ABOUT US

Roots

Our company has its roots in a family-run upholstery shop founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1959 by Mason and Virginia Terry.  With son Steve at the helm, Terry's Upholstery grew from a true mom and pop organization to one of the largest regional upholstery companies in the Southeast, branching into Terry's Commercial Upholstery, Terry's Furniture Contractors and Abagail's Fabrics.  


In 2007, Steve and Diane Terry established Silverstone Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Silverstone Home, Silverstone Business, Silverstone Fabrics and Silverstone Contract Fabrics.  Since then, Silverstone has become a pioneering leader both residential and commercial upholstery, custom furniture, high-end fabrics, custom print-on-demand textiles, and leather hides.  In our third iteration--Gallery Chair, Gallery Chair Contract and Abbey's Custom Textiles--we are looking forward to revolutionizing the commercial furniture industry with our modular design and custom-printed statement fabrics.  At the Gallery Chair family of companies, we believe in providing functional design solutions without sacrificing quality, interest or beauty. 

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Steve Terry, General Manager

After graduation from Appalachian State University in 1978, Steve joined the family business, Terry’s Upholstery, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The business had been established in 1959 by Steve’s parents, Mason and Virginia Terry and, of course, Steve grew up “at the shop.” In 1983, Steve took over Terry’s Upholstery and under his leadership, the business evolved into a regional upholstery company with clients throughout the southeast.   Steve's extensive knowledge of high-end, luxury upholstery fabrics for use in both residential and contract settings spans three decades. In addition, his vast custom furniture experience gives him a unique perspective on furniture and textiles, allowing him to see fabric and seating both as art and as function.  Abbey Custom Textiles and Gallery Chair were made possible because of Steve's vision of combining cutting edge fabric printing technology with both traditional and modular furniture design.

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Diane Terry, CEO | Graphic Design

Diane’s life “before furniture” was one of research, writing and teaching.  After earning the MA in History from Appalachian State University in 1983, she taught World, American and Local History for 25 years--half of her career at Appalachian and half at Caldwell Community College. In 2007, she and husband, Steve, established Silverstone Enterprises, Inc. Under her direction, Silverstone was transformed from a small home-based business to a company that grew by 30% per year for the last eight years. In fact, the business has allowed her to retire from teaching and join her husband full-time in fabric and furniture. The company has shipped fabric and leather to every state in the union as well as to over twenty countries, and has done projects for movies, TV shows, major universities and corporate leaders.  Diane’s graphics, research, writing and organizational skills, as well as her broad knowledge of history, art, industry and culture make her an integral member of the Abbey Custom Textiles/Gallery Chair team.

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Octavia Barefoot, Ecommerce & Social Media

Octavia is a 2010 graduate of Appalachian State University, earning the BS degree in Biological Anthropology.  She also is an avid horsewoman who, after graduation from college, followed her lifelong dream of working full-time with horses, particularly Arabian horses. Her equine resume includes work at such prestigious Arabian breeding farms as Om El-Arab in Santa Ynez, California and Talaria Farms in Newnan, Georgia.  
After returning to her native North Carolina, Octavia took a job at Horse Sense of the Carolinas near Asheville, a top-rated equine-assisted therapy center, where she worked with veterans' groups, victims of domestic violence and at-risk youth.  While in Asheville, Octavia began working with us via internet on a part-time basis.  At present, she is working full-time and in person here at Abbey Custom Textiles/Gallery Chair, bringing the older generation up to speed with computer technology and social media marketing.  In her off hours, she enjoys working and playing with her two Arabian mares, Rosie and Tiffany.

PAST PROJECTS

We invite you to view just a few of our commercial furniture projects.

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LEVINE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

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DUKE UNIVERSITY

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VIRGINIA TECH

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

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LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH

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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

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UNC-ASHEVILLE

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PARTIAL CLIENT LIST


Levine Children's Hospital

Carolinas Medical Center

Charlotte Convention Center

Levine Museum of the New South - Charlotte

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

City of Durham, North Carolina

Town of Boone, North Carolina

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina--Charlotte

University of Alabama--Birmingham

Appalachian State University

Mars Hill University

Duke University

University of Kentucky

Virginia Tech

Wachovia/Wells-Fargo

Bank of America

Lowe's Hardware Corporate Headquarters

Marriott

Hyatt

Hilton

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Sonoma Restaurant

Sony Pictures

Twentieth Century Fox

Showtime 

Cinemax