One of my favorite parts about growing up in Northern Michigan was the amount of beauty that I was constantly surrounded by. It’s difficult not to feel inspired while walking along Lake Michigan’s shoreline or while hiking into woods so thick that civilization becomes nonexistent. Matt and Hillary Voight not only feel the same inspiration that Michiganders share, but they also turn their inspirations into creations for others to enjoy.
Matt Voight, along with the help of his wife, Hillary, created Milled Home Goods Company to turn his carpentry passion into a tangible business that he could share with the world. Voight has been involved in making furniture since he was a child and is a fourth generation carpenter. Matt and Hillary married this past summer and moved into a new home together. This home has provided many projects for both Matt and Hillary, leaving a lot of leftover wood to be used for business. The items made for Milled Home Goods are made from reclaimed wood from such projects and each piece is individually handmade.
Browsing through the Voights’ furniture, I was astounded at how beautiful and elegant these simple designs are. These pieces are tidy and compact, not at all overwhelming, and can be used in anyone’s home. Voight describes his craftsmanship as “a blend of rustic and modern design.” Aside from furniture, Voight makes beautiful coasters, cheese boards, and magnets. Many of the items are also customizable! The website offers various paint colors and wood stains to suit anybody’s decor taste and shade preferences. All items are also available to be shipped. Matt mentions how pencils are one of the most underrated objects in a wood shop and is sure to include one with each shipment. Also included in every delivery is a handwritten thank you note for each customer. The Voights understand and appreciate that their dreams of creating furniture for a living would not exist without the loyalty and intrigue of every customer.
Not only do the Voights now have a new website in order for customers to browse through all of the furniture and creations, but they also have a detailed blog for updates. This blog discusses new design ideas, helpful business start-up tools, photographs of furniture, and even life updates from the Voight family. Their Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages also have great photos of all of the Voight’s designs and work. For specific and detailed orders, don’t hesitate to contact Matt in his wood shop, follow him on Twitter, or drop a note via the Milled Home Goods website.
Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer