The Chief’s Story
Celebrating her 27th year of greatness, owner Katherine Snedeker is hailed as The Chief by her peers, co-workers, and customers. When Ms. Snedeker took over the reins, she successfully changed the branding from “mom and pop” western to a niche of high-end and elegant rustic furnishings. She expanded the collections and engaged in the philosophy to aim at the primary household, not just the vacation home. Believing that the spirit of the west is a “style that is inclusive”, she was determined to offer exquisite, one-of-a-kind furnishings that would make people say, “I love that”. The incredible showrooms, located in Dallas and Houston, are a testament to her vision.
In continuing her commitment to reducing the impact on our natural resources, Katherine employs artisans from the regional West and all world points, offering a furniture mix ranging in reclaimed woods from England, Brazil, and the American West. Old mesquite mission doors team up with antique oxen yokes to make office desks, consoles, and dining tables. Old Brazilian factories are torn down and the wood is recycled into living, dining, and bedroom pieces. Beams are harvested from castles, roots are dug up after trees have been cut down, and the result is a piece of furniture that has a story to tell as well as being a special part of history.
Combining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and a talent for creating unique home environments, Katherine’s expertise is blending styles together, combining a fusion of elements that will create a very entertaining environment. “It is a look that is very difficult to capture, because it must feel comfortable – livable.” Keeping both the customer and the Design Team engaged, and the talent to design looks that are “custom tailored to fit” is what she partly attributes to her growth and keeps The Arrangement’s customer coming back.
The ability to order custom pieces has opened up a new market for designers and architects. Likewise, the commercial market has embraced the edited down look of the rustic woods teamed up with distressed leathers in a sleeker design line. The new frontier for The Arrangement is the commercial audience that is professionally seeking organic solutions for today’s marketplace.