Faces of Franklin: Rebecca's Furniture
Rebecca Burns, owner of Rebecca’s Furniture
Tucked away in the back left of The Shop Around The Corner is Rebecca’s Furniture and Design. The gray bead board walls almost disappear behind rows of hanging draperies, stacked accent rugs and layered fabrics. The chairs and sofas in the store are brimming with pillows and throws.
The Shop Around the Corner is an antique mall on Third Avenue North. In addition to Rebecca’s Furniture and Design’s Dash & Albert Rugs, Pine Cone Hill bedding, slipcovered furniture and custom and ready-made window treatments, the styles and tastes of the four different vendors dovetail perfectly to create a unique shopping experience for customers. Offerings include handmade jewelry, boutique clothing, antique furniture and baby gifts.
What makes Rebecca’s Furniture and Design stand out are the classic patterns and textures covering the décor.
“Luxurious fabrics and clean lines,” said Rebecca Burns, owner of Rebecca’s Furniture, of her interior design taste. “Mixing old with new.”
Burns developed her eye for home décor at an early age. Her family was always going on antique-buying trips, and eventually her father opened a furniture manufacturing plant on the family farm in Decatur, Ala.
“My dad would often duplicate the antiques, and that’s how the furniture shop began; he saw a desire for antique reproductions when the originals just weren’t always available. And I was pretty proud to say I had been to every state before I was 10!”
She attended college at Vanderbilt University, where she studied English and art history. From there she moved to New York and then California, working in the feature animation industry.
Burns returned to the South in 2002, and to her original passion. She settled in Tennessee and opened a business selling her father’s custom furniture in downtown Franklin.
“I saw downtown and I just fell in love with it,” she said. “I got sucked in like everyone else. The community of Franklin has a big heart and people here responded immediately to the handmade nature of what we were doing.”
The success of Rebecca’s Furniture has earned it national television attention. In 2012, the store was featured on HGTV’s My First Place, a show that follows first-time buyers and their Realtors on the search for the perfect home and their favorite local shops. CMT Crossroads also interviewed Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett in the shop in 2006.
Almost 12 years later, Rebecca’s Furniture and Design is now a one-stop-shop for home décor.
“I love the broad appeal of what I’m offering right now. The rain or shine rugs are perfect for living rooms as well as dorm rooms. The textile industry has come so far you can’t tell what is rain or shine so easily anymore, and the same goes with the slipcovered furniture. We offer slipcovers made out of Sunbrella (rain or shine) fabric now. They feel so similar to the cottons and linens.”
Burns also offers both in-shop design consultations and in-home appointments, and she’s done everything from master bedrooms to dorm rooms.
After a move back across the country and a drastic career change, Burns finally feels settled.
“Everything’s worked out perfectly,” said Burns. “I still see my customers and have time to spend with my family. I love the group of women here too. It’s so in my blood; I don’t know of anything else I’d want to do.”
Rebecca’s Furniture is located in The Shop Around The Corner at 117 3rd Ave. North. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment with Burns, call 615.599.1652, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.rebeccasfurniture.com.
“Faces of Franklin” is part of a series on merchants and small business owners in downtown Franklin, Tenn. To read more, go to www.downtownfranklintn.com.
Posted on: 2/6/2014