Good Value, Great Prices, Excellent Service

Welcome to the Lexington Furniture Co., a leader in selling high quality furniture for your home. We pride ourselves in the quality of our furniture, our competitive prices and our customer service.

Our interior designers and sales associates are committed to customer satisfaction. Each of them has been in the furniture industry for several years and is very knowledgeable about the products we sell. We’ll help you with furniture layout, style selections, color options and more…

Meet Our Team

Hugh JamesOwner
Jennifer PughInterior Designer
Mark ThompsonDesign Consultant
Emily HisleInterior Designer
Joe BaughnOut-of-state Sales/Customer Service
Kristie AshfordOffice Manager
Bob ChidesterWarehouse
Tyrone JacksonWarehouse

Our History

The James family started Lexington Furniture Company in 1963 as Lexington Wholesale Furniture. The business was in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, and occupied 40,000 square feet on land that is now the site of Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall.

Hugh James, the current owner, bought the business from his father in 1984. He and a business partner owned the business, called Lexington Furniture and Oriental Rug Gallery, until James bought the furniture side of the company in 2005.

 In 1995, Lexington Furniture expanded its business nationwide by advertising in several major magazines. Consumers could now order direct from the factory and have their furniture delivered in their home anywhere in the United States. Again, the same philosophy, which had guided the business thus far, still applied: good value, great prices and excellent service. At the same time, Lexington Furniture Company was one of the first to make its presence on the internet, thereby expanding its sales nationally.

Lexington Furniture Company remains one of the leaders in the furniture business. Lexington Furniture is heading into its seventh decade of business, offering the highest quality of furniture at more than competitive pricing. It provides award-winning customer service with qualified sales associates and interior designers.

Hugh James


Hugh has been working with Lexington Furniture since 1977 when he joined his father in the family business. The family moved to Lexington in 1955, and Hugh graduated from Lafayette High School in 1965. After earning a degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky in 1969, Hugh had a short stint in the U.S. Army. He then practiced law for awhile after earning his law degree at the University of Louisville.

“The goal of Lexington Furniture has always been the same,” Hugh said.  “Sell the best quality furniture in the marketplace at the best price. We couple that with excellent customer service, giving us a winning combination.”

“As I start my 47th year, the one thing that is the most important to me is that we have the best customers in the world. We are now servicing third generation customers. That is really something to be proud about.”

Hugh and his wife have two children, a son who lives near Atlanta and a daughter who lives in New York City. He also has two golden retrievers, Duke and Lucy. His twin sister lives in Greenville, S.C.

Jennifer Pugh

Interior Designer

Jennifer, who has a degree in interior design from Eastern Kentucky University, has worked at Lexington Furniture for more than 25 years. She graduated from Prestonsburg High School in Prestonsburg, Ky. She enjoys her interaction with clients, saying “I love it when customers call just to say thank you and how much they love their new furniture.”

Jennifer and her husband enjoy traveling. They have one adorable grandson and three adorable dogs.

Mark Thompson

Design Consultant

Mark has 41 years of experience working in the home furnishings business; he has been working with customers at Lexington Furniture for 17 of those years. Mark has a degree in architectural technology from the University of Kentucky. Along with interior design, his interests are automobiles, hiking, biking and volunteering.

Emily Hisle

Interior Designer

Emily started at Lexington Furniture in 2018 as an intern while she was earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design at the University of Kentucky. She became a full-time interior designer in 2019 after graduation.

“I have always enjoyed being creative and am very passionate about helping create beautiful interiors. Whether it be styling the showroom or helping customers make the right decision for their home, I hope to help everyone enjoy the space they are in as much as possible.”

Emily and her husband have two dogs that they adore — a basset hound and toy poodle. She enjoys trying new recipes, game nights, and traveling. She is a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

Joe Baughn

Out-of-state Sales/Customer Service

Joe has worked in the furniture industry since 2005 and has been at Lexington Furniture Company since 2009. His focus is helping customers who live outside the Lexington, Ky., market buy quality furniture at the best price possible. A graduate of Owen County High School, he has a business degree and a Christian ministry degree from Lindsey Wilson College.

He and his wife have three daughters.

Kristie Ashford

Office Manager

Kristie started at Lexington Furniture since 1994. She is a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband have two sons, ages 17 and 19. They also have two dogs, Bristol and Castle.

Bob Chidester


Bob has spent more than 30 years at Lexington Furniture. He grew up in Union Town, Pennsylvania, where he graduated for Laurel Highlands High School. After high school, Bob joined the Navy.

Tyrone Jackson


Tyrone has worked at Lexington Furniture for 20 years. He grew up in Lexington and loves to cook.