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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.

The Patina of Wood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

18497512If you love wood, take a look at the variety of wood surfaces in this room. Even though this scene is a restoration of a log cabin, it provides some valuable insight into the variety of types and finishes of wood, plus it’s a fun room to admire.  Yes, you could even partially emulate it in your own home.

To start, check out the walls. As a log cabin, these are actual logs hand-scraped to smooth the inside surfaces with some sort of mortar to fill in the gaps. If you like this look, check out the rich variety of hand-scraped flooring now available. It provides this warm, handcrafted look.

The floor in this room has been scrubbed and scrubbed to the point that there is no longer any gloss left. In spite of this, the flooring still has personality thanks to the rich character of the planks that comprise it. This floor is in good shape, so it could probably be brought back to a rich appearance. However, that would not be characteristic of the era it represents.

The table absolutely glows with a rich patina earned over time. This simple sturdy table probably served as counter space for cooking and the dinner table for meals. It also handled homework and possibly some home schooling and a place to cut out fabric for most or all of the family’s clothes.

This is the original open-concept home, when the total living space consisted of one room with many uses. Wood, as the most common material available, is the primary decorating element. As you admire today’s wood floors and furniture, it’s important to remember where and when the style really started here in the United States.