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  • Barnwood Furniture: Bring a Piece of American History Into Your Home!

    America’s First Kind of Furniture Design: The Barnwood Style

    Barnwood furniture holds a special place in American furniture design because it was one of the first furniture designs used in the United States. It is also a design that has never gone out of style and most likely never will.

    Barnwood furniture is simple, clean, and practical, and it complements any room in which it is used. It’s also eco-friendly and extremely durable. And, today the style is so highly desired that it is easier than ever to bring a piece of American history into your home. Here are some of the different ways you can feature rustic barnwood furniture in your home.

    Barnwood Bedroom Furniture

    Barnwood bedroom furniture makes a bedroom look and feel just like a log cabin. It lends a touch of warmth and coziness that you just can’t get from modern or contemporary furniture designs. It’s also built much stronger than most furniture styles that use modern materials.

    Barnwood bed frames are solid and heavy, and nightstands made from the wood are durable enough to last a lifetime of use.

    Barnwood Furniture for the Family Room

    Nothing gives your family room a more comfortable touch than barnwood furniture. The rich tones of the naturally weathered wood complement any style of décor, and there are several ways to feature it in your family room.

    You can have a large, barnwood coffee table, a sofa table, end tables, or even a reclaimed barnwood armoire or entertainment center for your flat-screen television.

    Rustic Barnwood Kitchen and Dining Room

    The look and feel of your rustic kitchen and dining room starts with the dining room table. A barnwood dining room table is large, heavy, and solidly built. It’s also a visually stunning piece of furniture that provides an extra-sensory experience while dining.

    Adding picture frames made from reclaimed barnwood or mirrors will add to the beauty of the room, and a buffet and hutch provides extra storage while bringing the entire room together.

    Meanwhile, in the kitchen, you can opt for a barnwood sideboard with wine cabinet, a jelly cabinet, or a sliding barn door to separate the rooms.

    Additional Ways to Bring Barnwood Into the Home

    You can find reclaimed barnwood furniture for just about every room in the home. Other ways you can add barnwood to your home include:

    Shop for Reclaimed Barnwood Furniture at Log Furniture Place

    All the barnwood used by Log Furniture Place comes from barns that are at least 100 years old. The aged wood has stood the test of time and is now used to create gorgeous works of functional furniture for families. It’s just as big an honor to hand-craft these pieces of genuine American history as it is to own one.

    Log Furniture Place backs all our products by a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase. We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around, which is why we're the top log furniture store online. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • Our 5 Secrets to Picking the Perfect Wood for Your Furniture

    The Best Way to Find the Right Kind of Wood for Your Wood Furniture

    A piece of rustic wood furniture is a gorgeous addition to any home. Whether it’s a table, a TV stand, a couch, a bookcase, or a bed frame, wood is an excellent choice due to its beauty and durability. After all, a well-built piece of quality wood furniture can and should last a lifetime.

    But, not all wood furniture is made the same. Some manufacturers use inferior materials or techniques, yet they charge the same prices as manufacturers of authentic wood furniture. So, it is important to know what you’re looking at when you’re shopping for wood furniture. With that in mind, here are our five secrets to help you choose the perfect wood for your furniture.

    1. Choose Solid Wood
      Wood furniture that is made entirely from solid wood is much better than furniture that isn’t. Manufacturers that glue single wood boards or use wood panels can still call their furniture wood, but it isn’t constructed from solid wood.
      Therefore, it’s an inferior product and one that won’t stand the test of time. When buying with quality and longevity in mind, make sure the entire piece of furniture is solid wood, and not just certain parts of it.
    2. Choose Hardwood Over Softwood
      Solid wood furniture is either made from hardwood, like oak, walnut, cherry, maple, and ash; or softwood, like poplar, pine, and fir. Hardwood is denser and harder, so it naturally stands up to use better than softwood. Hardwood is much more resistant to scratches and dings, but it is more expensive.
      Therefore, if you want an heirloom piece that will last for decades, then hardwood furniture should be your choice.
    3. Check the Joints of the Furniture
      Wood furniture can be assembled in a variety of different ways, but some methods are more stable and longer-lasting than others. For instance, joints that are made with mortise-and-tenon or dowel techniques offer the best stability, whereas butted and mitered joints tend to be weaker. In most cases, the latter just can’t stand up to heavy use unless the joints are reinforced.
    4. Watch for Knots and Cracks
      If a piece of furniture is built with wood that has knots or cracks, then you should find one with wood that doesn’t have them. Knotted or cracked wood is more susceptible to developing additional cracks over time, so it's best to avoid these kinds of blemishes (unless this is the 'character' you desire, and you're willing to take a risk on the furniture's longevity.)
    5. Lift the Furniture at One Corner
      Solid wood furniture is heavy, but that doesn’t mean that it always sits flush to the ground. Lift one corner of the furniture to make sure it doesn’t twist and be sure to listen for any squeaks.
      Set the piece of furniture back down and check to make sure all four legs are in contact with the floor. Press down on the different corners to see if the piece rocks or wobbles. If the piece is built right, you should not be able to notice any movement or noise on a flat floor.

    Log Furniture Place Hand-Crafts Genuine Rustic Wood Furniture

    Log Furniture Place is one of the top retailers for hand-crafted solid wood furniture online. We only use authentic materials in our rustic wood furniture, and everything we sell is backed by our solid warranty.

    We are dedicated to our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our custom furniture options.

  • Turn Your Dining Room Into a Rustic Paradise

    Rustic Wood Furniture That’s a Perfect Fit for Your Dining Room

    For many homeowners, the dining room is one of the most popular rooms in the home to be designed in a rustic manner. After all, this more than any other room lends itself to family gatherings and holiday memories. Having a rustic setting just makes a dining room warmer, more comfortable, and more conductive to conversations over a delicious meal.

    If you have been thinking about turning your dining room into a rustic paradise, you might be surprised to learn that it’s easier than you think. Here are just a few ways to add a flourish of nature to your family dining room, given the type and style of furniture you select.

    Solid Wood Dining Table

    The dining table is the centerpiece of the dining room, hands down. So, it makes sense that this single piece of furniture is the most important thing you should change if you only have so much money you’re working with.

    Your choice of wood dining table should be based on your tastes, and the picture you’re trying to create. With this in mind, you can choose anything from weathered-looking wood tables to unique black walnut tables. Each style adds its own feel and ambiance to the room, so you should have no problem finding the best one for your needs.

    For the complete look, you should also replace your dining room seating with chairs made from naturally sourced wood, like aspen, pine, cedar, or hickory. Or, you can have chairs made from authentic barnwood.

    Rustic Buffets, Sideboards, and Corner Cabinets

    If you want to add more rustic features, then adding an all-wood buffet and hutch or sideboard to the room will provide you with extra serving and storage space for those large holiday dinners. A rustic corner cabinet adds even more storage space, without taking up too much real estate.

    Placemats and Table Runners

    Wood furniture isn’t the only way to incorporate a more rustic look into your dining room décor. Your choice of placemats and table runners can also play an important role. For the best look, you should stick with colors and hues that are found in nature, like red, brown, green, and blue. Plaid and Sierra patterns are also popular in farmhouse décor.

    Dinnerware and Silverware

    The dinnerware and silverware you use to set your table also matter when you’re trying to achieve a rustic look. Because of this, they should be tied to nature in some way.

    For instance, your dinnerware should be hearty ceramic and not delicate porcelain. You might also want it to feature nature or animal imagery. The same general rule applies to your choice of silverware.


    If your dining room is large enough to support it, then you can add a rustic fireplace to give the room a special added touch of warmth. After all, there’s nothing like the glow of a fireplace to make a meal feel special, especially around the holidays.

    Dine in Comfort With Rustic Wood Furniture From Log Furniture Place

    Log Furniture Place has everything you need to transform your dining room into a peaceful, austere space that you’re excited to gather in, all year ‘round. All the furniture we make is hand-crafted by master woodworkers and prominently features locally sourced materials. We also back our products with a solid warranty, so you can buy online with confidence.

    We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around for premium-quality rustic wood furniture and accent pieces. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or to learn more about our customization options.

  • Stuck in the Suburbs? Decorate Your Home to Get the Log Cabin Feel

    Bringing Log Cabin Décor Into Your Home This Season

    Are you stuck in the suburbs, but your soul cries to live in a log cabin? Why not bring in decorative accents to help make your existing home feel as comfortable and cozy as a cabin? At least until you can make the move into the home of your dreams, that is.

    There are several ways to spruce up your home’s interior, in order to make it more rustic and charming. Of course, nothing is like living in the real thing, but with some creativity, you can create a living space that can get you as close as possible. Here are some tips to help give your home that log cabin feel.


    Your choice in flooring immediately sets the tone for the home. So, you might want to replace your carpet or linoleum flooring with natural hardwood, because that’s what you would find in a well-built log cabin. If your budget doesn’t have room for real hardwood, then you can choose a more affordable wood laminate product that looks and even feels like wood.


    Log cabin furniture is rugged looking because it is built using wood and other natural materials. Unfinished wood pieces are especially common in cabins, and the color scheme of your fabrics and textiles should be natural tones.

    From your kitchen table to your bedframes, you can add a more rustic appeal to your home by replacing your modern furniture with pieces that evoke the beauty, simplicity, and ruggedness of the great outdoors.

    Ceilings and Walls

    A traditional log cabin’s walls and ceilings prominently feature logs, so that exact feel will be impossible to reproduce in a standard home. But, you can cover these surfaces with other types of wood to enjoy a similar effect.

    There are paneling manufacturers who fabricate their paneling with rounded and textured surfaces, so they mimic the look and feel of logs. Or, you can use tongue-and-groove flat wood paneling. Faux log beams are also available if you really want to go the extra mile.


    If your home has a standard fireplace with a brick hearth, you can cover the surface with faux stone panels to create a fireplace that would look more home in a log cabin. Finish it off with a reclaimed wood mantel. This is an affordable and easy way to bring in that rustic look you’re craving.


    This is where you can really bring your vision into fruition. Using things like wood or metal lighting fixtures, decorative switch plates, natural wood shelving, rustic throw rugs and artwork, and other accessories will finish off your interior design project perfectly. The devil is in the details, and you have a world of creative options open to you for every room in the home.


    Taxidermy and log cabins go together like peanut butter and jelly. From the deer head mounted on the wall to the bear rug on the floor, taxidermy art lends that “hunter’s cabin” feel to the home. If you’re not into this type of thing that’s perfectly okay, but for those wanting an authentic cabin feel, you’ll want at least some type of animal or bird hanging out in your living room.

    Log Furniture Place has everything you need to outfit your home to look and feel like a real log cabin. We have rustic furniture and natural decorative solutions for every room in the home. Our selection, prices, and service are why we’re the number one online retailer for natural wood furniture and accents. Shop online for the pieces you need to transform your home into a log cabin today, regardless of where you live.

  • Why a Rustic Lodge Add-On Is Just What Your Home Needs

    Adding-On to Your Existing Home, Rustic-Lodge Style

    If you have an existing home and you’re thinking about expanding its living space or adding another structure on your property to serve as an in-law suite, home office, or other types of space, then building a rustic lodge could be just the answer you’re looking for.

    While you might think that the sheer beauty of a log cabin is reason enough to have one on your property, there are in fact several reasons why a rustic lodge just makes sense. Here are seven benefits of making your add-on a log cabin, when it’s time to start building.

    1. Log Cabins Are Energy Efficient
      Log cabins are designed for energy efficiency, much more than the standard home is. The R-value of the logs used in constructing a rustic cabin keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The structure also accomplishes this naturally, so your heating and cooling demand will be less than if you build a more traditional type of structure.
    2. A Log Cabin Offers Flexible Space
      A log cabin offers a nearly endless selection of opportunities. It can be an in-law suite, a cozy escape for reading or meditating, a homey home office, a place to exercise or practice yoga, a place to live for an adult child, or anything else you can imagine.
    3. You Can Express Your Creativity
      Log cabins come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. You can build a simplistic cabin or one that is more elaborate. The sky is the limit and your vision is ultimately the guideline. Get creative and build the log cabin you always wanted.
    4. A Rustic Lodge Sets Your Home Apart
      Whereas most other homes in your area might feature tin sheds in their backyards, your rustic lodge will set your home apart. Unlike these other homes, you’re making the most of your space by incorporating additional living space instead of storage space.
    5. Potential Problems Are Easier to Spot
      With a log cabin, any potential problems like water issues or pests are easier to identify and fix because the surface of the wood is the exterior and interior of the home. Things like siding, insulation, and drywall can hide these problems until they become major headaches and expensive repairs.
    6. Log Cabins Are “Greener” Homes
      A log cabin is the original “green” home. It is more energy efficient than most other homes being built today because it is and always has been designed to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So, if you’re looking for an add-on that won’t cost you a bunch of money to keep comfortable, then a rustic lodge is your best choice.
    7. Log Cabins Retain Their Value
      Log cabins are designed to last for decades, if not centuries! Thus, adding a rustic log cabin to your property is a sound investment because this type of structure maintains its value and beauty over time with proper upkeep.

    A cabin is affordable to build, and it can be an asset that gets passed through your family for generations. When it comes to choosing an add-on for your home, few structures offer the long-term investment potential of a well-built log cabin.

  • 5 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Cabin

    Do-It-Yourself Projects to Make Your Cabin Even Better

    Living in a log cabin is one thing, but when you’re able to create a genuine rustic feel to your home, that’s when you take your cabin to the next level. More than any other type of home, a log cabin is connected to nature. So, it makes sense that you want to keep the natural look and feel of your cabin’s structure everywhere on your property, both inside and out.

    If you’re looking for a few DIY projects that can add a touch of rustic charm to your cabin, then here are five projects to get you started.

    Build a Fire Pit

    A fire pit is the perfect accessory to any log cabin. It’s ideal for sharing stories with the family, cooking hot dogs and s’mores, and for spending chilly autumn evenings outside. But, the best part about a fire pit is that it is easy to build and it serves as the ultimate disposal solution for fallen twigs and branches on your property.

    Build a Firewood Seasoning Shed

    In addition to fallen limbs and branches, you’ll also need logs for your fire pit. So, you can set aside a piece of your property specifically for splitting wood. Next to your splitting station, you can build a simple seasoning shed to keep your wood dry and protected all winter long.

    This will make it easier and cleaner for you to fetch wood for your fire pit or indoor fireplace. You can make the shed as simple or complex as you like, but here’s how to build a basic firewood seasoning shed.

    Strip the Finish From the Logs and Re-Finish Them

    If your log cabin’s exterior is starting to lose its luster, then it might be time for a complete restoration. The first thing you’ll need to do it strip the old finish from the logs. The best way to accomplish this is to use a vacuum media abrasive blaster and ground-up corn cobs. This is an effective and affordable abrasive media that won’t damage the surface of the logs. Another option is to use CO2 blasting.

    Even though these processes don’t damage the wood, they can cause the grain to become raised slightly. This will require you to sand and smooth the wood before applying the new coat of sealant. Look carefully for any signs of damage or wood rot and repair them as necessary.

    Lastly, apply your choice of wood sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions to complete the exterior’s restoration.

    Go Solar

    A log home is one that is built with nature in mind, so it makes sense for it to be even more “green.” Adding solar to your log cabin will make it energy independent and ensure that you always have the power you need regardless of the weather (if your panels are positioned where they can receive full sunlight throughout the day).

    You can even install a solar thermal heater to heat your water instead of relying on gas or electric. Your cabin will be much more energy efficient, and you’ll enjoy the savings even more.

    Install Hardwood Flooring

    If you purchased an older log cabin and it came with cheap laminate, tile, or carpet flooring, then consider installing hardwood flooring instead. This will give the home a beautiful and rustic floor that looks like it belongs. As a side benefit, it will also increase the resale value of your home.

    When you’re looking to upgrade your log cabin, remember that the more rustic it looks, the better. At the Log Furniture Place, we hand-craft our furniture from the finest rustic materials, so you can sure everything me make will fit beautifully within your cabin’s design. Visit our online store today to see what we have to offer.

  • Understanding Live Edge Furniture, Why it’s Awesome and So Darn Trendy

    Using Salvaged, Reclaimed, or Rough-Cut Wood Furniture in Your Home

    You see it in all the fancy furniture showrooms these days – so much so, that it seems to have taken the decorating world by storm. That gorgeous slab of warm wood on a base, polished to a lustrous sheen, asking for spare decoration or a series of wonderful dishes to be laid out upon it. But the twist is: one or more of its edges has been left rough or completely unfinished, looking very much like the live tree it came from some time ago.

    Of course, bringing elements of the natural world into the interior of the home (or conference room at your local startup) is nothing new. Rustic, or lodge-style interior decorating often uses rough-hewn timber-framed furniture, raw unfinished stone, and log furniture to bring a bit of the outside indoors. The style gives the homeowner, their family, and guests a real opportunity to settle into the comfort of a bygone era.

    Live edge furniture does this by incorporating something unfinished into an otherwise-finished piece of furniture. And while the wood used to create live edge furniture may not have ever been selected for a conventional application in cabinetry or as a part of a piece of furniture, it is this less than perfect nature that makes it all the more beautiful.

    The “History” of Live Edge Furniture

    Live edge furniture has likely been a part of interior decorating for some of us for a very long time. Making fine, fully finished pieces of furniture was typically beyond the skills of most people making their own furniture for much of the history of our species having interiors to decorate.

    Japanese furniture making tradition has also incorporated unfinished or live-edge pieces throughout its history. In fact, it was a Japanese woodworker, George Nakashima, who introduced the use of live edge wood to American furniture making in the nineteen forties with his award-winning furniture designs for a couple of American furniture companies. In these collaborations, he utilized wood specifically selected for the beauty of its natural imperfections, and left it in an unfinished state to highlight these qualities.

    The Few Drawbacks of the Live Edge

    Live edge furniture is not for every person and not for every home. Unfinished edges can make a piece of furniture less usable, and even dangerous in some contexts. For instance, the splinters available from a piece of unfinished, live edge wood can be a hazard for children. Additionally, live edge furniture can collect dust that can be difficult to remove.

    The Natural Rustic Beauty of Live Edge Furniture

    Live edge furniture, whether it is crafted from slabbed trees, reclaimed wood from salvaged architecture, or from unfinished timber, has a natural rustic beauty that is sure to compliment any home or interior decorating style. Live edge furniture is especially appealing in rustic decorated interiors, adding an additional component of the natural world in all its raw splendor to the other elements of the lodge look.

    It’s surprising what leaving a single edge of a tabletop can do to bring an entire room to life, in addition to—or in spite of—the other decoration throughoutin the room. In the end, a live edge coffee table, dining room table, bar top, or other pieces of furniture can be a great additions to your home, whether or not you’re decorating in the rustic style.

  • Build the Log Cabin Dream Home You’ve Always Wanted

    Ready to Finally Build That Log Cabin Home of Your Dreams?

    There’s something special about a log cabin. One look at the structure, and all you can think about is how comfortable and cozy it must be in there, especially in winter with the hearth lit and the snow falling outside.

    But for far too many people, their dreams of living in a log home are just that – dreams. If you are one of the brave folks, and you want to make your dream a reality, then we say good for you! Read on for a list of our tips when you’re ready to start building the log cabin dream home you’ve always wanted.

    Know Your Budget

    A log cabin’s cost varies based on its size and the quality of materials used. You also need a piece of property if you don’t already have one, and this can also add to the cost. So, before you start planning your log home, you need to know how much money you’re going to be working with.

    Review all your debts and income sources, and create a budget. Know the budget inside and out, and look for ways to free up more money. Pay off any debt you can and get rid of luxury items that cost you more than the value they’re providing you with.

    Custom Design or Stock Plan?

    When considering your home’s layout, you will have to make the decision between a custom design and a stock plan that may be available from your builder. As enticing as a custom build might be to you, there are several reasons why a stock plan may be a better option, especially for a first-time log cabin owner.

    For starters, a stock plan is going to save you a lot of money. Then there’s the fact that the builder has built their stock plans numerous times over, so any construction issues will have already been engineered out of the plan. Thus, your builder will be able to build your log cabin quicker, more efficiently, and for less money than a custom job.

    Go With an Open Floor Plan

    Choosing an open floor plan will not only make your home feel larger, but it will also save you money and eliminate wasted space. An open floor plan features no hallways, so construction and material costs will be lower, and your cabin will have the type of floor plan most buyers want, which will benefit you if you ever decide to sell.

    Keep the Cabin’s Width Below 30 Feet

    In a log cabin build, a 30-foot width is the highest you’ll want to go if you want to keep your costs down. The reason is because structures that are higher or wider than 30-feet require larger and longer support beams, and naturally, the longer the logs, the more expensive they’re going to cost.

    Ceiling Height Considerations

    If part of your log cabin dream image consists of cathedral ceilings, then keep the cathedral ceiling in the great room, but keep the ceilings in the rest of the home around the eight-foot mark. This will allow you to enjoy the grand feel of the open space in your great room, while keeping the rest of the home easy and more affordable to heat and cool.

    Build Your Dream Cabin in Stages

    The most important thing when it comes to building a dream log cabin is to accept that you don’t need to build the entire thing in one project. Instead, you can build your dream home in phases.

    Doing this will not only help you stretch out your building expenses, but it will also enable you to add to your home to suit your future needs. An example of phase-building includes building the base cabin in phase one, adding a wrap-around porch in phase two, a garage in phase three, and maybe an in-law’s suite in phase four.

    Outfit Your Log Cabin With Authentic Log Furniture

    With your log cabin built, your next step will be to outfit the interior with furniture that’s appropriate for your living space. From rustic wood bed frames to a charming wood kitchen to tables and chairs and more, there are dozens of different ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your dream cabin.

    At Log Furniture Place, we use locally sourced materials to handcraft all our products and we back everything with a solid warranty to ensure you are 100% satisfied when you receive your purchase. We work tirelessly for our customers and offer some of the most competitive prices around, which is why we're the top log furniture store online. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or customization options.

  • Maintaining Your Log Cabin in Winter

    Winter Is the Best Time of Year to Enjoy Log Cabin Living

    Old man winter is heading our way faster than you might like, so there’s no better time than now to get your log cabin ready for the cold and wet weather. There’s nothing like the rustic beauty of a log cabin, but a log cabin’s exterior has two natural enemies that it must deal with all year round: sun and water.

    Because of this, fall is when you want to check for any problems summer’s sunshine might have caused and repair them before the wetness of winter rolls in. With that in mind, here are some things you’re going to want to do when prepping and maintaining your log cabin for winter.

    Inspect the Finish on the Wood

    The UV rays produced by summer’s harsh sunshine can break down your cabin’s finish, making it susceptible to absorbing moisture and rotting, so the first thing you should do is take a walk around your home to look for signs of degradation.

    The wood should still have most of the color you applied if you used a colored stain. If you used clear stain, then the wood should still retain its natural beauty and luster. But, if you find areas where the color has dulled, or the wood has turned black or dirty looking, then these areas have lost their finish.

    Look closely at the wood that is closest to the ground, as this wood is most at risk of becoming damaged by moisture.

    Test the Finish if You’re Unsure

    If you’re a new log cabin owner or you’re just unsure if your finish is still holding up, then you can test the finish by spraying water from a hose onto the section of the home you’re concerned about. If the water beads and runs down the logs in rivulets, then the finish is still working. But, if the water turns patches of the wood darker, then these areas have lost their finish.

    Test the Wood in the Unfinished Spots

    If you have patches of wood that turn dark with the water test, then you need to see how bad the moisture problem is. Take a nail or screwdriver and press the tip into the wood. If the tool sinks into the wood, then you will have to scrape out the damaged wood and fill the hole in using an epoxy wood filler. Let the epoxy dry and then apply a fresh coat of sealant over the areas that need it.

    Inspect the Seals

    The sun’s UV rays can also cause the seals on your home’s exterior to become dry and brittle, thus increasing the risk for air gaps and insect infestations. While you’re checking the finish, pay attention to the seals between the logs, around the windows and doors, and your chimney flashing. If you see areas where the seal is cracked, stretched, or missing, then remove the bad section and apply fresh caulk.

    When checking the flashing around your chimney, make sure there are no wasp or bird nests inside your chimney, and check that the rain caps on your roof are in place. If necessary, call in a chimney sweeping service to get your chimney primed for use.

    Inspect the Gutters and Eaves

    Clean your gutters and downspouts often during fall to ensure they remain open and unclogged, so they can be ready to handle winter’s wet weather. When cleaning your gutters, check the eaves for signs of discoloration. If you notice patches of discoloration on your eaves, then this is a sign that water has been allowed to stand too long.

    Clean Vents and Exhausts

    Any exhaust or vent that exits your home, such as the dryer duct or kitchen or bath exhaust, should be inspected to ensure nothing is clogging them. It’s not uncommon for birds to build nests in these locations over the summer.

    Lastly, install a new air filter in your home’s furnace. With these tasks done, you’ll be able to enjoy the warmth and coziness that you can only get from a log cabin in the winter.

  • Transform Your Living Space With Rustic Furniture

    Using Rustic Furniture to Create a New Look for Your Home

    The rustic look is simple: it’s rugged, natural, and also comfortable and timeless. If you are looking to transform your home in order to evoke a simple yet beautiful feeling from your home decor, the rustic decorating style may be ideal for you.

    Bringing rustic furniture and decorative elements into your living areas is a great way to give your home a more natural, organic feel. In this post, we will look at some of the ways you can transform your living spaces with rustic furniture and other elements of the rustic or lodge style.

    Choosing Rustic Furniture for Your Home

    The rustic style is first and foremost about the sophistication of a more rugged nature that is beautiful because of its incorporation of natural materials. Many different types of natural materials are used to create the rustic look, and to make rustic furniture. Rustic furniture, whether it’s new or well used, always feels comfortable and inviting.

    Rustic furniture relies on several basic materials that typically are left in close to their natural state. Wooden pieces of furniture, for example, are often made of peeled logs or rough-hewn boards, and are sometimes hand-carved, or lathed and worked with hand tools.

    Natural Materials, Rustic Furniture

    Rustic furniture can be stained, oiled, or painted, but the rustic style of decorating values warmer tones and more natural-looking or organic materials. Treatments that highlight or show off the natural grain and knots of the wood used to construct the furniture are usually easier to incorporate into rustic decor.

    The furniture used in rustic decor is also often chosen to help create a sense of log cabin, mountain lodge, or deep forest cottage atmosphere. When it is paired with other rustic architectural elements such as open beams, rustic wood flooring, or an unfinished stone fireplace, and rustic decorative elements like taxidermied trophies, woolen throws, and brass fixtures, it creates a sense of comfort – a sense of home.

    Bedroom, Kitchen, and Bath in the Rustic Style

    When redecorating your home in the rustic style, using rustic furniture to create that lodge feel, remember not to limit yourself to just the main living areas of the house. The bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom can all benefit from the addition of rustic elements, including rustic furniture.

    In the kitchen, decorate with antique milk glass or mason jars full of various natural foodstuffs, or put your antique cast iron on display. You don’t have to convert your kitchen to antique appliances, but if you are looking to replace your appliances, then be sure to look for new ones that feel like they’re vintage. Consider removing the doors from your cabinets, or replacing your cabinet and drawer hardware with something antique in appearance.

    In the bedroom, a timber or log furniture bed frame is a great way to bring in the rustic style. Set off your choice of bed with natural textile sheets and blankets, and a handmade quilt. Finish the room with an antique or reclaimed wood nightstand and an antique lamp. In the bath, brass fixtures and natural accents can go a long way toward carrying the rustic decorating theme into an often-used and often-neglected corner of your home.

    Easily Transform Your Home With Rustic Furniture

    Using rustic furniture and design elements in your home to create a feeling of coziness will make you, your family, and your guests feel a sense of warm welcoming in your home. This is thanks in large part to the naturally welcoming qualities of the organic materials used in the creation of rustic furniture.

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