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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • 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…

  • Close the Cliché

    No Two Sofa Tables Look AlikeDo an image search on a stock photography site or Google “barnwood”, and the majority of the pictures returned to you are rustic images of cowboys, horses, and other Western items against a barn backdrop. This is an association born of history; barns have housed horses, livestock, and farm equipment for centuries. They have been central to the Western way of life.

    In this modern day and age, when the range of home décor includes everything from primitive to ultra-modern, barn wood furniture is very versatile. Reclaimed lumber is commonly found in homes with a Western theme, but its rustic character and sturdy features can even complement the sleek lines and hard edges of homes with contemporary decor.

    A piece such as a Rustic Walnut and Barnwood Sofa Table is the perfect example of that versatility. Its simple lines allow the rustic character of the reclaimed planks to resonate with admirers. The well-worn grooves, knots, and nail holes only add to the individuality of each table. No two are ever the same. This wood is a perfect complement to a log home and a stark contrast to the hard metal and glass elements in a contemporary home. Open your mind to the possibilities of reclaimed barnwood furniture and close the cliché on “Old West”.

  • Hidey Hole

    Clothes Hampers for the bathroomI have a house full of boys. My husband, two sons, one boy dog and soon to be two boy dogs. Suffice it to say I have a lot of energy, noise and dirt running rampant through my days. Hide and seek, wrestling, foot races (in AND outside the house), climbing and jumping are just some of the daily activities that challenge my poor mommy heart.

    My husband thinks it’s great fun to play hide-and-seek with the boys. And with the dog. Even though it’s a nightly occurrence, the dog always gets so panicked that I’m afraid that his little doggy heart is going to give out. He can’t stand not knowing where all his family members are at any given moment. He’s also not a fan of us hanging out in different areas in the house. It’s unsettling to him, as he trots from room to room, as if to make sure we are all safe and sound.

    Imagine the canine concern of poor Blaze the night one of the boys hid in the barnwood toy box in his room. Those little goofballs are still small enough they can stash themselves in some pretty amazing places. How he got in there is still beyond me…but he certainly did. The dog ran frantically from room to room, trying to detect the fourth human in the house. His tongue lolled out and his eyes bugged from his little terrier head. I guess he missed the sounds of uncontrolled giggling coming from inside the Wyoming Reclaimed Barnwood Clothes Hamper.

    Eventually I had to help Blaze out, for fear we’d have to cart him in to the emergency vet clinic for a panic attack. As I dumped the boy out of his hidey hole, Blaze licked him once then turned in disgust to leave the room. It was as if he knew the joke was on him in that moment.

    I may live in a house full of loud & noisy boys, but there is never a dull moment. For me or the dog.

  • Spring Showcase

    Sturdy Trellises for Vines to Climb OntoOh, how I love spring! Longer days, warmer air; the blossoms and buds and grass become lush and vibrant again. Birds sing and frogs sing the song of spring from the forest.

    Another exciting aspect of spring is filling the flowerbeds. Many spaces are already occupied with perennials, but I still like to add pops of color and character with annuals nestled amongst the bushes and hosta plants. And, every year, I add “decorations” to my flowerbeds.

    Because I’m a fan of rustic style, the garden accessories I choose are usually wood or wrought iron. I am really excited about the additions I’ve chosen this year! Rustic Wrought Iron Plant Stands, Hangers, and Hooks will add height and interest to my flower gardens. I love climbing vines, and the supports on the trellises will work perfectly to showcase the delicate vines. All of the trellises have a loop, so a plant can easily be hung inside the supports. What a great way to combine height, foliage, and colors!

    If you haven’t already begun planning for spring planting and your summer garden, let this serve as a gentle nudge that the time is nigh! Your flowerbeds are waiting.

  • Burlap and Barnwood

    Table Lamps made of a Bag of AcornsReclaimed wood is a versatile accessory for many homes; it’s a perfect accent for contemporary design as well as a home with more rustic décor. The character and texture of barn wood provides a warm and welcoming backdrop as an accent wall or trim, or is also at home as a feature piece of furniture in a room.

    To further enhance the décor of a rustic home, burlap is a suitable fabric for accessories. Pillows, draperies, and lampshades are all great places to introduce the rough and rustic texture of natural burlap. To add a unique and personal flair, stencil a design onto the burlap or use the label section from a burlap feed sack.

    An affordable fabric, burlap is a sensible and stylish drapery for large windows and/or areas that need softening. Its open weave filters light without blocking too much of it, and lends a rustic touch to the hard edges around windows. For a more primitive look, the fabric can be attached with tacks or nails and secured with twine. Or, if you prefer a more finished look, the swag of burlap can be wrapped around or hung on a traditional curtain rod.

    Burlap and barnwood are a rustic decorator’s dream, such as this Burlap Bag of Pine Cones Lamp. The combination of the two meld together perfectly and create a serene and natural setting. As Forrest Gump might say if he were decorating a home, burlap and barnwood are “like peas and carrots”.

  • Totally Turquoise

    Easy and Comfortable Frame BedsThe internet has not been such a good thing for me. Sure, I love its convenience and 24/7 access, but the World Wide Web really sucks the productivity right out of me. It’s a Wednesday afternoon and I fire up the ole’ Macbook to do a price comparison on bathroom faucets and the next thing I know I’m on a log furniture site by way of Pinterest and Facebook. Suddenly I wonder, “where did the last hour go?”. Yeah, I’m sure a couple of you can relate.

    But wow, what beautiful things I find on those long rabbit trails through the web-o-sphere! On a recent rendezvous, I was on that aforementioned log furniture site and my attention suddenly fixated on a beautiful barnwood bed, layed out in all its splendor on the screen. Only, it wasn’t the rustic wood that caught my eye so much as it was the turquoise pillows and accent lampshade. I am a sucker for the color turquoise. For a moment I felt like I was in that Friends episode where one of the characters went to IKEA and just bought the entire demo room. I wanted to call and order everything that was in and around that bed…especially the turquoise pillows and lamp!

    Needless to say, I controlled my enthusiasm (for a day or two). I didn’t end up ordering a new Old Sawmill Timber Frame Bed, but I darn sure had the pillows and lamp delivered to my house. And they look just as good here as they did on my computer screen!

    Darned internet anyway.

  • The Centerpiece of My Family

    Dining Tables for the FamilyI am thankful for every meal we eat, sitting around the table as a family. Great conversations happen when we’re together, and we find out what happened with each family member that particular day. We laugh, we sometimes cry, we relax as we talk about the challenges and victories we have been facing.

    Sometimes our dining room table is not only the meeting place for family meals, but also the centerpiece of family game night. Our family of four gathers around the Monopoly game board in a heated competition. The boys may be little, but they are already fiercely competitive. Knowledge is gained and lessons are learned the game table.

    Other times, I sit down with the boys to do some drawing, painting, and just plain doodling. The kid in me comes out when I get scented markers and crayons in my hands. I really do love doing art and craft projects with the boys, spending time connecting with them in such a simple way.

    I don’t think our family is alone in gathering so often, and for so many reasons, around the Carriage House Timber Frame Barnwood Dining Table. For that reason, that table should be sturdy and secure. It should be of a quality that encourages longevity so it will be the centerpiece of the family for a few generations.

    The next time you gather around the dining room table with your family, take a look around and give thanks for that moment. They can be so precious, yet fleeting.

    Cheers to you and your family!

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