Meet the Owner – Modern Home Furniture


Editor’s Note: strives to introduce our readers to more independent business owners here in Everett, Washington. We want to showcase their businesses, tell their stories, and invite you to shop locally and help move Everett forward. If you know of a company we should feature, email us a suggestion: [email protected] Leland Dart – Editor

Modern Home Furniture is located at 716 SE Everett Mall Way.

For Isabelle and Steve Sayler, it’s a family business caring for families and the community here in Everett and serving the area from Bellingham to Olympia.

Isabelle quickly adapted to selling online and now offers customers the ability to virtually browse all inventory from the comfort of their own home.

Founded by a Latina single mother from Miami whose staff included a teenage son, Modern Home Furniture grew from a suburban garage to a two-story showroom and warehouse that today employs more than a dozen people in Everett.

Meet Isabelle Diaz: “So I’m an unemployed single mother who bought a living room set that just didn’t work in my house. I decided to sell it online and was able to make a good profit and find another set that looked great. So I started buying and selling furniture online and discovered that I had a real talent.

“Then I got a job at Microsoft, but I didn’t want to give up this side business of buying and selling furniture, because not only was I making money, but I was able to keep prices low. so that families could afford real furniture despite the recession we were in at the time.

“One day in church, I heard a message that seemed to speak directly to my heart. We all get a gift and you need to track your gift. With that, I took a huge leap of faith, quit my job at Microsoft, and opened Modern Used Furniture in a small business park on the Bothell-Everett Freeway.

Around the same time, Isabelle Diaz met Steve Sayler at a religious event. They became partners in life and in business. From 2010 to 2015, they worked together to grow the business from Bothell to Lynnwood, then Bellevue and finally finding the right place in Everett in 2015.

“I encouraged her to believe in herself,” Steve said. “When we started going to trade shows and buying events people underestimated her and they quickly realized she was the decision maker, a great negotiator and ahead of the curve in many ways. to transform this business, especially as the pandemic has caused us to change and adapt. »

One of the areas Isabelle has led Modern Home Furniture in is the online and virtual space. They have a “Meta Showroom” where you can virtually tour the store and browse both floors from the comfort of your own home. If you have a VR headset, you can put it on and literally browse their store or if not, you can always click through their entire layout from your phone, tablet or computer.

As for the term “Modern Home”, it does not refer to a particular style but rather to the composition of families coming to Everett and the Pacific Northwest. “We see families coming from Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Russia, Venezuela, Peru and all over the United States,” says Isabelle. “Modern is everything now, contemporary, mid-century, etc. ; what fits and feels good for these families is modern, so we offer variety and ensure our prices are fair, honest and affordable.

The couple remain positive, have adjusted and learned to work smarter not harder. They believe that their competitors are not other furniture dealers, but themselves. They quietly serve the community and support special events and causes and invite everyone to visit online or in person. Isabelle likes to say that she’s a business owner who happens to be a woman and a Latina, she cites her success as a simple formula: “Chase your dreams and your passion, if you do this you will succeed”.

You can learn more and shop virtually on their website here or visit the store at 716 SE Everett Mall Way in Everett, Washington 98208. They are closed Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday. You can call them at (206) 859-8448 or email inquiries to: [email protected]


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