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  • Not Ready to Purchase a New Rustic Furniture Set? Try These Farmhouse Flourishes Instead

    These Rustic Staples Will Give You That Perfect Farmhouse Look

    A lot of homeowners believe that in order to get a specific look, they must make that design style first and foremost throughout the home. But, this isn’t really the case. For example, for anyone who may be looking to bring the look of farmhouse design into their homes, buying an entirely new set of furniture isn’t necessarily required, though it certainly does the trick.

    You can still get the warmth and character of farmhouse design simply by featuring a few rustic staples throughout your home. Here are some ideas to help you give your home a touch of rustic charm without replacing everything you own.

    Exterior Farmhouse Accents

    The entry of your home says a lot about who you are. If you love the farmhouse look, then including some rustic flourishes on the outside of your home will make your home look homier, warmer, and more inviting.

    Some of the accents you can incorporate include rustic welcome signs, farmhouse-style house numbers, a weathervane, or an old-fashioned mailbox post. Of course, hanging a traditional dinner bell on your porch is practically a requirement!

    Interior Farmhouse Accents

    There’s an endless number of ways you can add the beauty of farmhouse design in your home without breaking the bank. One way is to replace your modern light switch plates with switch plates made from wrought iron or copper. Opting for plates with animal features on them will show your love for nature in every room.

    Hanging a mirror with a log frame in your entry sets the tone for the rest of the home. Match that with a solid wood coat rack, and your entry will serve as the ideal introduction to your farmhouse home.

    As you progress through the home, incorporating rustic rugs and artwork will add a touch of comfort and warmth to each of the rooms, regardless of what your primary design style is. The natural colors and tones found in these items will keep the atmosphere in the room grounded and relaxed.

    You can even feature minor displays of farmhouse design style throughout the kitchen and bath. From paper towel holders and cutting boards to wooden magazine racks and candy and nut dishes, your choices are limitless. These simple and small touches will make a big impact.

    Other ways to bring the farmhouse look to your home include wrought iron curtain hardware and candle holders, whimsical taxidermy, bookends, and clocks. Replacing your old lamps with new lamps made from wood, copper, or other natural materials is another effective way to introduce farmhouse touches in your family room, even if you have otherwise modern décor.

    Looking for Rustic Farmhouse Staples? Shop at Log Furniture Place Today

    Log Furniture Place sells more than just rustic wood furniture. We also sell all the accents and accessories you need to make your home feel cozier and more rustic. Shop online today to find the perfect accents for your home’s décor. We specialize in creating hand-crafted wood furniture and accents using locally sourced materials. Plus, everything we sell is backed by a solid warranty.

    At Log Furniture Place, we are committed to providing our customers with the finest shopping experience, as well as some of the most competitive prices around. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our custom furniture options.

  • These 5 Common Cleaning Mistakes Will Destroy Your Rustic Wood Furniture, Here’s How to Avoid Them

    Maintain the Look of Your Rustic Wood Furniture When Cleaning

    The beauty of rustic wood furniture is in its natural grains and color variances. As many people would agree, wood has textures and tones that look their best when they are left in their natural state. But, just like everything else in your home, you will need to clean your wood furniture from time to time. Unfortunately, how you’re cleaning it could be doing more damage than good.

    As durable as rustic wood is, it can be easily damaged if you use the wrong products or the wrong techniques. Here are five common cleaning mistakes that will destroy your rustic wood furniture, and how to avoid them.

    1. Using Furniture Polish
      Furniture polish manufacturers market their products to consumers for their wood-protective qualities. But, a lot of commercial furniture polish on the market is laden with oil and silicone, and this oil can wind up making your furniture more susceptible to fingerprints and smears. This results in you having to wipe the furniture down again and again; over time, the oil and rubbing can start to impact the surface of the wood.
      You can avoid this problem by wiping your rustic wood furniture with a clean, barely damp cloth. That’s all you need to do to clean the surface of your wood furniture.
    2. Using Too Much Water on Your Wood Furniture
      In many ways, water is the natural enemy of wood. Use too much water too often, and the wood will start to absorb it. In time, this will result in parts of the furniture becoming swollen and waterlogged. Once the wood swells, there really is no way to restore it without some serious work involved.
      The rule of thumb with water is to use it as sparingly as possible on your wood. Barely damp is the way to go. Water should never be left to stand on your wood furniture.
    3. Using Feather Dusters
      The most common way to clean wood furniture on a regular basis is to simply dust it. But, you want to avoid using a real feather duster because these types of dusters have sharp quills that can sometimes leave scratches in the surface of the wood. Instead, you should dust the wood using a soft, clean, lint-free cloth.
    4. Scraping Away Melted Wax With Metal
      Candles can look especially nice when they’re set on a rustic wood table, but if the melted wax runs down onto the table, it can be difficult to remove without marking the wood in the process. You will want to avoid using anything metal, like a knife, to remove the cooled wax.
      The best way to clean wax from your wood table is to chip the hardened wax away using an old credit card. If some residue remains, then place a soft, clean cloth over the residue and run a slightly warm iron over it. The wax should melt and stick to the cloth, leaving the surface of the wood clean and undamaged.
    5. Applying Too Much Wax
      Wax is ideal for preserving your wood furniture and giving it a more durable surface. But, too much of a good thing isn’t always better. Apply too much wax, and the wood will start looking cloudy and less attractive.
      Whether you use paste wax or liquid, the general rule is to apply the wax in light coats, rubbing it into the grains of the wood. The wax should be allowed to dry, followed by a light buffing to bring out the shine.
      If you are using liquid wax, then you may need to apply coats more frequently as it provides a thinner coating than paste wax, which can last up to two years before it needs to be re-applied.

    Shop at Log Furniture Place for Genuine Rustic Wood Furniture

    Log Furniture Place uses locally sourced materials to handcraft our rustic wood furniture. Everything we sell is backed by a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase.

    We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around, which is why we're the top log furniture store online. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • 5 Rustic Wood Furniture Pieces Catching Our Eye This Month

    Rustic Spotlight: We Are Seriously in Love With These Pieces

    At Log Furniture Place, we make and sell a lot of rustic wood furniture. But, it’s not uncommon for some customers to be unsure of which pieces to buy to help make their homes more in-tune with the farmhouse look.

    Like parents with children, we can never divulge which pieces are our absolute favorites, but we can share with you which pieces we are seriously in love with at the moment. Here are five rustic pieces that we think would look great in anyone’s home.

    1. Black Walnut and Rustic Hickory Buffet and Hutch

    Whether it’s placed in a large, roomy country kitchen or a rustic dining room, our black walnut and rustic hickory buffet and hutch is most definitely a statement piece. This hutch is made from genuine solid wood, with slabs of black walnut on hickory. It even has authentic antlers for its door and drawer pulls. Finally, it’s finished off with a gorgeous pre-catalyzed lacquer finish that brings the rich colors of the wood to life.

    1. Aspen Log-Carved Black Bear Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Bed

    Imagine being a child and slipping into our aspen log-carved black bear twin-over-twin bunk bed every night. This magnificent bunk bed is exactly the thing that dreams are made of. Incredibly sturdy, this bed is made from solid aspen logs and pine slabs, which feature intricate, hand-carved bears and tracks. The mattress decking is tongue and groove, thus providing stable and safe support.

    1. Hickory Log Dining Room Chair Set

    We’re just crazy about this hickory log dining room chair set because they’re not only gorgeous, but they’re extra comfortable, too. Each chair is made from authentic hickory logs with a seat that’s been covered with soft and supple rawhide. The back of the chair prominently features a swath of rustic log cabin-inspired fabric. Each chair in this set is heirloom-quality.

    1. Carved Resting Raccoon Aspen Log Headboard

    If you want to add a touch of farmhouse style to your bedroom, but you are happy with your current bed frame, then swapping out your more modern headboard with this carved resting raccoon aspen log headboard will do the trick. Everything about this headboard is special, from the solid aspen logs and slab to its beautifully carved image of a resting beaver, which was hand-carved by our very own master wood carver. This headboard is sized for a queen bed.

    1. 67" Hammered Copper Double-Slipper Bathtub

    Our hammered copper double-slipper bathtub features a beautiful nickel interior and a fired and oil-rubbed bronze exterior. At 67” in length, this curved tub makes for the perfect place to soak the day’s stress away. This incredible tub is not only lavish, but it’s also constructed from 99.7% pure recycled copper and nickel.

    Log Furniture Place Is THE Place for Rustic Furniture Online

    Log Furniture Place is one of the leading manufacturers of rustic farmhouse furniture and accents online. We specialize in turning locally sourced materials into gorgeous and functional farmhouse furniture.

    We back all our products with a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase. We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • Barnwood Furniture: Bring a Piece of American History Into Your Home!

    America’s First Kind of Furniture Design: The Barnwood Style

    Barnwood furniture holds a special place in American furniture design because it was one of the first furniture designs used in the United States. It is also a design that has never gone out of style and most likely never will.

    Barnwood furniture is simple, clean, and practical, and it complements any room in which it is used. It’s also eco-friendly and extremely durable. And, today the style is so highly desired that it is easier than ever to bring a piece of American history into your home. Here are some of the different ways you can feature rustic barnwood furniture in your home.

    Barnwood Bedroom Furniture

    Barnwood bedroom furniture makes a bedroom look and feel just like a log cabin. It lends a touch of warmth and coziness that you just can’t get from modern or contemporary furniture designs. It’s also built much stronger than most furniture styles that use modern materials.

    Barnwood bed frames are solid and heavy, and nightstands made from the wood are durable enough to last a lifetime of use.

    Barnwood Furniture for the Family Room

    Nothing gives your family room a more comfortable touch than barnwood furniture. The rich tones of the naturally weathered wood complement any style of décor, and there are several ways to feature it in your family room.

    You can have a large, barnwood coffee table, a sofa table, end tables, or even a reclaimed barnwood armoire or entertainment center for your flat-screen television.

    Rustic Barnwood Kitchen and Dining Room

    The look and feel of your rustic kitchen and dining room starts with the dining room table. A barnwood dining room table is large, heavy, and solidly built. It’s also a visually stunning piece of furniture that provides an extra-sensory experience while dining.

    Adding picture frames made from reclaimed barnwood or mirrors will add to the beauty of the room, and a buffet and hutch provides extra storage while bringing the entire room together.

    Meanwhile, in the kitchen, you can opt for a barnwood sideboard with wine cabinet, a jelly cabinet, or a sliding barn door to separate the rooms.

    Additional Ways to Bring Barnwood Into the Home

    You can find reclaimed barnwood furniture for just about every room in the home. Other ways you can add barnwood to your home include:

    Shop for Reclaimed Barnwood Furniture at Log Furniture Place

    All the barnwood used by Log Furniture Place comes from barns that are at least 100 years old. The aged wood has stood the test of time and is now used to create gorgeous works of functional furniture for families. It’s just as big an honor to hand-craft these pieces of genuine American history as it is to own one.

    Log Furniture Place backs all our products by a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase. We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around, which is why we're the top log furniture store online. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • Our 5 Secrets to Picking the Perfect Wood for Your Furniture

    The Best Way to Find the Right Kind of Wood for Your Wood Furniture

    A piece of rustic wood furniture is a gorgeous addition to any home. Whether it’s a table, a TV stand, a couch, a bookcase, or a bed frame, wood is an excellent choice due to its beauty and durability. After all, a well-built piece of quality wood furniture can and should last a lifetime.

    But, not all wood furniture is made the same. Some manufacturers use inferior materials or techniques, yet they charge the same prices as manufacturers of authentic wood furniture. So, it is important to know what you’re looking at when you’re shopping for wood furniture. With that in mind, here are our five secrets to help you choose the perfect wood for your furniture.

    1. Choose Solid Wood
      Wood furniture that is made entirely from solid wood is much better than furniture that isn’t. Manufacturers that glue single wood boards or use wood panels can still call their furniture wood, but it isn’t constructed from solid wood.
      Therefore, it’s an inferior product and one that won’t stand the test of time. When buying with quality and longevity in mind, make sure the entire piece of furniture is solid wood, and not just certain parts of it.
    2. Choose Hardwood Over Softwood
      Solid wood furniture is either made from hardwood, like oak, walnut, cherry, maple, and ash; or softwood, like poplar, pine, and fir. Hardwood is denser and harder, so it naturally stands up to use better than softwood. Hardwood is much more resistant to scratches and dings, but it is more expensive.
      Therefore, if you want an heirloom piece that will last for decades, then hardwood furniture should be your choice.
    3. Check the Joints of the Furniture
      Wood furniture can be assembled in a variety of different ways, but some methods are more stable and longer-lasting than others. For instance, joints that are made with mortise-and-tenon or dowel techniques offer the best stability, whereas butted and mitered joints tend to be weaker. In most cases, the latter just can’t stand up to heavy use unless the joints are reinforced.
    4. Watch for Knots and Cracks
      If a piece of furniture is built with wood that has knots or cracks, then you should find one with wood that doesn’t have them. Knotted or cracked wood is more susceptible to developing additional cracks over time, so it's best to avoid these kinds of blemishes (unless this is the 'character' you desire, and you're willing to take a risk on the furniture's longevity.)
    5. Lift the Furniture at One Corner
      Solid wood furniture is heavy, but that doesn’t mean that it always sits flush to the ground. Lift one corner of the furniture to make sure it doesn’t twist and be sure to listen for any squeaks.
      Set the piece of furniture back down and check to make sure all four legs are in contact with the floor. Press down on the different corners to see if the piece rocks or wobbles. If the piece is built right, you should not be able to notice any movement or noise on a flat floor.

    Log Furniture Place Hand-Crafts Genuine Rustic Wood Furniture

    Log Furniture Place is one of the top retailers for hand-crafted solid wood furniture online. We only use authentic materials in our rustic wood furniture, and everything we sell is backed by our solid warranty.

    We are dedicated to our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our custom furniture options.

  • Turn Your Dining Room Into a Rustic Paradise

    Rustic Wood Furniture That’s a Perfect Fit for Your Dining Room

    For many homeowners, the dining room is one of the most popular rooms in the home to be designed in a rustic manner. After all, this more than any other room lends itself to family gatherings and holiday memories. Having a rustic setting just makes a dining room warmer, more comfortable, and more conductive to conversations over a delicious meal.

    If you have been thinking about turning your dining room into a rustic paradise, you might be surprised to learn that it’s easier than you think. Here are just a few ways to add a flourish of nature to your family dining room, given the type and style of furniture you select.

    Solid Wood Dining Table

    The dining table is the centerpiece of the dining room, hands down. So, it makes sense that this single piece of furniture is the most important thing you should change if you only have so much money you’re working with.

    Your choice of wood dining table should be based on your tastes, and the picture you’re trying to create. With this in mind, you can choose anything from weathered-looking wood tables to unique black walnut tables. Each style adds its own feel and ambiance to the room, so you should have no problem finding the best one for your needs.

    For the complete look, you should also replace your dining room seating with chairs made from naturally sourced wood, like aspen, pine, cedar, or hickory. Or, you can have chairs made from authentic barnwood.

    Rustic Buffets, Sideboards, and Corner Cabinets

    If you want to add more rustic features, then adding an all-wood buffet and hutch or sideboard to the room will provide you with extra serving and storage space for those large holiday dinners. A rustic corner cabinet adds even more storage space, without taking up too much real estate.

    Placemats and Table Runners

    Wood furniture isn’t the only way to incorporate a more rustic look into your dining room décor. Your choice of placemats and table runners can also play an important role. For the best look, you should stick with colors and hues that are found in nature, like red, brown, green, and blue. Plaid and Sierra patterns are also popular in farmhouse décor.

    Dinnerware and Silverware

    The dinnerware and silverware you use to set your table also matter when you’re trying to achieve a rustic look. Because of this, they should be tied to nature in some way.

    For instance, your dinnerware should be hearty ceramic and not delicate porcelain. You might also want it to feature nature or animal imagery. The same general rule applies to your choice of silverware.

    Fireplace

    If your dining room is large enough to support it, then you can add a rustic fireplace to give the room a special added touch of warmth. After all, there’s nothing like the glow of a fireplace to make a meal feel special, especially around the holidays.

    Dine in Comfort With Rustic Wood Furniture From Log Furniture Place

    Log Furniture Place has everything you need to transform your dining room into a peaceful, austere space that you’re excited to gather in, all year ‘round. All the furniture we make is hand-crafted by master woodworkers and prominently features locally sourced materials. We also back our products with a solid warranty, so you can buy online with confidence.

    We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around for premium-quality rustic wood furniture and accent pieces. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • Stuck in the Suburbs? Decorate Your Home to Get the Log Cabin Feel

    Bringing Log Cabin Décor Into Your Home This Season

    Are you stuck in the suburbs, but your soul cries to live in a log cabin? Why not bring in decorative accents to help make your existing home feel as comfortable and cozy as a cabin? At least until you can make the move into the home of your dreams, that is.

    There are several ways to spruce up your home’s interior, in order to make it more rustic and charming. Of course, nothing is like living in the real thing, but with some creativity, you can create a living space that can get you as close as possible. Here are some tips to help give your home that log cabin feel.

    Flooring

    Your choice in flooring immediately sets the tone for the home. So, you might want to replace your carpet or linoleum flooring with natural hardwood, because that’s what you would find in a well-built log cabin. If your budget doesn’t have room for real hardwood, then you can choose a more affordable wood laminate product that looks and even feels like wood.

    Furniture

    Log cabin furniture is rugged looking because it is built using wood and other natural materials. Unfinished wood pieces are especially common in cabins, and the color scheme of your fabrics and textiles should be natural tones.

    From your kitchen table to your bedframes, you can add a more rustic appeal to your home by replacing your modern furniture with pieces that evoke the beauty, simplicity, and ruggedness of the great outdoors.

    Ceilings and Walls

    A traditional log cabin’s walls and ceilings prominently feature logs, so that exact feel will be impossible to reproduce in a standard home. But, you can cover these surfaces with other types of wood to enjoy a similar effect.

    There are paneling manufacturers who fabricate their paneling with rounded and textured surfaces, so they mimic the look and feel of logs. Or, you can use tongue-and-groove flat wood paneling. Faux log beams are also available if you really want to go the extra mile.

    Fireplace

    If your home has a standard fireplace with a brick hearth, you can cover the surface with faux stone panels to create a fireplace that would look more home in a log cabin. Finish it off with a reclaimed wood mantel. This is an affordable and easy way to bring in that rustic look you’re craving.

    Accessories

    This is where you can really bring your vision into fruition. Using things like wood or metal lighting fixtures, decorative switch plates, natural wood shelving, rustic throw rugs and artwork, and other accessories will finish off your interior design project perfectly. The devil is in the details, and you have a world of creative options open to you for every room in the home.

    Taxidermy

    Taxidermy and log cabins go together like peanut butter and jelly. From the deer head mounted on the wall to the bear rug on the floor, taxidermy art lends that “hunter’s cabin” feel to the home. If you’re not into this type of thing that’s perfectly okay, but for those wanting an authentic cabin feel, you’ll want at least some type of animal or bird hanging out in your living room.

    Log Furniture Place has everything you need to outfit your home to look and feel like a real log cabin. We have rustic furniture and natural decorative solutions for every room in the home. Our selection, prices, and service are why we’re the number one online retailer for natural wood furniture and accents. Shop online for the pieces you need to transform your home into a log cabin today, regardless of where you live.

  • Why a Rustic Lodge Add-On Is Just What Your Home Needs

    Adding-On to Your Existing Home, Rustic-Lodge Style

    If you have an existing home and you’re thinking about expanding its living space or adding another structure on your property to serve as an in-law suite, home office, or other types of space, then building a rustic lodge could be just the answer you’re looking for.

    While you might think that the sheer beauty of a log cabin is reason enough to have one on your property, there are in fact several reasons why a rustic lodge just makes sense. Here are seven benefits of making your add-on a log cabin, when it’s time to start building.

    1. Log Cabins Are Energy Efficient
      Log cabins are designed for energy efficiency, much more than the standard home is. The R-value of the logs used in constructing a rustic cabin keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The structure also accomplishes this naturally, so your heating and cooling demand will be less than if you build a more traditional type of structure.
    2. A Log Cabin Offers Flexible Space
      A log cabin offers a nearly endless selection of opportunities. It can be an in-law suite, a cozy escape for reading or meditating, a homey home office, a place to exercise or practice yoga, a place to live for an adult child, or anything else you can imagine.
    3. You Can Express Your Creativity
      Log cabins come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. You can build a simplistic cabin or one that is more elaborate. The sky is the limit and your vision is ultimately the guideline. Get creative and build the log cabin you always wanted.
    4. A Rustic Lodge Sets Your Home Apart
      Whereas most other homes in your area might feature tin sheds in their backyards, your rustic lodge will set your home apart. Unlike these other homes, you’re making the most of your space by incorporating additional living space instead of storage space.
    5. Potential Problems Are Easier to Spot
      With a log cabin, any potential problems like water issues or pests are easier to identify and fix because the surface of the wood is the exterior and interior of the home. Things like siding, insulation, and drywall can hide these problems until they become major headaches and expensive repairs.
    6. Log Cabins Are “Greener” Homes
      A log cabin is the original “green” home. It is more energy efficient than most other homes being built today because it is and always has been designed to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So, if you’re looking for an add-on that won’t cost you a bunch of money to keep comfortable, then a rustic lodge is your best choice.
    7. Log Cabins Retain Their Value
      Log cabins are designed to last for decades, if not centuries! Thus, adding a rustic log cabin to your property is a sound investment because this type of structure maintains its value and beauty over time with proper upkeep.

    A cabin is affordable to build, and it can be an asset that gets passed through your family for generations. When it comes to choosing an add-on for your home, few structures offer the long-term investment potential of a well-built log cabin.

  • 5 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Cabin

    Do-It-Yourself Projects to Make Your Cabin Even Better

    Living in a log cabin is one thing, but when you’re able to create a genuine rustic feel to your home, that’s when you take your cabin to the next level. More than any other type of home, a log cabin is connected to nature. So, it makes sense that you want to keep the natural look and feel of your cabin’s structure everywhere on your property, both inside and out.

    If you’re looking for a few DIY projects that can add a touch of rustic charm to your cabin, then here are five projects to get you started.

    Build a Fire Pit

    A fire pit is the perfect accessory to any log cabin. It’s ideal for sharing stories with the family, cooking hot dogs and s’mores, and for spending chilly autumn evenings outside. But, the best part about a fire pit is that it is easy to build and it serves as the ultimate disposal solution for fallen twigs and branches on your property.

    Build a Firewood Seasoning Shed

    In addition to fallen limbs and branches, you’ll also need logs for your fire pit. So, you can set aside a piece of your property specifically for splitting wood. Next to your splitting station, you can build a simple seasoning shed to keep your wood dry and protected all winter long.

    This will make it easier and cleaner for you to fetch wood for your fire pit or indoor fireplace. You can make the shed as simple or complex as you like, but here’s how to build a basic firewood seasoning shed.

    Strip the Finish From the Logs and Re-Finish Them

    If your log cabin’s exterior is starting to lose its luster, then it might be time for a complete restoration. The first thing you’ll need to do it strip the old finish from the logs. The best way to accomplish this is to use a vacuum media abrasive blaster and ground-up corn cobs. This is an effective and affordable abrasive media that won’t damage the surface of the logs. Another option is to use CO2 blasting.

    Even though these processes don’t damage the wood, they can cause the grain to become raised slightly. This will require you to sand and smooth the wood before applying the new coat of sealant. Look carefully for any signs of damage or wood rot and repair them as necessary.

    Lastly, apply your choice of wood sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions to complete the exterior’s restoration.

    Go Solar

    A log home is one that is built with nature in mind, so it makes sense for it to be even more “green.” Adding solar to your log cabin will make it energy independent and ensure that you always have the power you need regardless of the weather (if your panels are positioned where they can receive full sunlight throughout the day).

    You can even install a solar thermal heater to heat your water instead of relying on gas or electric. Your cabin will be much more energy efficient, and you’ll enjoy the savings even more.

    Install Hardwood Flooring

    If you purchased an older log cabin and it came with cheap laminate, tile, or carpet flooring, then consider installing hardwood flooring instead. This will give the home a beautiful and rustic floor that looks like it belongs. As a side benefit, it will also increase the resale value of your home.

    When you’re looking to upgrade your log cabin, remember that the more rustic it looks, the better. At the Log Furniture Place, we hand-craft our furniture from the finest rustic materials, so you can sure everything me make will fit beautifully within your cabin’s design. Visit our online store today to see what we have to offer.

  • Understanding Live Edge Furniture, Why it’s Awesome and So Darn Trendy

    Using Salvaged, Reclaimed, or Rough-Cut Wood Furniture in Your Home

    You see it in all the fancy furniture showrooms these days – so much so, that it seems to have taken the decorating world by storm. That gorgeous slab of warm wood on a base, polished to a lustrous sheen, asking for spare decoration or a series of wonderful dishes to be laid out upon it. But the twist is: one or more of its edges has been left rough or completely unfinished, looking very much like the live tree it came from some time ago.

    Of course, bringing elements of the natural world into the interior of the home (or conference room at your local startup) is nothing new. Rustic, or lodge-style interior decorating often uses rough-hewn timber-framed furniture, raw unfinished stone, and log furniture to bring a bit of the outside indoors. The style gives the homeowner, their family, and guests a real opportunity to settle into the comfort of a bygone era.

    Live edge furniture does this by incorporating something unfinished into an otherwise-finished piece of furniture. And while the wood used to create live edge furniture may not have ever been selected for a conventional application in cabinetry or as a part of a piece of furniture, it is this less than perfect nature that makes it all the more beautiful.

    The “History” of Live Edge Furniture

    Live edge furniture has likely been a part of interior decorating for some of us for a very long time. Making fine, fully finished pieces of furniture was typically beyond the skills of most people making their own furniture for much of the history of our species having interiors to decorate.

    Japanese furniture making tradition has also incorporated unfinished or live-edge pieces throughout its history. In fact, it was a Japanese woodworker, George Nakashima, who introduced the use of live edge wood to American furniture making in the nineteen forties with his award-winning furniture designs for a couple of American furniture companies. In these collaborations, he utilized wood specifically selected for the beauty of its natural imperfections, and left it in an unfinished state to highlight these qualities.

    The Few Drawbacks of the Live Edge

    Live edge furniture is not for every person and not for every home. Unfinished edges can make a piece of furniture less usable, and even dangerous in some contexts. For instance, the splinters available from a piece of unfinished, live edge wood can be a hazard for children. Additionally, live edge furniture can collect dust that can be difficult to remove.

    The Natural Rustic Beauty of Live Edge Furniture

    Live edge furniture, whether it is crafted from slabbed trees, reclaimed wood from salvaged architecture, or from unfinished timber, has a natural rustic beauty that is sure to compliment any home or interior decorating style. Live edge furniture is especially appealing in rustic decorated interiors, adding an additional component of the natural world in all its raw splendor to the other elements of the lodge look.

    It’s surprising what leaving a single edge of a tabletop can do to bring an entire room to life, in addition to—or in spite of—the other decoration throughoutin the room. In the end, a live edge coffee table, dining room table, bar top, or other pieces of furniture can be a great additions to your home, whether or not you’re decorating in the rustic style.

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