Painting a Grey Cinderblock Fence White

October 24th, 2014

Finish your last outdoor improvement projects while you still can. Cassity and family at Remodelaholic decided to paint their yard’s ugliest cinderblock fence to match the white fences they like. It’s an instructive process, outlining steps to flatten the painting surfaces and apply quality outdoor paint.
Click, you’ll like the result.

Traditional Country Fall Decor

October 24th, 2014


Since the North End Loft is such a country home, using country style fall decor comes naturally to Laurel Stephens. This fall home tour is classic and festive. Some of her details would surprise you, like using beans to create a harvest-themed candle hurricane. Laurel’s autumn touches are bright, but classy all the same.
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Minimalist Wall Unit Systems

October 23rd, 2014

Wall units and separators can add vertical storage while dedicating spaces to certain functions. Contemporary minimalism is doing beautiful things to wall units. Narrow supports and glass shelves can make your belongings look like they’re floating in mid air. Check out Decoist for a gallery of Italian designed wall units from Porada.

From the Past to the Present

October 23rd, 2014


Not all old furniture is good. Some of it smells funny; some of it is deteriorating; some of it is too heavy or too light for your needs. There’s little argument that furniture used to be made better than we’re used to seeing nowadays, but maybe you haven’t looked in the right place to find the good stuff.





Furniture made the old-fashioned way is durable and has quality built right in. But that doesn’t mean it has to look like you raided an ancient castle to obtain it. Taking those same skills from yesteryear and applying it to furniture with a modern look gives you the best of both worlds.


Do you want a recliner? Several models are available in a number of styles with dozens of material choices, including available leather; with features like a wall hugger it need not stick obtrusively into the room to operate; it can swivel as well; it can have electric control and the Dream Back feature. So don’t think it has to be old-fashioned because it’s made by fine artisan Amish craftsmen.A recliner open

A recliner
If you have a home theater you will need proper seating for it. And it is available right here!
theatre seating
Perhaps you need a plasma TV stand or a media center. There are many styles and pieces to choose from.
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Or maybe you need a sleek lift-top coffee table? It can provide a convenient place to hide all the day-to-day clutter! And yet you have only scratched the surface of the possibilities.


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Rustic doesn’t mean you can’t have something primitive looking but engineered to exacting standards that assures its durability is just like any other piece of Amish furniture. Triple lacquered natural wood logs show you have a sense of style but appreciate natural wood too. Four natural-log uprights for your bed, constructed with Mortise & Tenon joints, for incredible strength and powerful nature overtones. It would be perfect for a cottage or lodge.
rustic bed

On the other hand, maybe you prefer the straight-forward designs of the Shaker or the Mission styles. Sometimes our eyes just need a rest from interpreting everything. The simple lines of these styles quickly convey function and unobtrusively show style, workmanship and function at a glance. No strain on the brain – they just work!







But even traditional furniture can conceal modern day functionality. How about a complete office hidden inside a Traditional Style Computer Armoire? Pop it open to work, and slide it closed to forget and carry on with your vacation. And a three drawer filing cabinet in solid wood makes a stunning addition to complete your office when combined with fully featured solid wood office chairs.


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Got fishing on your mind? Traditional rod racks for five rods or as many as twelve! You will never run out of space… Or maybe some solid hardwood bookends to hold your favorite book selections – they deserve a nice place too! And if you need something for outside, don’t forget our frame or chain suspended swings, as well as gliders for your enjoyment.


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We’re here for you
Take advantage of our versatility; combine styles, or specify accents. You deserve quality furniture that will last for generations. Don’t settle for less.

Familiar Signs That a Home Is an Amish One

October 23rd, 2014

Enter a family household, and you will see signs of that family’s unique ancestry around the home. The Amish have their own household items that are uncommon in mainstream culture. These items include certain types of Amish furniture like hardwood stepping stools. Lydia Glick has compiled a list of items based on the home where she grew up. Thanks for mentioning us, Lydia.
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Elegant Fall Decor Inspirations

October 22nd, 2014

The term “fall” brings to mind images of bright colored pumpkins and rustic scarecrows. It can seem hard to decorate your home for fall without looking gaudy or childish. That’s why Curbly has gathered this years best ideas for decorating with elegance this fall. With bright accents or neutral themes, these fall decor ideas will adorn your home, not invade it.
Bring on the harvest

Tonnatak Builds Iceland Retreat: Dynjandisvegur

October 22nd, 2014


Tonnatak is an Icelandic home builder. Judging by the contemporary beauty of his most recent retreat, he may also work in architecture and design, but I’ll leave it up to you to ask him. Dynjandisvegur in Bláskógabyggð, Iceland is a minimalist wooden cabin that compliments the subarctic, volcanic Iclandic landscape.
Thanks goes to Bjarki Kjartansson for the Houzz photo gallery

13 Giant Proposed London Architecture Projects

October 21st, 2014

You may have heard of SkyCycle, a proposed car-free cycling road above London’s railways. It could make alternative transportation easier and safer to use in London. But that isn’t the only ambitious, sustainable London project architects are thinking of. Visit Dezeen for twelve more projects that have sparked heated debates.
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Katie Troyer: Amish Photographer

October 21st, 2014


Katie Troyer is an Amish little person who takes photos of Amish in Sarasota, Florida, where most members of the Amish community welcome photography. What sets Troyer’s photos apart from other Amish photography is their emphasis on familiarity over romanticized country imagery. While Saloma Miller Furlong provides further context for Sarasota’s customs in her blog post, I first would like to point out this charming video of images from Katie Troyer’s family life.
Learn more at About Amish

Quality and Skill in Perfect Balance

October 16th, 2014


It doesn’t take much knowledge to detect the quality of a piece of furniture. If you go into a typical “Big Box” store in search of a sideboard or china cabinet you’ll many times be able to see the uneven gaps around the doors and drawers. As soon you open them you can immediately see that the separators for cutlery are covered in felt to hide the fact that the dividers themselves are made from particle board. At least the grain of the wood looks okay, until you realize it’s just veneer over plywood. And look at the sides and bottoms of the drawers – they’re not even stained or finished – just raw wood.

This may sound familiar. There’s an unnerving rattle of loose glass as you struggle to open the too tight, skewed door of the china portion. Tap lightly on the back of the cabinet, but be careful! If it was any thinner, light would pass through it… Is this really what you want?

You deserve better!
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Furniture used to be built for the long-haul. It was solid wood, durable and sturdy; there were no plastic laminates, flake or particle board or plywood. Furniture wasn’t something that you purchased, used for a couple of years, and then donated to charity or threw away with the trash. I grew up with furniture that was over 100 years old, sometimes two centuries or more. It was crafted by experts, finished in beautifully fine detail, and often signed or marked by the creator.


There are still Craftsmen like that; true Artisans that put every bit of skill and knowledge into creating not just fine furniture, but Art that will last for generations. Hand-finishing to perfection, not until the end of the shift; carrying the job through to completion, not until it is “good enough”; those are the secrets of a job well done. As we all know, “Good Enough is not Good enough!”


When others don’t finish all of the exposed surfaces, whether with stains, varnish, oils or waxes, the wood it left vulnerable to experience uneven moisture and humidity, swelling and shrinking joints with the seasons. The connections loosen; the moving parts jam or wedge. It can deteriorate in just a few short years.


Quality even where you never look
With quality furniture, everything is stained and finished, even the parts you can’t see. Just because something is out of sight doesn’t mean it can be ignored. If you order a dining set, all the pieces will be finished by one artisan so that all the pieces will be the same color and match perfectly. Typically we don’t want an oddball chair that doesn’t match the rest of the set.


After all, isn’t that what craftsmanship is all about? Pure, unmitigated, unassailable quality at every step; driven by ability and tempered with humility; and combined with select materials to fashion the very best for you.


Your job is easy in comparison. You just have to look at it, fall in love with it, and take it home.