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  • The Beauty of Imperfection: How Rustic Wood Became Glamorous

    There was a time when solid wood rustic furniture needed to be mirror polished and perfect for it to pass the consumer test but these days, trends have shifted dramatically in the opposite direction. Perhaps it started with ‘shabby chic’, which prizes an imperfect but homey finish on upcycled furniture, before trickling through to new artisan pieces, but whatever the reason for rustic furniture’s revival, we love it.

    Of course, there are some of us who never felt that rustic wood went out of style. Cabin owners and lodge enthusiasts have long understood the appeal of unfussy furniture, crafted from carefully selected timber, but when such pieces are springing up in modern homes, you know a trend has emerged.

    What makes wood rustic? There’s a few elements to look out for, including:

    Knots and gnarled shapes - Perfection is measured by tolerances and rustic wood pays no mind to them. This means that knots, natural bends, twists and curves in timber are left in place and incorporated into a design, to show truth to the material. Particularly beautiful examples can include tree root stump coffee tables, with intricate branch patterns displayed beneath a smooth top.

    Insect tracks and tool marks - Wood is a natural material, it grows, has a history and supports a wider ecosystem than just itself. We enjoy paying homage to this by not looking to erase the life marks or the manufacturing marks, both of which add a charming rustic finish. All those rough sawn touches add character and nail marks can let you know you’ve bought some real reclaimed wood. 

    Bark left intact- The rough bark aesthetic isn’t for everyone, but it certainly lends some dramatic power to wood furniture, especially when the timber has a really striking exterior, like hickory. Stripped logs with a little bark left in place offer a textural and visual diversity that amplifies the finish of any furniture.

    Why is rustic wood the height of interior chic? Because it’s timeless, unpredictable and feels less manmade. For ultra contemporary homes with minimalist furnishings, one statement natural wood piece is all it takes to amp up the glamor. A log dining table, a rustic dresser or a master aspen log bed beautifully constructed from interesting timber that can’t be replicated? Can you get any more exclusive than that?

    Mass-produced furniture, though practical and often cost-effective, holds no unique qualities and often contains cheaper materials. Every piece is the same and any home can contain them. Rustic wood means that you have a genuinely individual investment and rather than being manipulated by a workshop to be unique, Mother Nature has done all the hard work with your chosen artisans simply capturing it and making it functional. There’s also a certain joy that comes from easy-to-maintain pieces, as mirror polished perfect specimens show every age mark, whereas rustic wood? It looks even better for a few little patina spots.

    Gorgeous, full of character and an easy way to pay deference to the great outdoors, rustic wood is more than just fabulous and fashionable; it’s the GOAT

  • Simple Ways to Preserve the Lifespan of Solid Wood Furniture

    Solid wood rustic furniture can require a significant up front financial investment, especially if you are buying a lot of it, which is why it’s in your best interest to learn how best to take care of it. When looked after properly, real wood pieces can last a lifetime, evolving with time to be a showcase of your history and experiences (and will save you money in the long term). We love the romance involved with owning solid wood rustic furniture and encourage you to read on and find out how you can make your treasured items last forever.

    Coasters are not optional

    We cannot stress enough how important it is to use coasters. Any drink, hot or cold, can leave a mark on your solid wood furniture, as well as helping moisture ingress. If you don’t want to ruin your perfectly curated rustic aesthetic, why not choose some wooden coasters that blend in with your furniture, so that you can protect while you maintain your look.

    Ask your maker for advice

    Any reputable log furniture maker should be delighted to advise you how best to look after your item. We recommend asking about this before you commit to a purchase, because if you encounter resistance, you might find that any warranty claims will also be a struggle. Here at Log Furniture Place, we are always delighted to help our customers to look after their investments and are happy to talk about how we finish items and what cleaning products can be used with our topcoats.

    Decide whether to repair or retain 

    Scratches, marks and nicks happen, especially when you own something for a long amount of time, so make sure you have a plan. Will you keep the marks and see them as a natural evolution that’s occurred through use and time or will you want to repair them and try to maintain the original visage? Be aware that repairs might not always restore something to its full glory, but even the most annoying and avoidable scratches can become loved, over time, because of the story behind them.  With rustic furniture scratches, nicks and marks can add to the look of the piece also.

    Be consistent

    The key to maintaining is to be consistent, so have ground rules in place for use and commit to a regular schedule of cleaning/oiling is appropriate. This is where coasters and placemats will come in, as well as strict guidelines for things like candles and oil diffusers.

    Don’t DIY if you’re not confident

    If you’re not confident carrying out a repair or some maintenance, leave it to an expert. It will cost you less to have them do it initially, rather than fixing your mistake and then carrying out the original task, plus they should offer a warranty for their work as well. Even something as simple as using the wrong grade of sandpaper on a rustic dining table top could have a devastating effect on a beautiful item, so when in doubt, call the professionals out!

    Solid wood furniture is stoic, sturdy and made to be used and loved, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it get tattered or neglected. Some simple care duties will keep it in tip top condition and let you reap the rewards of a one-in-a-lifetime purchase.

    Restore Your Rustic Furniture with our Restore Video

    Find it here: https://youtu.be/Omdh0tBCqfU

  • 7 Design Details That Wood Artisans Look For

    What makes a nice piece of solid wood rustic furniture a truly inspired item? It’s the little finishing touches and small details that, to an untrained eye, could be easily overlooked. 

    We never forget about the special touches that guarantee our customers the very best and here are just a few that we showcase. 

    The right handles

    We know that handles might seem insignificant to some, but we think they can make or break a perfectly beautiful rustic design. That’s why we usually seek to offer a choice of log or forged metal strap handles, to maintain a truly rustic and appropriate aesthetic, while also keeping quality craftsmanship as our top priority. No cheap finishing touches here, thank you very much!

    Ornate carvings

    Wood carving is an art and few people are able to master it to such a degree that they can be trusted to adorn a finished piece of rustic furniture. It takes precision, patience and a keen eye for material inconsistencies, which is why you have to work with only the best artists. A bad carving will instantly ruin an otherwise gorgeous item but beautifully executed carvings? Well they will just take things to a whole extra level.

    Seamless joints

    Solid wood rustic and log furniture appeals because it is timeless, has natural heritage and assumed longevity. That’s why choosing and executing the perfect joints is crucial. Lazy joinery relies on glue and fixings but real craftsmanship can be seen in the expertly cut dovetails and tenons that offer the perfect amount of strength and beauty combined. 

    Liquid glass finishes

    Not every rustic furniture piece works with a liquid glass finish but for those few, such as stunning Black walnut tables, the perfectly smooth and glossy end finish is an immaculate way to present something extra special. It takes more time and requires a practiced hand, but you deserve nothing less for your home. 

    Perfectly bookmatched pieces

    Bookmatching slabs of wood for larger items, such as striking dining tables, might sound simple on the face of it but getting it right is a lot more difficult in practice. There needs to be an appreciation of the grain and flow of the wood and pieces need to be properly prepared and brought together, to form one stunning slice of timber. Just one imperfection and the whole top could be ruined.

    Respect for the materials

    You can’t work with wood every day and not respect the material itself. We certainly do and are thankful for everything it gives us, including a creative outlet, a way to contribute to our local economy and a meaningful living. With that in mind, we relish the opportunity to demonstrate this with some understated and more raw designs. Using organic roots, we let the beauty of the material that we depend on shine through and take center stage. No gimmicks, no fancy finishes, just mother nature and her finest work.

    Complimentary additions

    Finally, if other materials are to be used, they need to work well with natural wood, without overshadowing it. Forged metal, finished in neutral black is a great option, as is copper with a little patina. Anything that is too at odds with the wood itself will simply cheapen the overall aesthetic and disrupt the furniture. 

    These are just a few features that wood aficionados will look for when inspecting potential furniture purchases. Why not try keeping your eyes peeled for some of them in the future too?

  • Key Furniture Pieces for Rustic Home Design

    You don’t need to own a cabin in the woods or a lodge to know that rustic furniture is charming, gorgeous and homey, but certain pieces carry more weight than others, especially when you’re looking to capture an authentic rustic look. 

    Are you planning to overhaul your home and can’t wait to inject some seriously rustic vibes into your interior design scheme? Then don’t snooze on these seven must-have pieces of rustic furniture that will transform any home into a cozy cabin.

    1. The ultimate farmhouse dining table

    Family memories are made around the dining table and no rustic home is complete without a big, stoic and traditional farmhouse design. You should keep your eyes peeled for something with a thick and chunky top, a trestle base and matching chairs or benches, for the full effect. A live edge version could also work well too, especially in a more contemporary home that wants to balance the rustic touches.

    Our recommendation: The Timber Haven dining set

    2. Bunk beds for the kids

    Nothing says a weekend away in a cabin like rustic timber bunk beds that the kids will fight over! Add some flannel bedding for the ultimate finishing touch too and maybe even some cute little taxidermy trophies for a real woodsy bedroom vibe. 

    3. A media center to focus on

    Given how much time is spent in the living room of snug, it makes sense to make your main piece of furniture rustic in style, if you are trying to bring some heritage charm into play. A rustic media center, designed to perfectly house a television, sound system and all those game consoles will offer an easy focal point that lets you slowly build on the rustic theme in other parts of the space. 

    Our recommendation: The Beaver Creek Aspen Entertainment Center.

    4. Hallway dressers that make a statement

    Busy homes need storage. A lot of storage. One key part of the home is the hallway, where coats, shoes and general items seem to just gather overnight, which is why a large dresser can be a fantastic investment. Even if you have nothing else of a rustic style in the hallway, a large multi-drawer dresser will add plenty of charm, not to mention practicality too. 

    5. A powerful desk in the home office

    A properly rustic home, with an interior design scheme that is really committed to, will always include those weird and often overlooked rooms, like a home office. Instead of simply making do with a flatpack desk, treat yourself and your home to a real statement piece that will last a lifetime. A solid wood rustic desk is an investment in not only your home’s aesthetic but also your productivity. 

    6. The bathroom furniture that speaks for itself

    Rustic bathrooms? Yes! We aren’t talking about old fashioned toilets here, but beautiful solid wood vanity units, laundry cabinets and all those small but detail-orientated accessories, like wooden toilet roll holders. Even in an otherwise fully contemporary bathroom, a well placed hickory log vanity unit will make a splash for all the right reasons.

    Our recommendation: Real Hickory Rustic Bathroom Vanity.

    7. A master bed that has to be seen to be believed

    Finally, for the ultimate rustic home design addition, don’t forget to treat yourself to a gorgeous master log or barn wood bed, made from hand selected logs or timbers, by proud artisans. Look for statement headboards, hidden storage and construction of such high quality that your chosen frame comes with a long warranty. And go as gnarly as you dare with the frame too, because you can always add some softness back in with your choice of bedding. 

    A great way to contrast with otherwise fresh and modern decor, rustic furniture brings all the charm of a traditional cabin into play, but with no sacrifice of creature comforts. Perfect!

  • A Designer Vanity That Makes a Real Splash

    If you are of the opinion that once you’ve seen one log bathroom vanity unit you have, within reason, seen them all, we can wholeheartedly agree. As long as you’re not talking about our Laurel Hollow design that blows all the rest out of the (bath) water!

    We shouldn’t have favorite designs, we know that, but it’s hard to stay objective when we have so much pride in the pieces being created by our artisans. Just one look at our Laurel Hollow multi-colored log vanity unit will be enough to make you understand our predicament, we’re sure. 

    Is a multi-colored wooden rustic vanity unit going to be to everyone’s taste? Of course not, but for those of you that like unique styling and enjoy making a real statement with furniture in surprising places, we know this is going to be the last vanity you ever buy. And not just because it comes with a limited lifetime warranty either!

    As with all of our solid wood vanity designs, you’ll find a seamless blend of style and function here. Just as the exterior looks incredible, thanks to the patchwork-like aesthetic that has been created through an extensive 9-step process, finished by hand, the inner workings are of the highest quality too. After all, why invest in beautifully distressed cedar if your drawer glides don’t work perfectly? And what’s the point in beautiful cabinet doors, if the handles are anything less than organic chunky logs or forged metal straps? Like we said, we have brought quality and beauty together into one harmonious and affordable rustic vanity package. 

    Speaking of packages, we are able to take our customer service to the next level when you choose to install our Laurel Hollow vanity, as we can supply a beautiful sink and your faucet too, cutting the relevant fitment holes for you, so you can simply sit back and have your new bathroom addition plumbed in, in mere minutes. And as you might expect, we don't offer anything less than hammered copper sinks, waterfall faucets or stone vessel sinks, though for vessels, we don’t ever cut holes, as they need to be fitted in situ.

    If you’re looking at our dropdown menus and thinking that none of our regular size options are quite right for your home, don’t let that be the end of your journey with us. We love nothing more than being able to make one of our favorite existing designs in totally bespoke sizes, to allow our customers to never have to compromise. Your home is your castle and no king or queen would ‘make do’ with a log vanity that wasn’t the right size, and neither should you! Simply get in touch today to see how we could make something especially for you. 

    Don’t miss the rest of the Laurel Hollow log furniture range, as once you’ve invested in one piece, we know you’ll start thinking about which of your other living spaces could use a flash of color and artistry. And with free shipping within the US, you might as well combine a few items in one order, to revamp your home in one easy swoop!

  • The Contrast Your Bathroom Is Crying Out For

    Bathroom design tends to focus around matching rustic vanity and suite pieces that capture the right feeling of modernity and convenience but what if you added something back in, to balance the finished vibe? 

    We totally understand the desire for a fresh, clean and contemporary bathroom. There’s no place for anything less than a sparkling and hygienic feel, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go without character and charm. After all, if you’re relaxing in the tub, you might like something gorgeous to look at! That’s why we’ve taken the time to create our Adirondack Hickory Rustic Log Vanity, which combines stunning good looks with a welcome dose of heritage styling and all the practicality that you need too. 

    It’s a tale as old as time. A manufacturer is so intent on making something that looks great that they miss the mark in terms of functionality. Worse still is the other way around, whereby a piece of furniture works well but looks so slap dash that we’re embarrassed for them! You can’t rush perfection and that’s why we invested thought, time and development into our entire Adirondack log furniture range.

    In terms of practicality, we know you’ll enjoy the multiple drawers and storage cabinets. Designed with bathroom essentials and personal items in mind, you can rest easy that everything you could possibly need in the bathroom is to hand, but out of sight, creating an organized and unfussy room. We also give you the opportunity to get really selective about the size of rustic vanity you need, the orientation on where you want your sinks. All of these extra details allow you to get the most bespoke and perfect piece of bathroom furniture possible, without paying a premium for what we simply consider to be good customer service. 

    With your preferences relayed, we can get to making your gorgeous log vanity in our Michigan workshop. Bringing together smooth white cedar with tactile hickory, the contrast of the two woods will intrigue and delight, bringing traditional cabins and lodges to mind. Don’t forget that if you prefer your rustic detailing on the more discreet side, you can select metal strap handles for the drawers and cabinets, instead of small hickory logs and you won’t lose any of the overall charm by doing so. 

    Finally, why not think about the finish you want. This is where your bathroom color scheme will play a huge role, as your wooden vanity unit can either complement or contrast. Either way, it will be the start of the show, so take your time deciding. Thanks to the natural diversity between the two woods, a clear finish would look phenomenal, though the Barnwood Lager is a firm favorite with our customers for good reason. And as a bonus, if you purchase a drop-in sink at the same time, we are happy to cut the requisite hole in the top for you. 

    Shipped for free within the US, our Adirondack Hickory Log vanity comes with a limited lifetime warranty and our promise that you won’t find a better quality or more considered item for your bathroom.

  • Inspired by Nature

    All of our rustic furniture designs here at Log Furniture Place are inspired by the great outdoors, but this bed and the wider range it is part of, are particularly connected to nature. We wanted to reference the majesty and beauty of the Granite Mountains within our ideas and so, have taken a solid wood bed and turned it into a panel design with a real difference.

    Panel beds might not be a new invention, but we don’t think many companies are using stunning black granite Formica as an accent material for bedroom furniture. Perhaps that’s because it is such a bold and strong look, but we have the know how and experience to perfectly balance such a striking material so that it looks perfectly at home in any sleep haven. Our Black Granite Triple Panel Bed is proof of this in itself.

    We’ve used expertly distressed pine to create a rustic bed design that exudes aged charm and style, while also creating a sturdy and stoic impression. Unfussy statement head and footboards add to the overall stature of the finished piece and while this would have been a phenomenal design in all wood, we wanted to add in some contrast, which is where our extra special Formica comes into play.

    The marbled aesthetic of the triple panels beautifully nods to the natural landscapes of the Granite Mountains and gives you an easy way to draw on potential color scheme ideas for the wider space. With soft grays enjoying a renaissance in terms of interior design, you will be able to coordinate your bed linens with ease, while also sourcing textural scatter cushions that work well with the marble effect. What’s more, you’ll find that so many wall colors will naturally work well with this bed. The distressed pine used for the frame can be finished in one of four shades, ranging from a cool Weathered Gray through to a rich and dark Antique Barnwood, allowing you to temper your paint decision accordingly, using either warm or cool hues to create a natural balance and harmony.

    Your bed will always be the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom, but don’t forget that it can also be the most eye-catching. Offered in both queen and king sizes, our Black Granite Triple Panel Bed comes with head and footboards, side rails and support slats, as you’d expect. You’ll have no unfortunate surprises when you open your carefully packed crate from us! What’s more, you can also enjoy free shipping within the contiguous 48 states, as well as a lifetime warranty!

    We make our rustic furniture with a few things in mind. First and foremost, we want you to love the way they look and function, but we also want you to feel confident that they will last. That’s why all of our products are designed and made, by true craftsmen, right here in the USA and why we can offer them to you with a lifetime warranty, because when you support domestic innovation, we want it to reward you right back.

     

  • Always Aim High With Your Storage

    Striking the perfect balance between practicality, beauty and industry-leading craftsmanship, our Cedar Lake Cabin 6 Drawer Log High Boy Chest is the rustic dresser you’ve always wanted and that your home so desperately needs.

    Part of our extensive Cedar Lake range of rustic furniture, we know that you’ll appreciate the time and care that went into selecting the best naturally aged Northern White Cedar logs, before hand peeling them to reveal the stunning beauty within. Leaving all of the organic beauty of the log intact, this process allows the knots, character and some inner bark to remain, in a bid to amplify the simply breath-taking look of the wood itself. From here, it’s a simple case of using the material respectfully, to create useful storage furniture that makes the most of nature’s bounty and that’s what we’ve done here.

    A world of potential

    A cedar log chest is something that we think needs little introduction, nor does it need to be pigeonholed into one room. Yes, this rustic chest would be a phenomenal addition to any master bedroom, offering ample clothing storage, but what about adding it to a bathroom, living room or even a deconstructed kitchen space? Expertly built storage is needed everywhere and with the cedar offering such pleasing aesthetics, there are no limits as to where you could make good use of a high boy with multiple drawers. Especially when you can customize your purchase a little. Actually, you can personalize as much as you like, by getting in touch with us and asking about extra touches, but we offer a few ready-to-select options on the product page, just to make ordering as simple as possible.

    Each rustic high boy chest will be entirely unique, thanks to the hand peeling process that allows each log to shine through, but you can put your own stamp on the 1” solid top and drawers. Choose from a clear, Honey or Vintage Whiskey indoor finish, applied by hand, before making some decisions about your drawer boxes. Do you prefer standard or dovetail construction? Would flat drawer fronts be better for your wider interior design scheme, or do half-log designs excite you more? The choices are yours and the application is our pleasure, with none of your preferences affecting our commitments to quality and you as a customer.

    However you spec your log dresser, it will arrive via free shipping (within the contiguous 48 states) and with a lifetime warranty on place. We can offer such peace of mind because we choose our people based on their talent and commitment and we know that every item that leaves us will have been built to the most exacting standards possible and with a hearty dose of domestic pride as well. When you support this US business, we return the favor by designing, crafting and supplying the best rustic furniture that you’ll ever buy.

    If you need a little extra convincing, just take a look at our reviews…they say more than we ever could!

  • Bedroom Beauty in Barn Wood

    Beautiful rustic beds? We make plenty of them but for something a bit different, take a look at our Mossy Oak Natchez Trace Reclaimed Chiffonier. The ideal solution for when you need bedroom storage but want to keep things neat and relatively modest, but still gorgeous stylish and eye-catching.

    A touch of the exotic

    Anybody can design a wardrobe, but combining a hanging section, various drawers and a rustic aesthetic takes extra skill, especially when the material being used will be reclaimed timber. Partnering with our friends from Mossy Oak, we are proud to be able to offer this amazing reclaimed wood dresser that draws on barn wood chest imagery.

    No barn wood chifferobe would be complete without piquant little finishing touches that transform what could have been a perfectly charming Mossy Oak dresser into a piece of statement furniture that can transform the entire aesthetic of a bedroom. In the case of this lovely design, forged metal strap handles and the naturally gorgeous wood being used make all the difference.

    Bringing out the beauty of barn wood

    We could have gone a few ways with our Mossy Oak chest. For example, we could have decided to offer different color finishes, but instead, we wanted to allow the organic beauty of the timber speak for itself. With this in mind, we don't try to remove any of the genuine patina or age marks and finish the entire design by hand, with just a clear finish. The result is a barnwood dresser that offers an impressive amount of storage potential and looks breath-taking.

    Storage solutions that work

    The Mossy Oak chifferobe benefits from a variety of storage solutions all being brought together in one harmonious design. Of course, the wardrobe cabinet is key, with space for hanging trousers, jackets and dresses, but it's the variety of drawers that really offer organizational excellence.

    A large base drawer is perfect for bulkier items, such as sweaters and sweatshirts, with the small side panel drawers being ideal for underwear, socks and other accessories. We believe that even the smallest of bedrooms could be made to feel exponentially larger and more organized with one of our chiffoniers in place and the top is a perfect bonus shelf as well.

    Brimming with American heritage, practicality and beauty, the Mossy Oak armoire could be either the ideal finishing touch to an already rustic interior design scheme or a natural jumping off point in a re-design. As with all of our beautiful furniture items, shipping is free within the USA and you can rest easy wit the extra peace of mind that our limited lifetime warranty offers.

    The storage you need, finished in a style you love that will last a lifetime. We don't think it gets any better than that!

  • A Modern Twist on Rustic Design

    If you’ve been searching for a statement dining table that serves as so much more than just a gathering point for meals, then look no further. With its combination of sleek metal supports, rustic teak tree root detailing and smooth live edge top, our Twisted Trails Live Edge Dining Table will leave you breathless.

    Delicious design to satisfy all tastes

    Interior design trends seem to fall into two categories: modern or rustic. Within these are numerous sub-genres of course, but the overarching definitive element seems to be whether a home is being finished with contemporary or more traditional tropes in mind. Being such polar opposites, on the face of it, we wanted to create a modern rustic table that could bridge the gap and find a place in every home and we think we’ve done exactly that.

    Standing proud on hand-forged black metal legs, this unique rustic dining table sets itself apart through artistic elements, most notably the incredible teak root slices that fill the frame voids and make way for a dramatic live edge wooden top. On paper, these elements shouldn’t come together as a harmonious and intriguing piece of furniture, but in reality, the blending of vision and craftsmanship is irresistible.

    The devil’s in the details

    Let’s talk materials, because this live edge rustic dining table features some of the best that money can buy, despite the non-designer price tag.

    Hand-forged metalwork might sound like a luxury and it is, but we want to guarantee the tightest tolerances and sturdiest finishes possible. Why take a chance with stock sheet metal when having something specifically created will allow for a far more bespoke and upmarket end result that will last a lifetime?

    Next comes those extra special teak roots. What would be a waste product to some is reclaimed art in the making to us, allowing for a touch of sustainability to creep into your statement rustic dining table. By leaving the rest of the table legs so understated and simple, these decorative ends are given the spotlight and what a glorious job they make of setting up the entire design for the crowning glory – the black walnut plank live edge top.

    Black walnut is a sumptuous wood that showcases rich warm tones, eye-catching grain patterns and flourishes with just a clear coat finish. Bold yet classic, it makes for a truly beautiful solid wood table and moreover, is perfectly suited to creating unforgettable rustic dining room furniture.

    American made with worldwide appeal

    For all of our USA customers, complimentary shipping and the joy of buying a domestic product is included in your order, but we want to offer our gorgeous designs to the rest of the world as well. There’s no point in being selfish!

    International shipping is available, with regular updates up until your contemporary rustic table is ready to leave our workshop. Please note that because we make each piece to order, we ask for around 6-8 weeks to complete, with shipping to follow.

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