about our company
Family is not disposable; its foundation should be well-built and made to last. Our creations at Kozy Kids Chairs represent our values. Unlike most children’s furniture that are low-quality and disposable, Kozy Kids Chairs are hand-crafted with the best in quality, durable materials, and meant to be handed down through the generations. With every chair we build, our goal is to provide children with their own, unique space to enjoy, learn, and create memories to last a lifetime.
Choose from our one-of-a-kind styles or customize your very own special chair from our four main designs. Each chair comes personalized with your child’s name on an embroidered name tag and a life-time warranty.
When you sit across the table from Gladys Silrus, there is a calm that overcomes you. The softness in her eyes tell a lifetime of stories that speak of accomplishment, determination, and love. Kozy Kids Chairs was established on this foundation.
Leading with her heart and passion for family, Gladys founded Kozy Kids Chairs with her son, Allen, in 2019. As co-owner and operator, she oversees design and manufacturing for the children’s furniture company that remains headquartered within her long-time workshop located at the base of the North Cascade Mountains.
Gladys recovered her first piece of furniture in 1970 and has seemingly never looked back. With a creative mind and a pair of hands to match, the self-proclaimed “all-around handywoman” has designed and fabricated hundreds of pieces over the years. Since that first self-taught project more than 50 years ago, Gladys has remained diligent in her craft, always looking for opportunities to refine her skills and elevate her designs.
From sketching out her visions on paper; to measuring, cutting, and molding the wood frames into shape; to padding, covering, and putting on the finishing touches – from concept to creation, she does it all.
“I love taking a really ‘ugly duckling’ and recreating it into a beautiful swan,” said Gladys. “Seeing the look on people’s faces when they see their piece of furniture beautiful again is priceless.”
Gladys has worn many hats over the years – from construction dispatcher, bar tender, restaurant owner, EMT, and bank teller – but, she’s always considered herself an upholsterer. She simply loves to create with her hands. Gladys can often be found making mosaics, stain glass, gardening, or cooking and baking (from scratch, of course!) at her beautiful home on the South Skagit River.
Never one to just sit still, Gladys is well known and loved throughout her community and enjoys volunteering whenever possible. She has spent countless hours sewing bags for local individuals and families in need, using left-over scraps of upholstery fabric from her workshop. Stuffing the bags full of items from toothbrushes and toothpaste to combs and hand sanitizer, Gladys continues to make her mark on the world, one neighbor at a time.
Gladys is the proud mother of two grown sons, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is a loving sister and friend to many.
With a personal goal to create designs that last through many generations as legacy pieces, Gladys is living her dream.
“Greatness is not in where we stand but in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
ALLEN LYNN SILRUS
With an eye for design, a mind dedicated to growth, and a heart committed to his family, Allen Lynn Silrus acted on his combined personal and professional passions and founded Kozy Kids Chairs in 2019. As co-owner and project manager, Allen brings more than two decades of professional experience in art and design, along with a lifetime of upholstery knowledge to the family-owned, children’s furniture company. His primary responsibilities at Kozy Kids Chairs includes sales, promotions, design, and manufacturing.
“Going into business with my mother is a dream; she’s my best friend,” said Allen. “My goal is to be a worthy apprentice to her and, together, create quality designs that bring enjoyment and become keepsakes to the families who purchase them.”
Having grown up in his mother’s upholstery shop located in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, Allen has an innate love for innovative and creative design.
Throughout his career, Allen gained valuable hands-on and management-level experience in a variety of industries, all while maintaining a special focus on the arts. As assistant manager for the Olympic Music Festival, Allen oversaw promotion, festival volunteers, and ticket sales. He also managed Passing Thoughts Art Production, a Seattle-based video production company, where he traveled abroad creating digital videos on behalf of the University of Washington as well as productions of his own. Never one to shy away from demanding jobs or responsibility, Allen also worked in construction, most recently as foreman for an industrial coating company.
Allen is a life-long learner, always seeking opportunities to expand his knowledge and skill sets. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in both English Literature and Collective Arts from the University of Washington, as well as a Graphic Designing Certificate from Walla Walla Community College.
A resident of Bellingham, Washington, Allen and his life partner, Candace, have two children and two, precious granddaughters. He is also a very proud uncle to numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces. In his free-time, Allen often unwinds with a good book. He also enjoys exercising, learning (just about anything), traveling near or far, and following the NBA.
“Calm seas never made a skilled sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt