Monday, April 18, 2011

Union Square Emporium

Fixtures & more is expanding to downtown Hickory! Check out our new "showroom extension" and wonderful products for sale at the Union Square Emporium! Offering the latest in lighting fixtures, lamps, home decor, let Fixtures & more spruce up your home for Spring!

Union Square Emporium - Where friends and shoppers meet!
Location: 16 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Phone: 828-324-SHOP

Saturday, January 15, 2011

10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen New Again


Tired of the same old kitchen, but don’t want the hassle (or price tag) of an entire renovation? These fast and easy updates take the room from make-do to magnificent.

1. Add Table Lamps
Put table lamps on your island or dining table to make your kitchen feel like a room, not a laboratory, like designer Robert Stillin did with Visual Comfort's Column lamp in Sheffield silver for House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year with Ina Garten.

2. Try a New Gadget
You don't have to invest in brand-new appliances like an industrial stove. Instead, become inspired to cook a new dish, or just have more fun cooking a family favorite, with a fun, functional gadget, like a citrus juicer. We like this one from

3. Add Large Baskets
If you have extra space but lack shelves, try stacking large baskets. They can hold onions, potatoes, or other items, as demonstrated here in this New Jersey kitchen designed by Lisa Cohen.

4. Hang Mirrors
For extra light and to make a kitchen feel more open, hang a mirror. It will reflect any natural light already present. You can even panel the cabinets, like in this Brooklyn home by designer Jonathan Berger.

5. Refresh Your Cabinets
An easy way to update cabinetry is by painting the insides a contrasting color, like architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, did in this western Connecticut home. Next, either remove doors to create open shelves, or enjoy the pop of color through glass doors.

6. Plant Fresh Herbs
Instead of buying herbs at the grocery store, take a cue from this Connecticut home by designer Carole Lalli, and plant herbs in pots for your kitchen. They will add freshness to the atmosphere and your food.

7. Transform Your Tiles
Update the look of your backsplash — without grout — by using tile decals. These adhesive stickers come in various sizes to perfectly cover up dated tile designs, without leaving a sticky residue. We like these Mibo tile tattoos through, or try's vintage tile stickers.

8. Mix Up Seating
Whether you have upholstered kitchen chairs or all-wood seating, a fresh and modern look is to mix up the dining area furniture. Alternate chair cushion colors, like designer Todd Klein did in this New York apartment, or if you're more bold, try using seating that's not all part of a matching set.

9. Switch Out Hardware
Replace the cabinet pulls; it alone is a major transformation," says designer Jeff Lewis, who created this contemporary design for House Beautiful's 2010 Kitchen of the Year.

10. Suspend Pots and Pans
Instead of investing in brand-new cabinetry, try working with what you have. You can free up space by suspending your pots and pans from the ceiling. A pot rack adds style, makes them easily accessible, and creates more cabinet space for other items, says designer Shannon Bowers, who did that in this Texas home's kitchen.

View the entire article as published by House Beautiful, click here!

A New Year...A New Space! Let the Fixtures & more design team help you make your kitchen new again with the lastest in lighting and plumbing fixtures and home accessories! A new shipment of Pacific Coast lamps and shades has just arrived to the showroom. Come by and check it out or shop online on our new website,!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hickory Living Magazine!

Fixtures & more owners, Anne, Grace, and Nell are featured on the cover of the December issue of Hickory Living Magazine! The magazine is distributed at more than 250 locations, including the Fixtures & more showroom! Check it out!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


fixtures & more is now on Facebook! Keep up-to-date on the most recent sales, products, and happenings at fixtures & more via Facebook! Find us on Facebook!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gallery of Gifts

fixtures & more is a featured vendor at the Gallery of Gifts on Friday, December 3, 2010 from 4pm - 8pm & Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9am - 2pm at the Newton-Conover Auditorium. Join us for local, handmade and artisan gifts, food, Santa for the children, and youth art classes to make holiday ornaments. Come see the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the gallery sponsored by fixtures & more and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays as you shop for unique holiday treats!

Current Vendors Include

Jewelry by Earth DeLight
Angel Prints & Gifts by Vae Hamilton
Original Art by Melissa Crosson
Heather Sigmon - Thirty-One
Andrea Beatty - Mary Kay
Lillians - Holiday Gifts
Animal Prints by Lucy Lofland
Alyssa Taylor – Clay beads/jewelry
Tommy Edwards – musician with The Heart of Virginia Foundation (CD release)
Stephen Hoke – Jewelry/Art
Fixtures & More
Millermark Pens
Jewelry by Ana Cristina Godoy
Wine by Lake James Cellars
Pottery by Amanda Dobbins
Dianne Elliott with her book Forever & Beyond

Monday, October 4, 2010

Our Story

fixtures & more is a family-owned and operated business in the town of Newton, North Carolina. It was started by Anne Abernethy Wepner and her daughters Grace Wepner Ludtke and Nell Wepner in 2010 in an effort to create jobs in the local community and to refurbish existing commercial space that had become vacant. “We wanted to do something that would brighten everyone’s day,” says Mrs. Wepner, and thus the idea of a lighting and plumbing fixture store was born.

The vision of fixtures & more was to create a “one stop shop” for interior fixtures, thereby sparing customers the hassle of searching at various locations to match finishes and styles. This goal was enhanced by the expertise of the fixtures & more team and their various experiences within the homebuilding industry in Catawba County. Mrs. Wepner also wished to continue the spirit of entrepreneurship established by her family and, in particular, to build upon the legacy of her grandfather who ran Abernethy Hardware in downtown Newton for many years.

What is now the fixtures & more building was constructed in 2004 as a restaurant and has now been transformed into a stunning showroom space where homeowners and business owners can shop for the latest trends and fashions in home lighting, plumbing, and accessories. Across the street from the showroom is the fixtures & more warehouse which will later house an additional showroom where customers can view new products.

The remodeling of two vacant buildings now occupied by fixtures & more has helped to bring a new spark and vitality to downtown Newton. This spark extends outward as fixtures & more serves the local community as well as the wider state and national market via our e-commerce website to launch in Fall 2010.

The goals of fixtures & more are:
•To provide quality products for our customers.
•To assist customers with their purchases.
•To help customers make the process of customizing and accessorizing their home or business a hassle-free and pleasurable experience

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 NC Stars Award Winner!

On Wednesday evening, fixtures & more won the 2010 Best Associate Logo Design Award at the Stars Awards Gala presented by the North Carolina Home Builders in Charlotte! Thank you Betsey for your wonderful design!