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Furniture and life…

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I have worked in furniture stores for over 20 years.  When I first went to work selling furniture all I knew about furniture was what I liked and didn’t like. Over the years, I learned a lot!  How things are made, what to look for in construction and materials. That high price doesn’t always mean quality, but cheap does usually mean lack of quality. Most people don’t have a clue what they like, some think it is a pain to buy furniture, and others find the process interesting and fun. There are those who just want something to fill the space and don’t care what it looks like or if it fits their lifestyle. Then there are those that only care about what it looks like, that it is the thing to have now and if it has the right “name” on it.  Most people have a budget and sometimes it isn’t realistic and for some people a budget isn’t even considered.  I also learned that it doesn’t matter what I like, everyone is different and there really aren’t rights and wrongs. Well, sometimes there are wrongs but we won’t go there now.


Some things I learned about myself while working in furniture stores:
I have a “style”, sort of shabby chic but not really, traditional with a contemporary feel.  I like color but have learned to tame it a bit…same with pattern.  I like comfort if something isn’t comfortable I don’t want it.  It is important to me that my home be a place that is welcoming and has a peace about it. A place you can put your feet up and relax. For me, a home must be cozy, comfortable, calm, a sanctuary from the craziness of the outside world.

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15 thoughts on “Furniture and life…

  1. It was fun to hear a seller’s perspective on furniture. Now I’m thinking about my recent purchases and wondering what the person who assisted Papa Bear and I thought about our search process and choices. We came out with something different than we went in looking for it, and I am very glad she suggested it, we couldn’t be happier! I think your last sentence says it all, AMEN to that! 🙂

    1. I am glad you like your new furniture. The most important thing in selling furniture or anything is to listen to your client. Sounds like that’s what your sales associate did.

    1. I am with you on the wood tones. I love the richness of wood. BTW…I linked a story to http://WWW…twice. Please delete one of them…they are the same story don’t know how it happened, but it did. Also, I can’t comment on your blog. When I click the post comment button it goes nowhere. Anyway, I liked your story and I do know someone that did just that. Sold everything and went to Africa. She has been there about 20 years now.

  2. I’m not a minimalist but I don’t like lots of furniture. Books yes, and book CASES, but not furniture. I don’t know that I have a style other than comfortable. I hate my dining-room chairs. Not comfortable. They are too costly to replace though. Sigh.

    1. I am all about comfort. Even in the way I dress. I used to have bookcases and books but I did a major clean and they are go The few I get that I review I give away after I have read them.

  3. My home is very traditional, but part of me likes the ultra-modern minimalistic stuff. When we were furnishing our home, our children were young and HATED going with us. My husband and I used to giggle about taking them furniture shopping if they mis-behaved. This is a very interesting read. I’m always interested in updating our home. I love watching the HGTV shows.

    1. I know what you mean, Val. I sometimes have decorating daydreams. I used to watch HGTV a lot…now I don’t have a TV…but if i did i would be glued to it.

  4. I don’t think I could be more different! My loft has been compared to a living Ikea catalogue! I prefer minimalist, chic, affordable and ultimately disposable furniture. It still has to be comfortable though.I guess I just get bored too easily! Each to their own I say!

    1. I have a couple of friends who have homes that are minimalist in design. I like them it is a great look…just not my look. Thanks for visiting.

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