If you follow me on Instagram (@britdesign), you'll notice that I post a photo of our living room every once in a while (I'm pretty fond of it!) One of my favorite pieces in our living room is our 10 foot long custom designed + built media unit that my husband and I built (okay, you got me: I watched, drank tea...and scarfed down timbits while he worked away).
If you don't already know, my husbands family company is a custom commercial millwork shop, so we are very fortunate to have access to the programming and machinery. If you are looking for a custom piece of furniture, it can cost a pretty penny (and for a reason!) A custom piece has to be designed, programmed, cut out, and built from scratch, from materials ordered in small quantities at high prices- unlike larger box stores where thousands of the same product are designed and programmed only once, and built from materials ordered in mass quantities at discounted rates. Advantages to custom pieces are, of course, customization. You can have a piece of furniture built to suit your spaces aesthetic (design, materials, colours, etc), and with measurements that fit like a glove. The quality of custom built furniture can be exceptional (make sure the company/builder is reputable). However, often we aren't in the market for a custom piece (am I right?...$$$). Sometimes I can find something similar to what I have in mind in stores locally, at a more affordable price than having it custom made.
This week I tasked myself with finding a similar unit to ours for you, as many have asked where ours is from. Cue the "Julien Media Stand" that is available to purchase locally at Structube, and at a great price! For $599, you get a very similar style 6 foot long media unit in gloss white, with two drawers and shelves for storage. It's clean lines are perfect for making a statement in your living room, and I am a total believer in having a multi-functional piece of furniture that houses storage while preforming its main duty (how do you think my living room is always so tidy...beware when you open those drawers!!)
Have a great weekend!