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Meet Our Designers

Here at Norwood Furniture in Gilbert, Arizona we pride ourselves in design, not just selling home furnishings, but also creating a space where our clients will truly feel at home. Our complimentary interior design program allows our 12 interior designers to get a sense of your design and home furnishing needs, visit your home to plan out the space, and choose each piece of furniture, art, and accessory to perfectly compliment what you already have in your room (within a budget of course).

You read the decorating magazines, peruse the drool-worthy homes on Pinterest, and watch all the HGTV shows. You see many different room settings you love but are struggling on deciding how and where to start. Between purchasing furniture, choosing paint colors, deciding on a layout, choosing lighting and accessories for the space, achieving the look and feel you want for your home can be a daunting and time consuming endeavor.

This is where Norwood Furniture can help, our skilled and experienced interior designers will assist you in creating the home you have always dreaming of.

Our Home Plan Interior Design is an efficient process that helps you develop, formulate and refine your ideas into a beautiful, realistic plan within an agreed upon budget. This service has helped a countless number of our clients avoid costly mistakes and achieve the room and home that they and their families have always wanted!

Above is a living space created by designer Shasta in one of her clients’ homes.

In today’s blog post we wanted to introduce you to each of our designers and share a little bit about why they love design and working with clients so much. You can read more about each of them and see some of their interior design projects here.


Hannah G.:

Hannah has always loved creating, and encourages clients to not be afraid of color. Hannah says that her favorite part about helping people design and furnish their home is, “To be able to walk them through the process and make it enjoyable. Listening and understanding my clients’ likes and dislikes, lifestyle and needs, so their home feels comfortable and inviting and reflects their personality”.


Hazelyn W.:

Hazelyn is a horse lover, LPGA veteran, and has owned her own design and home furnishings businesses in the past. Hazelyn says her favorite part about design is the reward, “I love the before and after. When I get the big smiles and hugs from my clients, that is my biggest reward”.


Janet D.:

Janet has been in the interior design business for over 27 years. She’s also our window coverings and drapery specialist. Janet says, “There’s nothing more gratifying than the grins on my clients’ faces during deliveries and window treatment installations when everything we have planned so carefully snaps together into a beautiful room that they LOVE”.


Jody M.:

Jody is an Arizona Native who has practiced design for over 20 years. Jody says, “What I love most in designing is to be able to help my client shape their environment with imagination and vision. Along with the ability to deliver results, for my clients to love for years to come”.


Kendra L.:

Kendra loves using color and texture in her designs, she says that although neutral is beautiful it can always be enhanced with a pop of color. “I truly enjoy creating spaces that reflect a client’s personality and responds well to their lifestyle needs, while offering an aesthetically pleasing and pleasant atmosphere”.


Liana C.:

Liana is an energetic mother of 5 who has always had a passion for fashion and design. Liana says her favorite part about design is, “Helping clients find joy and comfort in their personal space”.


Lisa J.:

Lisa has always had a love the arts- fashion, painting, cosmetics, and design. She decided to bring her love of people and creativity to Norwood Furniture and says, “I truly enjoy getting to know my clients, learning about their home furnishing needs and showing them that together we can accomplish the look and feel they have been dreaming of”.


Maja F.:

Maja is an Interior Designer, has worked in staging, and has her Feng Shui professional designation. Maja says, “What I love most about helping people design and furnish their home is that it is their space and interior design is a very personal process which results in a timeless look and feel and gives the home individuality. I love to help people design and furnish their home so their space reflects their personality and tells their story. I like to bring out of my clients how a room makes them feel and that is what good interior design does. I like to create highly individualized interiors that match their needs and desires”.


Maria P.:

Maria was born in Poland but lived throughout Europe and Australia, experiencing great art, architecture and design. Maria says, “I most love meeting different people and working with their design challenges. We then work on creative solutions together and achieve some fun and unique results!”.


Melanie W.:

Melanie loves the sunshine and the Arizona desert. With a background in real estate, she decided to pursue her interior design career here at Norwood. “It’s a great feeling to help people uncover their total home needs and present options in furniture, rugs, art, wallpaper and drapery to have a cohesive look to help achieve their goals for their home.”


Shasta P.:

Shasta is an Arizona native with nearly 20 years of experience in the interior design industry. “I love putting my clients’ minds at ease so they can relax and enjoy the design process.  My favorite thing is when the project comes to completion and the clients say it looks even better than they ever imagined.”


Susan R.:

Susan is originally from Boston but has been an Arizona resident for 7 years. Susan draws her inspiration from nature and says her favorite part of being an interior designer is, “A complete satisfaction in the clients’ enjoyment of their gorgeous new space”.


Norwood’s Home Plan Interior Design Program include 4 steps:

  1. Meet with your designer & take a store tour: One of our designers will take you through our 35,000 square foot furniture and accessory showroom to get to know your likes & dislikes and start developing your vision, style, and a budget you’re comfortable with.
  2. Home visit: At your home visit our designers will measure, sketch, and take note of any items we’ll be working with to incorporate into the final design of your room.
  3. Design presentation created just for you: You’ll visit our showroom and meet with your designer to see what they’ve crafted just for you. Plans, products and colors all come together creating the room you’ve been dreaming of.
  4. Delivery Day/Installation: Our white glove delivery team brings your new furniture and accessories to your home and sets them up in your space. Finally, your dreams come to life…. Very Exciting!

Now that you’ve heard a little about each of our interior designers, we invite you to visit our showroom at 216 N Gilbert Rd in downtown Gilbert, and allow one of these fabulous ladies to work their magic on your space. To request a complimentary interior design consultation online, visit our website here.

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Christmas Decor Sale!

What better time than now to decorate your tree, while ornaments are 50% off! We have 3 beautiful trees in the center of our store, each reflecting a slightly different Christmas style, and each filled with unique, high-quality ornaments. We’d love for you to stop by and pick up a few ornaments of your own since all of our holiday décor is currently 50% off. It’s never too late to get that tree up after all!

The first tree featured in our store has beautiful gold, brown, and copper hues with uniquely shaped glass ornaments and plenty of sparkle. Other ornaments on this tree reflect the outdoors with stunning oversized gold stag heads, glass acorns, and silk tree picks with aspen leaves adorning them.

Tree number two is both classic and colorful. We used a classic green tree as the backdrop to colorful ornaments of varying sizes and styles. If color is catching your eye this year, these ornaments are for you! Most have at least 2-3 colors with a fun design, some dimension, and even a little sparkle.

The third tree is whimsical and fun with a flocked twig tree as the background, oversized ornaments take center stage. This tree has most of the classic Christmas colors, with a twist! Typical green is replaced with a punchy lime color, black is added in for a little dimension amongst the white, gold, and silver ornaments, and the red is slightly brighter than your usual Christmas red. Tree number three proves one thing, the more the merrier!


The Season of Dining Tables

September marks the start of our Season of Celebration- a sale focused around decorating your home for the holidays! We know it may seem soon, but in order to ensure your new pieces come in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s best to order sooner rather than later. This time of year we focus on a few different pieces- dining tables and chairs, and living room seating in preparation for out of town guests and entertaining. Today we are sharing some of our favorite dining tables that are both stylish and functional, allowing for more eating and less stress this upcoming holiday season.

  1. Menlo Park Dining

The Menlo Park dining room set has a rectangle stone top table with a metal “X” base, mixing a natural element with a more contemporary feel. The chairs have a coordinating metal base, shorter back, and medium gray upholstery. This set is beautifully stylish, modern, and comfortable for hosting a small gathering in your home.

2. Chateau Dining

The Chateau dining table has a wooden top with an inset edge and charcoal gray accent striping on the top. The tapered legs are finished with metal ferrules in a platinum finish. With the two 20-inch leaves, this dining table extends to 120—inches, comfortably seating ten.

3. Canadel’s Customizable Dining

Do you have an idea of what you’d like and can’t seem to find it anywhere? Norwood can help! Canadel’s customizable dining program has plenty of options to meet your needs from different table sizes and shapes, finishes, leg styles, a variety of chairs, and upholstery fabrics.

We would love to help you find the dining table of your dreams, check out more here. Thanks for stopping by!


Grand King Bed

Do you ever feel like your king bed just isn’t quite big enough? Meet the Grand King, at a whopping 98″ wide and 84″ long (in comparison a King is 76″ wide and 80″ long).

In 2011, Designer Shasta created her first Grand King for a customer who slept by taking up most of her current bed, and was in need of something larger. After scouring the internet for a large bed, we had another set of customers that came in having found out about Shasta’s 2011 project and were excited to create their very own Grand King. The customers’ goal was to create a space where their growing family could relax and nap together.

As you can imagine, everything had to be custom made for this massive bed, starting with the bed itself. After finding some inspiration around the showroom with their customers, Shasta and Janet used a local upholsterer to create the Grand King with a fabric they selected to meet the customers’ needs.

Next up is the mattress, custom made by one of Norwood’s mattress companies to fit perfectly into the new bed frame. Along with a custom mattress comes a custom mattress pad and sheets, all sourced by designers Shasta and Janet.

The last piece of the project was the bedding. Shasta and Janet had a duvet cover made out of washable fabric so that their customers could throw it in the wash at any time. Using the same washable fabric, a pop of color, and rope trim, they had 4 euro sized shams created to go across the back of the bed. The other three pillows are custom sizes, made to beautifully reach across the 84″ wide bed.

Whatever you can dream up, we can help you create it!

If you’d like to see more behind the scenes information on the project, check out this Youtube video featuring designers Shasta and Janet:

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Seating for the Whole Family

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Do you struggle with seating in your home? Do you want something stylish yet large and comfortable to entertain with? Sectionals are the answer! Sectionals (even leather ones) have become increasingly stylish over the years and with some of the programs Norwood has to offer, can be totally customized to your family’s needs.

If you love the look of light upholstery but need something that can stand the test of time, our “kid-proof” fabrics may do just the trick. We encourage you to come see all of our sectionals in person and talk with our designers who can show you the many configurations available for each of the pieces we carry.

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Vahallan Hand-Painted Wall Coverings

Wallpaper is a beautiful choice, but even more stunning are these hand-painted wall coverings from Vahallan.

VAHALLAN was established in 1997 after the owner, Dan Nelson, attempted to repair a section of damaged wallpaper in his own home. Once he realized a simple repair option didn’t exist, he became inspired to create a much more artistic wall covering alternative that would be applied to the wall in smaller “panels”.

He envisioned that smaller decorative panels would not only create more beautiful walls, it would also improve the reparability of any paper damage. Through years of hard work, perseverance and constant innovation, Dan and the Vahallan team continues to build on VAHALLAN’s strong reputation for creating some of the finest decorative wall coverings in the industry.

The unique part about these wall coverings is their texture, which makes them even more visually incredible. If you’re looking to add a show-stopping element of design to your home, visit us today to inquire about Vahallan’s product!


Outdoor Drapery

Here in Arizona, 9 out of the 12 months each year are absolutely beautiful (well, at least 8), meaning that we spend more time outside than most of the country does. In turn, we take pride in having beautiful outdoor spaces where we can entertain, enjoy dinner with our families, and take cover on those hot summer pool days. Here at Norwood we believe in bringing the indoors-out, this means creating a space outside that feels just as much like “home” as your living room.

Outdoor design planning usually starts with furniture, which we can absolutely help you with, but today we wanted to talk about something different- outdoor drapery. We all have window coverings inside of our home, so why not have them outside too? Drapery can be used in a variety of ways as shown above including both for function and fashion and on windows or on ceilings. Our designers can put together a complete outdoor space for you from furniture to area rugs to drapery.

You’re probably wondering what makes drapery suitable for outdoor use vs. indoor. The biggest difference is the way that the fabric is dyed, outdoor fabric is solution-dyed, meaning that the material is dyed even before it’s formed into a thread. Indoor fabrics on the other hand are dyed once in thread form, or even once they’re made into a textile. This means outdoor fabrics are more steadfast, keeping their color longer. Some outdoor fabrics even have UV inhibitors, making them virtually indestructible by the sun.

We invite you to stop by Norwood today and take a look at our drapery department, where design dreams really do come true! We would love to help you create an outdoor oasis.



Minimalist living room with niche fireplace – rendering

Motion furniture is a best-seller here at Norwood, and we understand why. Comfort is important when you’re at home, but we also think style is equally as important. Our newest addition to  motion furniture is the line Elran, where comfort and style collide.

Founded in 1967 by Mr. Irving Lubin, Elran was the first Canadian company to specialize in reclining furniture. Today, this family business is managed by the second generation, Mr. Sheldon Lubin and Mr. Eric Abécassis. Until 1979, Elran manufactured only one type of product, the reclining chair. 1980 marked a very important year for Elran. We became the first company to introduce reclining loveseats and sofas on the market. Today, Elran is a leader in the industry and offers a complete range of reclining chairs, loveseats, sofas and many other options. With over 150 collections of various styles – traditional, transitional and contemporary – available in more than 550 fabrics and leathers.

“We believe in offering consumers products of extremely high quality that meet their expectations and are tailor-made for today’s lifestyle”, says Elran president Sheldon Lubin. Elran designs comfortable, timeless products that reflect the very latest trends in comfort and lifestyle features. Constantly evolving at the leading edge of technological innovation, Elran continues to fine-tune its recliner mechanisms and offer a terrific range of flexible styles and collections. Motion furniture has changed a great deal over the years. Today, recliners fit right in with the way we define comfort – cocooning at home and relaxing in our very own home theatre.

 You can see Elran‘s top frames here or shop in our store to try them in person.
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Furniture, Drapes, and Carpet, Oh My!

Norwood carries carpet, say what? Yes, that’s right! In order to make our clients’ design experience as seamless as possible, Norwood’s Designers can help you choose the perfect carpet to compliment your new furniture and draperies.

Anderson Tuftex says, “Not only is flooring an element of design, it’s literally foundational to the overall aesthetic of your home. At Anderson Tuftex, we like to think of the floor as a canvas upon which all other home decor is showcased to create your unique, artfully crafted living spaces.”

Visit Norwood today to begin creating the home of your dreams- we have you covered from top to bottom!


Ultra Violet

Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet, is a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade. It’s been years since we’ve seen a hue quite like this in interior decor. Whites, grays, and muted tones are being overtaken this year by bright bold colors once again.

Pantone describes Ultra Violet as follows, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

Ultra Violet may be just what some colorless homes need, while other spaces could benefit by just a touch of the color in accent pillows or something smaller. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite uses of the color in the photos above. What do you think, would you use Ultra Violet in your home?

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