A Long-Range Shipping Charge with a Happy Ending

May 27th, 2015

 
Ken Rivest of Alaska would like to tell you about his new furniture:
 
We Absolutely LOVE IT (our new furniture). We couldn’t be happier. The packing job was impeccable. I would highly recommend you and your company to our friends and family. Excellent craftsmanship. Excellent customer service. Exceeded our expectations. Fantastic. Thank you, thank you, Thank you.
 
We got things set up throughout the house and they all look amazing. I am going to start saving $ for additional pieces.

 
800px-Flag_of_Alaska.svgIt looks like we were successful with the Rivest family already, but there was more to do. Alaska shipping rates can reach far and wide, but then we noticed we had overcharged Ken. When we notified the Rivests by email and mailed a refund, Ken had this to say:
 
Thank you for being upfront and honest with the shipping charges. I understand how that goes sometimes and we are all thankful it went smooth.
 
It truly is a testament of the quality of your company, customer service to stand behind your word like that…
 
The products speak for themselves once you see them, feel them.. We love every piece… And we will definitely be calling again soon with another order.
 
Also we are having a dinner party tomorrow and our friends have all been asking and they too will see for themselves and I would expect calls from them as well.

 
It sounds like a lot more heirloom furniture will be going to Alaska soon.
 





Bright Classic Modern Home with a Clean Mission and Shaker Dining Room

May 27th, 2015

 
Steve Petullo of Bristow, Virginia ordered a Markley Mission Dining Table in hickory and many leather-upholstered Brady Dining Chairs in maple. The set is elegant with subdued angles for Steve’s classic modern home. Steve is happy with the set:
 
My table and chairs arrived today! They are beautiful.
 
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They do look beautiful in Steve’s bright dining room. He must like the table’s modern-angled Mission slats, because here are two more shots:
 
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He does have one piece of advice for those of you thinking of getting an Amish table:
 
My only complaint would be that I wish I had gotten the table with ball bearing glide. Being single it’s hard to open the table alone.
 
Thanks for the tip, Mr. Petullo. Readers, learn more about the Ball Bearing Glide by clicking here.
 





Mission Lines Perfect a Classic Elegant Dining Room

May 27th, 2015

 
Enjoy this classic dining room with Patricia Manning’s new Mission-style dining set. Patricia ordered a Crestline Trestle Dining Table with Beaumont Dining Chairs. She finished the room with a 3 Leaf Mission Bench. Patricia selected quarter-sawn white oak and her stain choice is Autumn Leaf. She had the arm and side chairs upholstered in Pecan leather.
 
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Here is what Patricia has to say about Amish Furniture Factory and her new dining set:
 
After months of looking for just the right dining room furniture, I ordered the Crestline Trestle Dining Table, Beaumont Dining chairs, and 3 leaf Mission Bench from Amish Furniture Factory. From the first phone call to the white glove delivery the customer service was friendly and knowledgeable. The furniture is beautiful and everything I had hoped for. Thanks so much.
 
Patricia Manning

 





This Dining Set is Serious About Solid Wood

May 26th, 2015

 
Here is a dining set that Jacqui Litvan put together for a North Carolina dining room. Jacqui created her own set by combining the Manitoba Dining Table with Lavega Dining Arm and Side Chairs. The whole set is in oak with Sealy stain. Jacqui is happy with the dining set, but let her tell you about the customer service and delivery, too:
 
I couldn’t be happier with the outstanding quality of the table and chairs and the professionalism of the people I dealt with. Throughout the building process I was given updates, and, best of all, they always remembered my name. I had a somewhat complicated buying process since the furniture was a gift but the people working at the Amish Factory kept up with my situation and were quite patient.
 
The mandatory expensive delivery is absolutely necessary for such substantial furniture. All the packaging was taken and was contacted after the delivery to ensure my satisfaction. I would definitely buy from again!

 
And the dining set? Big style!
 
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The Manitoba Dining Table has thick legs, a trestle and exposed mortise joints. Its strong profile is an excellent match for the Lavega Dining Chair’s broad slats and walnut inlaying. Jacqui ordered arm chairs and side chairs, and had them upholstered in Lawn, to refine the style.
 





A Spindled Country Bed in Solid Maple

May 26th, 2015

 
kennel-chrisMr. Chris Kennell of Tennessee was not disappointed when we delivered his family’s new Brentwood Bed in solid maple. The Kennells got a traditional bed without drawers, emphasizing the turned and carved feet to complement the bed’s many spindles. Michael’s Cherry stain adds drama to the Kennells’ bedroom.
 
But it’s their bed. Let’s hear what Chris Kennell has to say:
 
We are extremely happy with the beautiful wood, style and finish of our new queen size Amish Factory bed.
 
The bed is so strong and stylish. We consider this bed to be an instant family heirloom.

 
Amish craftsmanship and solid materials win out in the Kennells’ choice for a quality bed.
 





How Can Amish Food Change Your Dinner Table?

May 23rd, 2015

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The Amish have some pretty amazing food. Just ask anyone who visits Amish Country about the food, and you’ll hear a great deal about the consistently incredibly quality. One of the key reasons that Amish food is able to set itself apart is the Amish fixation on high quality and craftsmanship.

 

The Amish are famous for their attention to detail. People have long known, for example, that the Amish build some of the most durable and beautiful furniture on the planet. What many don’t realize is that this same work ethic and dedication to quality is also alive and well in Amish food.

 

Amish Food Focused on Fresh Ingredients

 

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Amish food has won a following all over the world and for good reason. By focusing on using the very best ingredients and then preparing those ingredients with love, passion and an unwavering attention to details large and small, the Amish are able to create food that is simply mouthwatering.

 

A big reason that Amish food continues to win over fans is that the Amish are obsessed with fresh produce. There is an emphasis on taking ingredients right from the farm to the table.

 

Many who visit Amish Country are shocked by the intensity of the food. The reason for this is two fold. On one hand, the Amish put a lot of work and craft into their food, but that is only the beginning. By focusing on fresh produce and lots of it, the Amish achieve something that is increasingly rare in our heavily processed world.

 

Fresh food, taken straight from the garden and put on the plate, is radically different than the modern U.S. diet. Typically, the average consumers food travels hundreds of miles before reaching its final destination. That apple you are eating today likely was picked a week ago, if you are lucky. The Amish are not removed from their food the way that most of us are today.

 

Amish Food Maximizes the Taste Benefits of Going from the Garden to the Plate

 

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There is an attachment and relationship to food that brings with it greater overall nutrition and much more taste. As many visitors to Amish Country learn, often for the first time, fresh food simply tastes much better.

 

If you want to revitalize your taste buds, then a trip to Amish Country has some distinct advantages. As expert chefs around the world realize, great tasting food needs fresh, high quality ingredients. The Amish realize and embrace the fact that in order to make world-class dishes, the freshest, world-class ingredients are possible.

 

If you like hearty food, then you’ll find that Amish food is tough to beat. Spices and herbs are used more sparingly, but you won’t miss them. The Amish don’t hide their ingredients but instead celebrate the freshness and vitality of those ingredients. The end results are powerful and rich flavors.

 

Chefs Now Realize What the Amish Have Known for Generations

 

Today, many chefs realize what the Amish have known for generations. In order to achieve fantastic culinary results it is necessary to grow one’s own food, take it from the garden and serve it fresh. Chefs around the world looking to give their customers an amazing treat start with the freshest ingredients possible and that is exactly what you’ll find when you venture into Amish Country.

 

You’ll Find That There Are Plenty of Ways to Enjoy Amish Food Wherever You Live

 

Introducing Amish food into your diet couldn’t be any easier. The incredible taste and variety of the food is such that you’ll always find some new and tasty treat to enjoy. Here are some of Amish favorites that you’ll want to try for yourself.

 

Cheese, Jams and Jelly

 

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One of the big reasons that people love Amish food is that it is highly versatile. The Amish specialize in foods such as cheese and jams, which are easy to ship and have long expiration dates.

 

Seemingly every fruit has been made into jam including all sorts of berries as well as rhubarb, apricot and more.

 

For many, the Amish have elevated these products to a new level. Cheese and jam lovers will find that they are in for a real treat when trying Amish produced goods.

 

Amish Desserts

 

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Amish desserts, not too surprisingly, are something to get excited about. Pecan pie, molasses cookies, whoopie pies and shoofly pie are some of the more common offerings. Again, simple, pure and fresh ingredients are blended with perfection to achieve mouth-watering results. Rich molasses is a yummy fixture in Amish desserts and you won’t be disappointed!

 

Some of the more commonly enjoyed Amish foods include treats such as apple butter, pumpkin butter as well as an array of smoked meat options ranging from entire hams to beef jerky and more.

 

Amish Food is Pure, Natural and Delicious

 

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People choose Amish food because it truly is different. In an era where most of us are disconnected from our food, Amish food truly stands out as being something different. Processed food, which has been stripped of its nutrition, and infused with chemicals, pesticides and preservatives, simply can’t hold a candle to quality-obsessed offerings.

 

Just as Amish crafts and Amish furniture have built a remarkable reputation for quality, the same holds true for Amish cuisine. Amish food stands apart from the crowd because of its obsession with the freshness of ingredients. Ingredients are not grown hundreds of miles away and then placed on trucks where they sit… only to arrive at a store and sit some more. Amish ingredients are fresh ingredients and you’ll definitely notice a big and bold difference in every single bite.





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!

 
You get the picture.
 
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.