livenUPdesign

custom handcrafted furnishings

California, United States · 1411 Sales

livenUPdesign

custom handcrafted furnishings

California, United States 1411 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(293)

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Specializing in custom, handcrafted UPholstered and grasscloth covered furniture.

Located in the eclectic, beach town of Leucadia, California, Liven UP design creates custom furniture with a unique flair and style. Each piece is designed to your specifications then handmade with great care and attention to detail by our talented craftsmen using only kiln-dried, solid hardwood. The result is one-of-a-kind, beautiful furniture that is built to last.

We love creating one-of-a-kind pieces at AFFORDABLE prices that look like the ones you'd see on all the best design blogs or in the pages of high-end design magazines! We can do it. We can do almost anything here...JUST ASK... ;0)

Announcement
Last updated on Sep 21, 2016

**Follow along on INSTAGRAM: @livenupdesign

Specializing in custom, handcrafted UPholstered and grasscloth covered furniture.

Located in the eclectic, beach town of Leucadia, California, Liven UP design creates custom furniture with a unique flair and style. Each piece is designed to your specifications then handmade with great care and attention to detail by our talented craftsmen using only kiln-dried, solid hardwood. The result is one-of-a-kind, beautiful furniture that is built to last.

We love creating one-of-a-kind pieces at AFFORDABLE prices that look like the ones you'd see on all the best design blogs or in the pages of high-end design magazines! We can do it. We can do almost anything here...JUST ASK... ;0)

Jenn and Paul Ainsworth

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Jenn and Paul Ainsworth

Private listing for Sarah
US$360.00
Custom Bed - Design Your Own In ANY Fabric
US$950.00
X Benches - Design Your OWN With Any Fabric
US$650.00
Custom Bed - Design Your Own In ANY Fabric
US$950.00
X Benches - Design Your OWN With Any Fabric
US$650.00
X Benches - Design Your OWN With Any Fabric
US$650.00
Tufted Bed - Design Your Own In ANY Fabric
US$1,075.00
Leopard X Bench
US$460.00
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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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laurenhaskett

laurenhaskett on Sep 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful custom grasscloth console ordered for a client. There was damage to the console in transit and a new table was shipped out very quickly.

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Updates

Beautiful dovetail joints are hidden behind the drawer fronts of our nightstands heartpulse
A pair of our leopard xbenches featured in katey mcfarlan's home office!! Chroniclesoffrivolity.com

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Leopard XBenches - PAIR
US$880.00
Mimosalaneblog.com commissioned a waterfall console for her One Riom Challenge project in 2015. It turned out amazing!!

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About

This small business exceeded all expectations...

I look back over the past five years with humility and, quite frankly, pride. Paul and I are a testament to the fact that hard work, perseverance, determination, and just plain stubbornness do have their rewards. Maybe throw some luck in there for good measure. From a two person business, we have grown substantially to meet demand, quality expectations, and customer satisfaction.

It started out rather innocuously. After spending hours sifting through magazines looking for inspiration for furnishing our own home, I became fascinated with bright, boldly patterned furniture. Wanting to be in a position of selecting my own fabric, I decided to learn how to upholster. I found a discarded chair on the side of the road, loaded it into the car, tore it apart and figured out how to re-finish, re-upholster and re-assemble it. I LOVED the process and began revamping our own furniture.

Soon afterwards, our son started kindergarten. I decided to try to sell some of the pieces I had completed in hopes of creating a small business that would enable me to be home with our son when he was not attending school. This small business exceeded all expectations!

The timing was fortuitous because Paul was ready for a career change. This type of work suited him and his abilities and it was a perfect fit for my creative energies and organizational skills. After careful consideration and a great deal of deliberation, we made the decision to put our time and efforts into a family business.

Paul's expertise and excellence in woodworking are the culmination of tutelage, time and a finely honed talent. Starting as a toddler by the side of his Grandfather, a college Professor with a passion for woodworking, Paul was gradually introduced to the various tools in his Grampie's expansive workshop. At first together, and then alone, Paul crafted simple and then more intricate pieces, some of which were custom designed. Additionally, as a working member of a family owned business, Ainsworth Cottages on Cape Cod, Paul was responsible for accomplishing his share of the maintenance and repairs. From repairing boardwalks, to building kitchen cabinets, to shingling roofs, Paul has always been involved in wood. Paul's skills as a craftsman and his drive for perfection are now showcased in LivenUP; but to him it is another venue to pay tribute to the man who was his mentor, the man he proudly calls, “Grampie.”

In the early years of LivenUP, I completed all of the upholstery work. However, as our business has grown, so has the time I spend working with our customers to assist with creative design. I help with customization with respect to size, shape and style requirements, fabric choices and budget parameters. I am the project manager and supervise time-lines and realization of customer expectations. I manage the customer service and communication aspects of our business and, in order to deliver a high quality item with exacting specifications, communication is a key factor to our success. I also curate the shop and conduct all of the research and development as well as the sales and marketing.

We have worked with some of the BEST designers in the trade and are very proud of our client list! You can see a few examples of the amazing projects in which we have participated in the photos in our shop listings.

Our products have graced the pages of Domino Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, House Beautiful, HGTV magazine and Luxe Magazine. In addition, LivenUP's products have also been featured in various online magazines and blogs- domino.com, elledecor.com, elementsofstyleblog.com, christinedovey.com, thezhush.blogspot.com, chroniclesoffrivolity.com, thesweetestthingblog.com, and the list continues. If you are interested, please take a moment to read more about us ~ the more knowledge you have about us, the more trust you will have in our ability to manufacture and deliver a unique, quality product.

Regardless of budget constraints or style choices, we treat each project with exacting attention to detail, and customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal. Our completed products include fabrics and grasscloth ranging in price from $6.95 to $300 per yard. No client project is too small; no client question is too insignificant.

We love what we do and the end results provide proof of that!

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  • Jenn Ainsworth

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    When I am not working (rare) at this happy accident of a business, I am busy being a mom to a spunky 10 year old boy! Luckily, I couldn't think of a better way to spend my days :)

  • Paul Ainsworth

    Owner, Architect, Creator

    Paul can build ANYTHING! He is our on-site Mac Guyver :) He is an amazing craftsman that takes quality VERY seriously. On the rare occasion that he is not in the shop, he can be found at the beach stand-up paddle surfing.

  • Jonas

    Upholstery

    Jonas is a second generation upholsterer with a keen eye for detail and pattern placement. His work can be seen throughout our shop- it is A-MA-ZING!

  • Adan

    Carpenter

    Adan is Paul's right hand man! With 10 years of carpentry experience, he is a highly efficient and detail oriented craftsman.

  • Amy

    Right Hand Wo Man

    Amy works closely with Jenn and is helping out with graphic design & marketing. She also works with our amazing clients. When she is not checking in fabric, she is hanging out with her 11 year old son and best furry friend, Gracie.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 27, 2016
We truly enjoy working with people to find the best match for their design aesthetic.

The custom design process is extremely rewarding for Liven UP design and for our clients. We encourage our clients to be a part of the process and are willing to assist them in any way necessary so that they end up with an amazing statement piece to suit their home.

Making custom furniture requires a LOT of time and communication and we do our best to thoroughly and effectively communicate during the design process with all of our clients. After collaboration with the client, we check-in, email photos and update along the way.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
Liven UP requires a deposit of 1/2 of the total purchase to get started. The balance plus shipping is due upon completion and before the item ships. A custom listing will be created for you once we have the quote and totals finalized.

For fabric orders, full payment is due up front.

Once we receive your deposit, we add you to the job board. We complete projects in that order. For rush orders, please contact us. Liven UP strives for quality, not speed.

**Please be aware that Liven UP likes to move projects along expeditiously. This ensures that there is no back-up in our shop and enables us to continue acquiring fun, new items to add to our shop!

We require that fabric be purchased and shipped to us within ONE MONTH of receiving a deposit. If this does not happen and we have an open order for longer than that, we reserve the right to CANCEL your order, refund your deposit - MINUS A non-refundable deposit of $75 PER ITEM.
Shipping
We take shipping VERY seriously at Liven UP. We make sure that all of our items are packed securely so that they will make it to their final destination unharmed.

Our clients are responsible for shipping charges. Quotes will be given BEFORE the project is underway. Any changes to the original order or the addition of items after purchase incurs extra shipping charges.

We do add the cost of the shipping supplies used to get these valuable pieces to their destination unharmed.

International Shipping is available, but must be arranged by the client.

*In the sad event that something happens to your item during shipment, ALL shipping companies require that you retain ALL the packing materials associated with the order. ***PLEASE DO NOT BREAK DOWN OR THROW AWAY ANY BOXES OR MATERIALS THAT YOUR ITEMS WERE PACKED IN UNTIL YOU HAVE THOROUGHLY CHECKED THE ITEM FOR ANY DAMAGES, ETC.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds are given at the discretion of Liven UP and must be addressed within 30 days of receiving the item.

In the rare event that you wish to return your custom item, please know that Liven UP will not assume responsibility for shipping charges. The customer is responsible for all shipping fees.

All of our furniture is custom made to unique specifications and tastes, therefore we charge a 45% restocking fee for returned items.
Additional policies and FAQs
We do our best to complete projects within the time-frame we quote; however, all items are custom made to order and sometimes things take a little longer than planned. We promise to keep you updated during the process and aware of any changes related to your order. Happy clients are what we strive for!

*A note about FABRIC*
All of our custom designed items are meant for the home. This requires a home décor or upholstery weight fabric. We cannot guarantee the outcome of pieces made with fabrics that are not specific for these purposes. Please check fabrics with us before ordering. If you choose to use a questionable fabric and the outcome is not what you desired, Liven UP is not responsible and NO refunds will be given. We will do our best in WARNING our clients if we suspect such issues before we get started.

Regarding color/pattern:
We HIGHLY recommend purchasing samples of ANY fabric that you intend to use for your project. Colors and textures can look COMPLETELY different in person, than they do online!!! Liven UP is not responsible if you are not happy with your fabric choice. Please choose carefully!

There will be NO surprises!