The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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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.

Richard Neutra-designed midcentury hits market for first time at $3.2M

Located in Weston, Connecticut

Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra helped to define modernism in the mid-twentieth century, living and building for most of his life in Southern California. He did, however, design a few homes on the East Coast, like this five-bedroom, three-bath home in Weston, Connecticut, that’s on the market for the first time.

Known as the Corwin House, it’s one of only two properties designed by Neutra remaining in Connecticut, and it’s being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin. Corwin and her husband reached out to Neutra in 1955 after being dissatisfied with their first architect, and tasked the iconic architect to build the structure on 4.3 acres perched above the Saugatuck River.

The home boasts a plethora of original features like bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry, a blue door framed by windows, and walls of glass looking out into the forest beyond. The kitchen is enclosed by windows in a boxy shape, and the home includes a wood-paneled dining area that adds coziness. Built-in furniture and cabinetry can be found throughout, and a brick-inlay fireplace forms a focal point in the living room.

25 Huckleberry Lane is on the market...


Located in Weston, Connecticut

Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra helped to define modernism in the mid-twentieth century, living and building for most of his life in Southern California. He did, however, design a few homes on the East Coast, like this five-bedroom, three-bath home in Weston, Connecticut, that’s on the market for the first time.

Known as the Corwin House, it’s one of only two properties designed by Neutra remaining in Connecticut, and it’s being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin. Corwin and her husband reached out to Neutra in 1955 after being dissatisfied with their first architect, and tasked the iconic architect to build the structure on 4.3 acres perched above the Saugatuck River.

The home boasts a plethora of original features like bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry, a blue door framed by windows, and walls of glass looking out into the forest beyond. The kitchen is enclosed by windows in a boxy shape, and the home includes a wood-paneled dining area that adds coziness. Built-in furniture and cabinetry can be found throughout, and a brick-inlay fireplace forms a focal point in the living room.

25 Huckleberry Lane is on the market for $3,200,000, with a unique clause. The owner, Betty Corwin, is in her 90s and wishes to remain in the residence for the balance of her life. Based on the asking price, the buyer will hopefully be willing to purchase an option today which can be exercised to purchase the home in the future.

The kitchen is enclosed by windows with views out to the forest.
Built-in cabinetry and wood-paneled walls create a striking dining room.
The living room boasts a brick-inlay fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows on one side.
Love these bright yellow St. Charles cabinets.
The master bedroom also features built-in cabinetry and plenty of windows.
An archival photo shows the living room and patio when the home was constructed in the 1950s.

Located in Weston, Connecticut

Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra helped to define modernism in the mid-twentieth century, living and building for most of his life in Southern California. He did, however, design a few homes on the East Coast, like this five-bedroom, three-bath home in Weston, Connecticut, that’s on the market for the first time.

Known as the Corwin House, it’s one of only two properties designed by Neutra remaining in Connecticut, and it’s being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin. Corwin and her husband reached out to Neutra in 1955 after being dissatisfied with their first architect, and tasked the iconic architect to build the structure on 4.3 acres perched above the Saugatuck River.

The home boasts a plethora of original features like bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry, a blue door framed by windows, and walls of glass looking out into the forest beyond. The kitchen is enclosed by windows in a boxy shape, and the home includes a wood-paneled dining area that adds coziness. Built-in furniture and cabinetry can be found throughout, and a brick-inlay fireplace forms a focal point in the living room.

25 Huckleberry Lane is on the market for $3,200,000, with a unique clause. The owner, Betty Corwin, is in her 90s and wishes to remain in the residence for the balance of her life. Based on the asking price, the buyer will hopefully be willing to purchase an option today which can be exercised to purchase the home in the future.

The kitchen is enclosed by windows with views out to the forest.
Built-in cabinetry and wood-paneled walls create a striking dining room.
The living room boasts a brick-inlay fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows on one side.
Love these bright yellow St. Charles cabinets.
The master bedroom also features built-in cabinetry and plenty of windows.
An archival photo shows the living room and patio when the home was constructed in the 1950s.

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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.