School is back in session and that can only mean one thing: the holidays are just around the corner. While we bask in the lingering days of summer, we still need to think ahead to make “the most wonderful time of the year” the best ever. Holiday entertaining requires planning — and if you need to host a large party, or many overnight guests, you might also need new furniture. You don’t want to put Aunt Betty on the couch, put your husband’s single sister at the “kids’ table”, or be stuck serving a buffet when a big part of the celebration is having the whole family break bread together at the same table.
Don’t Wait ’til the Last Minute
Rather than wait until the last minute, when you’re forced to shop at a big box store for cheaply made furnishings, it’s best to start looking now for quality handcrafted heirloom furniture that you will be proud to show off to your holiday guests.
One thing many people don’t realize is that handcrafted furniture is custom-ordered. But, it’s so worth the wait! Thoughtful details, unique designs, solid wood, sturdy joints and non-toxic materials — that’s what you get when you choose furniture that’s been crafted by true artisans. When you order furniture from a store like Pottery Barn, chances are that it’s coming from China, and can often contain harmful materials and emit fumes that are toxic to young children and pets. Plus, with mass-produced furniture, you literally have the same couch that thousands of other people also own. And, it doesn’t hold up nearly as wonderfully as furniture that isn’t mass-produced. Last, many of the furniture manufacturers we partner with are based in the United States, and it feels good to proudly “buy American”.
Plan Now for Custom Furniture
If you’re considering redoing a room or two in time for the holidays, now is the time to consult with us. Custom furniture orders should be placed soon to arrive in time to be installed for the holidays.
Holiday feasts, parties and family gatherings can be stressful on the host and hostess, but one way to relieve that stress is to have enough seating, bedding and table space. As you dress up your home for the holidays, rethink your furniture layout and analyze your current dining room set, guest room sleeping options, as well as seating in your living and family rooms. Visit us with pictures of your rooms and we can help you select quality furnishings, accessories, rugs, lamps and more to make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible. Happy holidays!