Getting frustrated with shopping for furniture

A couple of years ago, I remodeled my living room.

I installed new drywall, painted and replaced the windows and light fixtures.

I laid down a brand new hardwood floor and matching baseboards and molding. It was a long, time-consuming and labor-intensive project. I enjoyed doing the work myself and tailoring every detail to my preferences. Once the project was finally completed, I was reluctant to furnish the new room with my extremely old and battered couch, loveseat and coffee table. I got excited to shop for new furniture. I started by searching online. I googled different styles of furniture. I checked the selection at my favorite stores. Very few items appealed to me. Most of the furniture appeared cheaply made. I worried about the poor quality of materials and had trouble finding dimensions that suited the layout of my living room. I visited local furniture showrooms and was not impressed. I even stopped at about a half dozen antique stores. I got very discouraged. When I complained to a coworker, she suggested that I contact a custom furniture shop. I was initially a bit reluctant. I expected the cost of custom furniture to be way beyond my budget. With no other ideas, I got in touch with a local shop and was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable cost. I was willing to pay a bit more for better quality. I enjoyed working with an experienced craftsman. He guided me through each step of the process, helping me to design each piece to suit my needs and preferences. I was able to choose styles, fabrics, colors and customize every detail. The finished pieces are gorgeous and sturdy. I fully expect them to last a lifetime and become family heirlooms.
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