AlteredNature

Coastal, Beach, Nautical & Cottage Home Decor, Handcrafted from Reclaimed Materials

Painesville on-the-Lake, Ohio · 990 Sales

AlteredNature

Coastal, Beach, Nautical & Cottage Home Decor, Handcrafted from Reclaimed Materials

Painesville on-the-Lake, Ohio 990 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(220)

Announcement   Welcome to Altered Nature!
Please be advised that ALL of our products are made with recycled and reused materials. We are strong believers in reducing waste and wood is a perfect medium for recycling. Some materials may be made with new materials that have been scrapped from construction projects due to minor imperfections in the wood or extra length or materials.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 14, 2018

Welcome to Altered Nature!
Please be advised that ALL of our products are made with recycled and reused materials. We are strong believers in reducing waste and wood is a perfect medium for recycling. Some materials may be made with new materials that have been scrapped from construction projects due to minor imperfections in the wood or extra length or materials.

Dean and Marge Henning

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Dean and Marge Henning

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(220)
akyukon1

akyukon1 on Jun 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Exactly as I hoped for. Fast shipping. Very satisfied.

siglerla

siglerla on May 16, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love these anchors for my daughter's nautical themed baby shower! Sellers matched the nursery color EXACTLY! THANK YOU!

Susan

Susan on May 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Such pretty magnets....I hate parting with them as much as recipients love getting them. They are well-crafted and shipped promptly. I suspect I’ll be back (again) to purchase more. Thanks!

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Updates

Wrapping up our Christmas production, orders placed AFTER DECEMBER 13 WILL BE HELD UNTIL DECEMBER 30 when we resume production and shipping! Have a great holiday!!

About

Reclaimed & Recycled Nautical, Coastal, Beach and Cottage Decor, Handmade!

The name "Altered Nature" reflects our commitment to recover, recycle and redefine materials that have been discarded and objects that are naturally fallen (we do not cut down trees or destroy wildlife to procure materials).

My husband Dean owns a small family construction business in Lake County, Ohio. He has brought joy to hundreds of families with the decks, pergolas, playhouses, ponds and garden structures that he builds. In the winter and very early spring he works indoors, renovating and redesigning living spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens & basements. The down side of this is the demolition or scrap materials that must be removed from the site. He will often come home with loads of demolished decks or fences and these materials were doomed to the Lake County landfill. I have often wondered about the impact we could make if that material did not end up there, but instead was used to provide someone else with a little happiness. This is how "Altered Nature" came to be.

We do not PURCHASE ANY seashells or sea life to insert in our creations unless we know that they were deceased PRIOR to being picked up- this means either we personally collect the items, our family and friends pick up the items or we approach someone on the beach collecting items and offer to purchase from them. There are some individuals that we have met in Florida that actually go out and collect shells for a living and we will occasionally support their endeavor. We will use donated items only if they are headed to the garbage dump (friends throwing away old decor or items containing shells) to prevent more discarded waste. We do not want innocent life to be lost for "decoration" or commercial use. We deeply value the good gifts and life that comes from the oceans, sea's and lakes and we work hard to preserve these gifts and to prevent destroying our ecosystems.

Each piece we design is HANDCRAFTED. We DO NOT mass produce by machine with the exception of our postcards. We do not sub out any of our work, It is done in our wood shop by our family. In fact, most of our materials are collected by our family & a few friends. We will use some "new" materials within our creations (hooks, knobs, screws, etc), but the wood has all been recycled and several of our paints are left overs from construction jobs.

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Shop members

  • Dean & Marge Henning

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Dean & I are naturally drawn to water. Others of similar mind will truly understand that indescribable pull we feel. Our creations reflect our happiest moments on the beach, at the lake, sailing the seas & surrounding ourselves with nature.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 5, 2017
We are a family owned business and work hard to exceed your expectations. If you have special requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us, we love the opportunity to serve you as a friend, not just as a customer.

Here is the legal mumbo jumbo that must be included:

ALL ITEMS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE SOLD BY THE PIECE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

ALL OF OUR ITEMS ARE DISPLAY & DECOR. NOTHING WE SELL SHOULD BE USED FOR FOOD PROCESSING, PREPARATION OR DIRECT SERVING UNLESS NOTED IN ITEM LISTING

THE ITEMS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR SMALL CHILDREN & ARE NOT TOYS. AGAIN THEY ARE WALL HANGINGS, ART, DISPLAYS & DECOR.

ITEMS ARE MADE MOSTLY FROM WOOD. SPLINTERS AND CUTS MAY OCCUR WHEN HANDLING, SO HANDLE WITH CARE. MOST OF OUR ITEMS ARE SANDED, BUT IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE MOST NATURAL FORM OF THE WOOD, SOME AREAS MAY BE ROUGH. PALLET ART & DECOR IS NEVER SANDED. IT IS LEFT IN IT'S RAW FORM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

IF AN ITEM IS A PIECE OF FURNITURE, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY NOTED (such as benches, chairs, etc) IT SHOULD NOT BE SAT ON, DANCED UPON OR USED AS A STAGE OR PLATFORM. (YES, WE KNOW ABOUT THOSE WILD PARTIES)

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns
Please remember that each of these items are unique and handcrafted. We always use recycled, reclaimed and refurbished materials. No two are exactly alike. We try to impress that what you are buying is the not the exact item in the photo unless otherwise noted. Expect variations in all items. To return a product, you will need to contact Altered Nature for authorization to return and to get a Return Authorization number (RA#) within 7 business days of receipt of merchandise. Returns without a RA# will be refused and returned to you at your expense. RA's ARE ONLY GOOD FOR 14 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE ISSUE DATE (allowing time for delivery). Return merchandise in its original packaging with shipping prepaid and insured against loss. There is a 25% restocking fee deducted for returned (NOT EXCHANGED) merchandise. Shipping costs will not be refunded. MERCHANDISE MUST BE IN RESALEABLE CONDITION, OTHERWISE WE CANNOT REFUND YOU.

Exchanges
Please remember that each of these items are unique and handcrafted. No two are exactly alike. We try to impress that what you are buying is not the exact item in the photo unless otherwise noted. Expect variations in those items. To exchange an item, you will need to contact Altered Nature within 7 business days of receipt of merchandise. You are responsible for freight both ways and any additional due if the product costs more than the original. If there is credit due, we will issue back to your credit card.

Breakage Claims
Contact Altered Nature immediately (WITHIN 24 HOURS) at Altered Nature if there is damage. Don't return broken items, it will void the refund/replacement opportunity. We will arrange for the carrier to inspect the damage and then refund/replace accordingly.
Payment
We accept payment via Paypal, Etsy direct checkout and have a layaway plan available for items.

Since all of our items are one of a kind, If there is an item that you just can't live without, but don't have the funds available for we have a layaway plan. A non refundable deposit of 20% is required and the duration is for 30 days maximum. Once a deposit is placed on your item, it is NON-REFUNDABLE. Convo me for our option of layaway, and for creating a reserved listing.

When purchased AND payment clears, Most items are shipped immediately. You may cancel your order within 24 hours of placement unless item has already been marked shipped (confirmation by email- we do not mark shipped until postage has been purchased) by contacting Altered Nature via email or phone call.
Shipping
Shipping is FREE for Residents of LAKE COUNTY, OHIO! Please use coupon code FREELAKECOUNTY when you check out! We will arrange a time for delivery of your item.

SHIPPING COST
We estimate as closely as possible the actual shipping cost of your purchase. We do add in the cost of shipping materials if they need to be purchased or specially created for your items. We always strive to use the least expensive method of shipping for you. however, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO USE CARRIER OF OUR CHOOSING. We generally will use USPS Priority and Post, UPS ground and Fed Ex ground.

ALTHOUGH VERY RARE, ADJUSTMENTS OF SHIPPING COSTS MAY BE REQUIRED DUE TO MULTIPLE, HEAVY, OVERSIZED BOXES AND/OR YOUR LOCATION ("location surcharges may include residential, delivery area and fuel surcharges charged by the carrier"). Most of the time we will include a note that if the price is higher than the quote, Altered Nature will pay the difference. Again, this is on a case by case basis and generally applies to custom orders. We also will refund large overpayments on shipping.

Improper Address Fees
If you give us an incorrect address, we will charge you the then current carrier rate charged for finding and rerouting the package to the correct address.


SHIPMENT TIME
We ship Monday - Saturday (Excluding all U.S. holidays). If you have questions on this, you will need to email us at Altered Nature. We TYPICALLY ship within 1-3 business days (excluding all US holidays and Sundays) of receipt of your order. Occasionally we will need to create an object that requires more processing, drying or preparation time. Custom orders will be shipped as soon as possible, we usually try to provide an estimate.

NO SAME DAY SHIPPING is available on a regular basis. However, we will make every effort to expedite your order as quickly as possible from taking the order, processing and verifying the payment to the final shipment of your order. Please email us or note in your purchase if there are timelines that we must meet. We can discuss other methods of shipment.


PACKAGING
We strive to reduce material waste, we will ship as inexpensively and with as little "filler" as necessary. We always try pack with recycled boxes and filler materials when possible (This may unfortunately include plastic & bubble wrap- sleep soundly, we generally do not buy it (unless critical to having the piece arrive safely), we REUSE it- someone else has paid to ruin our environment). We do combine packaging and will work to reduce your shipping costs. Please ask for a special quote if you plan on purchasing several items. Priority shipping is available, please know that there may be an additional $5.00- $10.00 charge for this, however we try to use flat rate priority shipping if it is the most economical for you. Priority is not available on larger items such as the shark, furniture or some of the larger shelves. If you have any questions about the shipping, please contact us at: Altered Nature

Shipping costs are never refundable, unless the item is GROSSLY misdescribed, as the cost has already been paid by Altered Nature. Altered Nature is not reimbursed by the USPS for damaged goods, however we will make every effort to come to a amicable resolution for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Sales Tax
Ohio residents will be charged sales tax unless you email or fax us a signed copy of a valid Resale Certificate.

Out of Stock Items
At times we run out of stock on items due to local sales, which may not always reflect in the online store. If we do have items from your order that are out of stock, we can still ship your partial orders, we will always contact you first for your preference.

Weights and measures---are relatively approximate.
Colors---may vary due to the nature of the items.

CUSTOM ORDERS
Are non-refundable. We make every effort to ensure that you receive exactly what you have requested, and communicate diligently with you through convo's and emails prior to shipping the items.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY ORDER, FOR ANY REASON Placement of your order confirms your acceptance to Altered Nature's policies as stated herein and on the website. If you have questions about our terms and conditions, please call or email ALTERED NATURE