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Life & Work with Haneen Yahya

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haneen Yahya. 

Hi Haneen, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I was always on the lookout for furniture and furniture design. When we bought a new house, I started exploring furniture markets and I’ve noticed that most furniture stores lack craftsmanships and quality. Looking at the furniture in my house, I noticed there were few furniture pieces that had a good quality wood but needed some work and painting to match my vision for how I wanted my house to look. So, one day I decided to buy the tools needed to flip furniture. My dining table was my first project. I took the table outside and started sanding it and painting it. I noticed that flipping furniture is both an art and science. You need to have a vision for what the furniture is gonna look like, and you need to have an eye for the right colors to bring the aesthetic to the furniture. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was not easy because I didn’t know the raw materials and the steps needed to flip furniture. So, I went to the internet and started researching furniture flipping. Not all of my furniture projects ended up with success, I had some setbacks and I also ruined a few pieces along the way. Eventually, I learned the hard way by trial and error and now I feel I mastermind the art of furniture flipping. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have a degree in Business Administration but I am a stay-at-home mom. I love art and I like a business. So, in my free time, I always looked for opportunities that meet my passion for business and art. My kids are my number one priority but I crafted some time for myself to learn about interior design and furniture design and got my license in Home Staging and Design. Every piece of furniture that I flip is driven by my passion for art. I use high-quality materials and I don’t cut corners when am working on furniture. Sometimes I spend 6 hours a day for a few days to meet my high standards for perfection. Even if I have to redo the piece multiple times. 

What makes you happy?
Turning an old high-quality piece of furniture into a beautiful piece that people want brings joy to my heart. Especially when I see the look on people’s faces when I show them pictures of the furniture before and after it’s done. To me, this is my passion, bringing life into old pieces so people can have both the quality and the custom design that they want. 

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