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Three Elements Studios
I like the idea of taking something that has been meaningful in your life and turning it into a piece of art or furniture or an accessory. For example, if a tree that has graced your yard for years needs to come down using that tree by having a local craftsman or craftswoman create a dining table for your family to gather around is a wonderful way to preserve and honor it.

The rosewood in this music stand and lamp has a story. It was given to me by a carousel maker who had it for 40 years. He had received it from a mandolin maker who had it for decades. The wood had gone through a fire so it was charred on the surface. I think of the material as tenacious and resilient - and precious. Over the years I've used a bit of it here and a bit there in the furniture and lamps I make.
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Asian Art Imports
Life travel decor would have the fondest meanings for the owner but not everyone is fortunate enough to travel the globe, never mind buy and ship furniture back. Leading designers are incorporating a persons acquired pieces in a life experience setting but often need to augment with domestically obtained pieces. Others just want the feel of something other than typical case goods.
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Artisanaworks
If one is not a traveler, yet yearns for the pulse of "Global" and artisan-made, stepping off the beaten path of big name retailers can often yield more authentic items.
   

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