Sunday, April 10, 2011

new furniture

A few months ago I drew out some ideas for furniture and met with Mr. and Mrs. Cortez who have a lovely little furniture business in Pampanga. They helped to choose wood and stain and convinced us it really is better to have the entire piece solid mahogany. They delivered the finished product yesterday and we were more than pleased with the final product. I loved being able to tweak the dimensions and such on pieces that we'd seen in catalogs or online in the States. Amazingly, even at nice stores that charge too much like Pottery Barn and Ethan Allan most furniture is made with composite wood-and they charge more! It's definitely lighter but we wanted something solid.

I'm so happy to have a place for all the girls toys now. The drawers are big enough for Addie to get in! The best part about working with the Cortez family business is that we have friends who recommended them to us after spending months and months researching their kiln drying practices and making sure their standards would allow the wood to make the move back to a dryer climate in America without splitting. Our friend even drove to Pampanga to tour the Cortez family manufacturing site and get a demonstration of the wood drying procedures! Talk about thorough!

We felt like real grown ups sleeping in a real bed with a head board and a foot board. Look at us-movin on up!

9 comments:

Daniela Swider said...

Very nice!

Jess said...

WOW! Please do share their contact information with me!!! Those pieces look amazing.

NHP said...

That is beautiful furniture! Enjoy it -:)

Elyse said...

Sara, LOVE LOVE LOVE the bed!!! Doesn't it make you feel like a real grown up? :)

Seth said...

I wish I had done that. It looks gorgeous. We miss you guys so much!

meredith said...

please make me TOTALLY jealous and tell me how little you paid for it!

fullerma said...

Hi Sara,

Congrats on your new addition! Your little girl is adorable. :)

On another note, I remember reading about furniture you had made here in Manila and am also looking for someone who can make something very similar to the storage system you had made.

Any chance you still have the contact info for Mr. Cortez? My email is : nataliefoxworthy@yahoo.com

Thanks Sara!!

Natalie

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