Newly Engaged, Need Better Furniture: My Nebraska Furniture Mart Wish List

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Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas opened its doors to bloggers in January and we got to take a peek at the massive selection of furniture, appliances, electronics, home decor, flooring, and more. Photo: Leah Shafer

This weekend, my wonderful boyfriend became my fabulous fiancé (!!!), and when I am able to look up from the shiny new ring on my left hand, I’ve been glancing at our hodgepodge assortment of furniture and thinking, “Maybe we should get some new things together.”

When I moved into his place in 2013, my bachelorette apartment merged with his single dad stuff and we created an utterly mismatched look. We live about 10 minutes from the soon-to-open Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas in The Colony at Grandscape, and I was totally and pleasantly surprised by what I saw under that huge roof (560,000 square feet!) back in January when they opened their doors for a blogger sneak peek.

So I gathered my notes from that night, looked around our house, and made this wish list! (You can check out Joanna’s wish list here.)


Magnussen Home Chest

I’m too embarrassed to post a photo of my current dresser, which is a total Pinterest fail. I tried to use textured wallpaper on the drawer fronts and when it didn’t live up to my expectations, got half of the paper scraped off before giving up. It looks bad, people— really, really bad.

I’m totally digging the Magnussen Home Chest not only because it doesn’t have torn pieces of wallpaper stuck to it, but also because it has a clean, modern look in a dark chestnut finish. The dimensional drawer fronts are unusual, and with five of them, I’ll have enough storage space.


Zuo Modern Rocket Chair in White

The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs of the 1950s are a favorite of mine, and I purchased two reproductions back in my single days. I think a couple of these Zuo Modern Rocket Chairs would be a great addition for our family room. They’re comfortable, fun, and totally affordable at $140 each.


Bosch 700 Series 30" Dual Fuel Slide-in Range

This wishlist item is for my boyfrie…I mean fiancé, who is the more ambitious cook in our relationship. The fact that our house has an electric coil range is an affront to his aspirations to be the next Iron Chef.

When I told him about the Bosch 700 Series 30″ Dual Fuel Slide-in Range at Nebraska Furniture Mart, and started saying things like “convection oven,” “sealed gas burners,” and “eight cooking modes,” he got a dreamy, far-off look in his eye. This range would help him create some scrumptious meals for us.


Southern Motion Krypto Rocker Recliner in Slate

Have I mentioned that I have a seven-month-old son? Who doesn’t sleep for more than three-hour stretches at a time? I have a love-hate relationship with rocker-recliners because while they are the pinnacle of comfort, they are usually so very awful-looking. But with a baby who needs major help finding the sleep fairy, I have decided we NEED one.

The Southern Motion Krypto Rocker Recliner addresses my main complaint about rocker-recliners by being a more tailored, contemporary adaptation of the overstuffed version. I love the dark slate color and curved track arms. Plus, it costs $290, which is totally in our budget.

WISH LIST ITEM 5: Nova Escalier Five Light Floor Lamp 

Nova Escalier 5 Light Floor Lamp with Frosted Glass Shades in Dark Brown and Brushed Nickel

One of my least favorite items on our house is the fugly 80s halogen lamp in hunter green that stands in the living room corner. It’s bright and functional, but oh, so unattractive.

The Nova Escalier Five Light Floor Lamp is a lovely alternative with its  staircase-like design, dark wood platforms, and brushed nickel side rails. It’s not only beautiful, but will also provide the light we need with five bulbs inside frosted glass shades.


Control Brand George Nelson Eye Clock

The final item on my Nebraska Furniture Mart wish list is the Control Brand George Nelson Eye Clock. Designed by George Nelson and Irving Harper in 1957, this clock has a brilliant, offbeat design style that would look marvelous with my Zuo Modern Rocket Chair and other midcentury pieces around the house. I’ve scouted other reproductions of this clock, which can run as high as $475. This version is $260.

What’s on your Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas wish list? Share it on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest with the tag #NFMWishList. There’s even a $1,000 gift card giveaway going on right now! But the contest ends March 10, so get going! 



Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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  1. Big Deeds says

    Don’t worry. I won’t be the first person to bring it up. I’ll let someone else take the abuse.

    • mmJoanna England says

      It is currently under a “Soft Opening” period, Brian, where you can show up after noon and shop even though the doors may say “private event.”


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