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The Appeal of Handcrafted Furniture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

14018723_SHandcrafted objects that show the mark of their maker seem to have more soul to them than mass produced furniture, objects and rugs.  Knowing that an individual’s time and effort went into creating a wood table or a hand loomed rug imbues the object with a history and a story.  Decorating with handcrafted furniture and rugs can also give your room character. One or two pieces of handcrafted furniture or a few handcrafted accents will bring charm to any room.

Handcrafted wood furniture is an art form. Whether you purchase custom crafted furniture locally or from an import store, these pieces have a unique quality. Each piece of furniture, each object or each rug is slightly different from any other furniture, object or rug made by the same craftsperson.  These idiosyncrasies are what make handcrafted furniture beautiful.  Some may call them flaws, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

When working with a local craftsman or craftswoman, design a piece of custom handcrafted furniture is a collaborative effort.  This is one of the joys of custom furniture: getting to create exactly what you need and want.  Even if you are working with a craftsperson online half a world away, you will still be able to give input and feedback on the design, size, color and patterns of the handcrafted furniture or rug.

Next time you are making a furniture, rug or accessory purchase, consider something handcrafted.  You’ll get a unique piece and support a traditional master craftsman. It’s a win-win situation.

Creating Traditions: Family Movie Night

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

7776408_SAlong with family game night, creating a night for family movies is a great way to bring the entire family together.  With today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle, getting everyone into the same place at the same time can seem impossible.  Setting aside a night once a week or even once a month for a family activity like playing games or watching a movie is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Family movie night is much more economical than going out to the movies so this is a budget friendly option too.

Family movie nights can take place in the living room, family room or even in mom and dad’s bed. If you have a home theater, even better! Or if you have surround sound and a big flat screen you can create the feeling of a home theater in the living room. A sectional sofa comes in really handy for family movie nights so everyone can sit together.  Or kids can sit and sprawl out on the floor. Cushions and pillows can be piled on the floor (a must for hardwood or tile floors) for extra seating. Throws and blankets are great for cuddling and can also be spread out on the floor for an impromptu picnic of movie snacks.

Movies can range from current kid friendly films to classic family films like Sound of Music or Wizard of Oz.  Rotate who gets to choose the movie so everyone feels included.  And don’t forget the popcorn and sweets!