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Six Ways to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living has become more and more popular in the last decade. We’ve seen the market become flooded with quality products to improve the outdoor living experience. For instance, patio furniture choices once limited now include a plethora of new and improved fabrics, materials, styles and colors. When designing your own outdoor living space, the only issue you might face is becoming overwhelmed by the myriad of options. We’ve outlined a few points below to help you get started.

Plan. You’ll want to consider how you will use your space. Many outdoor living spaces feature a comfortable seating area and one for dining. Create a furniture floor plan the same as you would when planning an interior room. Measure to see what the square footage will allow. For example, if you have an existing patio you should allow for traffic patterns and human dimensions as it relates to movement and seating.

Take cover. If your existing outdoor area doesn’t have overhead cover you’ll want to plan for this. Whether it be an awning, ready-made fabric gazebo or simple pop-up umbrella. Will you be using the space in the daytime? If so, you’ll want adequate coverage at least in one area to provide shade from the sun.

Furnish. There are so many exciting choices when it comes to outdoor furnishings. To help you narrow them down, focus on the style, colors and finishes you used indoors, your outdoor area should be an extension of the indoor design. Purchase only wood and metal products which are weather-resistant. Add in cushions for seating in fade-resistant outdoor fabrics. Remember when choosing furniture you’ll want it as comfortable as possible so you can get the most enjoyment from your time outdoors.

Light it up. If you plan to be outdoors at nighttime you’ll want to add in adequate lighting such as an overhead fixture if you have a veranda or covered patio. Wall sconces on exterior house walls add nice ambiance. Outdoor landscaping lighting delineates areas.

Add fire. Fire features create an enjoyable outdoor experience whether it be a fire bowl or an actual fireplace. There are so many options available, but you’ll want to consider the type of structure you have and how often you’ll be spending time by the fire.

Accessorize. Just as you add accessories to the interior of your home you’ll want to accessorize your outdoor living room as well. Add pillows in outdoor fabrics and iron or wood decorative items. Create a plan for a beautiful tablescape for the dining table.

Visit the Cabinfield website for many outdoor retreats, furnishing and accessory choices.


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Mixing Woods in Décor

Sometimes breaking the rules is a good thing. In interior design it has become something of the norm. We are seeing modern style living harmoniously with traditional style, gold finishes with silver, and mixed wood tones and finishes in the same room. All of these can be pulled off beautifully when done with intention. Contrast and balance are key, especially when mixing woods. Below you’ll find several rooms showing how this can be done tastefully.

This space shows how mixing woods effectively creates a harmonious design. There are many wood finishes in the room such as honey pine, dark mahogany, walnut and teak but they all work together in contrast or likeness.

You often see mismatched chairs and tables in the dining room these days, and as shown here, it can be a lovely combination. The wood floor anchors the furniture with its light and dark tones.

A country kitchen boasts cabinetry in a light natural finish while counter stools are in a medium finish. This adds a halfway tone to the space between the lightness of the room and the dark modern island.

A dark wood table and sofa legs compliment an unfinished wide-planked floor and a formal wood-framed side chair.

Differing types of wood are introduced to this living space in the furnishings and flooring. Notice how balanced the tones are from piece to piece.

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Rustic Room Décor

Rustic décor is comprised of several decorating styles including Country, Lodge, Prairie, Primitive and Western. While this is true, all of these styles have many common elements that define a rustic décor. Mixing wood and metal finishes, rough-hewn woods, ceiling beams, handcrafted furnishings and rich colored rugs and accessories are all included in the rustic décor.

Achieving a rustic style décor isn’t difficult lean towards any or all of the elements above. Think of it like bringing nature indoors. We’ve gathered a few beautiful rustic rooms to hopefully inspire some decorating ideas of your own.

Warm woods create a cozy, inviting feel in this living room. A lovely painting of a vast prairie acts as a focal point for the room.

A very rustic bedroom features vast vaulted ceilings, painted wood floors and a large fireplace. The furnishings are a mix of woods and styles including an antiqued chest.

 

A cozy dining corner in this log cabin looks quite inviting with a round pedestal table and hickory chairs with woven backs.

Rough-hewn furnishings provide a comfortable space to relax with friends or curl up with a good book. A tribal rug ties the room together beautifully.

A country style living room includes antique wood furniture, a rustic fireplace and a collection of antlers. Mixing traditional furnishings gives a romantic touch to this room.

An elegant canopy bed creates a focal point in this log style bedroom. A hickory bench with woven seat sits at the foot of the bed.

All of the wood tones match in this very rustic dining room. Cushioned seats on the dining chairs add extra comfort for longer meals with family or friends.

Love to eat outdoors? Consider moving your dining set out to the porch or veranda like this welcoming space.

Visit Cabinfield.com for similar furniture to that in the images above–we carry Amish-made handcrafted furnishings perfect for a rustic room decor.

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Gifts for Him on Father’s Day

Dads are so precious, taking care of us through our lives, picking us up and dusting us off when we fall, encouraging us to become our best selves, making us feel safe when we’re afraid. The list of the way fathers touch our lives goes on and on. How will you honor the father in your life on Sunday, June 17?

Forget the ties and socks this year, give the dad(s) in your life a Father’s Day gift he’ll enjoy for many years to come. Authentic Amish-made products are just waiting to be discovered on Cabinfield.com. We’ve gathered a few ideas below to get you started. Take a look at these then be sure to visit the website for more.

Hickory Flat Arm Rocker
Hand-bent hickory twigs create the traditional curves of  hickory furniture, while a slatted back and wide flat arm rests provide the structure and support you need for perfect rocking comfort.

Cedar Grove Gun Cabinet
Created entirely by hand by expert Amish craftsmen, this piece is built especially for you in your choice of genuine pine or cedar logs, and an array of specially selected hand-carved rustic finishes.

West Quoddy
With the comforting beam of its brightly lit beacon, the West Quoddy Head lighthouse guided ships and their sailors safely through the dangerous narrows and shoals separating the craggy cliffs of Lubec, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.

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Hardworking Space: The Mudroom

We discussed earlier in the month how to create a welcoming entry, today, we highlight a secondary entry—the mudroom. This multipurpose room is created for removing and putting on footwear, outerwear such as coats and sweaters, and for storing a multitude of items such as shoes, backpacks, hunting gear and more. Traditionally, it was also used to increase the cleanliness of the home and still does today. Often times the mudroom doubles as the laundry room, which makes it quite handy when pulling off muddy shoes or clothing.

If you don’t have a specific room you can dedicate as a mudroom, think of putting an all-in-one unit, like those below, in the kitchen by the back or side door. The mudroom can be as elaborate or simple as you like, but whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy the organization and cleanliness it will bring to your home.

 

Rustic Hall Bench
Handy storage and seating in this attractive Amish made hall tree perfect for the mudroom or
secondary entry.

Lattice Weave Bench with Basket
You’ll welcome the double advantage of both storage and seating with these fine Amish

 

Classic Three Panel Double Hall Seat
Three beveled mirrors are flanked by sturdy storage hooks. Additional hall storage is provided by the lifting bench lid. 

Basket Towers
4 Piece set shown in oak with Harvest stain. Also available as tower only, bench with cushion only or shelf with 3 coat hooks.

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Romantic Lavender in the Bedroom

More often than not we see bedrooms awash in blue, while this color is touted to be the most calming on the color spectrum, a pale shade of another hue will relax the room just as nicely.

A trend that we are seeing in décor is the use of purple in all its different shades—lavender being the most common. Not relegated to girl’s rooms any longer, designers are applying it in master suites and guest rooms.

This pastel marries well with natural wood finishes making it a nice companion for wood bedroom furnishings. Pairing it with white also works well for a romantic décor. Lavender looks lovely on walls, bedding and upholstered settees or chairs. Bold wallpapers, such as a softly-hued toiles, give interest to the room while fabric such as whispery plaids, stripes and solids mute the boldness of the paper.

Below you’ll find several of our favorite lavender rooms which will provide inspiration for decorating with this classic color. Which room do you like best? Would you go lavender in your bedroom?


Images: eclecticrevisited.com, girlsfurniture.org, tobifairly.com, interioreksteriorhome.com, prettylittlethings, somethingbeautiful, mydesignchic.

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Creating a Welcoming Entry

 

The saying about first impressions being so important is never more true than when someone visits your home for the first time. From the front door through the entry, what does your style say about you? Is it cheery and welcoming? Does it send the message you intended?

The American style entry pictured here is the perfect example of an inviting space. The woods are warm against the white walls. The sideboard topped with glass bottles and a fresh tree branch adds interest. The mirror reflects the light back into the room. The fishing baskets hanging on the balustrade show the room’s casual side. The rug adds texture through the walkway. The chair and settee give a sense of comfort. The grandfather’s clock at the end of the hall draws your eye through the space and works as a focal point. Finally, the staircase adds a sense of mystery and makes the visitors wonder what lies beyond.

It’s easy to create an entry you’ll love by staying true to your style in the rest of your home and working in elements you love.

If you like the look of the entry pictured here, we carry pieces that are similar. Take a look below.

Riverton Sofa Table

Mansion at Albany Captain’s Chair

           McCoy Cabinet Clock

                                                                                                        Arts & Crafts Mission Wall Mirror  

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A Mother’s Day Gift She’ll Love

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get the mother in your life a gift that shows how much she is loved and cherished. Why not forgo the jewelry and flowers this year and purchase a present she’ll treasure for many years to come—an authentic Amish-made surprise?

At Cabinfield, we carry many choices of home décor items perfect for a Mother’s Day present. From hickory rockers to garden décor, we know you’ll find the one item that will make her smile. Take a look at a few of your many options below, then visit the link below each to find out more.

Traditional Jewelry Valet
She’ll be sure to enjoy a exquisitely handcrafted solid-wood jewelry chests and Amish jewelry boxes.

Bunker Hill Dining Set
From the individual workshops of Amish woodworking artisans comes our fine dining room furniture. Give her the dining set she’s always dreamed of.

Wishing Well with Stone Base
These Amish-made lawn ornaments will delight the mother in your life for years to come.

Casual-Back Porch Rocker
Age has no bearing when enjoying a nice summer day on the porch in one of our comfortable rocking chairs.

Pine and Cedar Octagon Gazebo
Watch her joy when she finds out her Mother’s Day gift is a Amish-made gazebo!

Virtual Pre-Gifting Service
Not to worry if you choose a piece that will take a bit to be delivered—with Virtual Pre-Gifting, you receive a photo of the item being presented along with a customized message of your choice. You can then either forward the e-mail to your gift recipient or print it out for hand or postal delivery. Great for giving that special mother in your life a glimpse of the wonderful handcrafted item she is soon to receive!

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Victorian Garden Room Inspired Decor

Cabinfield Vinyl Gazebo Sunroom

The Victorians loved their gardens and glass greenhouses. This love for flowers and botanicals can be the inspiration for a beautiful garden room or closed in gazebo.  The design elements that make up the garden room could also be used in a breakfast nook or casual dining room. Even a home office could be inspired by the Victorian love of flowers.

Floral prints are the easiest way to bring the beauty of the garden indoors. Floral prints can be used on fabrics for curtains, upholstery for furniture and even on rugs and carpet. Some floral prints are more traditional with literal representations of the flowers while others are more abstract and modern interpretations. For a Victorian style room, look for more traditional floral prints including cotton chintz.

Using a typical outdoor furniture indoors immediately gives a room the sense of the outdoors. Wood is a nice material for casual rooms like a sunroom or eat-in kitchen. Wood can easily be painted to give it a new look that coordinates with your existing décor or to match a new color palette. Consider our line of Classic Country chairs for your garden room.

Birdhouses and other garden ornaments, like our Church Birdhouse, can also be brought inside to be used in a Victorian garden room design.  Some birdhouses are designed just for interior decoration and not to house our feathered friends. House plants, especially flowering varieties, can turn a room into a secret garden.

Working with florals and botanicals can be as subtle or bold as your taste dictates. Perhaps a single floral pillow or a pair of botanic prints is enough to give you the look you are after. Others may want to saturate their space with Victorian garden style. It’s all up to you.

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The Natural and Organic Bedroom

We spend a third of our lives asleep. This means that we spend a third of our lives in bed. Beyond the lifetime number of how much we sleep is the fact that we do spend a lot of time in the bedroom. For this reason it is a good idea to surround ourselves with the best quality materials in the bedroom.

The sky high numbers of some thread counts can certainly create a softer sheet. Other than sheet counts, the materials used in bed linens are very important to creating a healthy and green bedroom. Organic cottons and bamboo sheets are free of chemicals in the cotton as well as in the dyes.  Antique linen sheets can provide some of the softest sheets.  Down comforters and wool blankets add warmth to  the natural and organic bedroom.

Some materials can release gases long after they are purchased or installed.  Natural materials can also contain a certain level of off-gassing so it is important to do your research.  Consult with your mattress or flooring dealer on the materials and surface protectants on the products you buy for the bedroom. Natural latex, organic cotton, wool, silk and bamboo are all good choices for a natural bed. These products can also cut down on allergies.

Other materials like flooring and furniture in the bedroom can also be found that qualify as being green. Manufacturers will disclose the materials and woods used in their products so you can be an informed natural consumer. You may even sleep better in a natural organic bedroom.

Consider one of our lovely handcrafted bedroom sets like the contemporary Boulder Creek Bedroom Suite below. It’s the perfect addition to an organic bedroom.

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