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New Year New Listings!

Posted by Ilene Richardson on January 12, 2011 0 Comments

Happy 2011 everyone!


We are getting ready to list a great group of new items. It might be cold and snowy outside but your home can be a warm cozy retreat with the addition of our new pieces.

Keep checking back and we will keep you posted! 

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London Calling

Posted by Ilene Richardson on November 07, 2010 0 Comments

Fall is flying by but we have been up to some exciting new happenings here at Furnish-d. In our quest to bring inside furniture offerings to our customers, Furnish-d has two new amazing offerings.

Have you ever dreamed of going shopping with a top buyer taking you to all the best shops + dealers? Wish you could live the high life and fly to Europe on a buying trip? Well now you can...without leaving your home.

We are thrilled to announce that Furnish-d has teamed up with a superstar furniture buyer in London and will now be offering European furniture finds to our Furnish-d fans!

Our first batch includes some antique, classic pieces as well as a great selection of authentic old European signs. Keep checking back and letting us know what you like.  We have a few other tricks up our sleeve so stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, happy shopping!

Ilene


* Due to the nature of working with items from overseas, all shipping will be quoted individually. We are working with top international carriers who will ensure your items arrive in perfect condition. If you are interested in an item marked from Europe, please contact us and we will confirm it's availability and obtain a shipping quote for you. 

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Italian Fall Fireplace Inspiration!

Posted by Ilene Richardson on October 01, 2010 0 Comments

The temperature is dropping along with all those green leaves and what better way to greet the chill of fall than with a cozy fireplace.  Yes even you, apartment dweller, can take advantage of this one thanks to some clever Italian design!

This mobile fireplace is a sleek and functional (the lid works to extinguish the fire) piece that will be sure to inspire some fireside chats anywhere it goes.

I have visions of making s'mores in my loft, and dragging it out to the beach for one last bonfire for the year. Interesting to be sure! Love it or hate it??

More information can be found here .


 


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Sand inspired lounge chair

Posted by Ilene Richardson on September 18, 2010 0 Comments

I've gone back and forth a bit as to whether or not posting images of items we do not sell makes sense. In the end, here we go. I like good pieces and I know you do as well.


This amazing chair came through my feeds this morning. Looks like a chair I could live in. Maybe not so practical, but imaging curling up to read a book in this....


                                                


A result of 14 hours of dedicated craftsman work, the Flag Halyard Chair was inspired by the designer's family beach vacation.  Not a bad way to bring a little of that summer relaxation indoors as the temperature cools!  You can read more about it here.

 

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Sofa Shopping- A peek under the hood

Posted by Ilene Richardson on September 16, 2010 0 Comments

We are excited to bring you a guest post from Furniture Master's Vice-President Jeremy Skow. FM is a leading resource for top interior designers who come to FM for their high-end custom manufactured furniture. FM has made furniture for A list clients including Oprah Winfrey, Calvin Klein and Uma Thurman. 

When you are looking at a completed sofa in a photo or showroom it can be difficult to tell if you are buying high-end or not.  If you can’t ‘look under the hood’ how can you be sure you are getting a good value for your dollar?

A friend once approached me and asked, “I don’t understand how you could charge around five thousand dollars for a sofa (without fabric or leather) when I can buy a sofa from XYZ company (name withheld intentionally) with the fabric or leather included for around fifteen hundred bucks.”  I invited my friend to the shop so he could see what the inside of XYZ’s sofa looked like.

The sofa frame was made from flakeboard with rails so thin it seemed as though a gentle breeze might cause the frame to collapse.  The thin layer of padding was held in place by cardboard.  The leather that had been on it was not, in fact, leather but was an imitation on vinyl whose finish was cracking and flaking off like a poorly done paint job. 

Next I showed him one of our sofas being upholstered with hand-tied coil springs, kiln-dried maple frames that could likely withstand Armageddon, synthetic horse hair filled arms and back.  There was no comparison.

There can be many reasons to buy a less expensive sofa.  However, if you are shopping for high-end then some of these two tips may help you when you can’t look under the hood to see passed the illusion one normally sees in a showroom or catalog.

HAND TIED COIL SPRINGS – A well made sofa will have a seat platform (area below seat cushions) filled with hand-tied coil springs.  Coil springs make the seat sit softer as they are a sort of shock absorber when we sit down but it takes numerous man-hours to install all those springs. 


                

HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE SOFA WE LIKE HAS THEM - Almost all sofas have a fabric called cambric that lines their underside and finishes it off.  Depending on the style of sofa you might be able to run your hands over this cambric and feel the spring webbing (webbing the springs attach to) on the other side.  It is not a 100% tell though because, while springs come in all different sizes, if the sofa has a large seat platform the springs may not be tall enough to extend from top to bottom and thus may be installed higher in the seat platform.  So if you reach underneath a sofa and can tell there doesn’t feel like anything more than a thin piece of fabric on the bottom, there is a chance the sofa is not sprung and thus less expensive.


CUSHION FILLINGS ­ – I typically fill seat cushions one of 3 ways:

1.     Foam core with down and feather blend filled jacket

2.     All down and feather blend(more common in back cushions than seat cushions)

3.     Foam core with a batting (Dacron) wrap

I fill 90% of my seat cushions with option 1.  The down and feather blend is very soft and the foam core gives the seat some resilience so it bounces back when you get up and doesn’t leave the seat cushion with a body print when you get up

Option 2 is as soft as you can go.  It is a little sloppy looking though without a foam core.

Option 3 is a little less comfortable but provides very sleek lines which many modern sofas call for.

 

HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE SOFA WE LIKE HAS ONE OF THESE FILLS – If you unzip the cushion cover a decent cushion filling will have a filling cover called a ticking on which there should be a tag that tells you what is inside.  If it is not a very modern sofa (with very sleek lines) then it should have down and feathers in the seat (with or without the foam core).  There are some cheap replacements to feather and down and typically they feel very lumpy when you squeeze the filling.  Note on down and feather blend: down is softer than feathers.  Blends are sold in different ratios where the first number noted is always the down content.  Therefore a filling that has an 80/20 down and feather blend is somewhat softer than a 50/50 blend.

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How to tell if a sofa is worth it

Posted by Ilene Richardson on September 14, 2010 0 Comments

Stay tuned as this week we are excited to have Furniture Master's Jeremy Skow guest blog for Furnish-d. Jeremy will go over the finer points in understanding what goes into a well made sofa and how to check. 

If you have ideas on subjects you would like us to feature, drop us a line! 

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Re-Design Ahead

Posted by Ilene Richardson on June 11, 2010 0 Comments

FURNISH-D is growing strong and now that we have our new logo in place, we decided to tackle that ever fateful task of a site re-design.  In an effort to make your experience with our site easier, we have some tweaks and design changes that will be taking place early next week.

As I am sure most of you know, re-designing a website can be a problematic exercise. So, as we put our faith in some awesome technical teams (that means you Ken!) please bear with us. I think it is fair to say we are equal parts excited and terrified, kind of like when you first get your drivers license and take the car for a spin.

Check back next week and let us know what you think of the changes!

And if you would like to share your experience with website design success and stumbling blocks, feel free! We are in the trenches right there with you.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Reaching across the US

Posted by Ilene Richardson on June 03, 2010 0 Comments

I just wanted to give a shout out to some of Furnish-d's newest customers across the country. In the last week alone we sent items to Boston, Colorado and Minnesota! 

Thank you all for your support as we continue to grow!

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Memorial Day Blowout!

Posted by Ilene Richardson on May 29, 2010 0 Comments

To celebrate Memorial Day we are blowing out prices on our sale items! Come take a look. We have a lot of new inventory (and yes, we are working hard through the weekend to add even more great listing) in different styles and categories.

What better way to start the summer than with some new pieces to update your decor!

Stay safe everyone!

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Friday Treats

Posted by Ilene Richardson on May 14, 2010 0 Comments

Whew. It has been a great week at Furnish-d as we work hard to expand our offerings. Lots of great  items coming in so keep checking back for new listings today and through the weekend.

Also make sure you take advantage of our new Spring Cleaning Sale! Hard to believe, but we are offering even further savings on these awesome items! We need to make some room and get these pieces sold, so check it out.

We have another new feature we are excited about. Due to popular demand we have opened a 'Needs Love' section for those items that offer great design and quality but are in less than perfect shape.  

Sign up for our email list and we will keep you posted as new items come in.

Have a great weekend~


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