A Corner TV Stand in a California Country Room

May 20th, 2015

 
Would you like to design your room with the TV in the corner? We have a TV stand for that. In California, Kim Kelly is thrilled with her new Mission 061C 61″ corner flat panel TV stand. Read on to see just how thrilled:
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Laura, this is as beautiful as I hoped it would be. I am so happy with our purchase and can’t wait for others to admire this piece in our home. I hope it generates more sales for your company.
 
I love it. It’s exactly what I wanted. Thank you for your awesome customer service and a beautiful product!

 
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Kim’s TV stand is quarter-sawn white oak with our Michael’s Cherry finish. The stand’s Mission-style lines and smoked glass doors are a modern complement to a flat-screen TV and the fringed mat lain softly over the stand. Cheers to another happy customer!
 





Neutral Hardwood Sofa Matches Bold, Dual-Colored Room

May 20th, 2015

 
We’re proud to show this sofa because it is for a returning customer. Linda Hill of Bothell, Washington ordered this Diamond Sofa with our Gem upholstery to look good with whatever she hangs above it (we love the quilt, by the way). The frame is oak with our Baywood stain.
 
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Here is what Linda has to say about her new sofa:
 
I ordered a chair from the Amish Furniture Factory last spring, and was so happy with the service I received AND with the chair, that I came back with an order for a sofa. People were endlessly helpful and friendly–even the guy who delivered the sofa! It’s gorgeous, and everyone loves it. As you can see, I like bright colors (the quilt is seasonal–it’s February now); the upholstery fits right in as well as it would in a more neutral environment.
 
Amish Furniture Factory is happy to serve you, and we’re glad we could help you get the best sofa for your home.
 





Traditional Cherry Table Completes Luxurious Dining Atmosphere

May 20th, 2015

 
Jack Granzow of Wellington, Florida, has sent us pictures of his new dining table. The Granzows ordered the Princeton Dining Table in cherry with the classic cherry stain. The banquet shape and the traditional, curvy double pedestal make the table a joyous fit for the traditional theme and bohemian undertones of the Granzows’ dining room.
 
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After Jack’s table got settled in, Jack sent us an email:
 
We love the table. It arrived just after Christmas and it exceeded our expectations. Thank you.
 
Thank you for the photos, Jack. We love seeing the ways that people fit our furniture into their unique styles. Here is one last shot of the room.
 
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What Are Sustainable Building Materials and Why Should I Use Them?

May 8th, 2015

 

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There are many ways that we can make the most out of the resources that we have. Constructing new buildings and new homes takes up a tremendous amount of energy. And with that high level of energy use comes a greater carbon footprint. Many people are rightly obsessed with finding new ways to build and, in the process, save energy both in the construction phase and in the make a more energy efficient home. Nature has provided some pretty amazing and useful materials. Pioneers and experts are combining these materials and techniques to make the most out of sustainable building materials.

 

Sustainable building materials make the most out of what nature has to offer. The materials employed in sustainable building are durable, easy to work with, come with environmental benefits and are renewable. Unlike many other building materials currently used, sustainable building materials are more in line with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. Ultimately, these impressive building materials have too much to offer to ignore.

 

Bamboo-Lightweight, Super Strong and Versatile

 

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There is no shortage of sustainable building materials. One of the first materials that we will look at is bamboo. Bamboo is not a tree, but is, in fact, a type of grass. It has some rather impressive properties. First bamboo is lightweight, flexible and strong. Increasingly bamboo is being used in construction and with great results. Bamboo has a compression strength that is superior to that of brick and rather surprisingly even concrete. Add to this the fact that bamboo has a tensile strength roughly equal to steel, and you have a tremendous building material. Perhaps the greatest single surprise regarding bamboo is that it isn’t used in construction even more often!

 

In addition to being strong and durable, bamboo also grows very quickly. Some species of bamboo can grow a couple of feet in a single day. Once bamboo starts growing, it grows very, very rapidly, which helps to make bamboo an excellent sustainable building material.

 
The Wonders of Cork

 

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Cork is another simply amazing building material. The majority of cork is produced either in Portugal or Spain. Part of why cork is considered to be a very sustainable building material is that cork trees are not cut down, but instead their bark is stripped to make cork. The end product is a very impressive one.

 

Cork is good for far more than wine bottles, as cork is lightweight, very strong and has acoustic and thermal insulation properties. Insects and rodents will generally not eat cork, and it is highly resistant to moisture and mold. It is no accident that cork is used to keep liquids in bottles, whether it is wine, olive oil or other liquids.

 

Additionally, cork is naturally flame-retardants, meaning that highly toxic flame retardant compounds do not need to be added. These factors combine to make cork a truly exceptional insulation product. Currently, cork is being used for insulation across Europe, but the impressive properties of cork will likely make it a key insulation, flooring and sound insulation product in the coming decades.

 

Rammed Earth

 

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When it comes to inexpensive and renewable building materials, rammed earth has much to offer. Rammed earth structures have a long history as they date back to 5000 BCE and can be found all across the world. Their construction involves compressing a damp mixture of materials, typically clay, sand and gravel into a mould. From there, the shapes are built into larger structures.

 

Rammed earth may not have the strength and durability of other materials such as concrete, but the price is very tough to beat. It is also possible to mix rammed earth with concrete to produce a very durable building material.

 
There are also energy saving benefits to rammed earth. Rammed earth has a high thermal mass, and that means it can absorb heat during the day and release it at night. Overall, rammed earth buildings can help to cut, often dramatically, heating and cooling costs.

 
The energy efficient nature, low cost and sustainability of rammed earth buildings means that rammed earth may very well have a bright future. Combing rammed earth with solar power could prove to be one of the future’s great building combinations.

 

Papercrete, Straw-Bale Construction and Reclaimed Building Materials

 

 

Other notable sustainable building materials include Papercrete, straw bale construction and reclaimed materials, ranging from reclaimed wood to reclaimed stone and brick. All of these materials are quite sustainable.

 

Papercrete combines re-pulped paper fiber with Portland cement or clay. The end result is a partially recycled material that can be made into a durable building material. The reason that Papercrete has drawn a lot attention is that it is lightweight, has a high R-value and is durable.

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Straw-bale construction, much like rammed earth, has much to offer. Straw-bale construction goes back centuries and is an inexpensive and sustainable building material.

 

 

The future is bright for sustainable building materials. They are renewable, take less energy to work with and come with an array of energy saving benefits. In a future where climate change and energy consumption are likely to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, from builders and homeowners to policy makers, we can expect to hear more about this impressive natural wonders.





How to Select Wood Doors for Your Home

May 2nd, 2015

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The doors that go into your house are one of the most important home-related purchases that you can ever make. Most of us don’t think too much about our doors until something goes wrong, of course. Yet, the right kinds of doors add value, security and beauty to our lives. Selecting wood doors for your home has many different components, and ignoring any of them can result in complications and problems in the long run.

 

So can you find the perfect wood door for your home? Definitely and, with the help of this article, you’ll love your final results.

 

 

Investing in Wood

 

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Wood doors are so common because they last. Metal security doors have become popular, and they have their benefits, but they also have their drawbacks. On the top of the list is the fact that metal doors usually lack the charm and beauty of wood. Another problem is that once a metal door is dinged (and metal doors do tend to get dinged or caved in) they instantly look cheap. Even a high-end metal door with a small ding looks cheap. However, because people expect some degree of imperfection from wood, it can weather life’s little problems with greater ease. People often even find the imperfections in wood to be quite charming or even beautiful!

 

Opting for a wood door also means that you have a door that is far easier to repair. Scratches and even small missing pieces can be repaired with relative ease. Yet, the same cannot be stated for metal doors. A wooden door can, for example, be sanded, refinished, stained, painted and repaired in a range of ways. Your options, on the other hand, with a metal door are dramatically limited by comparison.

 

Sizing Issues Shouldn’t Be Ignored

 

The old saying, “Measure twice and cut once,” is certainly good advice. When you are selecting wood doors, be certain to know exactly what size you need. Getting the wrong size door can be a major hassle and one you want to avoid!

 

Matching the Style of Your Home

 

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If you are thinking, “any old door will do,” think again. Your home is an investment and one of the most commonly viewed items in your entire home is a door, especially your front door. One of the first things that people notice about your home is the door that they use to enter. If your front door doesn’t match with the rest of your home, everyone will notice it. For this reason, it is prudent to take the design, look and feel of your home into whatever wood door you select.

You can also do a whole lot with interesting and innovative doorknobs. If you have an older home, look for a vintage door and lighting store in your area. They may be able to advise you on the best knobs to match the period during which your home was built.

The older your home, the greater the potential challenge when it comes to selecting a wood door, as modern doors often don’t match the look and feel of older homes. What should you do if you have an older home and are in need of new doors? If preserving the look and feel of your home is important, you may want to venture online and try to find doors from your home’s time period. It might take a little research but restoration companies specialize in giving a second life to old wood doors. By investing in reclaimed wood doors, you are lowering your carbon footprint, investing in a tiny piece of history and helping to preserve your home’s original look and appeal.

 

Interior Door Options

 

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Not all interior door options will work for all situations. There are many different options, ranging from French doors and swinging doors to sliding doors and bi-fold doors. Panel doors and flush doors are extremely popular and often make up the bulk of interior doors that one sees in most homes.

 

Exterior Door Options

 

When it comes to exterior door options, there are many choices ranging form steel and fiberglass doors to solid wood and engineered wood. Many people buy engineered wood exterior doors not realizing that they are not, in fact, getting a solid wood door.

Medium density fiber board textureEngineered wood is not built to last, but is instead assembled from layers of low-quality wood that mixed with chemicals and then compressed together. In short, this is not a product that will last, as it wasn’t built to last. It was designed to look good and be cheap, but it is not a high quality product. This is especially true when compared to a solid wood door.

 

 

 

A solid wood exterior door is a must. Solid wood exterior doors will outlast engineered wood and can be easily repaired if damaged. If you want a door that provides security and looks great at the same time, then your best choice is always going to be wood!

 

A Wood Door Is Durable, Looks Great and Will Prove an Excellent Investment

 

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A wood door will stand the test of time. You will not have to worry about replacing a wood door after a couple of years. You will also not have to worry about your wood door looking cheap after it takes a couple of hits, which is all too common with metal doors.

 

Solid wood is always a smart investment and one that you will not regret. It might cost more upfront, but in the end you’ll save money. Why replace a door when you can install a solid and reliable wood door instead?





3 Easy DIY Woodwork Projects

April 25th, 2015

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You might be thinking, “I’m no woodworking expert,” but you don’t have to be knowledgeable to create your own useful, DIY woodworking projects. There is no need to be intimidated. After all, DIY woodworking projects can be fun even if you are a novice. (That stated, however, it is always important to practice proper safety such as only operating equipment that you understand, working in a safe and well-lit environment and avoiding distractions.)

 

We are going to look at a few DIY woodworking projects that we know you’ll love. Don’t worry whether you are an expert or this is your first DIY woodworking project, you’ll find our ideas to be easy and simple!

 

Should You Buy Plans?

 

When it comes to DIY woodworking projects one of the first decisions that you’ll have to make is whether or not you should buy plans. Buying plans largely comes down to how complex of a woodworking job you are planning on tackling. The DIY projects we’re suggesting in this article are easy projects. Keep in mind that there are plenty of free plans online regardless of DIY project complexity, so look around!

 

1. Stumped Where to Begin? We Have You Covered with the Stump Table

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Want to make a super-easy and super-cheap side table? Then you might want to head over to a slightly unexpected place in the form of Home Depot. The Home Depot community has great plans for a Stump Table that requires very little know how and money. Simply drill three holes, screw on some legs and you have yourself an instant, dirt cheap table that will last for years and years. This is one of those ideas that will leave you saying, “Why didn’t I think of this and why don’t I already have a couple of these tables?” You’ll find the Stump Table is a great addition for your guest room, garage or even your living room. Learn more about the cheap and versatile Stump Table by visiting http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/diy-decor-tree-stump-side-table.

 

Whether or not you want to paint or finish the Stump Table is up to you. Either way this project won’t take long and as long as you can safely handle a drill you should be good to go!

 

2. Feeling Artistic? You’ll Love the Openwork Cube Pendant Light

 

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If you were thinking that DIY projects meant clunky, then think again. A good deal of creativity and inspiration went into the creation of the Openwork Cube Pendant Light. This light looks like a million bucks but is, in fact, about as inexpensive as our Stump Table.

 

The skill level on this one is pretty low, but you’ll need a little more patience than with the Stump Table. The cool geometric design looks far more complicated than it really is. All you need are a few pieces of wood and a little time on your hands and you’ll be ready to create a real work of art. Perhaps the best thing about the Openwork Cube Pendant Light is that it is one of those DIY projects that not only looks expensive, but also looks difficult to do. Your family and friends will think that you’re developing a whole new side of yourself with this clever little project.

Check out an easy step-by-step guide at Vintage Revivals http://www.vintagerevivals.com/2012/03/openwork-cube-pendant-light.html
Don’t be afraid to pretend that this project was a hard one. It will be our little secret!

 

3. You, Yes You, Can Make Your Own Unique Headboard

 

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Have you always wanted a very unique, cool and impressive looking headboard, but just didn’t want to pay those huge prices? A striking looking headboard can be an expensive purchase, but we have uncovered a DIY Pallet Headboard from the people at This Old House that is worth the time and effort.
So what will you need? You will, of course, need a pallet to get things started. Pallets can be pretty inexpensive and surprisingly tough as they are meant to take a lot of abuse. In just a few hours on a Saturday, you can use this idea to totally transform your bedroom and do it for just dollars! http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20672101_21278317,00.html
The process begins with sanding and painting. From there, we move on to measuring and finding studs in the wall for mounting. You can also see other ideas from these creative minds, such as a DIY Mud Bench with Herringbone Wall by visiting www.theroosterandthehen.com.

 

More Creative Pallet Ideas 

Bob Villa also has his own ideas for inexpensive pallet ideas. He suggests taking pallets and repurposing them into a range of different kids of useful household items from sectional sofas to desks and even kitchen islands. You can see more about Villa’s ideas on what to do with the humble but very durable pallet by visiting his site, which outlines five easy DIY projects for beginners. http://www.bobvila.com/articles/5-things-to-do-with-shipping-pallets/

 

Follow Bob’s advice and you’ll be making daybeds and even a desk for almost free. Here is a link for an inexpensive desk that Bob found on Instructables. http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-desk/ (Don’t let this one fool you as it is actually easier than it appears at first glance!)

 

These easy and fast DIY woodworking projects show that you don’t have to be a woodworking expert or experienced carpenter to make something useful and beautiful. Great DIY woodworking projects have been outlined for you on the Internet and the free price tag is impossible to beat!





6 Surprising Factors Behind the Wood In Your “Wood Furniture”

April 19th, 2015

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If you are like most people you probably don’t give too much thought to where your furniture comes from, its origins or how it was made. Let’s face it, the hectic nature of living day-to-day life often means that you just lack the time and energy to think about how your products are made, by whom and out of what kind of materials.

 

However, the simple fact is that how your furniture is made can impact not just the health of local ecosystems, but your health as well. There are also other concerns, such are you really getting a good value for your dollar? In this article, we will turn our attention to the origins of furniture and why those origins should be of concern to you!

 

Factor One-Health

 

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One of the most commonly overlooked factors in furniture is value. Cheap furniture is usually cheap for a reason, and that reason is that cheap furniture just doesn’t last. Furniture that is made out of real wood is highly durable and will last for many years to come. However, the overwhelming majority of cheap furniture is not made out of wood. Instead, cheap furniture is usually made out of MDF.

 

MDF is, simply stated, something that you don’t want in your house and is a poor investment. The reason is that MDF is essentially nothing more than wood fragments and sawdust held together with glues and binders that are usually chemical in their origins. These chemicals degas and usually do so for many years. MDF furniture contributes to poor indoor air quality as it degases a range of harmful and even cancer causing chemicals into the air.

 

Factor Two-Value

 

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Not only does MDF potentially harm your health, but it is also a poor investment. Sawdust and wood fragments held together with chemical binders and glues probably doesn’t sound too tough to you, does it? Facts are that the low quality and inexpensive furniture available in most of the big box stores are not built to last. Instead, this furniture is built to be cheap and look good. Sadly, this furniture will not stand the test of time like real wood. Not only do you have to buy new furniture in a just a few years, but you also have to invest the time to find that furniture and put it together. If you want the best value for your furniture dollar then avoid low quality furniture and opt for solid wood furniture instead!

 

Factor Three-Your Carbon Footprint

 

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Usually low quality furniture made from the poorest materials possible are created in overseas factories that are often several thousand miles away from their final destination. The end result is something of an environmental disaster. The “cheap” furniture that you buy at a local big box distributor has usually been placed on transport ship and shipped across the ocean. The unpleasant fact of the matter is that the cheap furniture you may have purchased has been created using polluting and environmentally damaging chemicals that make their way into the water supply. It takes a lot of energy to get your low quality furniture across an ocean and that harms the environment a great deal. Large transport ships are amazing polluters. If you want to lower your carbon footprint then it makes sense to buy locally as much as possible.

 

Factor Four-Does Your Furniture Stimulate the Regional Economy?

 

Buying locally also stimulates your local economy. Buying real wood furniture from regional manufacturer, even if that manufacturer is on the other side of the country, is far less polluting than buying furniture from overseas. Plus, it also is much better for the economy. Real wood furniture made in the United States lowers your carbon footprint while stimulating the economy. As an added bonus you also benefit financially, as you receive a higher quality product that will stand the test of time.

 

Factor Five-True, Real and Lasting Beauty

 

The inexpensive furniture sold in most big box stores is an illusion. There is an illusion of quality and durability, but real wood furniture is different; real wood furniture is the real thing. MDF and other low quality furniture is just pretending to be what wood actually is. Opt for real wood furniture and you will get what you pay for and more.

 

Real wood has a lasting and real beauty that MDF and other low grade furniture can’t hope to match. When you opt for the knockoff wood furniture sold by big stores, you are losing money in the long run. You are also losing the substantial beauty that real wood furniture can provide. Are you better off having less furniture than furniture that isn’t built to stand the test of time? In a word, “Yes!”

 

Factor Six-The Social Factor

 

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The bottom line is that where your furniture is made and how matters. Many foreign manufacturers pay pennies an hour and expose workers to harmful work conditions. By refusing to support such labor and business practices you are making an important statement with your dollar. In time, businesses will notice and respond accordingly! Buying locally eliminates the concern while you benefit by receiving a higher quality product. Buying real wood furniture is, in the end, the best choice possible. You’ll have furniture that will look great and provide you with superior functionality for years to come!

 

We always get what we pay for and with furniture we all want something that is real and reliable. Real wood furniture is just that, real.





7 Tips to Integrate Wood Into Your Interior Design

April 12th, 2015

woodDon’t you just love wood? One of the greatest things about this material is that it works so very well in all kinds of interior design. Wood is so versatile and can be used in so many ways that it is no wonder that designers often call on wood to “dress up” all kinds of home. The simple fact is that versatile wood can provide warmth to a home that is difficult to make any other way. Here are seven great tips for integrating wood into your next interior design project!

 

Wood and Interior Design Tip One-Furniture

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When it comes to using wood for your interior design projects, one of the simplest steps is to opt for wood furniture. You have plenty of furniture options, but none are able to beat wood for its overall warmth and appeal.

 

Absolutely nothing has the charm and character of wood. Wood transforms a room like no other material and its versatility means that pretty much any room can benefit from the incorporation of wood furniture. A well chosen piece in a room can completely transform the environment and take it from dull to classy and warm.

 

Wood and Interior Design Tip Two-Using Wood in Unexpected Places

 

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Wood really shines when it appears in unexpected places. A great example of this fact is to use wood in the bathroom. Wood used a material in your bathroom, such as in your cabinets or vanity, can be a real eye-opener. People no longer expect to see wood as often in the bathroom, but wood cabinets and vanities can look stunning, especially when coupled with wood flooring.

 

Wood flooring in the bathroom may present a challenge due to moisture and other factors, but it can be done. Cork flooring, for example, looks great but cork is also very water resistant, super tough and is an exceptional sound absorbing material. So look around your home for areas that one might not expect to find wood and give wood furniture, flooring or other ideas a try!

 

Wood and Interior Design Tip Three-Wood Instead of Drywall

 

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The never-ending versatility of wood, in part, helps to explain its eternal charm. Another way to put wood to use in your interior design is to switch out drywall for wood paneling instead. Wood has many advantages over drywall, especially for those who are chemically sensitive or want to cultivate a rustic look.

 

Many people have discovered that wood can work quite well, for example, in bathrooms. Instead of tiling on walls, intrepid home and business owners are opting for wood instead and the results can be visually striking.

 

Of course, it is necessary to treat wood in your bathrooms with something like an acrylic finish to help combat moisture, but the results are worth the effort. If you want to make a striking statement, then wood in your bathroom provides an excellent option.

 

Wood and Interior Design Tip Four-Wood in the Kitchen

 

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In recent decades, the trend has been away from materials such as wood in the kitchen. However, wood in the kitchen has been making a comeback. Wood butcher-block countertops look warm and rich. If you want a very natural look in your kitchen, then wood butcher block might be the way to go. And it’s durable and can stand up to wear and tear just as well as many other countertop materials.
Wood and Interior Design Tip Five-Using Wood for Contrast

 

Wood contrasts nicely with other materials. If you home is more modern, you may find that adding wood either in the form of wood furniture or other additions can work to provide a good deal of unexpected contrast. The fact that there are many different types of wood and stains available means that you can likely find the perfect fit for any room.

 

Wood and Interior Design Tip Six-Use Woods Colors and Textures to Your Advantage

 

wood2Since wood comes from all sorts of trees, it is possible to get all kinds of looks, colors, textures and patterns. As a result, wood can be used in a virtually endless number of ways in interior design. Many homeowners and interior designers turn to wood due to its exceptional versatility. Whether you want to add more or less color or texture to a room, wood can get the job done.

 

Wood furniture, wood flooring and wood paneling can be mixed and matched together in an endless number of ways. The end results can range anywhere from shocking to subtle.
Wood and Interior Design Tip Seven-Cultivate a Vintage Look

 

No way around it, if you want to cultivate a vintage look, then wood is one of your top options. Wood is an ancient building material and as such resonates in a way that modern building materials can’t match. If you want charm, warmth, elegance and a touch of nostalgia, then it’s impossible to beat wood!

 

Seven Tips for Interior Design Results

 

By using these tips, you can easily incorporate wood into your interior design and make a big impact. Interior design should be fun, and the versatility of wood helps to provide endless fun design options. Try contrasting different types of wood against one another in your design.

 

Also, remember that a few well placed pieces of wood furniture can work to instantly transform almost any room. In our technological society, wood still endures. Wood has stood the test of time as a design material because it is tough, beautiful and extremely versatile. What more could anyone ask for from a building material?





Sam A. Malek: Pennsylvania Photography

April 6th, 2015

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
Sam A. Malek lives in rural Pennsylvania, and he’s a photographer. This gives him perfect opportunities to photograph Amish and Mennonites living nearby.
 

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A country man himself, Sam is a perfect fit for rural living and for both his Anabaptist and mainstream subjects. Many of Sam’s photos expertly capture people forming connections with one another as well as with animals.
 
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Sam is a visual person. As a photographer, he looks for naturally occuring things that have a special aesthetic; it’s almost as if somebody had posed them, yet you know they couldn’t have. The results of Sam’s watchfulness are dramatic.
 
Sam A. Malek: The Mennonites of Lancaster &emdash; Mennonite Tractor

 
Sam A. Malek: The Mennonites of Lancaster &emdash; Mennonite Girl Selfie

While he uses digital equipment, Sam reveres traditional techniques. He only simulates lightroom techniques and otherwise lets photos speak for themselves.
 
Sam doesn’t limit himself to photographing Plains people. Visit Sam’s gallery, and you’ll find a variety of photos of scenery, animals, people in the mainstream culture, and even long exposure photos.
 
I suggest you give Sam A. Malek’s gallery and Twitter a visit. This one is about more than taking pictures of Amish people. Sam aims to take photos that acknowledge the depth of meaning in what he sees.
 
All photos copyright Sam A. Malek can be found on SamClicks.com.
 





3 Green Ways to Clean Your Furniture

April 5th, 2015

girl cleaning sofaKeeping your furniture clean is important if you want your furniture to last. Poorly maintained furniture just won’t stand up to the test of time. While it is important to clean your furniture from time to time, it is also vital that you do so in a green and safe way. Many furniture cleaning options can be harmful to both people and the environment. So let’s take a look at how to get your furniture clean without all the harmful chemicals.

 

One- Dusting

 
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Now you might be thinking that dusting is pretty basic and in one way you are right, but not all dusting is created equally. Dusting furniture is a good idea. But when it is done the wrong way, dusting can actually release a lot of potentially hazardous dust into the air. The solution? If you have very dusty furniture, for example, furniture that has been in storage for years, consider dusting first with a damp cloth and then washing that cloth. Dust often contains potentially harmful compounds that settle on furniture. These compounds can range from flame retardant chemicals found in furniture to toxic compounds from electronics. This fact also underscores the importance of frequently vacuuming and dusting.

 

Two- Vacuum with HEPA Filter

 

Another prudent step is to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Many vacuum cleaners have a range of attachments. Some vacuum cleaners earn higher marks than others for the power and effectiveness of their attachments. Two HEPA vacuum cleaner models that have highly functional attachments are Dyson and Shark. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and good attachments can work wonders for not just keeping furniture clean, but for also tackling those hard to reach spots throughout your home.

 

One very common mistake that people make with HEPA filter vacuums is that they forget to clean their filters. Poorly maintained vacuum filters can actually release more contamination into the air than they capture, so clean your filters often!

 

Three- Use Oils Rather than Furniture Polish

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Furniture polish can help your furniture look great, but it can also harm your health. Many furniture polishes are really little more than low-grade chemical mixtures. Pets, children, adults and the planet as a whole can suffer from exposure to these products. The solution is to skip these products and opt for something more environmentally friendly.

 

A little oil can go a long way in maintaining your furniture. One of the best options is jojoba oil, but linseed oil also works very well. Adding a few drops of lemon to olive oil is another option that many people like. What furniture polish could be easier than this one? After all, most people have both lemons and olive oil in the kitchen somewhere. If you don’t, they are both inexpensive and easy to buy.

 

There is no reason to opt for expensive and potentially toxic furniture polishes when a simple and fast fix like lemon juice and olive oil is readily available. Not only do these mixtures work but also you can make them in only a few moments. Using this mixture is as simply as putting a little olive oil and lemon on a cloth and polishing the furniture.

 

Just remember to test a small area first and see how you like the results before jumping in and cleaning all of your furniture. Also different woods may respond differently to different oils. So just because one option works well for one wood that doesn’t mean it’s a great pick for all your furniture.

 

It is not your imagination that many furniture polish options smell simply horrible. Keep these harmful compounds out of your body by using natural polishing options. You won’t regret it!

 

So far we’ve focused on green cleaning options for wood furniture. The needs of wood furniture are far different than upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture presents a unique challenge in a variety of ways. One problem is that most modern upholstered furniture is stuffed with stuffing that has been treated with dangerous flame retardant chemicals. Your best option is to phase out this kind of furniture for a safer option, such as wood, or a non-flame retardant option as soon as possible.

 

 

What About Upholstery?

 

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With that stated, there are some important dos and don’ts where green cleaning of upholster furniture is concerned. First, many carpet cleaning services offer upholstery cleaning. Unfortunately, the majority of these services use chemicals to clean both carpets and furniture and should be avoided. A second point to consider is that by opting for a green upholstering cleaning option, you can avoid consider chemical exposure.

 

Vacuuming your furniture often, even weekly is a great place to start. All the pointers we’ve mentioned in this article that apply to vacuuming your wood furniture with an attachment apply to vacuuming your upholstered furniture as well. Stains can be treated with soap and water or hydrogen peroxide if they are more stubborn. A little elbow grease, patience and hydrogen peroxide will go a long way in treating stains.

 

These tips will help you clean your furniture is a safe and green fashion. Green cleaning methods are not just safer for you and your family, but also for your furniture as well. Over time, harsh chemicals may damage your furniture. But the mixtures and green cleaning approaches covered in this article will likely do no harm to your furniture whatsoever. If you want to save money, protect your health and help the planet all at the same time, then follow these tips!