More and more Wichitans are discovering the row of warehouses behind Haverty’s on Rock Road, and Jeff and Lisa Cohlmia are glad to be part of it. They opened Cohlmia Interiors there in October, joining several other home furnishing stores. The Cohlmias, who previously owned Home Gallery by Cohlmia, first saw a similar set-up a few years ago near Charlotte, N. C. and liked how the retailers had found a way to lower costs and benefit consumers my making it easier for them to comparison shop.
Cohlmia Interiors may not look like much from the outside — after all, it’s just one of several unassuming doors into a warehouse — but Lisa says, “We don’t really miss the formality of a typical store front, and it seems our customers don’t either by their reactions to the space.”
The showroom entrance is a bit deceptive — the space is actually quite large and deep, stocked with an array of furniture, lighting, art and accessories most from American manufacturers carefully chosen for their quality and craftsmanship.
The Cohlmias help customers with space planning, furniture and fabric selection, bedding and window treatments.
“We represent styles ranging from rustic to refined, or we can create a mix to come up with a current, eclectic look,” Lisa said. “We’re a retail showroom with design available to help customize selections. If customers don’t find a purchase off the floor, we have many resources available to consider and customize to their personal taste.”
Jeff and Lisa, along with their assistant Peggy Gilchrist, offer complimentary design assistance. They help customers with space planning, furniture and fabric selection, bedding, window treatments ranging from draperies to shutters and reupholstering, as well as choosing the right accents such as lighting, rugs, art and accessories.
If it’s interior planning you’re needing help with, Jeff and Lisa recommend breaking large projects down into smaller more manageable ones. “Going in stages helps create less stress both mentally and financially, and allows you to prioritize your projects,” says Lisa. “We also believe you don’t have to start from scratch to create beautiful and current interiors. Your home will look more ‘collected’ and have its own personality if you rework or reuse pieces that have ‘good bones’ and classic style.”
Cohlmia Interiors also offers Certified Redesign — an affordable way to get a total transformation working with the furniture, artwork and accessories you already own to give your interiors a fresh look.