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Woodland Creek's Log Furniture Place Blog

  • 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! The Wrought Iron Star Garden Tripod Trellis I selected 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!

  • A Tisket, a Tasket, a Tower Full of Baskets

    Basket Trees Make Unique Additions to Your HomeI’m always on the lookout for home décor pieces that can be used for storage solutions in my house. A family of four plus pets plus a home office can create quite a demand for places to stash stuff.

    During one of my recent searches, I stumbled across an interesting piece whose purpose is for pet supply retail locations. It’s a rustic tower with pegs that hold twelve individual bushel baskets. At first glance, it didn’t appear to have much use for me, but then I cocked my head to the side and started thinking creatively. Literally! Suddenly I saw a wonderful solution to storing the paint, markers, stains, odds and ends I use for all my various crafting products. Plus, this little number has castors, so I can wheel it around my craft room! Boom!!

    I have to admit, I really do get a thrill when I find an innovative new way to utilize a piece of home décor. It may be the creative in me, but I love it when my friends comment how they would have never thought to use “that” for “that”! You can literally save hundreds of dollars sometimes, repurposing a piece for a use it wasn’t created for. Why spend more to buy something because it has been designated for a certain purpose, when you can repurpose “generic” pieces for the same use, but for far less money? Plus, your finished product is something that no one else has!

    As for me and my Camp Bow Wow Log Standing Basket Tree, you can find us happily creating brilliance in my craft room.

  • Hide it in the Hallway

    Sofa Tables are Perfect for Hallways and Similar SpacesI’m starting to wonder if I have a problem. No matter where we live, it never seems like we have enough storage space. I’m always stashing things in a closet, or tucking it away in a drawer, even shoving storage containers under beds. I’m not sure how a family of four that moves every two or three years accumulates so much stuff, but we have definitely managed.

    As a consequence to our apparent too-much-stuff-keeping, I’m always in search of furniture and home décor items that can do double duty as storage space. That’s why I went a little bonkers when I found this super cool barnwood sofa table with deep & spacious drawers.

    Our entrance hallway is narrow enough that it doesn’t allow the installation of a mud room, yet it’s spacious enough that I can put something narrow along one wall and still have enough space to maneuver around it. This sofa table has found a new calling as a hallway storage and display solution. Not only can I cram a bunch of kids’ crap in the drawers, I can showcase cherished photographs of my little darlings on the gorgeous top surface.

    Just because a piece of furniture is labeled for use in a certain room in the house, doesn’t mean that it HAS to be placed there. Old Sawmill Timber Frame Sofa Table w/ Drawers is just as useful in my hallway as it is parked behind a sofa. Heck, it might even come in handy as a light-use desk or kitchen work surface.

    If you ever come to my house, I ask this one thing: please don’t open the drawers on the table in the hallway. It may not be pretty in there.

  • Steadfast Centerpiece

    Place these coffee tables in the living room!We do a lot of living in our living room. Watching TV, playing games, assembling puzzles, creating artwork, indoor picnics. Our family of four spends a lot of time gathered on the couch and around the coffee table. Between the living room and the dining room, a lot of laughing and loving happens and many family memories are made.

    It takes a rugged piece of furniture to function as the centerpiece of a busy boy household. It has to be a step stool, a work surface, a game top, and occasionally a dining table. The massive square reclaimed barnwood table we have in our living room fits the description perfectly. Solid, seasoned wood holds up to the abuse our two boys hand out and the drawers along its sides are a great hiding spot for coloring and crafting supplies.

    These days with the boys are fleeting and I’m thankful for every minute we get to gather together around the steadfast centerpiece in our living room. Watching the joy dance in the eyes of our sons is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. I’m even more grateful that we can laugh and enjoy those moments without worry of the Country Roads Reclaimed Wood Square Coffee Table cracking under the strain of little boys.

  • A Present with Staying Power

    Half Serving Dishes for Valentine'sFebruary…the month of love. It’s a warm and bright spot in what is usually a cold and dreary time of year. For many, winter has lost its magic with the last 3-inch snowfall and Old Man Winter has blown around one too many times. Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to bring the blessed warmth of love into the cold depths of winter.

    Gifts flow like chocolate fountains as part and parcel of this holiday. Flowers and candy are amongst the most commonly exchanged. Both are a temporary token of love; candy is quickly eaten and cut flowers have a limited lifespan. What to do if you wish to give your sweetie a present with staying power?

    This Hard Wood Heart & a Half Serving Dish is just one idea. Beautiful and functional, it’s a seasonal symbol of your combined hearts. Fill one half with her favorite snack and the other with his for a perfect presentation this Valentine’s Day. Long after the candy pieces are gone, the hearts remain to serve as a backdrop for many more February candy exchanges.

    Here’s to sharing some love!

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