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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Ultimate equestrian estate just outside NYC wants $8.5M

The compound is located on 58 acres in Bedford, New York.

La Bestiaire is located in Bedford, New York, a Westchester enclave known as “Billionaire’s Row”

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Location: Bedford, New York

Price: $8,500,000

This equestrian estate in Bedford, New York, is the ultimate horse-lover’s paradise. Set on 58 bucolic acres in Northern Westchester County just an hour outside New York City in what is considered “Billionaire’s Row,” La Bestiaire is on the market for the first time in 50 years.

The compound was built in 1928 and was the home of William Kelly Simpson, a professor of Egyptology at Yale and his wife, Marilyn Ellen Milton, a granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller. And, according to a press release, it’s set among good company, sharing a zip code with the estates of Martha Stewart, George Soros, and Ralph Lauren.

La Bestiaire comprises multiple outbuildings in addition to the charming main house, which includes bright and airy formal living rooms spaces and seven bedrooms and four and a half baths. A pool, pool house, and tennis court offer outdoor recreational...


The compound is located on 58 acres in Bedford, New York.

La Bestiaire is located in Bedford, New York, a Westchester enclave known as “Billionaire’s Row”

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Bedford, New York

Price: $8,500,000

This equestrian estate in Bedford, New York, is the ultimate horse-lover’s paradise. Set on 58 bucolic acres in Northern Westchester County just an hour outside New York City in what is considered “Billionaire’s Row,” La Bestiaire is on the market for the first time in 50 years.

The compound was built in 1928 and was the home of William Kelly Simpson, a professor of Egyptology at Yale and his wife, Marilyn Ellen Milton, a granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller. And, according to a press release, it’s set among good company, sharing a zip code with the estates of Martha Stewart, George Soros, and Ralph Lauren.

La Bestiaire comprises multiple outbuildings in addition to the charming main house, which includes bright and airy formal living rooms spaces and seven bedrooms and four and a half baths. A pool, pool house, and tennis court offer outdoor recreational opportunities. And, of course, the extensive equestrian facilities provide only the best, including two barns (14 stalls), outdoor riding arenas, and access to the Bedford Riding Lanes, a network of 100 miles of bridle trails.

A brick guest house and separate guest cottage each with its own driveway, plus two staff apartment adjacent to the stables round out the property, which enjoys 1,000 feet of Beaver Dam River frontage and acres of gardens and lush pastures. Located at 129-137 Katonahs Wood Road, it’s offered at $8.5 million.

Courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The compound is located on 58 acres in Bedford, New York.

La Bestiaire is located in Bedford, New York, a Westchester enclave known as “Billionaire’s Row”

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Bedford, New York

Price: $8,500,000

This equestrian estate in Bedford, New York, is the ultimate horse-lover’s paradise. Set on 58 bucolic acres in Northern Westchester County just an hour outside New York City in what is considered “Billionaire’s Row,” La Bestiaire is on the market for the first time in 50 years.

The compound was built in 1928 and was the home of William Kelly Simpson, a professor of Egyptology at Yale and his wife, Marilyn Ellen Milton, a granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller. And, according to a press release, it’s set among good company, sharing a zip code with the estates of Martha Stewart, George Soros, and Ralph Lauren.

La Bestiaire comprises multiple outbuildings in addition to the charming main house, which includes bright and airy formal living rooms spaces and seven bedrooms and four and a half baths. A pool, pool house, and tennis court offer outdoor recreational opportunities. And, of course, the extensive equestrian facilities provide only the best, including two barns (14 stalls), outdoor riding arenas, and access to the Bedford Riding Lanes, a network of 100 miles of bridle trails.

A brick guest house and separate guest cottage each with its own driveway, plus two staff apartment adjacent to the stables round out the property, which enjoys 1,000 feet of Beaver Dam River frontage and acres of gardens and lush pastures. Located at 129-137 Katonahs Wood Road, it’s offered at $8.5 million.

Courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.