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Woodland Creek's Log Furniture Place Blog

  • Come in and Have a Seat

    Log Benches work in many spaces around the bedroom.Our house has become quite a neighborhood gathering spot for the kids. I both love and loathe the fact that a series of local boys traipse freely in the front door and out the back…over and over again, as if they are doing laps around the house. I love that parents trust us and the kids make themselves at home, but I loathe that they track “things” all through the house because they don’t stop to take their shoes off and/or empty their pockets before they come through the door.

    As we all know, boys are always on the move. Slowing down, let alone stopping to do something, is far from their nature. When I was thinking of a way to get the boys to take their shoes off before they came into the house, I knew I had to be creative.

    Luckily, I have great spaces inside both the front and back doors. I found two sturdy yet sophisticated Cedar Lake Log Slab Benches and ordered them in lengths suitable for the spaces. An attractive yet durable rug went down on the floor, covering the entire expanse from entry to under the bench. The entire ensemble provides a visual reminder to the boys that shoes belong on the rug only, and they have a great opportunity to come in, sit down, and shed the shoes.

    Now, whether or not my solution works is yet to be determined. Stay tuned.

  • An Office for Momma and the Mini

    Tables Made for ChildrenIt’s an exciting time in our household. We are preparing to make yet another move, this time way down south to the rolling hills of south Georgia. Although we are filled with anticipation of the unknown, this adventure takes us back to some familiar territory.

    We have again chosen to live on Fort Benning, rather than in one of the surrounding communities. There are several good reasons for our choice, but by doing so we suffer the consequence of moving into a house we have never seen. The only premonition we have of our home for the next two years is Google’s satellite view, maps of the installation, and a floor plan that may or may not be accurate for the particular house we’ve been assigned.

    It’s quite an adventure.

    I promised our youngest son that I would set him up with an office in this house. If the floor plan in my possession rings true, the rooms hold plenty of opportunities for his pint-sized workspace. In fact, I may be able to dedicate a space that can hold both his desk and mine. To be truthful, both of our “desks” are really tables equipped with file holders, storage spaces, and pen cups. I especially love that we have matching rough-cut tables, his Homestead Rough Sawn Child's Table being a shorter and smaller version of mine.

    Stay tuned for updates on the workspace for me and my mini entrepreneur.

  • There is a Difference

    These dining tables were made of reclaimed barnwood materialsI have been married to my husband for almost ten years, but he still manages to surprise me. He’s a “guy’s guy”, parked in front of the TV on weekends during football season and spouting sports statistics to his buddies whenever they get together. He likes to hunt with his buddies back home and drink a couple of beers with friends new and old.

    The other day, I flippantly threw an invitation his way to attend a local craft show with me. To my amazement, he cheerfully accepted. (In hindsight, I think his definition of “craft show” is root beer and whoopee pies. LOL) And so it was our family of four was found walking the streets of Occoquan, gazing under canopies at all the wares and whims available for purchase.

    We were simultaneously drawn to a vendor with cool-looking furniture. As we approached, we ooh’ed and aah’ed over the rustic appearance of the dining table. Its rough cut surface had streaks of turquoise and red paint, nicely balancing the natural wood grain. The edges were wrapped in wrought iron, and it was an impressive sight.

    But, as I looked closer and inspected the matching buffet, I opened a drawer and saw pressboard. My heart dropped as I realized; even though this set was made to look rustic and reclaimed, it was anything but. The lumber had been rough cut and treated to look weathered and cheap materials had been used in areas that were out of sight. Suddenly the quality of the table was cheapened to match the price on its tag.

    Be a smart shopper. When researching a potential furniture purchase, inspect it inside and out. If possible, talk to the person who made it. Find out how it was made, what materials were used, and know whether the lumber is reclaimed or made to look rustic. When it comes to rustic furniture, there is a difference. Make an informed purchase so you won’t be surprised or disappointed later. A good example of a great quality piece would be this Timber Frame Gable Barnwood Dining Table.

  • A Win-Win Sleeping Situation

    Futons for a Comfortable Night's SleepAs most people are aware, one of the hallmarks of being a military family is frequent moves. We are preparing to embark on yet another Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move in less than a month. This will be our fifth move, so we are starting to “get the hang of” the entire experience. Although, every move is different and we always seem to learn something new.

    We always opt for a moving company to pack and move the majority of our household goods. We do have a utility trailer and move a few things ourselves…mostly family heirlooms, items of value, and the assorted items that the moving company will not transport. One thing we have moved ourselves, from our very first PCS, is the mattress from our futon.

    While that may seem to most like an odd choice, we have a specific purpose for the futon mattress. Oftentimes, we get the keys to our new house several days before our household goods arrive. The futon mattress functions as a comfortable sleeping solution until we get our bed. We just set the mattress on the floor of our bedroom, slip some sheets and blankets on it, and we get a good night’s rest. (I have a hard time sleeping on an air mattress, but am more than comfortable on a futon mattress.)

    We have even used the mattress for overnight getaways. It fits perfectly into the bed of our truck, which has a bed cover. It’s a cozy place to sleep, but it’s comfortable and it keeps us warm and dry.

    Have a move planned in your near future? Consider packing your Lakeland Cedar Log Futon mattress for a win-win sleeping situation.

  • Great Guns!

    Great Gun Cabinets for the Gun EnthusiastThis year is flying by. I’ve heard that as you get older, time goes faster. I don’t know if that’s scientifically true, but it certainly feels that way. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago we were digging out from Snowzilla 2016, but today I looked up at the calendar and realized we’re almost in June. Heck, before I know it Christmas shopping season will be here again! Gaw!!

    I hope that you are looking forward to a fun-filled summer full of family activities. It seems like time slows down during the summer months, which is something that I personally cherish about the season. Before we can get too far into summer adventures, though, we need to take some time to celebrate the dads in our lives that do so many things that make those summer getaways fun and enjoyable. If you’re like me, it can be difficult to think of a gift for the man that has shaped me in so many ways into the person I am today.

    If the dad in your life is a hunter or gun collector, maybe he would love an attractive and secure way in which to store and display his prized collection. What better way to construct a gun cabinet than to use reclaimed barn wood? The rustic qualities of the lumber lend an extra element of natural beauty to the polished barrels gleaming from behind the glass display doors. Dad will smile with pride whenever he catches a glimpse of his great guns stored inside that Cottage Barnwood Gun Cabinet.

    Happy Father’s Day and happy summer!

  • Previously Loved Pieces

    Two Door Bookcases with NailheadsFurniture comes in all shapes and sizes, with wide variations in quality and appearance. Some pieces are made to withstand outdoor elements, others for portability, and still others for longevity. The choices in furniture are as numerous as the reasons you use it.

    How do you shop for furniture? Do you ask family members and friends for their hand-me-downs? Visit the local thrift shop to find a piece ripe for reclaiming? Check out the curb selection in town on dump day? Drive to the local furniture megastore to browse the mind-boggling options available? Or, perhaps you consult the Google machine in an effort to find what you’re looking for.

    I used to be a big-box store buyer. After all, they do all they can to entice you into their store. One local establishment used to serve fresh-baked cookies right inside the front door. And once you’re inside, the smell of leather and new furniture is a lure that draws you further inside the depths of the store. Before you know it, you’re plopped down on a super comfy sofa enjoying the last of the cookies and a good show on the TV (which is also for sale). It’s not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Then I discovered the satisfaction of reclaiming and refinishing used furniture. I still remember my first piece. It was an ugly oak baker’s rack, rickety as all get out, and it was left curbside for dump pickup. I hauled it home, sturdied it with some glue and nails, and put a coat of paint and glaze on it. It’s still a source of pride and joy, taking up residence as a prominent piece in my living room. From that piece on, I was hooked. Previously loved pieces are now my first choice for furniture. The Rustic Mountain Barnwood 2 Door Bookcase with Nailheads reminds me of that.

  • Surrounded by Love

    Share these love seats with someone specialHave you ever stopped for a second, looked around, and realize you are surrounded by love? I don’t mean like in one of those sappy movies where a person looks around and sees all the couples and feels pitifully alone. I mean that everything you are touching and feeling at that very moment is something that you love?

    I had that moment just yesterday. My husband and I just realized a years-long dream of owning a Jeep Wrangler, the new puppy we’d searched months for and our adult dog were romping gleefully in the living room, and I was working from my warm and comfortable home office. I realized just how grateful I was in that moment, and a warm soul-fulfilling feeling washed over me.

    Some people long to decorate their home with reclaimed barnwood furniture, but the substantial price tag necessitates the need for them to wait. And plan. And dream. So much so that when they are finally able to purchase that furniture and bring it into their home, their souls are fulfilled. The search is over. The waiting, the wanting…the dream is realized. Love surrounds them.

    If you have a dream, don’t get discouraged if you have to wait to make it come true. It will be so much sweeter when it becomes a reality. Even the cushions on the Cottage Barnwood Upholstered Loveseat will be softer and more welcoming as they surround you with love.

  • Wood You, Could You, Live in a Barn?

    Live the Barn Life with Log BedsI am a mother of two young boys. They love the riddles and rhymes of Dr. Seuss books, especially my youngest. I used to not be much of a fan, because the stories seem absolute nonsense. However, as I’ve read them to my children and absorbed the messages buried in the nonsense, I have come to appreciate them. I even paraphrased Green Eggs & Ham as the title of this post.

    Sometimes silly nonsense has a fitting place in our adult lives. What better way to brighten a day than to laugh? Not a giggle, or a chuckle, but a deep all-consuming laughter that comes from your very soul and doesn’t stop until you are crying with joy. It’s one of the greatest things in life.

    Dr. Seuss was a dreamer. That is evident in the books that he wrote. I’m a dreamer too…it is what propels me forward and to do bigger and greater things than I thought I could achieve. One of my dreams is to live in a barn. I’m not necessarily talking about an agricultural icon that has stood on the weathered plains for nearly a century. Instead, I could cultivate and reclaim the wood from one of those structures and use it with reckless abandon in my custom-built home. Barnwood is not only useful for furniture, but also as a wall covering and accent trim around elements in the home. Some may feel using the old splintered wood from barns in a new home is nonsense, but I’m just silly enough to realize that dream someday.

    With this Rustic Barn Door Bed, I can, I will, live in a barn!

  • Great Guns

    Sturdy and Rustic Gun CabinetsMy husband is very proud of his gun collection. Every shotgun has a story; every rifle has a riddle. He loves to tell of each one when inquiring minds ask. His face lights up and his voice softens when he retells the history behind each one of his guns.

    There’s the shotgun that his grandpa taught him how to shoot with. He was just a boy when Grandad took him out and helped him learn how to hit the tin can targets. And now, our boys each have a similar shotgun to learn the way he did, continuing that family tradition for another generation. And then there’s the rifle the hubby uses when he goes hunting with his high school buddies. Many jokes and untold stories become a part those trips; tales about sometimes missing the mark and other times claiming the biggest prize of the day.

    My husband’s guns have been hidden and locked away in a gun safe for many years, so he has not had the opportunity to retell those stories very often. I miss seeing the light in his eyes when he talks about them, so this year for Father’s Day I have ordered a Cottage Barnwood Gun Cabinet in which to put those great guns on display. I can’t wait to see him glow with excitement when he brings his beloved guns out of hiding and puts them into the glass-front cabinet.

    And, I have a feeling Grandad will be smiling down in approval too.

  • Storing, Studying, Sewing & Stuff

    Writing Desks with Multiple FunctionsWe avoid buying new furniture. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. We’ve had our leather sofa and chairs for more years than we’ve been married. They are scratched, dirty, marred and in bad need of either being slipcovered or just replaced. But we resist.

    Don’t get me wrong…I love that new sofa smell. Mmmm, I can almost detect that warm, comfy smell of supple leather. But, alas…we are a military family. We move every 2-3 years, and we never know what the floor plan of our next house is going to be. It is inevitable that during every move, some of our furniture will be broken or completely destroyed. And if the movers don’t manage to do it, our two boys will. And so…we persist with beat-up furniture.

    When we do make a furniture purchase, it’s usually something that is sturdy, small(ish), and can be used for several purchases. For our next move, I’ve promised our youngest son an art studio. Now…he’s four, and to him an “art studio” means a place to stash his markers, paper, scissors and glue. A table stuck in a corner would do him just fine. But I also want that “table” to serve more than one purpose. That’s why I selected a simple writing desk for his “studio”.

    The best thing about a writing desk is that simplicity I mentioned. It’s not heavy and it’s not big. It has two drawers for stashing stuff. The Barnwood 2 Drawer Writing Desk is perfect for drawing, reading, or acting as a base for a sewing project. Removable and portable wooden crates can easily be stacked around its base or hung on the wall for additional storage. If those get lost or broken in a move, they are easily replaced.

    A multi-purpose desk. It’s a win-win for our house. Now if only it did dishes and folded laundry…

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