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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • 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!

  • Rustic Renter

    Night Lights are Affordable but Great DecorWe are a family that rents the homes we live in. Renting makes the most sense for us, since we move every 2-3 years. I’m not going to lie; it’s difficult and disheartening to me. I do the best I can to make each house our home, but there a lot of limitations when we aren’t the owners of the residence.

    Because we live in rentals, I’m always on the lookout for home décor items that showcase our love of rustic style without being permanently affixed to a wall or ceiling. In a recent walk through the World Wide Web, I found some really cute nightlights with rustic scenes. Accessories such as those are a great way to inject our style and character into our temporary housing.

    Because I don’t like a completely dark house at night, and because the nightlights are not only darling but also darn affordable, I bought several to dress up many rooms of the house. I sometimes just wander the house at night to gaze at the warm glow of the Pinecone Night Light. It always brings a smile to my face…such a simple pleasure.

    Are you a renter too? Comment below on techniques you’ve used to customize your temporary housing.

  • Table for Four…or More

    Make More Space with these Dining TablesOne of my favorite times of the day is when our family of four gathers around the table for dinner. I cherish the time we spend talking, laughing, discussing, and living life together over a meal. As our boys grow older and get more involved in activities, I know sitting down together is going to be much more difficult, which makes each family meal even more precious.

    Our dining table is perfectly proportioned for our family of four. Its round surface allows the four of us plenty of room to spread our elbows. However, we also like to invite friends and family members to join us for some meals. Our little round table does not give us any extra space for more diners, causing us to pull a folding table and chairs out for the extra guests.

    Luckily, I’ve convinced my husband that we need to upgrade our little dining room table. I’m thrilled to have found a beautiful rustic table that is not only the perfect size for our family of four, but also can be extended to accommodate extra guests. No more card table!

    I’m super excited to make more family memories around our new Homestead Rough-Sawn Extendable Dining Table. I’m even happier that our dinner guests can all gather around the table with us. Bon appetit!

  • Snowed In Strategy

    Checkboard tables for the rustic homeAs I type this post, we are facing the possibility of a historic blizzard in our area. Feet of snow, cold temperatures, howling winds…it will bring our nation’s capital to a grinding halt. Even public transportation has announced they are shutting down in the face of Winter Storm Jonas.

    Having grown up in the Midwest, I’m no stranger to snowstorms. I remember many snowed-in days during my youth. Those are fond memories; we spent many of those days playing games around a table together. In fact, I specifically remember spending hours around a Carrom game board, playing the ring game. My shooter finger would be bruised long before the snow stopped falling outside.

    So, during the monster storm that is predicted for this weekend, I’m planning to rewind back to my youth and spend time as a family gathered around a game table. Except, instead of a game board, our centerpiece is a Aspen Log Checkerboard Table with Stools built into our rustic table crafted out of Aspen wood.

    Our family of four plus one furkid may go a little stir crazy, being cooped up in close quarters together for several days, but we’re looking forward to it. There’s a certain excitement about a big storm…as long as the power stays on and the water lines don’t freeze. Bring on the blankets, movies, puzzles and board games! We’re ready!!

    Stay safe and warm, friends.

  • My Indoor Oasis

    Stay Comfortable all Year with Log BedsI sometimes really dislike this time of year. The daylight is short, the temperatures are cold, the wind is biting, and my temper is short. I much prefer the longer, warmer days of summer. The house-bound days of winter can be quite a struggle for an outdoor-loving but easily-chilled gal like me.

    In an effort to make the winter months as comfortable as possible, I do my best to create an indoor oasis to whether away the cold weather. Scented candles and a roaring fireplace; board games and an overstuffed reading chair; blankets and cuddly lap pets all play a part in providing a welcoming interior. I bring the outside in as much as possible.

    I spend a lot of time in my living room, so it makes sense that I outfit that area with rustic furniture and cozy accessories. But my bedroom is also a part of the house that cannot be ignored. This year I found and purchased Oak Forest Timber Frame Panel Bed with a beautiful iron oak forest cutout built into the headboard. It is my favorite furniture investment to date and I lounge unashamedly in its rustic embrace well into the late morning hours of weekend days. If my remote control and coffee maker are within arm’s reach, I am a really happy girl.

    In fact, now that I have this bed, maybe I will become more a fan of winter.

    Or maybe not.

    But I’m definitely a fan of my beautiful barnwood bed and the indoor oasis it provides for me!

  • Artoffice

    Unleash Creativity with Kid's TablesWe have an aspiring artist in our family. He creates masterpieces with markers, tape, scissors, paint, and sometimes glue. Our 4-year-old Picasso has quite a gift, even though his canvas often extends to areas beyond the edges of the paper he’s supposed to be using.

    The other day he came to me, teary-eyed, and demanded to know why I had dismantled his office. “Office?” I questioned. I truly had no idea what he was talking about.

    “Yeah, the tape I had put on the coffee table and all the paper that was sitting there. It’s gone. Why did you take it away?”

    His big brown eyes, filled with his tears, melted my heart in that instant. I felt bad for him. He sees me working at my office in the corner of the living room and wants the same. After all, he is extremely serious about his art.

    I promised that I would set him up with a real office, one where he could keep all his art supplies and string all the tape he wants (well, within reason!).

    “Good!” he agreed. “”Cuz I’m going to be an artist and I need an office.”

    Now I have two options. Find a terribly worn-out table whose battered surfaces won’t be bothered with more marker and crayon marks, or bring in a new Glacier Country Child's Log Table that is resistant to such art abuse. I’ve decided to go with the latter option, and purchase a solid wood table with a quality finish. That way, I can wipe off the marker and glue residue and, if needed, sand damage down and re-varnish.

    My little Picasso is about to have himself a really nice artoffice.

  • Barnwood Furniture Makes Stunning Storage

    Keep your Blankets in these Blanket ChestsOn chilly nights, wouldn’t it be nice to have a stash of blankets close by the bed where you could grab one any time you needed it? With the Timber Frame Barnwood Blanket Chest of Drawers as part of the cabin decor in your bedroom, you don’t have to go far to get that extra warmth. This sturdy chest features two large drawers designed to hold blankets, quilts and anything else that you might want to have nearby when you’re hunkered down in bed.

    With a frame made using beautiful barnwood reclaimed from barns that were at least a century old, the Timber Frame Barnwood Blanket Chest of Drawers features the personality that can only be created by decades-long natural weathering processes. Four small barnwood beams provide support for the corners of the chest and keep the base elevated just slightly off the floor. Barnwood plank panels adorn each side and the drawer fronts with variations in color that range from deep brown to an eye-catching tan with red overtones. Industrial gray accents outline the panels to set them apart and draw attention to the distinctive nature of the natural materials.

    Each side of the Timber Frame Barnwood Blanket Chest of Drawers houses a deep, wide drawer that rests on full-extension glides. Solid drawer pulls match the grey accent squares for a balanced appearance. Like other reclaimed wood furniture, it’s made to last through years of use without the drawers wobbling, sagging or bowing like drawers in some commercially made furniture.

    A solid wooden top adds a rugged finishing touch to this stunning barnwood furniture. You’ll find the same color variations in these thicker planks as in the ones along the sides, and you may also notice special barnwood characteristics like saw marks or nail holes. A careful sanding process levels out the roughest parts to leave a finish that looks beautiful and feels smooth to the touch. Made entirely in the USA, this chest is perfect for placing at the foot of the bed for easy storage and a little extra rugged style.

  • Make Your Cabin More Attractive with Barnwood Furniture

    Keep Lounge Chairs in the Living RoomWords like sturdy, rugged and attractive can all be used to describe the Wyoming Reclaimed Barnwood Lounge Chair. Crafted from a unique collection of boards, planks and beams all retrieved from the plains and mountains of Wyoming, this reclaimed wood furniture combines the best that barnwood has to offer with a comfortable padded seat to create a lounge chair that’s just right for any rustic seating area.

    Simple construction brings out all the best features of the Wyoming Reclaimed Barnwood Lounge Chair. Thin boards reach horizontally from either side of the upholstered seat to form the arms, while each corner sports a thick rectangular barnwood beam to support the rest of the chair. More boards fill in the sides with eye-catching natural patterns, and a single board stretches across the front as a finishing touch for the frame. The result is a strong chair that’s built to last long enough for you to pass it on to your kids.

    Every piece of wood used to make the chair spent at least a decade being exposed to outdoor elements, and this exposure is deliberately showcased in the finished piece. All barnwood furniture features its own distinct combination of grain designs and knot patterns. Colors range from the grey patina that some wood develops when left outdoors to “rusty” orange tones that bring to mind autumn foliage. A polyurethane finish protects these unique characteristics from accidental damage and the wear that comes with daily use.

    A rustic patterned fabric provides the final touch for this distinctive cabin decor. Images of a majestic elk standing in front of a mountain range are framed by a square of twigs, and this motif repeats across a backdrop of forest print that includes leaves, pine cones and acorns. Place this chair in the living room or den to create an eye-catching set. If you love the look, you can expand the decor to the rest of your cabin or lodge with bedroom furniture, dining furniture and sturdy accessories made with the same rugged design.

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