Our Designer Dream Team

Perhaps you have your eye on a piece of Gish’s store furniture, but it’s not quite right. No problem! Our designers are happy to work with you to create custom wood furniture to your specifications. You see, Gish’s doesn’t sell cookie-cutter, factory made furniture. We work closely with craftsmen in Ohio to build Amish custom furniture that will last.

Our designers are your direct connection to talented Amish craftsmen. As in the original furniture making shops of Old Europe, we have the resources to make the bespoke wood furniture of your dreams. Gish’s furniture comes from Holmes and Wayne Counties in Ohio. The largest population of Amish in the world is centered in Holmes County. By sourcing our furniture from these communities, we can guarantee a wide range of specializations, from wood choice to structural design. That allows us to stock our stores with multiple furniture lines, in a variety of styles. But Gish’s goes ones step further by providing in-store design services.

Gish’s designers are friendly people who can give you real answers. Where a big box store would refer you to a 1-800 number, or to byzantine online help services, we have human beings on staff to cater to your needs. Our designers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: Their passion for high quality craftsmanship and exceptional design.

Let’s meet a few of the designers on the Gish’s team:


LonaELona E. is a designer for our Camp Hill, PA store. She has a degree in interior design and enjoys decorating homes. Lona has been on the Gish’s crew since 2007. When asked why she has stayed with Gish’s for nine years, Lona cites the enjoyable work environment. She also loves working for Gish’s because she knows each and every customer she sends home with new furniture will be able to enjoy their purchase for generations to come.

RickFRick F. is a designer for our Lancaster, PA store. After 14 years of selling furniture for a mainline store, Rick switched to selling custom Amish furniture. He joined Gish’s in 2008 as the Lancaster store manager. Rick appreciates how he is able to offer flexibility and customization to Gish’s customers, so that they can enjoy furniture that is “uniquely theirs.” He also enjoys selling quality crafted furniture that he knows will last for a lifetime.

LeighWLeigh W., a designer at our Lancaster, PA store, has worked in different facets of design for more than two decades. She has consulted on dozens of interior design projects, from mountain retreats to shore homes, and from 18th century reproductions to midcentury modern kitchens. Some of her repeat clients have returned to recruit her help on second homes as far away as Vermont, Colorado, and even the Caicos Islands! Leigh works at Gish’s because she recognizes the integrity of old world Amish craftsmanship, and because she thoroughly enjoys offering customers custom made furniture built just for them.

HeatherH-5Heather H. is a designer at Gish’s Furniture in Cockeysville, MD. For many years she focused her artistic eye on food, as the General Manager and Creative Consultant at a high-profile Maryland catering company. Ten years ago, she shifted from the catering world to interior design, as she provided consultancy on soft window treatments and home furnishings. From color blending to style to room design to flow, Heather offers customers a breadth of interior design expertise. She loves helping customers visualize and realize gorgeous living areas! Heather’ approach to design is simple: She treats customers as she would like to be treated, so she provides knowledge in an available, approachable way. Gish’s unique approach to custom Amish furniture is inspirational to Heather.

This is only four of the nine designers on our staff. All of them all so talented and interesting that we had a hard time deciding whom to highlight. Take a look at Gish’s “Meet Our Designers” page to discover the designer at the store nearest you. Perhaps it will be Marlena G. from our Murfreesboro, TN store, who has done everything from staging homes to teaching kids art classes. Or perhaps you’ll meet Grace G., Camp Hill PA designer, Gish matriarch, and baker of some incredible cookies. Whichever Gish’s designer you end up working with, you’ll have a range of design choices at your fingertips. Our designers can help you customize your furniture’s color, size, textures, and style. They are happy to work within your budget while also adding eye-catching accents to perfectly compliment your space.

Best of all, when you buy custom wood furniture from Gish’s, you’ll enjoy real, live, human-provided service! No robo phone operators or rabbit hole help sites here. At Gish’s you get human crafted furniture and service, with a wonderful result: customized wood and upholstered furniture that will last for many years to come.

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