This last year has been a mammoth one for me, not only have I married a gorgeous and equally intelligent and fascinating woman, we have opened our showroom in Nottingham as I've also just returned from our honeymoon. Whilst planning for the wedding, like most soon to be brides, Leah would flick through an array of magazines for inspiration. Secretly I think she knew the kind of look she wanted but it never hurts to research. As a designer myself I also wanted to create the perfect wedding for both of us, to me it was an investment in our future. It was the first day of the rest of our lives, it was momentous, special and had to be celebrated properly.
The word 'investment' is heavily used in all walks of life nowadays and not just the financial sector. Wikipedia describe it as 'time, energy, or matter spent in the hope of future benefits actualized within a specified date or time frame.' Fashion loves to talk about "investment pieces", these tend to be pricier items but unlike stocks, shares and property, it's unlikely that you will ever recoup your money. But investment pieces in fashion are important in a woman's wardrobe, they are typically designer brands such as Chanel, Burberry, Manolo Blahnick and Jimmy Choo. They are not everyday pieces but saved for a special occasion, they make the wearer feel special, the design is timeless which means that unlike many items in their wardrobe that will come and go with the season, this piece will be there to stay for many years to come.
But what about the home?
Art has always played a key part in providing an investment opportunity. There has always been an appreciation for art throughout the centuries. Art has been used to tell the story of a country's history through works on art, tapestries and sculptures. Art has warned off evil spirits, captured beauty, love, hate and terror. It has defined cultures and captivated audiences and sold for pennies and millions. Buying a piece of art with investment in mind, you expect to achieve a return on your investment, but you have to educate yourself talk to collectors, art consultants and other investors to completely understand the industry. Investing in a piece of art is not something you do lightly, as is investment in property.
Yes, your home is probably one of the biggest investments many of us make. There are no guarantees when we buy a property, we hope the market is working with us and not against us, that when we sell we sell at a profit and not left in negative equity. Let's face it any kind of investment is a risk.
Investing in Furniture
Like fashion, investing in furniture is about paying that bit extra for a timeless piece that will be in our homes not just today but for many years to come. Furniture throughout history has been an investment, just think about how many vintage and historical items can still be found and in exceptional condition. Unlike our new fondness for convenience and flat packed furniture, our ancestors bought furniture from true craftsman. There was no mass machinery, everything was made by hand with care and skill. These traditional ethos of designing and crafting furniture are are the heart of Eat Sleep Live, although we do let machinery give us a helping hand with some of the tasks.
[caption id="attachment_6178" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Original Rustic Reclaimed Wood Dining Table
, from £860[/caption]
So investing in furniture is not a new fad, but in today's society it is seen as a luxury. Things move so quickly, trends, tastes, technology and even our home decoration that the thought of buying a piece to last for years can seem, well, a little strange. Everything is changing as our love affair sustainable products grows we want to buy furniture that is steeped in history which can also last longer than a couple of years.
Why buy a piece from Eat Sleep Live?
At Eat Sleep Live
our furniture is designed with the future in mind. Our product has already had one life, reclaimed
from historic British buildings and ships each piece of wood is lovingly transformed and molded into an elegant and timeless piece which will last another lifetime and more. You only have to buy a piece from Eat Sleep Live once, just think how many beds, shelves or dining tables you have bought over the years and how many these have all cost you.
The true value of an investment piece of furniture is the abundance of memories it will hold as it holds a special place in your home for many years to come.