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A Refinished Dining Set at the North End Loft

Friday, December 19th, 2014


Your solid wood furniture is going to last decades, but your sense of style may change with the years. Replacing an heirloom defeats its purpose, so don’t feel constrained when it comes to refinishing a piece of handcrafted furniture. As Laurel Stephens will show you, a quality new finish can make your dining set look as rich and sturdy as it looks refreshed.
See the result at the North End Loft

Make Your Rustic Table’s Grain or Weathering Glow in the Dark

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Those pits in a rustic table are beautiful. They’re also great holes to fill in with glow-in-the-dark resin. On instructables, Mike Warren has a tutorial and video demonstration of how to build a simple table but add glowing resin. I like Warren’s method, which involves carving your own pits in the woodgrain instead of altering a beautiful rustic hardwood. I’m sure you can think of many ways to adapt this glowing technique.
View the tutorial at Instructables

Feng Shui for the Home Office

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Feng Shui is said to have spiritual benefits. Whether you subscribe to the path or not, the design and layout teachings that Feng Shui outlines have practical application. Sherry Nothingam explains 9 Feng Shui principles that will help you arrange a beautiful and productive home office.
Find many Feng Shui teachings on Decoist

Spool Furniture From Target

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
What will they mass-produce next. Target has a Jenny Lind line of bedroom furniture that certainly looks beautiful. It comes in pretty colors and has spool legs that look like opulent woodturning. If you’re a Target regular, Lesli DeVito is ready to show you her favorites. If you’re interested in real woodturning, handcrafted joinery, and solid hardwood, stay and view the Amish pieces here.
Lesli is at My Old Country House

Methods of Transferring Designs to Wood for Carving

Monday, December 15th, 2014


I’d like to point out this woodcarving video from Mary May’s School of Traditional Woodcarving. While you can find a lot of specifics at the school, this video covers more than one technique for transferring your design to carve, and lets you choose what to use where. This makes it a perfect starter’s resource.
Visit the school.

Chalet Sherwood, Switzerland, Photo Tour

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Like hardwood architecture? Have a look at Chalet Sherwood in Verbier, Switzerland. The chalet’s interior is full of unabashed, knotty wood. Contrasting the wood is luxurious furniture. So if you’re looking for rustic and opulent design ideas, visit Simona Ganea’s Homedit tour of the Sherwood Chalet.
The knots! The knots!

The Matchbox Tiny Home by Jay Austin

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Matchbox is Jay Austin’s contribution to the Boneyard Studios neighborhood of tiny houses in DC. The Matchbox feels surprisingly spacious for a 7.5 x 19 foot house, and the interior uses a variety of decor elements besides the contemporary minimalist stereotype of white and pine to increase brightness.
For a full tour with specs, visit Jetson Green.

Painted Party Cutlery

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Plastic Utensils with Painted HandlesIf your next party will use paper plates and plastic utensils, Colleen Pastoor has an idea for you to style up your table settings. Use realistic looking plastic cutlery, and paint the handles with acrylic craft paint. When you use plastic cutlery, you don’t have to worry about finding paint that will live through the dishwasher. Colleen’s sample is summery but I bet these metallic utensils would look great in holiday colors.
Thank Lemon Thistle

A Tiny Home With Beautiful Finishes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Tiny homes can remind us of conventional homes and contain a surprising number of luxuries, when you design them right. So look at this highlight that Lexy B. Ward grabbed of an Heirloom Custom Tiny Home. The colors and finishes make the tiny kitchen delicious.
See the preview on Curbly.
Visit Heirloom Custom Tiny Homes.

Different Historic Thomas Day Dressers

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Thomas Day was a free black furniture maker and designer in North Carolina in the 1800s. The Furniture Record has an article devoted to Thomas Day pieces. In particular, how does one shop vary the same design? Firley compares Day dresser designs from different auctions.
Click on furniture history in context.