enter our store and we consider you a friend when you leave. We really get to know our customers – they are our main inspiration.”
López said she’s noticed over the years that her clients are drawn to the iconic history of the American West and they want to take a piece of that culture home with them.
“It’s all about the American cowboy — John Wayne, the nostalgic feeling of the look in a cowboy’s eyes, the shake of his hand, her whole personality, which we’re trying to bring to our store,” López said. “People want a signature piece of western couture in their own homes.”
3. Lone Star Western Decor
Lone Star Western Décor is an Enid-based mail order catalog and e-commerce company offering Western and Southwestern themed decor, rugs, bedding, kitchenware, furniture and more. The company was founded 20 years ago from CEO Jason Dupus’ garage and is now one of the largest e-commerce companies of its kind, Dupus said. In addition to Lone Star Western Décor, the company has two other stores — Black Forest Décor and Bella Coastal Décor — that offer lodge, cabin, and nautical-themed home decor, respectively.
“Western decor can be broken down into two categories: cowboy themed and Southwest themed,” Dupus said. “The stronger and more popular theme is the Southwest – we’ve found that people are really drawn to the colorful Southwestern patterns and geometric shapes and want to see them in their homes.”
A hallmark of Southwestern furniture and decor is rich colors such as turquoise, chocolate brown, tan, amber, red, and orange. The Southwest’s distinctive geometric patterns are extremely popular, particularly for linens and rugs. One thing that sets Lone Star Western Décor apart is the sheer volume of items they offer, Dupus said.
“The wide range we have across multiple categories sets us apart – we have so many unique items that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Dupus. “A lot of our inventory is custom designs and things made just for us, and that makes us pretty unique too.”
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