Select Your Style: Dynamic Dining

Dining areas are an excellent way to really experiment with new styles for your home. It is easy to change your look with something as simple as place settings, updating your seating, or even changing out your entire table completely. Dining sets come in a wide variety of styles for all different sorts of living habits. Here are examples of the Dynamic Dining styles you can find at Gardner-White Furniture. Which of them sounds the most like you?

Dynamic Dining: Farmhouse It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural area or the most urbane of settings, the Farmhouse style is perfect for people who long for a more rustic aesthetic in their dining and/or kitchen area. Pairing wood grain with cream coloring is an excellent way to achieve the Farmhouse look, like you can see in both the Sundance and Whitesburg collections.

Dynamic Dining: Lavish For those who prefer a more traditional and classic dining rooms with a bit of flair, there is the Lavish look. You like feeling fancy while you dine in style. We have many dining collections that are perfect for you, but to get started try looking at the North and Cabernet collections.

Dynamic Dining: Angular For those who are anything but traditional you can eschew the old school dining room table and chairs for something with a more Angular design. The Joring is a high-end take on cafeteria-style seating made for your home. If you want to make even more of a statement with your dining set, there is the very elegant glass-top Berkley collection.

Dynamic Dining: Bistro Whether you need to save some space or you just like you interior design to be more reminiscent of the al fresco dining you so enjoy, you can add a bit of Bistro style to your home. The Bree collection is a gorgeous dining set with an elevated bistro-inspired design. If you are looking for a new twist you can even opt for a pub table like in the Chambers collection.

Dynamic Dining: Industrial If you like the look of reclaimed wood, upcycled goods, and a healthy mix of retro goodness then the Industrial style is probably more up your alley. The Vintage collection has the distressed look to really make your dining space pop. The Urban/Rustic collection features reclaimed wood in a variety of styles and design solutions that are great for homes of all types. Mix and match between the collections to really up your interior design game.

Gardner-White Furniture Named One of 3 Retail Giants of Bedding

The following article is written by David Perry and published on

Furniture/Today names 3 Retail Giants of Bedding
David Perry — Furniture Today, April 15, 2016

HIGH POINT – Gardner-White, Best Mattress and US-Mattress have been named Retail Giants of Bedding for 2016 by Furniture/Today.

Bedding Giants logo 2016Those mattress retailers will be honored at a gala awards dinner during Furniture/Today’s upcoming Bedding Conference, set for May 10-12 at the Westin LaPaloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.

The awards dinner is on the evening of May 11.

Furniture/Today will also make a special presentation during that dinner to Gary Fazio, the recently retired CEO of SertaSimmons Bedding. The newspaper is presenting Fazio with its first Lifetime Bedding Achievement Award.

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Gardner-White enjoys success with its team of comfort-focused mattress experts, who regularly talk about the importance of better sleep. That retailer, headed by Steve Tronstein, CEO, operates nine stores in the metro Detroit market.

Las Vegas-based Best Mattress, operated by home furnishings veteran David Mizrahi, general manager Joe Graziano and operations manager Christi Cassidy, has found a winning edge in the highly competitive Las Vegas market with broad selection, a veteran sales force, and a commitment to service. It operates almost two dozen stores in the Las Vegas, Mesquite and St. George markets.

Brighton, Mich.-based US-Mattress was a pioneer in online sales of mattresses, a category now enjoying a retail renaissance.

Founded in 2001 by Joe Nashif and Richard Winkler, US-Mattress bills itself as “America’s No. 1 online mattress retailer,” but the retailer also operates six mattress stores in Michigan and one home furnishings store in North Carolina.

“These three retailers represent three different retail models enjoying success in the mattress industry these days, an indication of the strength and vitality of the mattress category,” said Andrew Gross, executive vice president of marketing for Serta, which is sponsoring the awards dinner at the Bedding Conference.

The retailers will be honored with tribute videos and will be presented with a Retail Giant of Bedding award.

“Serta grows its business by helping its retailers grow their business,” Gross said. “We salute these retailers for their accomplishments, and we look forward to supporting all of our retail partners on their paths to success in 2016 and beyond.”

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Heather Thompson at Attendees can also go to


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#Charituesday – HAVEN vs. Matrix Human Services


Join us in participating with this week’s #Charituesday contest!  We’ve chosen two non-profit organizations from the Fox 2 Gift Giving Guide for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Gardner-White!  No matter what, both organizations will receive at least a $500 gift certificate to Gardner-White – however – the winning organization will receive a $1,000 gift certificate!  Vote for your favorite organization below and join us by donating benefit to our community. #GWCommunityHelp

(VOTE ONCE PER DAY FROM 5/24/16 AT 10:00 A.M. THROUGH 5/31/16 AT 9 A.M.)


HAVEN’s mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County.

Volunteers are needed on a regular, scheduled basis for all programs including at the shelter, crisis line, PPO office, counseling, administrative, etc. Volunteers who cannot commit to an ongoing schedule are also accepted, including for signature events.

Matrix Human Services


Matrix Human Services is a 110 year, Detroit-based, $40M, tax-exempt, 501(c)3, social service organization offering a wide range of programs devoted to maintaining and supporting the family unit and improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages.

Matrix operates the largest federally funded Head Start program in the city of Detroit serving more than 1,900 children with 30 Matrix Head Start locations and ten child care partnerships. Head Start serves ages zero to five. Matrix Human Services also provides services through nine additional programs offering supportive services to more than 25,000 individuals and families annually.

All Matrix programs are modeled after the nationally recognized Transition to Success™ model providing a system of care designed to empower families and individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This wrap around care is changing lives!

Employing more than 600 employees, Matrix offer positive life experiences, assistance with basic needs, education and supportive services that defuses crisis, treat individual & family problems, prevent abuse and neglect or criminal activities.

To discover more about Matrix Human Services and how you can get involved visit or contact us at (313) 831-1000.


Looks for Less: Save $200 on our Clara Dining Set!


Sometimes our busy lives prevent us from shopping for the best deal. That’s why at Gardner-White we decided to do the shopping for you. If you’re looking for a stylish bed but don’t want to ‘break the bank’, our Clara Dining Set is right for you. Compared to this similar style from, our Clara dining set saves you $220! ‪#LooksForLess‬

The Clara Collection is a beautiful hardwood dining collection, great for entertaining. Featuring Solid Mango and Select Hardwood with a Brandy finish, this collection will make a statement in your dining room. The table includes a self-storing leaf to make room for large parties. Included in this package is the Clara Bench and four Clara Side Chairs to complete the look.

Dining Table: 38″W x 70″D x 84″H
Leaf: 14″
Side Chair: 20.6″W x 22.9″D x 40″H
Bench: 62″W x 18″D x 39″H

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Gardner-White Proudly Sponsors Bookstock

The Detroit Free Press recently featured Bookstock, Michigan’s largest used book and media sale, and how the organization is helping local students. Gardner-White is a proud sponsor of Bookstock! Below is the article written by Rochelle Riley, Columnist at the Detroit Free Press.

Bookstock Has Come a Long Way
Rochelle Riley

When a group of women recruited volunteers, friends and their husbands to coordinate Bookstock, Michigan’s largest used book and media sale, they had no idea that, 12 years later, they would help Nazria Begum become a better writer.

But they did.

Nazria, now an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Davison Elementary/Middle School in Detroit, won the Bookstock Best Essay Award two years ago in a contest that drew entries from fourth-graders throughout the Detroit Public Schools.

Then, Nazria was a shy 9-year-old who spoke rarely or in whispers and wasn’t sure she could write an essay. But with the encouragement of her teacher Michele Pizzo, she penned a story about her favorite character in Judy Blume’s 1972 book “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.” The story is about a boy and his pesky little brother, something Nazria said she understood.

Nazria won. And her life changed.

She was featured on WDIV Local 4. She won the accolades of her friends and school. And she grew.

“It was amazing,” she said in an interview at her school. “It helped me write better, and I can make connections better. It just helped me.”

Pizzo said the change was evident.

Rochelle Riley Detroit Free Press

Rochelle Riley Detroit Free Press

“Two years ago, we cried at that awards ceremony,” she said. “I have watched her… to see her growth and how much the students can actually write on their own now is wonderful. … To hear her now, even in her speaking, Nazria is so much more eloquent. (The contest) gives them a boost in confidence.”

When I became an honorary chairperson of Bookstock 13 years ago, it was because the proceeds from the sale — whose wares will be on display throughout Laurel Park Place in Livonia beginning Sunday — benefit literacy causes across southeast Michigan. Now in its 14th year, Bookstock and its 800 volunteers have raised more than $1.3 million for education and literacy projects. It runs through May 22.

I continue to be an honorary chair — with my counterpart Neal Rubin from the Detroit News — because Bookstock also honors words and writers and that special relationship between teachers and students.

Like Nazria, Bookstock continues to grow. The eight-day event features special prizes and guests, special sales and those more than 100,000 books, CDs, magazines and albums (Yes, real vinyl.) But the most important new thing it does is salute teachers and students.

That celebration, Teacher Appreciation Day, is next Tuesday when Bookstock will award the B.E.S.T (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School Teacher) Award to the student who penned this year’s winning essay. As in the past, the student, teacher and school will get cash prizes. But every teacher can get something Tuesday. Teachers with a valid ID can buy their selections for 50% off from 3 to 9 p.m.

Contest coordinator Judy Robinson is leading the search for this year’s Nazria Begum.

“I love the writing we get, the range of the writing,” said Robinson, who sat in on Nazria’s interview because she loves following her young writer and partly because she was a kindergarten teacher at Davison 40 years ago and still tutors there twice a week.

“The books that they choose to read and write about reflect on their own lives and lessons they’ve learned from the stories,” she said. “I get chills reading these essays. I taught kindergarten, so to read what fourth-graders are writing is awesome to me.”

As for Nazria, she graduated from Judy Blume to Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series.  And Nazria, who thought about “being a teacher, maybe” two years ago now is considering becoming an author. Her first book, she said, would be a memoir.

Her story now includes a flashback to winning an essay contest, which came with tears from her teacher, a trophy, a $100 cash prize and a $500 gift card from the contest’s sponsor, the furniture store, Gardner-White. She remembers exactly how she spent the money. She went on a shopping spree for her birthday with her $100. And the furniture store gift card?

“We bought a couch,” she said, “because my little brother ruined the old one.”


Bookstock launches with a pre-sale at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Park Place, 6 Mile Road east of I-275, in Livonia. Admission is $20 for the presale from 8:15 to 11 a.m. The free public sale opens at 11 a.m. and runs through May 22.

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#Charituesday – KnowResolve vs. Crescendo Detroit


Join us in participating with this week’s #Charituesday contest!  We’ve chosen two non-profit organizations from the Fox 2 Gift Giving Guide for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Gardner-White!  No matter what, both organizations will receive at least a $500 gift certificate to Gardner-White – however – the winning organization will receive a $1,000 gift certificate!  Vote for your favorite organization below and join us by donating benefit to our community. #GWCommunityHelp

(VOTE ONCE PER DAY FROM 5/10/16 AT 10:00 A.M. THROUGH 5/17/16 AT 9 A.M.)


KnowResolve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and reducing youth suicides through outreach, advocacy and education. Goals are to increase help-seeking behavior, connect teens and young adults to available resources, promote the development of healthy coping skills and promote relationship-building among students on school campuses.

Crescendo Detroit

Crescendo Detroit offers a variety of neighborhood-based programs that provide intense music and music-related opportunities for metro-Detroit children in grade school and middle school. Programs are currently offered in Detroit and Farmington Hills, and include instrumental music, electronic music, choral music and dance.

Looks for Less: Save $210 with our Vista Microfiber Sofa!


Sometimes our busy lives prevent us from shopping for the best deal. That’s why at Gardner-White we decided to do the shopping for you. If you’re looking for a stylish sofa but don’t want to ‘break the bank’, our Vista Sofa is right for you. Compared to this similar style from Overstock, our Vista Sofa saves you $210! #LooksForLess‬

Contemporary design available in chocolate brown (Vista Collection as shown), grey (Upton Collection), and capri seafoam blue (Taffy Collection). Features flared arms, fixed back cushions, loose seat cushions, tapered feet and durable frame construction. Stress joints are corner blocked, glued and secured with staples. Construction also includes no-sag sinuous steel wire seat springs and 1.8 density polyurethane foam cushion cores.

Sofa: 90″ x 38″ x 41″

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