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Sim Fern, Principal of Upbeat Designs, is driven every day by the high standards of craftsmanship and discipline necessary to create visions of design and art for his clients.

As someone who has always worked for himself, Sim has paved his own path in the ever-changing world of design and architecture, starting in simple home repairs and ultimately transitioning into custom upholstery, custom furniture design, and high-end millwork.

Each piece handcrafted in Upbeat Designs’ own shop is custom-made to meet the needs of their clients, combining form with function for truly unique end results.

Sim founded Upbeat Designs as a comprehensive provider for residential and commercial applications of all kinds, so that he can help people in the design world fabricate whatever’s next on their horizons. However, Sim himself is interested in a few particular trends, such as modular furniture and homes, smart tech implementation into furniture and woodworking, and more.

There are infinite opportunities for design and architecture in today’s world, and as the United States makes an economic shift back toward locally-made products, Sim has the chance to fabricate these opportunities for clients of all kinds.

Sim is always looking for learning opportunities within the industry. He attends the Architectural Digest show annually, where he can connect with other professionals and be exposed to some of the most exciting design inspiration today.

This blog will cover some of the most exciting developments in design and architecture from Sim’s perspective, whether he’s discussing visuals vs. utilitarian purpose or simply sharing news on the future of 3D printing. Stay tuned!

Tips for Mixing Wood Tones in a Space

Wood pieces add warmth and depth to a room, while mismatching your wood pieces helps add character. But when it comes to selecting your varying wood pieces, creating a pleasing mix of wood tones and finishes can be challenging. However, the following tips can help you intermingle your wood pieces properly for a space that is both stylish and put together.

Clever Folding Furniture Designs for Your Small Home

Since I have a fascination with modular furniture, I love exploring the endless options that are available for function and beauty inside a home. From the traditional murphy table to the hidden and clever stair drawers, there’s plenty of hidden space to stash all of your essentials. If you’re looking for inspiration, below I have seven folding furniture designs that you can implement into your next home project.

The Best Types of Wood for Furniture Making

I take great pride in the furniture and millwork pieces we create at Upbeat Designs. We carefully handcraft each custom-made piece to meet the needs of our clients, combining design with function for truly unique end results. Since we most commonly work with wood when we fabricate furniture, there are a few types of wood I highly recommend for certain types of furniture over others. Below is a small selection of woods we commonly use, and the types of furniture I recommend fabricating from them.

The Design Secrets of Modular Homes

Modular homes are the new custom-built homes of today. Not only are these homes are more environmentally friendly, but they have unlimited design options from a traditional colonial to a Mediterranean home.


This is the first post on Sim Fern’s blog dedicated to design and architecture. Visit again soon.