Three Generations of Home Design...giving attention to the smallest detail

Three Generations of Home Design
...giving attention to the smallest detail
by Jennifer LB Leese

It's easy to get stuck in time. Many of us think of redecorating--but who has the time? What pieces match what? Which brands are quality and how do you begin shopping for a specific piece? This is where an interior decorator comes in handy.
No matter who you are or where you live, we all hope to have an attractive and inviting home. Whether you want to redecorate your entire house or simply want to bring new life to an individual room; whether your tastes are tradional, country, or contemporary, Maidstone Interiors can help you transform your house into a beautiful and functional home that expresses your individual style while meeting your particular needs.
"Maidstone is a fairly traditional store. We do run with the trends, but always put a slant on it so it will not go out of style before the home furnishings are worn out or the client tires of it," said Betsy Hardinge, President of Maidstone Interiors. "We do a little bit of everything. We do consultations where we help people with ideas of how to change the layout of a room down to picking the right paint and draperies."
Maidstone Interiors can help you with paints and faux finishes, fabrics and wallpapers, rearranging and/or updating your existing decor, and choosing the right accessories from pillows to flower arrangements. "We're there from beginning to end." Maidstone Interiors has a variety of products and styles. "We literally have hundreds of manufacturers.
"Our customers span across the country," said Betsy. I can see why, when you walk through the doors of Maidstone, you feel at home. Their laid-back and knowledgeable staff, along with their masterful decorating skills, are welcoming and pleasurable to all the senses. They're definitely good at what they do.
Maidstone Interiors is available for planning and furnishing private homes, public buildings, and commercial or institutional establishments such offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theaters. Or you can walk into their store on Summit and purchase items right off the floor, wall, or tables.
Betsy Hardinge's grandfather, Philo Statton, along with his wife Helen, started Statton Furniture--the leader in quality, bench-made cherry traditional furniture. Philo moved to Hagerstown after college to work for Brandt Cabinet Works, but Philo wanted to start his own business. In 1926, he started manufacturing solid maple bedroom furniture, while his wife worked as a stylist. "There weren't many furniture stores during that time," Betsy told me. Joining them was William Beard, a well-known architect who designed furniture for Statton.
"Together they would change how the furniture industry sold its products." Philo and Helen had developed a strong belief in the enduring beauty and workmanship in conventional furniture.
Statton marketed the "Gallery" (the first of its kind), a method of displaying home furnishings engaging all the senses from paint colors to the flower bouquets to coasters on the table. Also known for introducing the "Truetype" house, which showcased furniture in room settings--simulating a small home (including upstairs bedrooms)--was built in 1931 on the sales floor of a well-known department store in Philadelphia.
Maidstone Interiors officially opened for business in 1934. "They introduced small-town better-styled home furnishings and "tasteful" interior design."
Since the early 1960s, the company has come to be known throughout the industry for premium craftsmanship and flawless traditional design. Not only is Maidstone going on three generations of proprietors, they're also going on three generations of customers.
"They [Philo and Helen Statton] proved that it was possible to provide customers with style, taste and quality without paying the exorbitant prices of an interior designer."
Before long, Maidstone Interiors was known as "The Smartest Little Store in America." "It is unheard of in this day and age for a third generation furniture business to survive in the today's business world," said Betsy.
Philo and Helen's daughter Pamela took on the responsibility of carrying on the family tradition of excellence--Maidstone. "Her taste was much like my grandmother's, paying attention to every detail," said Betsy. Betsy has run the family business since 1980, learning everything she could from her mother.
Betsy enjoys what she does. "Every day is different," she said. Occasionally Maidstone hosts benefit affairs with the Women's Club, an organization Helen Statton helped found. "My grandmother was way ahead of her time," said Betsy. "She graduated from Vassar--not many women went to college then."
Maidstone Interiors is a unique company. They have the advantage of having 17,000-square feet of product to show their customers. "On top of what we have here, we go outside of our store to find what the customer wants.
"We go as far as buying people's placemats!
"Our services go beyond just being in the store. A lot of people don't know that about us," said Betsy who feels that the customer should always have the option of sitting on, touching, and seeing the product in person. Maidstone hopes to guide their clients through the maze of home furnishing decisions by helping them select antiques, and other unique, one-of-a-kind items to complement their tastes.
"Our friendly staff of professional interior designers not only can assist you with even your smallest design need but also "know" furniture. They know what it takes to create a quality piece of furniture. Our special relationship with Statton provides our entire staff with a unique perspective."
With a team of professional individuals who can make your life easier when it comes to picking out furniture, draperies, lamps, and floor and wall coverings for your home, Maidstone is there to give attention to even the smallest of details.
Look for their Fall Clearance where stock inventory is reduced up to 70% off retail!
Maidstone Interiors, where the original Truetype house is still on display, is located at 117 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown. For more information call 301-733-9110 or visit them online at www.maidstoneinteriors.com.