Many have come to expect the rising costs and shipping delays that stemmed from the pandemic, especially when it comes to home goods. Now local sources share some encouraging news along with alternative solutions when shopping for furniture and décor.
While custom upholstered pieces still tend to have long lead times, Jackie Schwartz, owner of Home Interior Warehouse in Walled Lake and Plymouth, says some companies have improved. In the meantime, she says artwork, accessories, lamps and mirrors that are ready to go can do a lot for a home when waiting for custom orders that might be delayed.
“People are learning to not wait until the last minute when they really want what they want,” she says. “At the end of the day, it’s worth the wait, even though it’s frustrating.”
Accent furniture is easy to find, from end tables and chests, to credenzas and chairs. Signing up for email notifications can keep customers informed about other opportunities like floor samples that are available on occasion.
Personalized or not, there are better options now. “With custom pieces, the wait is not as bad as it was a year ago, and you get what you really want,” says Schwartz. “There is also so much in stock like all the extras that make a room great and seasonal décor.”
Reimagining what you have can be another solution with sources like Daviddi Antiques in Farmington Hills, where they repair and refinish wood furniture. As co-owner William Daviddi explains, they work with pieces damaged by moving companies, auction houses, disaster restoration, family heirlooms and antiques dealers.
They also do some reupholstering and have a showroom open to the public featuring their own collection of vintage and antique pieces available for purchase. Current selections include artwork, clocks, lamps, tables and chairs that