Furniture | In The Press
For Those Who Take Furniture Personally
Made For You Hickory Chair Cover
Volume One, Issue One

Introducing Hickory Chair’s inaugural issue Made For You, a new publication designed for those who take furniture personally. KDR is excited to partner with the American furniture manufacturer to launch a special edition issue, made just for you.

What's Inside:
Palm Beach Chic

Blending vintage finds, rattan and furniture from her namesake collection for Hickory Chair, Suzanne Kasler creates a timeless living room for the Kips Bay Showhouse in West Palm Beach inspired by the town’s iconic flair.

Photo shown: Ray Booth furniture collection by Hickory Chair.                               

When creating interiors, read the influences driving Ray Booth’s designs.

The Made For You magazine is published by Hickory Chair, manufacturer of fine personalized wood and upholstered furniture. From classic to modern, each piece is made by hand and to order. More than 90% of Hickory Chair’s products are made in America.

Pick up a copy of Made For You the next time you’re in your local KDR showroom or request one to sent directly to your mailbox here.

Furniture | In The Press
This Is KDR
Celebrating Our Mothers, Today and Everyday

Mothers and grandmothers are special every day of the year but never needed and appreciated more than right now.

Thank you for your reassurance, nurturing, hugging, teaching, patience and tolerance during this remarkable time!

We couldn’t do it without you.

We proudly share photos of our team with their mothers, grandmothers, children and grandchildren. Scroll through our photo gallery below.

Phyllis Kueck, St. Louis Showroom Receptionist, with her mother.
Phyllis Kueck with her Mother, KDR Mother's Day
KDR Mother's Day Album, Sue Dudak
Sue Dudak, Kansas City Window Covering Sales Associate, with her daughter Maddie and granddaughters Olive and Penny.
KDR Mother's Day, Melissa Scharfbillig
Minneapolis Showroom Sales Associate, Melissa Scharfbillig, with her mom Andrea at the Buttered Tin, one of their favorite brunch spots in St. Paul.
KDR Mother's Day, Abby Koller
Abby Koller, Minneapolis Showroom Manager, with her kids Hadley and Kye.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Jennifer Drake
Jennifer Drake, KDR Kansas City Showroom Sales Associate with her mother.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Jamie Wood
Jamie Wood, St. Louis Showroom Fabric Sample Supervisor, with her family; husband Joe, children Stella, Max and Payton.
KDR Mother's Day, Kelly Specht
Kelly Specht, KDR Kansas City Showroom Manager, and her family; son Carl, husband Bob, daughter Megan, son-in-law Tyler and son Connor. “I will always be a mother of three.”
KDR Mother's Day, Karen Thiele
Karen Thiele, St. Louis Showroom Furniture Specialist, and mother, Gwynne.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Deborah Russell
Deborah Russell, St. Louis Showroom Textile Sales Associate, with sons Shane and Zach.
KDR Mother's Day, Jazmyn Robertson
Jazmyn Robertson, Kansas City Showroom Memo Librarian, and daughter Thea.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Taylor Olien
Residential & Contract Sales Representative MN-IA-ND-SD, Taylor Olien with her grandmother.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Kara Wagoner
Kara Wagoner, Sales Manager, pictured with her kids; Charlotte and Sterling.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Kathy Messmann
Kathy Messmann, St. Louis showroom Window Coverings Sales Associate, pictured on left with son Sean and on the right, shown with mother Mary.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Kathy Messmann 2
KDR Mother's Day Album, Russ Lundy
Russ Lundy, Operation Manager, and mother on his wedding day.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Ashlee Morgan
Ashlee Morgan, Window Coverings Department Manager, and daughter Lilyana.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Kristen Seckington
Kristen Seckington, Sales Order/Purchase Order Entry, and her son Xander at St. Louis Cardinals game, Starwars theme night.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Anne Bloemendal
Minneapolis Showroom Sales Associate, Anne Bloemendal and her mother.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Gail Pell
Gail Pell, Customer Service shown with her family including son Ed Pell, KDR Warehouse Associate.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Brenda Goudey
Brenda Goudey, CFO/VP of Finance, pictured with her husband Joe, son Jake and daughter Katie.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Amanda Bauer
Amanda Bauer, Director of Marketing, with mother Rhonda.
KDR Mother's Day Album, Amanda Myers
Amanda Myers, Warranty Administrator, pictured with mother Ginny.
This Is KDR
Tools of the Trade
Upgrade Your Zoom Meetings with Digital Backgrounds

In the time of social distancing, all of us are learning to redefine the ways we connect and conduct business. For many, video conferencing has become the go-to for face-to-face interactions during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you haven’t discovered the fun and easy way to instantly transform your interior environment using Zoom backgrounds, then continue reading. Elevate your next video meeting with the inspiring interior scenes from KDR. Instantly download the KDR backgrounds for Zoom.

How to Upload a Custom Background in Zoom

  • Download the Zoom app for Mac or Windows
  • Open the app and sign in
  • Click your profile picture, and head to settings
  • In the left menu bar, click on the Virtual Background tab, and upload your own image.
  • To add your own image or video, click the + icon to upload from your computer.
  • Select your image and enjoy!

Whether you’re hosting a client presentation or connecting with friends for a happy hour, do it style with KDR virtual backgrounds for Zoom.

Maximalist Mindset

The Pearwood Collection celebrates Cole & Son’s rich design history, paying homage to its extensive block print archive and the print techniques pioneered by the design house throughout its vibrant history.

Mad Men Meets Modern Living


Milo Baughman (1923-2003) was a pioneer in modern design and one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. From 1953 to 2003, Thayer Coggin and Milo Baughman collaborated on designs, engineering and manufacturing techniques that came to define the mid-century modern era of American residential furniture.

Garden of Colorful Delights

Pantelleria, Italy’s elemental island, plays host to this audacious yet sophisticated communion of statement patterns by Zinc Textile, rich textures and vivid colors, that offer an incredible assortment of refreshing designs for the brave and the bold. The island’s windswept shores and sand colored buildings provide the perfect backdrop for this collection of decorative prints.

Scents of Spring

Etamine sketches out colorful spaces imbued with the scents of summer. These fourteen fabrics convey the spirit and the savoir-faire of their artisan weavers. The fabrics are bedecked with Mediterranean gardens and wreaths of flowers embroidered in wool, summer bouquets printed on linen and tweeds woven by hand.

Tranquil Tone

This celestial collection of embroidered, laser-cut, hand-beaded and applique borders emerged from the artistic collaboration of the Samuel & Sons Design Studio and a group of distinctive artisans. Intrigued by the landscape of the night sky, the Samuel & Sons Design Studio set out to explore unique materials reminiscent of otherworldly luminosity.

Southern Charm + European Sensibility

Suzanne Kasler’s Paris Collection for Hickory Chair was inspired by pieces she has collected over the years. The collection is a sophisticated blend of intricately detailed, hand-crafted wood products and tailored upholstery. 

Neutral Territory

The legacy of hand-weaving wicker basketry and furnishings dates back to the ancient Mesopotamia. Inspired by this tradition, the Wicker Series by Hartmann&Forbes offers a superior balance of woven textures and natural hues for your windowcoverings.

Although many states in the U.S. and other countries are under stay-at-home and quarantine orders, KDR and our trusted vendors are operational as follows.

As an alternative to visiting your local KDR Designer Showrooms, there are many ways to reach us. Our wonderful sales associates in fabric, wallcovering, furniture, drapery hardware and shades are available by email, phone, text and video chat via Zoom if you need assistance. Please see our team directory. Our experts are excellent in specifying and selecting product for all your design projects.

All three KDR showrooms will be operating with our remote staff; our warehouse in St. Louis continues to be operational for receiving and shipping of drapery hardware and our designated receivers in Kansas City and Minneapolis continue to receive shipments. Our showrooms are open by appointment only. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Ask The Expert | Furniture | Upholstery
In Search of Your Sofa Soulmate? What Matters Most

As purveyors of high-quality upholstery, you can think of the team at KDR as sofa specialists. We’re at your service and prepared to guide you on your search for “the one.” If you’ve spent any time at all searching for the right piece, you know that it’s a significant investment. But do you (or your clients, if you’re a designer) know exactly what you’re paying for?

Baker Sofa

When you’re purchasing upholstery, what matters most is what

you don’t see.

-Crans Baldwin, Industry Veteran

If your objective is to buy quality that lasts, read on. In the case of a sofa, an extra $2,000 can be the difference between five years and fifteen years. It can mean the difference between low-density foam cushions that break down and spring down cushion cores that maintain their shape and comfort.  Or the difference between a weak wire suspension and eight-way hand-tied springs.


While we represent the finest in home furnishings from around the world, keep in mind that we offer a wide variety of price points—with sofas starting at a retail price of $2,550.


When you’re buying a designer sofa, you’re not simply paying for style. By choosing the original, like many of the designer collections for Baker Furniture, not an imitation, you’re assured proper proportion and scale and the highest standards for materials and production.


KDR represents distinctive lines like Lillian August Fine Furniture for Hickory White, Hickory White, Taylor King, Thayer Coggin, Baker Furniture and Century Furniture who employ the most experienced craftsmen in the industry and the country.


Eight-way hand-tied springs are the mark of quality in a sofa. The process is time-consuming and involves attaching eight ties by hand to individual springs, securing them to the frame for durability and comfort.

High quality-cushions will maintain shape and firmness across the entire seat, in every position. No sinking into corners or in between cushions. If it doesn’t feel right from the start, imagine what it will be in five or ten years from now.

A variety of cushion materials are available from spring down cushion cores, down feather and fiber blend filling and if allergies are an issue, many of our brands offer non-allergenic cores.


When we mention customization, we aren’t talking about choosing between four colors of the same fabric as you might experience at retail showrooms or websites. It means building a frame to your exact specifications. Adjustments can be made in a sofa’s height, width or depth, making it more suitable and comfortable, for example, to someone either very tall or petite. The possibilities are endless.

Every manufacturer offers a wide variety of fabrics, and by working with KDR, you gain access to 250,000+ additional fabrics and trims. If the task of choosing the right fabric seems daunting, a KDR furniture sales associate can guide you through the process, ensuring you select the right fabric for your lifestyle.

Let a KDR sales associate make the process of selecting your next sofa a simple one. We welcome you to browse our showroom floor Monday through Friday–walk right in! Check our Products page for more information on the lines we represent.

Photo One | Clockwise from top left, Hickory White, Thayer Coggin, Baker, Taylor King, Century

Photo Two | Baker

Photo Three | Hickory Chair, Century

Ask The Expert | Furniture | Upholstery