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October 18, 2015

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North Carolina’s Jill Towery uses discarded fabric samples and scraps to create her colorful and one-of-a-kind furniture collection.

The designer and founder: Towery was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. She attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, earned a degree in business administration and later worked in sales and banking management. In 2007, while living in Hickory, Towery began designing reversible handbags using discarded fabric and upholstery samples from local furniture manufacturers. Two years later, she created her first sofa, using the same principles of her handbag designs.

The company: Salmagundi (trademarked) began in 2007 in the basement of Towery’s home in Hickory.

The name: “Salmagundi” means a mixture, medley or combination. Her furniture pieces are a mix of colors, textures and patterns.

The goods: Chairs ($1,400 to $2,000); settees ($1,800 to $2,200); and tuffets or ottomans ($350 to $575).

Big break: In 2011, Towery showed her line at the High Point Furniture Market, where her pieces sold out.

Unusual request: NASCAR wife Kelley Jarrett wanted to recover her sofa “Salmagundi style.” The company ended up redoing almost every piece of upholstery in Jarrett’s home, including bedding and window treatments.
What’s new: Although most Salmagundi pieces are made from upcycled and short runs of frames, the company has introduced two of its own production frames: the MidMod Martini chair, a nod to the mid-century modern trend, and a Petite settee.

Where to buy: In the Atlanta area, at WildCat on a Wing, 10061 Ball Ground Highway, in Ball Ground ( Also at the AmericasMart, Building One, Floor 15 E1and Kinzig Designs in the American-made showroom. For information, visit

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  1. Lee permalink

    I LOVE these!!!!!!!!

    Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:24:17 +0000 To:

  2. Thank you Linda Jerkins, AJC and for featuring Salmagundi.

  3. Mark Sigmon permalink

    Great job Jill ……. love it …..

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