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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • 5 Key Tips to Care for Solid Wood Furniture

    With the right care and attention, solid wood rustic furniture will last a lifetime and beyond. The question is, what do you need to do on a daily basis to ensure this impressive lifespan?

    It’s tough, durable and ageless but solid wood furniture, stoic as it is, needs a little love and care, just like the rest of us. Use the following five tips to make sure your timber investments are looked after.

    1. Deal with spills immediately

    Let’s say you’ve invested in a beautiful live edge coffee table. You don’t want to be dealing with water marks the day after you’ve set it in place, so let’s start with a quick note about prevention always being better than cure. Coasters are solid wood furniture’s friends. Best friends in fact! Always use them and try to avoid spills where possible.

    If the worst happens and you do get a spill, speed is the key. Soak up the bulk of a spill with paper towels, before moving to a soft but damp cloth and finally, buffing dry with a totally dry and buttery soft piece of fabric. You can see why we said prevention is better now, can’t you? 

    2. Be careful with hot items

    If you place a hot vessel on top of a piece of solid wood furniture you run the risk of either a stain or a scorch mark. Both can be incredibly tough to remove, but a fine gauge wire wool can help or if that sounds a little too scary, start with trying to disguise the mark with a color-matched wood crayon. 

    We recommend using cork placemats when you know that a hot item needs to be placed on solid wood, as these are soft on the underside and will block direct heat transfer.

    3. Dust as regularly as you can

    The more love you give wood furniture the better it looks, so try to at least commit to a weekly dusting of all your items. Even the things you normally forget, like a master bed! Always use a soft polishing cloth to avoid leaving scratches and use a polish that you like the finish and smell of. Silicone-free versions seem to react less with existing wax finishes, so are proving popular, though beeswax versions have always produced beautiful results. 

    4. Consider placement from the start

    Being a natural material, wood is prone to temperature change effects, either swelling or contracting throughout the year. You can try to counter this as much as possible by thinking about where you are going to position pieces. Avoid direct sunlight where possible, as well as heat sources such as wood burners and when it comes to bathrooms, make sure that your furniture has been designed and made with humid conditions in mind. Not all vanity units and linen closets are!

    5. Treat any damage

    Accidents happen but negligence is inexcusable! If you notice a bad scratch, a chip or a gouge in any of your pieces, treat the damage as soon as you can. Appropriate fillers and liquid polishes are great for this, but if in doubt, get back in touch with your manufacturer. If they have a good customer service ethos, they should be only too happy to give you some advice.

    A little care for a lifetime of functional beauty. That sounds like a fair exchange to us and hopefully you feel the same!

  • Make Your Guests Red With Envy!

    Forget turning people green with envy because once your guests see your brand new red cedar bathroom vanity, they won’t be able to hide their rose-tinted jealousy!

    We shouldn’t have favorites when it comes to woods but we’re only human and when you see the majesty and splendor of red cedar, it’s hard to not love it! That’s why we decided to extend our affection for this extra special material by creating a series of striking bathroom storage pieces, headed up by the Rustic Red cedar Log Bathroom Vanity

    Bathroom Smells

    Let’s talk about the elephant in the room for a moment. Bathroom smells. They don’t have the greatest reputation for being particularly pleasant, but install an aromatic red cedar vanity and you can wave goodbye to embarrassing pongs and whiffs. All you’ll be able to smell is the great outdoors, American heritage and rustic weekends spent in the family cabin. And though it might smell great, this is simply just a bonus because the real joy, the defining quality of red cedar is how utterly incredible it looks. 

    Elegantly Rustic

    We know we can turn our heads to an elegantly rustic vanity unit. Our team of artisans have mastered the art of making the functional fabulous, which is why our satisfaction ratings are as impressive as they are. But when you add in an extra special wood, that’s when things start to get really eye-catching and interesting. Suddenly, that simple log vanity that houses a sink or two is now a main feature in the space. Instead of just being a useful location for stashing away toilet rolls and extra towels, it’s a focal point where users enjoy standing and giving themselves a minute to compose themselves. At the end of the day, by lavishing as much time, care and attention as we do into a humble rustic bathroom vanity , it becomes a treasured piece of log furniture, which is why we kept the details simple here. 

    Nothing is going to overshadow the wood itself, so you’ll see elegant cabinets and drawers with either log or metal strap handles. You can choose to add a top or not. Fancy some beautiful sinks? Let us know and as long as they aren’t vessels, we can fit them for you to ensure perfect compliance and easy plumbing. The only thing we don’t offer as standard is a colored stain, because why would you cover up that glorious rouge? 

    Free Shipping

    We ship for free within the contiguous United States, as a way of thanking you for choosing American designed and made quality goods. We also give you a lifetime warranty on this particular piece, because we know it can and will stand the test of time and that you’ll never get bored of it. So what are you waiting for? Timeless style awaits and all we need is for you to get in touch with your dimensions!

  • Catering to All Your Bathroom Storage Needs in One

    We know you probably think you’ve seen everything a rustic bathroom vanity unit can do and we get it, but that’s why we decided to create a design that was simple in style but big on the optional extras. Prepare yourself, because you’re about to meet the ultimate bathroom storage unit.

    We thought hard about what people need in the bathroom. Easy to operate storage, surface space, somewhere that’s just for them and some useful little creative touches too. These are the things we came up with and wouldn’t you know that as soon as we had all of these on paper, an idea for a new unit struck. Our Real Hickory Log Bathroom Vanity no less.

    Similar to our Cedar Lake collection, our Real Hickory collection benefits from being entirely made from solid wood construction, with rustic hickory log trims added for gorgeous effect and this rustic vanity itself is chief amongst the entire bathroom catalog. We’ve included all the basics that you should expect from your furniture manufacturer. Solid wood, a choice of finishes, full extension drawer glides that are silky smooth and an open back for easy and fast plumbing. But it’s the optional extras that really tip this design to the next level. 

    Do you want a colored stain or clear? Would you like a thick liquid glass coating? Would you be interested in a concealed tilt-out drawer bin under the sinks? How about an optional chunky top? And what about a matching toilet roll holder? It’s these little touches that demonstrate not only our attention to detail but also gives you an opportunity to scale back on the things you don’t need in your bathroom. Traditionally, they aren’t the most generous spaces in the house, so by employing some clever space-saving techniques, you can get a lot more out of them. While also being able to relax, free from the stress of clutter or unsightly personal hygiene items,

    Naturally, however you decide to spec your new log vanity, it will be shipped with great care and for free, within the contiguous USA and with a staggering, industry-leading 20-year warranty attached. Knowing that this is a piece of rustic furniture that can last so long, you can think more about whether you’d like to add hammered copper sinks, designer faucets and what about a live edge backsplash? Nothing is off limits here, because this is going to be the start of the show in your bathroom for decades to come, so we need it to function above and beyond, while also looking spectacular for the duration of its life. 

    We know that a lot of rustic furniture companies talk a great game about being defined by their customer service standards but we really are. Nothing is too much trouble or a detail so minute that you shouldn’t tell us. We want to know about your room dimensions, your other color choices, your design influences, because that's how we can create something you’ll invest in and love for years to come. about that coordinating toilet roll holder and a liquid glass top finish?

  • 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.

  • 5 Reasons Why Live Edge Rustic Furniture Suits Every Home

    Live edge rustic furniture might look, at first glance, like something that only belongs in rustic cabins but actually it’s a style of design that has universal appeal and potential. 

    If you’ve been thinking about live edge rustic furniture items and wondering if you should take the plunge, read our five reasons why it will prove to be a good investment and one that doesn’t rely on you living deep in the nearest woodland. 

      1. It can be rustic, modern or classic

    Here’s the crux of the matter. Live edge furniture can be whatever you want it to be, just like any natural wood item. Why? Because it all depends on the shape, styling and corresponding items. Take a single slab dining table with a live edge. Add a chunky wooden base and you have a rustic eating spot. Swap that out for sleek gold anodized metal legs and you have a contemporary finish. Sit it on a pared back trestle base and you have a classic motif. The live edge lament stays the same, but everything else can adapt the tone. 

      2. Each piece is unique

    With every live edge creation being entirely one-off and unique, there is no way to compare an item in two separate settings. What does this mean? That it belongs and looks right in both, equally. The same can’t be said for most furniture, as one home will always seem to suit an item more than another. That’s why IKEA pieces quickly fall out of fashion, because they saturate the market and are easily compared, often between friends and family members’ houses. 

      3. Most budgets can be catered for

    Does live edge rustic furniture have a reputation for being cheap? No. But it can include a number of price points. Certain decisions allow you to tailor your purchase including thickness of your slab, if it is one piece or two, the wood used and the age of the wood too. When you think about how huge and therefore old a tree would need to be to produce a colossal dining table live edge slab, two inches thick, you can understand why it would cost a lot. Do be aware though that thinner slabs have more of a tendency to warp or twist, so sometimes, a larger investment initially pays off.

      4. It can be repaired

    Because this style of rustic furniture doesn’t look traditionally perfect, repairing live edge is easily possible. Even if a slab checks/cracks down the middle! Some contrasting wooden bowties can be used to stitch two pieces of wood back together and adds more character and charm. Unlike antique furniture that needs costly and specialist repairs to look perfect, live edge furniture items can accommodate some history and quirks.

      5. It’s not a fad

    Finally, live edge furniture is not a trend, so it won’t ever date or go out of style. That means however you redecorate, it will always look gorgeous. It’s a classic style that allows natural wood, the king of design materials, to allow its organic beauty and uniqueness to shine through. 

    Are you ready to invest in a piece of raw beauty for your home? Why not check out our designs and see if the perfect piece is waiting for you?

  • Simple Charm for the Smallest Room in the House

    We know not all bathrooms are small, but they are meant to be a spot for a little calm self-indulgence. That’s why we’ve designed a range of rustic furniture pieces that add a rustic ambience and character, without overshadowing the entire space. 

    Just because we decided to keep things a little less dramatic with our Olde Towne log bathroom vanity, it doesn’t mean that it’s any less beautiful or worthy of a place in your home. We just know that though our extra rustic designs are eye-catching, they might not work with a hybrid or more contemporary interior design scheme. We want to be able to offer a wide range of styles, to not only show versatility but also a commitment to our wide-ranging clientele and we think this particular piece is something rather special, even if it is simple. 

    So what makes this log vanity so exceptional? Firstly, all of the Olde Towne range of rustic furniture is made in Michigan, by hand. This allows us to respect the white cedar being used and to give it a little extra love while we fashion it into cherished rustic furniture items. Secondly, we give you the rustic look you want, without going too overboard. You’ll find authentic saw marks, hand carved logs and little age marks on your vanity, all of which lend themselves to the narrative of the piece itself. The finish is smooth to the touch but utterly beguiling to the eyes and with the aesthetics taken care of, we can get down to the all-important issue of personalization.

    You can decide the following, without compromising on the finished look of your new Olde Towne log vanity unit:

    • Size. We offer standard sizes from 24"-72" but always feel free to contact us about something totally bespoke. No dimensions are too awkward.
    • Top. You can have your vanity supplied with or without a top.
    • Sink position. Are you having one or two sinks? Where do they need to be placed? For copper sinks that we supply, we can cut the holes ready for you. Vessel sinks will need to be fitted by a professional and we do not cut holes for them.
    • Finish. We might be huge fans of our proprietary Barnwood Lager stain, which gives the look and feel of genuine barnwood to such an extent that even experts will fail to spot the difference, but we have more to choose from. A clear finish is always offered, if you love the tone and natural look of the white cedar. 
    • Orientation. Tell us where in your bathroom your vanity will be placed and we can make allowances for perfect fitment, at no extra cost to you.
    • Handles. Forged metal strap or log handles? The choice is yours and both are made by artisans. 

    We also have a range of complementary accessories, including log wall mirrors, which can be shipped alongside your vanity. Supplied with a limited lifetime warranty and shipped for free within the US, we know you’ll love this unit forever and can’t wait to talk with you about your order.

  • Artisan Craftsmanship Especially for Your Bathroom

    There’s always a few pieces of rustic furniture that take our breath away. We visualize, design and bring them to life but they still blow us away when we see them in the flesh, which is what happens whenever we see our rustic bathroom vanity units.

    Are there different shades to the rustic aesthetic? We think so. There are lighter, more delicate ways to embrace a little country charm but then there are the unapologetically pared back, unfussy but striking motifs that look as though they have been ripped out of the forest floor and just anchored into a dwelling. Our Westcliffe Pointe Rustic vanity  falls in-between the two. 

    Dark, rugged and texturally fascinating, this is bathroom craftsmanship like you’ve never seen before. And why? Because we have the most talented team in the world, wanting to hand make authentic rustic furniture that loses none of the organic power of the wood being used. That’s why there’s no delicate touch here.

    Circle sawn planks, hand-carved logs, stacked teak wooden bricks, everything comes together to make a tactile and unforgettable centerpiece for any master bath. Yes, it has a certain amount of industrial flavor to it, with metal strap or carved log handles, but would you expect anything less? This is function meeting phenomenal aesthetics in a cloud of creative genius and honestly, we couldn’t love it more. That’s how we know you’ll go crazy for it too, hence we have made allowances for all of our usual customization options. 

    All you need to tell us is how big the space you have to fill is, where it is in your room (between walls, against one wall etc) and we can help you with the rest. One sink or two? Which stain finish takes your fancy? Do you need to adapt the orientation? Have you decided which style of handle you want? Get excited people, because this is a proprietary design from Log Furniture Place, that you can tailor and tweak to your exacting specifications. Unlike so many competitors, we want your input and no request is inconvenient. And for very good reason.

    You need to adore this log vanity unit when it arrives, via free shipping in the US, to your home. Because we will have invested our time, expertise and care to such an extent that we feel confident in giving you a long lasting warranty as standard. There’s no room for error here, because you are going to have this investment piece forever, so let’s take the time to nail down every possible choice, every design nuance and functionality issue. Let’s also think about supplying the sinks, whether vessel or copper, to make it an easier installation for your plumber and how about a log mirror too? 

    With free shipping included, you might want to place a sizable order, to upgrade your bathroom in one go, but we know this can be a big financial investment. With this in mind, we’ve partnered with Bread to offer our customers access to easy, transparent and trustworthy financing packages. There is no obligation but you might find that you can afford those coveted purchases earlier than you thought. 

  • Catch of the Day

    There’s no denying that squirrels are one of Mother Nature’s sweetest creations. Whether scampering around on the woodland floor looking for nuts or gracefully winding their way up a tree trunk, they catch the eye and invoke loud “ahhhhs” and now, they can take up a position in your home!

    No, we haven’t gone mad and we aren’t suggesting that you bring wild animals into your property, but if you love nature, enjoy outdoor pursuits and have a rustic vibe in your house, we know you are going to love our whimsical squirrel fishing trophy.

    Just look at this little chap! He’s pleased as punch with his catch and looks ready to head back to the lake to try his luck again, though we could maybe joke that it ran out when he was caught and mounted! Looking just as alert and alive as you would want, the shiny eyes, smooth fur and fun accessories are all testament to our artisans’ hard work to preserve and respect each specimen. Unlike some taxidermy stockists, we don’t skimp on the level of care and attention invested into each mount. We use the finest materials, from the solid wood plinths our creations are mounted on, to the animals themselves and everything in between. We work with the best tanners in the country and guarantee all of our pieces for a lifetime, which makes sense, when you think about it.

    Taxidermy has always been an art form designed to be passed down through generations of a family, with every piece being more loved and enjoyed with each bequeathal. Yes, our little fisherman squirrel might be a bit of fun and designed to inspire a giggle, but for families that love outdoor pursuits and sportsmanship, we can see him becoming a much coveted display piece. 

    We don’t think there is any limit as to where pieces such as this can be displayed. Anywhere in a rustic cabin, lodge or cottage would be a perfect display opportunity, bringing the great outdoors inside, with a good pinch of humor along the way. Though we also think this would work well in a modern home, as a conversation starter and most of all, in a games room. If you’ve ever wondered how to decorate a man cave or games room, quirky taxidermy should be at the top of your wish list. We don’t know about you, but we can see this proud and puffed up little chap sitting nicely next to one of your own fishing mounts!

    We have plenty of other unusual and lighthearted trophies to choose from, so if you like the idea of a sport-specific piece, take a look at some of our other designs and please remember that customizing is never too much work. We don’t expect you to compromise when it comes to decorating your home, so just ask us how we can tailor our designs to be more bespoke!

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