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.

Lavish Beaux Arts mansion now wants $575K

A three-story mansion made from stone sits with a stately set of stairs leading to the front door. Photos courtesy of Adam Sanregret, Coldwell Banker West Shell

Ogle the marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings

Looking for a historic mansion that won’t cost millions? Check out this seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The home was first listed last November for nearly $600,000, and it’s still looking for a preservation-minded owner. Located in a the stately neighborhood of North Avondale, the 8,502-square-foot structure was designed by Cincinnati Architet Samuel S. Godley for Frank and Sadie Herschede—of the Herschede Hall Clock Company—and constructed in 1908.

There’s a healthy dose of Italian Renaissance Revival with a bit of Greek Revival thrown in; the exterior is made from three-coursed brick clad with a hand-carved sandstone facade. Each floor consists of different square-head windows and two polished granite ionic columns add elegance to the entrance.

Inside, the home’s marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings were built to impress. Fireplaces feature yellow sienna marble inserts in the living room and a black onyx version in the dining room. A double-winged staircase leads up to a landing with green leaded stained...


A three-story mansion made from stone sits with a stately set of stairs leading to the front door. Photos courtesy of Adam Sanregret, Coldwell Banker West Shell

Ogle the marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings

Looking for a historic mansion that won’t cost millions? Check out this seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The home was first listed last November for nearly $600,000, and it’s still looking for a preservation-minded owner. Located in a the stately neighborhood of North Avondale, the 8,502-square-foot structure was designed by Cincinnati Architet Samuel S. Godley for Frank and Sadie Herschede—of the Herschede Hall Clock Company—and constructed in 1908.

There’s a healthy dose of Italian Renaissance Revival with a bit of Greek Revival thrown in; the exterior is made from three-coursed brick clad with a hand-carved sandstone facade. Each floor consists of different square-head windows and two polished granite ionic columns add elegance to the entrance.

Inside, the home’s marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings were built to impress. Fireplaces feature yellow sienna marble inserts in the living room and a black onyx version in the dining room. A double-winged staircase leads up to a landing with green leaded stained glass windows, and many of the ceilings are decorated with massive gold leafed plaster moldings.

Other perks include a third-floor ballroom, five-car garage, and 500-square-foot chauffeur’s quarters. If that looks like the mansion of your dreams, 3886 Reading Road is on the market now for $575,000.

A large hallway features oak floors and red carpet that lead to a double-winged staircase.
A double-winged staircase leads up to a landing with green leaded stained glass windows.
A formal sitting room has a christmas tree on a rug, crown moldings, a fireplace, and striped wallpaper.
Many of the ceilings are decorated with massive gold leafed plaster moldings
A living room has a large formal couch, several coffee tables and arm chairs, woodworking, wood floors, and crown molding.
Inside, the home’s marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings were built to impress.
A dining room has a chandelier, crown molding, woodworking, and wood floors.
Fireplaces feature yellow sienna marble inserts in the living room and a black onyx version in the dining room.
A formal living room has a chandelier, gold and mauve wallpaper, and formal couches.
A sitting room on the second floor impressed with inlay wood floors and formal wallpaper.
A bedroom has gold walls, white trim, a fireplace, and a large bed that looks onto the fireplace.
One of seven bedrooms in the home.
A screen porch with seating, rugs, a fan, and windows out to the yard.
An enclosed porch off the back of the home.
A three-story mansion made from stone sits with a stately set of stairs leading to the front door. Photos courtesy of Adam Sanregret, Coldwell Banker West Shell

Ogle the marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings

Looking for a historic mansion that won’t cost millions? Check out this seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The home was first listed last November for nearly $600,000, and it’s still looking for a preservation-minded owner. Located in a the stately neighborhood of North Avondale, the 8,502-square-foot structure was designed by Cincinnati Architet Samuel S. Godley for Frank and Sadie Herschede—of the Herschede Hall Clock Company—and constructed in 1908.

There’s a healthy dose of Italian Renaissance Revival with a bit of Greek Revival thrown in; the exterior is made from three-coursed brick clad with a hand-carved sandstone facade. Each floor consists of different square-head windows and two polished granite ionic columns add elegance to the entrance.

Inside, the home’s marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings were built to impress. Fireplaces feature yellow sienna marble inserts in the living room and a black onyx version in the dining room. A double-winged staircase leads up to a landing with green leaded stained glass windows, and many of the ceilings are decorated with massive gold leafed plaster moldings.

Other perks include a third-floor ballroom, five-car garage, and 500-square-foot chauffeur’s quarters. If that looks like the mansion of your dreams, 3886 Reading Road is on the market now for $575,000.

A large hallway features oak floors and red carpet that lead to a double-winged staircase.
A double-winged staircase leads up to a landing with green leaded stained glass windows.
A formal sitting room has a christmas tree on a rug, crown moldings, a fireplace, and striped wallpaper.
Many of the ceilings are decorated with massive gold leafed plaster moldings
A living room has a large formal couch, several coffee tables and arm chairs, woodworking, wood floors, and crown molding.
Inside, the home’s marble-lined foyer, mahogany woodwork, and crown moldings were built to impress.
A dining room has a chandelier, crown molding, woodworking, and wood floors.
Fireplaces feature yellow sienna marble inserts in the living room and a black onyx version in the dining room.
A formal living room has a chandelier, gold and mauve wallpaper, and formal couches.
A sitting room on the second floor impressed with inlay wood floors and formal wallpaper.
A bedroom has gold walls, white trim, a fireplace, and a large bed that looks onto the fireplace.
One of seven bedrooms in the home.
A screen porch with seating, rugs, a fan, and windows out to the yard.
An enclosed porch off the back of the home.

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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.