October 2018

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5 Ways to Become a More Efficient Woodworker

Just as with any craft, your woodworking skills will improve with practice, but even beginners can benefit from some basic ground rules to get you off to a good start and help you work efficiently! These tips will save you time, improve the quality of your projects, and help you become an efficient woodworker. Keep Your Workshop Neat It’s always easier to work in a space that is clean and tidy. When there are no pieces of wood to trip over, when you’re not going to slip on sawdust on the floor, when you always know where your tools are, you won’t be wasting time looking for things and will be much less likely to have an accident. Hang frequently-used tools where they can be quickly reached, and store the rest away on easily-accessible shelves or in drawers. Light Your Shop Properly You need to be able to see what…

3 Things You Need to Know About Live Edge Wood Furniture

If you love one-of-a-kind furniture, then it is time to get to know live edge wood furniture. This type of design is all about the natural features of wood slabs and how those features can be showcased in beautiful interior design. When you see it, you know it. Live-edge Design is a signature style for many makers. The pieces, from headboards and tables to knife blocks and lamps, feature rough edges and textures of single pieces of wood. Most live-edge design pieces have some sanded and squared edges. The highlight of each piece is what is left unfinished thus showcasing the character of the wood. It takes a maker with the eye of an artist to craft these special pieces. What is live edge wood? The term “live edge” comes from the way the wood is cut. Artisans who are ecologically aware will only use wood that is reclaimed. Not wood…

4 Tips for Perfecting the Look of Timeless Design

Artists and designers always ponder, “What makes something withstand the passage of time?” And there’s not one definitive way to answer this. A timeless design has staying power. And its emotional power and consistency are what makes it classic and lasting. When it comes to interior decorating, there are one of two routes you can go. You can design and decorate for the latest trends. Or, you can design and decorate a living space that you and your clients will love until the end of time. If you decide to go with the latter, how do create a look that you and your clients will forever love? Here are 4 tips for perfecting the look of timeless design! 1. A Timeless Home Should Be Comfortable & Functional A home that can withstand the test of time is one that will always accommodate those who live inside it… and for years…

How to Source Materials Responsibly

Every decision you make as a business owner builds your identity. This includes things like what you decide to do for packaging and materials. Researching and using materials that are sourced responsibly is important to show off your values. Customers want to know what their products are made out of and also how the products are made. You also want to provide information about the materials because customers appreciate it. If you want to source materials responsibly keep reading how to source materials responsibly. 1. Figure Out What’s Important to You Before you find what materials you want, you need to figure out what is important to you.  Say you want your materials to be recycled, do you know the impact your materials have on the environment? Where do they come from? How are they produced? Thinking about these questions will help you find the important factors. Also, think about…

Creative & Fun Packaging Ideas for Your Home Design Products

The purpose and importance of packaging are obvious. It ensures safe delivery free of damage, as well as happy customers. But so often people overlook the true power of innovative packaging ideas. After all, the packaging is the first thing that customers see before the product itself. And it can leave a lasting impression in ways you may not even realize. What do you want your customers to think when their package arrives at their front door? How do you want your brand to be memorable? And in what ways can your packaging help customers remember you by? Here are creative and fun packaging ideas for your home design products! Establish Your Identity It may not seem that important… but the personality that your packaging conveys should always align with your brand. Take a designer who creates minimalist home decor pieces, for example. Their brand is all about elegance and…

Using Discounts Effectively

Pricing your handcrafted creations online can be a delicate balancing act. You don’t want to undervalue your work. You also want to give customers an occasional incentive to buy your products. Sales or discounts, when used wisely, can help move products and develop a loyal customer base! Keep reading using discounts effectively to discover how to use discounts. Timing is Everything There’s nothing more suspicious than a retailer that’s always having a sale. When you see the same “limited time” deal being offered for months on end, you become suspicious about it.  Not only because of the quality of the product but also the trustworthiness of the vendor. Instead, make sale periods short and well-defined, so that buyers know that they will have only a brief opportunity to take advantage of the discount. Reward Loyalty Discounts are a good way to keep previous purchasers happy and coming back to your…

Home & Interior Design Trends to Look for This Autumn & Winter

Faux leather, bright green, mixed patterns, and velvet couches are so 2017. Even though 2018 is coming to a close, there’s still time to hone in on all the latest home and interior design trends. So, what are some of the trendiest colors, patterns, and furniture this autumn? And which trends can we expect to still reign in winter 2019? Here are the hottest home and interior design trends to look for this autumn and winter! Neutral Colors Modern neutral colors may not seem like anything new in the world of interior design. Years ago we saw colors like beige and soft gray make a comeback. Then, there was a period where pastels and bright colors were all the rage… but not so much anymore! This autumn and fall, interior design trends all au naturale. And you can expect to see neutral colors complement natural furniture. So, what are some…

Are you using your strengths in your business?

You hear a lot about the importance of constructive criticism and all the good things it entails. It promotes better communication. It enhances personal growth and it simply gets the best work out of people. You may be a creator who is constantly working to improve your craft and your business practices. But you probably don’t hear enough about what you’re already doing right… and you may have just as much to learn from your strengths as you do your weaknesses. Finding your strengths is a lot harder than it seems. So, how do you identify them and distinguish them from the things you could improve on? And why should you take the time to find and channel them? Read on to learn more about finding strengths in your business and why you need to own them! Brainstorm a List of Everything You’re Doing Right Let’s face it: Artists can…

What Should You Charge for Your Handmade Products

In the online marketplace, buyers have many different options spread out before them. While obviously the quality and style of your work will play an important role in how well your items sell, the price you charge for your handmade products is also a major factor in their final decision. But here’s the twist- that doesn’t necessarily mean that the lowest price wins! Calculate Your Costs Start by figuring out how much it costs you to produce a specific item. Start by paying yourself a reasonable hourly wage for your work, and add in the cost of materials. The total should be your wholesale price. If you are selling to stores, they will double that wholesale price for their retail mark-up, giving them room to play with for sales discounts. If you’re selling directly to your customers through an online marketplace and craft shows, resist the temptation to low-ball your…

4 Ways to Increase Sales with SEO

Long gone are the days of newspaper ads and Yellow Page listings. In the day and age of the Internet, websites and social media reign. And throughout the evolution of the Internet, search engine optimization has truly come out of the woodwork… Search engine optimization is a process that entails several marketing practices… all with one common goal in mind: To generate more traffic to a website. The possibilities are endless with SEO – beyond higher traffic numbers. Improved credibility and better brand awareness. Outranking the competition on search engines. It’s even possible to increase sales with SEO! But can companies and entrepreneurs in the home design industry reap these benefits? The answer is yes! Are you a designer, a maker, or a creative mind with an eye for making everything beautiful? Do you want to increase sales and generate more traffic to your company? If so, here are 5…

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