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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.

Circular midcentury beauty comes with a dramatic oculus

White circular house with lush garden and pool. Sotheby’s

This renovated stunner in Sydney could be yours for a pretty penny

A renovated midcentury gem is up for grabs in Sydney, Australia. Originally designed by Frank Fox in the 1960s, the “Oculus” house underwent renovations in 2014, led by Australian architecture firm Tzannes Associates, who kept the home’s unusual circular shell but updated just about everything else.

The refreshed residence, reportedly on the market for $15 million, has some striking features, including 270 degrees of retractible curved glass that give views to the garden designed by landscape architect William Dangar.

Living room with oculus, wooden screen, and beige sofa under a wall of windows. Sotheby’s

The layout of the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house, spruced up by Arent & Pyke Interior Design, unfurls like a seashell—the main living spaces, including an expansive media room on the lower level and the dining and living room on the second level, occupy the circular central section of the house.

True to the house’s name, an oculus hovers above the dining and living room, letting in lots of natural light. The more private areas of the home, including the five bedrooms and master suite, stretch outward from the center.

Touches of luxury permeate the place, like an...


White circular house with lush garden and pool. Sotheby’s

This renovated stunner in Sydney could be yours for a pretty penny

A renovated midcentury gem is up for grabs in Sydney, Australia. Originally designed by Frank Fox in the 1960s, the “Oculus” house underwent renovations in 2014, led by Australian architecture firm Tzannes Associates, who kept the home’s unusual circular shell but updated just about everything else.

The refreshed residence, reportedly on the market for $15 million, has some striking features, including 270 degrees of retractible curved glass that give views to the garden designed by landscape architect William Dangar.

Living room with oculus, wooden screen, and beige sofa under a wall of windows. Sotheby’s

The layout of the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house, spruced up by Arent & Pyke Interior Design, unfurls like a seashell—the main living spaces, including an expansive media room on the lower level and the dining and living room on the second level, occupy the circular central section of the house.

True to the house’s name, an oculus hovers above the dining and living room, letting in lots of natural light. The more private areas of the home, including the five bedrooms and master suite, stretch outward from the center.

Touches of luxury permeate the place, like an underground garage big enough for six cars, an airy chef’s kitchen, marble and wood-clad bathrooms, and a covered terrace that look out onto landscaped yard with pool.

Dining room with white dining table and chairs. Sotheby’s
Modern kitchen that opens onto terrace.Sotheby’s
Media room that opens onto terrace.Sotheby’s
White circular house with lush garden and pool. Sotheby’s

This renovated stunner in Sydney could be yours for a pretty penny

A renovated midcentury gem is up for grabs in Sydney, Australia. Originally designed by Frank Fox in the 1960s, the “Oculus” house underwent renovations in 2014, led by Australian architecture firm Tzannes Associates, who kept the home’s unusual circular shell but updated just about everything else.

The refreshed residence, reportedly on the market for $15 million, has some striking features, including 270 degrees of retractible curved glass that give views to the garden designed by landscape architect William Dangar.

Living room with oculus, wooden screen, and beige sofa under a wall of windows. Sotheby’s

The layout of the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house, spruced up by Arent & Pyke Interior Design, unfurls like a seashell—the main living spaces, including an expansive media room on the lower level and the dining and living room on the second level, occupy the circular central section of the house.

True to the house’s name, an oculus hovers above the dining and living room, letting in lots of natural light. The more private areas of the home, including the five bedrooms and master suite, stretch outward from the center.

Touches of luxury permeate the place, like an underground garage big enough for six cars, an airy chef’s kitchen, marble and wood-clad bathrooms, and a covered terrace that look out onto landscaped yard with pool.

Dining room with white dining table and chairs. Sotheby’s
Modern kitchen that opens onto terrace.Sotheby’s
Media room that opens onto terrace.Sotheby’s

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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.