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Realistic After Care for Wood Furniture

The beautiful wood furniture that you have meticulously chosen, paid for, delivered, and set up looks wonderful in your home. The next question is “how do you maintain these beautiful pieces of furniture”? The obvious answer is dusting and regularly deep cleaning once a month; and protecting the furniture with glass tops, place-mats, and coasters. But how do you live in a house with pets and kids and keep your new-found table or chair looking great?

Pets and kids are a given in almost any household. The main issue with protecting fine wood furniture is setting realistic rules about the furniture and sticking to it. No food or drinks in the living room and keeping the pets off the couch are all small but important things a homeowner can do to keep their furniture as new and well taken care of as possible. But let’s be realistic… things happen. Kids spill and pets don’t always listen. Cups with lids are a simple basic rule in a house with little people. Even if you don’t have kids of your own; keep a few cups with lids in your house for little guests. Does a child want to eat a snack or have special dinner while watching a movie? Invest in a tray and a floor pillow. This will allow children to have a special treat in the living room or den and keep possible spillage further away from your furniture. Gating off certain rooms to keep pets away from furniture is an option when you are away from the home. When you are home stay consistent and give your fur baby a special place of their own in a few different rooms to lay down and take a nap.

Guests happen and politely reminding them your furniture is new does not always cut the mustard. Not all guests are going to be considerate of your brand new furniture. Serve food in your dining room or kitchen, don’t fill up drinks too full, casually put coasters underneath drinks, and use place mats made of a thick absorbent material are simple ways to prevent accidents when guests come to visit.

Many experts also believe that keeping your furniture out of direct sunlight is a helpful technique in maintaining your fine wood furniture. But how do you do this without hiding it in the basement? You can’t keep your furniture away from the windows in your house without limiting your floor plan choices. Long shear curtains are a wonderful option. Sheer curtains will allow light in from the window and still protect your furniture from a huge amount of direct light. In addition, strategical placed hanging plants will also limit direct sunlight on wood furniture and protect fabric from fading.

Aftercare for fine wood furniture is so important. For more aftercare tips and hints please see our

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Simple Ways to Enhance any Gazebo!

Gazebos are simple and durable structures that offer a wonderful way to enjoy a home’s outdoor space no matter the weather. Classic gazebos come in many shapes and sizes so it is easy for homeowners to find the perfect one to fit any yard. Infusing the structure with individual personality will add to a family’s enjoyment of any gazebo.

Plants and flowers are a classic and creative way that people can enhance their gazebo.  Simple bordering plants and flowers are an easy way to beautify the outside of a gazebo. The majority of border plants grow quickly and with very little trouble. Keep in mind whether plants and flowers thrive in the shade or sun. This will help you choose the best plants and flowers for your space. To create a layering effect select plants of differing heights and colors. Hanging plants are effortless to buy and easy to keep up. Using solid stainless steel screw in hooks will give a durable way to hang plants around the inside of your Gazebo. Placing a hook every 6 to 7 inches allows the ability to “run” hanging plant vines around the inside of your structure. Artificial plants are fine to use for decorating a Gazebo. This option is economical and time-saving. Using a feather duster is the best way to keep your artificial plants and flowers clean.

Special Hint: Pick flowers and plants that repel bugs and other wanted insects. This process will help make the time you spend in your pavilion more enjoyable without all the chemicals.

Ambiance lighting provides a brilliant way to enjoy your outdoor space in the evening.  Purchasing lanterns and hanging lamps that are solar powered or battery operated allows for enough light to enhance the area without ruining the ambiance with electrical cords. Christmas lights and String lanterns have vastly improved  over the years. By using a few nails and some ingenuity a magical and enjoyable setting can be created. Tea Candles are surprisingly inexpensive and hugely useful. A simple google or Pinterest search will give you a number of creative ways to use these candles for ambiance lighting for your outdoor gazebo. Place them on a table or mount them around the inside posts of the structure. Wine Bottle Candle Holders, Mason jar Candles Holders, and Wine Glass Candles Holders are just a few ideas for displaying tea candles.

Special Hint: Place citronella candles to help keep bugs away during use.

Personality pieces are a  unique way to decorate any space and a gazebo is no exception. Step outside of the traditional thought of decorating and be creative. Think of themes that show case a families likes. Examples of this style of decorating would be adding rustic furniture for a “cabin” look or a nautical theme for a family that enjoys the beach. Small hints give a gazebo a personal and comfortable feel.

Special hint: Personality pieces should be used in small doses to prevent causing an overwhelming effect.

Gazebos provide a durable and beautiful location to enjoy any outdoor space. Please come visit us on Facebook or Pinterest to see more ideas!

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Need to Know Facts on Buying Natural Wood Furniture

Natural looking rustic wood furniture is a traditional and beautiful addition to any home but there are certain things people need to know before investing in this style of furniture for their living space.

The type of wood chosen for rustic wood furniture is the first important choice a homeowner needs to make. Each type of wood provides a different ambiance. Pine and cedar logs showcase a natural style that is welcoming and warm with an authentic and natural feel. Choosing furniture made of hickory wood creates a primitive and traditional antique setting because of the Hickory woods natural bendy appearance. If “log” furniture is not the home owner’s cup of tea another choice that might be considered is: reclaimed barn wood. This type of furniture allows for the rustic feel with a cleaner country look. In addition, reclaimed barn wood allows for a larger variation in color.

Hint: “Cracks” seen in real natural wood furniture means that the wood has been through a natural drying process. This process causes an occurrence called “Checking”. Many experts think that this process adds to the rustic feel of log furniture and is also a way to positively know if the furniture being considering is real wood that has been naturally dried.

 

Depending on the wood chosen for the wood furniture in question decides the choices of stain available. A wood that has a natural color may only have a clear coat choice but a white pine due to the natural color will allow for other stain choices. When deciding on the stain you want to ask if a color guide could be provided to help get an idea of the color the furniture will be when finished. ·

Hint: “Skip Peeled Pine” is when the lodge pole log is hand peeled with a knife to leave a small part of the bark exposed. Handcrafter’s of natural wood furniture use this particular technique to creatively bring out the natural aspects of the wood used in the piece of furniture they are designing.

 

When investing in quality furniture asking how the building techniques is extremely important. Wood furniture that uses Mortise-and-tenon joints base construction provides for a stronger and more durable piece of furniture. Does the builder use stainless steel screws? Is the furniture hand tooled or does the builder use power tools? Is outdoor log wood furniture stained and treated with a UV protective clear lacquer coat that will protect the pieces direct sunlight. The answers to these particular questions will allow a homeowner to truly know the furniture’s true quality they are considering investing in. ·

Hint: Dove tail drawers are another long-standing technique for building drawer joints. They have a specific look to them. This joint style is considered to be the best technique to connect the front and sides of the drawers.

 

 

The beauty and durability of natural wood furniture has made natural wood furniture pieces a popular and long lasting style in home décor. Come see us on Pinterest or Facebook for more Rustic Home Décor.

 

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Sleeping Options for Overnight Guests

Providing comfortable sleeping arrangements for overnight guests remains a long-standing concern for adults. The main question asked: “Where will they sleep”? A dedicated guest room is not always an option or the wish of many households.

Futons, originally built for convenience, have increased in quality, style and comfort. Gone are the college style metal futons with lumpy mattresses. A quality hard wood futon placed in a family room or den allows for convenience and comfort for overnight guests. To make sure that guests are given the utmost comfort a futon mattress needs to have a minimum of 9 inches in thickness and a micro fabric cover.

Special Hint: Keep a space-saving bag with extra blankets, pillows, and toiletries stored underneath the futon to stay ready for any unexpected guests

Sleeper sofas or “pull out” couches are a traditional and practical option for providing house guest with a place to sleep for a night or two. Sleeper sofas have vastly improved over the years in comfort and taste. A sofa with a high density foam mattress as opposed to a spring mattress ensures the ability to give a comfortable sleeping option for years to come. A sleeper sofa built with high-grade internal mechanisms will be easier to convert to a bed.

Special Hint: If firmer back support is a concern ask customer support about the having the web cushion support system replaced with a board.

Overnight guests come in many sizes. A day bed with a trundle provides parents with children the ability to have a safe co sleeping space. Parents will sleep comfortable knowing their little ones are nearby if needed in the middle of the night. The day bed eliminates the need to give extra space for a travel crib.

Special note: Place pillows under the fitted sheet of the trundle to keep little ones from slipping off.

The name Murphy bed causes people to cringe. The thought of having a built-in sleeping space is nerve wrecking due to the difficulty in remodeling or upgrading a home down the line.  Newer Murphy beds have more storage spaces and come in different size beds. The choice of a Murphy bed allows for an elegant sleeping space visiting friends and family members. In addition, a Murphy bed does not take up as much space in the home when guests are not in residence. The Murphy bed remains conveniently out-of-the-way and can be elegantly decorated.

Special Note: Place Wi-Fi passwords on a blank card near where the overnight guests sleep.

Overnight guest are a part of life. Whether your parents are coming to see the kids for the weekend, your child is having a sleep over, or friends are stopping by for the night.; it is a reality. Making sure you have a simple and convenient sleeping option for them makes the process less stressful for all.

 

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Shared Family Offices!

Every living space needs a shared family office. A command center for the family where practical matters take place. An organizational “hub” to keep important documents, family calendars, letters from school, and other everyday items for family members. Think outside the box when planning a shared family office. While a traditional den is convenient for many families it is not the only option available for planning this type of space.

A small table with chairs placed in a common room, such has a living room or kitchen, is a simple and flexible way to set up a shared family office. Using a small table allows for more choices when space is a consideration in the home. A rectangular table placed against a wall allows for seating when updating a calendar, writing a check, or for children who need a homework area. A tall pub table with high back chairs placed at the end allows for extra storage space underneath the table.

A corner T.V cabinet placed in a family room or near an entrance way is another unique idea. A corner T.V cabinet does not allow for a place to sit but this choice does give more storage options. Place an individual basket, bowl, or container for each family member’s personal possessions on the top of the cabinet. Hanging a family calendar on the wall in a central location allows all family members the ability to stay up to date. Think about storing important papers, reference books, or even a charging station for electronics in the underside of the cabinet where DVD’s and games would normally go.

A kitchen Island is a wonderful option for a shared family office. With so many island choices a family can easily find one that suits their needs. Kitchen Islands offer a place to sit for working and plenty of storage space for organizing. Placing the island near a wall allows for a bookcase nearby for organization space and access to reference books. Add hooks on the walls for personal back packs, purses, and coats.

If your space and or family is small try using a lift top coffee table in the living room. This style coffee table offers enough space to put important documents and information all the people in the home need and a place to work. Add end tables with shelves nearby to create a compact personal storage space for each member of the family.

When planning a shared family office keep in mind that a “traditional” office space is not the only option. Although shared family offices need certain “must haves”. Some of these must haves are: a family calendar, a container for pens and pencils, a cork board/chalk board/dry erase board that displays family information. (I.e. important contact information, to do list, chore list etc.) A shared family office also should have a personal spot for everyone in the family: a jar, a hook, a basket, or a cubby. The space you plan should suit not only your home but your family’s personality.

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What every Man Cave needs!

Everyone needs a space to call their own. A little piece of the world that says “this is who I am”. A room in which the door can be shut. A Man Cave could be a garage, basement, or den. Whether tiny or spacious these Man Caves should have certain elements.

A beverage station in a “man cave” is a must have. Some men love a stiff drink or a cold beer at the end of the day.  A traditional bar is always a big hit. A place to mix drinks like a bartender for friends and family. If alcohol is not the man’s beverage of choice adapting a traditional bar is a simple task. A coffee loving man might love a brew station with his favorite brand of coffee and strong mugs. Consider changing a “traditional” bar into a soda station for a man with a sweet tooth. If space is a consideration try using a kitchen island with a mini fridge.

Whether the man watches sports, reads, plays chess, or video games a comfy seating area is necessary. The traditional thought for a man cave is a reclining chair but there are many other choices. When choosing furniture for a man cave go with comfort and keep the fabric simple. Also, keep in mind the type of activities the man in question likes to do. Someone who likes to sit up and read might prefer a chair and footstool. A smart choice for a man who enjoys spending time on the computer would be a comfortable desk and chair. A sociable guy with friends that come over regularly might enjoy sturdy comfortable chairs placed around a table. A sofa with pillows made of soft fabric for long afternoon naps would go over well for any man.

Shelves, Shelves, Shelves.Even if the man in question is not an avid reader he still needs a place to put his memorabilia and personal “Knick knacks”. A place for special photos, a jar with old ticket stubs, a special pair of cuff links, and books. Shelves do not need to only be on the walls. Bookcases, entertainment centers, end tables all have shelves. Also, shelves are important for more practical reasons such as: storing DVD’s, video games, board games, or hobby supplies. 

Men have personalities too. The art in the Man Cave should show their personality. Personality art is not necessarily framed photos and painted fruit. Hanging unique items on the wall will showcase who the man is as an individual. Musical instruments, retro video game posters, antique tools, diplomas, and other out of the box items can make a Man Cave pop. Another way to express personality is using odd items for home decor. A wonderful example would be to use old tools for handles on cabinets. Think about small ways to re purpose personal items for practical uses.

Taking the time to create a personal space for a man is important. The room should always reflect him as an individual. Keep the big pieces simple and the décor creative.

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Cribs: The centerpiece of every nursery!

A baby nursery is one of the most hopeful and fun rooms to decorate. Parents spend huge amounts of time pouring over: blogs, webpages, books, and magazines to come up with the perfect theme for their newborn. An important part of this process is choosing the best crib possible. Here are some tips for purchasing just the right crib.

  • Read the directions! Whether in a store or buying online find the time to read the directions first. The most beautiful crib in the world could end up being the worst headache ever encountered. The simple act of looking at the directions before buying will save parents a huge headache. When reading the directions look for the following points.
    • How difficult/easy is the assembly of the crib?
    • What tools are needed for assembly? c. Are the directions easy to follow?
    • Are the diagrams clear?
    • Does the company offer easy to reach customer support?

Additional tip: Does the store offer pre-assembled cribs?

  • Know what is included. The directions will say what’s included and what’s not, but don’t be afraid to ask! The crib in the store or online may have “options” that are not included in the “standard” crib.
    • Are all the pieces needed to convert the crib to a toddler bed included in the original purchase?
    • Are there extra screws, nuts, bolts, etc. included?
    • Are there any parts that will have to be bought separately?

Additional Tip: Find a brochure on the cribs you are considering buying and take notes on the pros and cons.

  • Can you adjust the height? Babies grow quickly. One minute they are crawling and the next standing up and walking across the room. Knowing the height adjustment options on a crib can prevent accidental falls.
    • What tools (if any) are needed for making height adjustments?
    • When should the adjustments be made?

Additional tip: Place all the tools and extra parts in a zip lock bag and tape the bag to the bottom of the crib. This keeps extra parts easily accessible, but far away from little fingers.

  •  What is the mattress size? Don’t make the assumption that all cribs fit standard size mattresses.
    • Does the crib being considered fit a standard size mattress? If not, what size mattress does the crib being looked at need and where can it be purchased?
    • Will the crib mattress fit when converted to a toddler bed?

Additional Tip: When shopping for a crib write down the mattress size this way when shopping for crib bedding the information is readily available.

  • Is the varnish or paint baby friendly? Babies put everything in their mouth. An easy way to tell if the crib’s top coat is safe is to check to see if the varnish or stain is organic and water based.
    •  The crib “specs” should state 100% VOC free (no volatile organic compounds) and carbon neutral.

Additional Tip: What type of glue is used? Key words to look for are: “low chemical” and “water based”.

The crib is the centerpiece of every nursery no matter what “theme” is chosen, but safety should be top priority when choosing a crib. For more information on Crib Safety and Guidelines: http://www.recalls.gov/ http://onsafety.cpsc.gov/

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Summer Lovin’, Having a Blast!

The outdoors become the focal point of Summertime, giving everyone a little pep in their step, with sun-kissed skin and the beauty of escaping the walls of colder months.

At Cabinfield, we recognize how much brighter life becomes during the summer months and want to help you accent your entertainment spaces with bright, colorful and comfortable patio furniture that will keep the fun going until it is time to turn out the lights!

Elite Patio Living Selection

Purchasing new patio furniture is no small feat. You want something that is going to reflect your personality, as well as your space constraints, while ensuring comfort and quality craftsmanship.

At Cabinfield, we allow our customers to choose from a wide array of designs and styles, while delivering handcrafted quality and sustainability at every turn. You can even mix and match styles to deliver a completely personalized look.

With so many beautifully crafted styles to choose from, you can update your porch, deck or small garden area to transform your outdoor entertaining into a land of comfort.

Cabinfield allows you to shop for handcrafted furniture by the piece or from a complete set! The materials, colors, stains and even hardware can be handpicked, so your outdoor furniture stands out from the rest.

Update your outdoor living space today by checking out our newest pieces from our completely re-designed website!

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Choice, Excellent or Admirable: The Definition of Fine

When it comes to use of the word “Fine” there are a number of synonyms that come to mind, especially when we’re talking about objects: Beautiful, elegant, superior, handsome and fashionable are all great substitutes and they certainly help convey the magnificence of Cabinfield’s Fine Furniture segment.

Fine Dining

Most rooms in the your home endure a lot of wear and tear, especially a television room or kitchen. They are the natural gathering spaces, and see more traffic that any other space in your home, save for the hallways.

Adding to the allure of your home, and the space within, can be accomplished in a single room: The Dining Room. A place long reserved for entertaining, holidays and sit & slow down meals can be transformed into not only a beautiful space, but a functional and durable one.

Our handcrafted Amish Fine Furniture can set your house apart by applying a one of a kind decorating opportunity that lasts a lifetime. Each piece is created by hand, with care and attention to detail, in your choice of materials, stains and even hardware!

Even if your home does not include a formal dining room, Cabinfield has traditional Amish breakfast nooks available in numerous sizes, allowing you to turn a corner of your home into a cozy entertainment space for meals, board games, or simple drinks and appetizers with friends.

Cabinfield provides an array of fine furniture that is suitable for every home, no matter the size, allowing each piece in your space to be as unique and beautiful as you are.

 

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Getting Your Yard Ready for Memorial Day!

It is that time of year again. Memorial Day is upon us, and it is time to do more than take Monday off work, but to remember those who were lost as they defended the United States in her Armed Forces.

In doing so, citizens of the United States have long celebrated our heroes’ honors by traveling to be with family and friends, to enjoy a long weekend outside, stoking the grill fire and catching up on what is bound to be a glorious summer. The kids are soon going to be out of school, and you are bound to host more than your share of barbecues along the way, so let’s get ready!

Clean, Prune and Weed

The first in many tasks to get your yard, porches and decks ready for summer’s guests is to clean, prune and weed your way to a clutterless yard!

Look for any opportunity to trash a dead plant, or replant one that needs more room, simply to clean up your environment without paying a dime for an upgrade. Take a look at your gardens and landscape, and see what can go – whether it is weeds, longer grass or even poisonous plants (like poison ivy or poison oak), that may harm guests.

Water Pressure, Paint or Stain

If your outdoor area could use a face lift in a hurry, never underestimate the power of water! Power washers can be purchased, rented or even borrowed from friends, while supplying you with an amazingly clean deck, porch or even driveway that can be transformed into an entertainment area.

If your deck or porch is ready for a new look altogether, consider staining the boards and painting the trim to add a whole new dimension to your outdoor space.

Something Old v. Something New

You would be amazed what a little repositioning of your current furniture can do! Move a couple of chairs around, add a new handing plant, or simply add patriotic pieces to your yard to increase your holiday awareness.

Memorial Day is a wonderful time to be thankful for all of our freedoms, and to enjoy them with the people we love! No matter how you plan to celebrate, do so with care and safe travels!

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