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How to Season a New Cigar Humidor by Dutchcrafters

How to Season a New Cigar Humidor

The use of a finely calibrated cigar humidor will ensure your favorite stogies never go stale, keep their intended taste and aroma, and are ready to smoke when you’re ready to enjoy them.

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8 Summer Party Must-Dos from our Poly Wood Outdoor Furniture Photo Shoot by DutchCrafters

8 Summer Party Must-Dos from our Poly Wood Outdoor Furniture Photo Shoot

Summer is unofficially here, and our Poly Wood outdoor furniture photo shoot reminded us of some key summer party must haves and must-dos to inspire your next fete!

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Meet the Amish Furniture Maker: Luxury Office Furniture Collection

Meet the Amish Furniture Makers: Luxury Office Furniture Collection

Falling in love with James and his five sons, the Amish furniture makers who handcraft our Luxury Office Furniture collection, is just as easy as falling in love with the impeccable, solid wood desks they’ve been building since 2002. Warm and fatherly, James leads us around his cobbled shop, through room after appended room of buzzing and sanding, eager to share his work and future plans with us.

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Lay the Foundation: Nursery Furniture to Inspire Great Beginnings

Lay the Foundation: Nursery Furniture to Inspire Great Beginnings

While there are a few everyday differences between our way of life and the culture of our Amish woodworkers, we share one defining value in common: our families are at the very heart of everything we do. So when you’re starting to decorate a new nursery, we suggest making solid, safe, and beautiful Amish nursery furniture the foundation of your room. Then, let your dreams for baby’s bright future (and your love of animal prints, baby elephants, glittering mobiles . . . ) take it from there.  Read more…

Stories from Amish Country: Spring 2015

Stories from Amish Country: Spring 2015

Furniture-making is a craft, and we respect our Amish woodworkers for elevating that craft with every hand-rubbed, hand-stitched, hand-carved, and heartfelt piece of furniture they build for the DutchCrafters brand. Each season, you’ll find us visiting their Amish Country woodshops to see new designs, to hear about new processes, and — in Spring 2015 — to discover some brand new rustic hickory furniture.

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Spring Patio: 3 Garden Planter Ideas to Deck Out Your Deck

Spring Patio: 3 Garden Planter Ideas to Deck Out Your Deck

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, May brings with it some of the most vibrant and magnificent outdoor displays that the year has to offer. It seems as though almost everyone’s outside – weddings, picnics, holidays, those long afternoons with a book that we can’t stop dreaming about – and all of that calls for outdoor décor to match these bright, vibrant days. So, we’ve taken a little time away from the sunshine to round up these ideas for seasonal garden planter arrangements that’ll fit any space!

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Father's Day Gift - Creative Corners  Designed for Dad by DutchCrafters

Father’s Day Gift Picks

We’d like to offer a warm welcome back to Interior Designer Emily Wignall, presenting her favorite Father’s Day gift ideas to us, straight from her blog, Anatomy of Design. Get Dad in your corner with these great ideas for a “Dad’s Corner”!

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The Modern Hunter's Man Cave - Three Ways With a Wood Gun Cabinet by DutchCrafters

The Modern Hunter’s Man Cave: 3 Ways with a Wood Gun Cabinet

From the Northeast to the Southwest, many celebrated fathers consider hunting an important part of both their and their children’s upbringing. Whether part of a subterranean man cave, an upscale lodge on the lake, or a backwoods huntin’ camp (that’s what my Grampy called his), storing the tools of the trade in a safe, wood gun cabinet is a surefire way to class the place up a touch.

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A PLACE TO PLAY ON A RAINY DAY: KIDS TABLE AND CHAIRS DEFEAT WET WEATHER BLUES

A Place to Play on a Rainy Day: Kids’ Table and Chairs Defeat Wet Weather Blues

April showers keeping the kids trapped indoors? No problem! Rainy days bring just as much opportunity for fun and learning as the balmy heights of summer. Read on for some inspiration to tide you and your little loves through even the stormiest of April showers! And if you’re looking for a handmade, child-approved activity space, complete with kids’ table and chairs, we’ve got a few ideas for those, too.

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DAZZLING SUMMER COLOR COMBINATIONS! by DutchCrafters

9 Dazzling Summer Color Combinations for Your Outdoor Furniture

Adding two or three new colors to your outdoor furniture and decor can completely change the look of your outdoor rooms. Lucky for everyone, our eco-friendly poly wood outdoor furniture comes in a dizzying array of fantastic options to freshen up your deck, patio or backyard! Consider one of these designer-approved, naturally-themed combinations to impress and delight in your outdoor living space this Earth Day . . . and beyond!

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Three Ways to Grow Herbs by Dutchcrafters

3 Ways to Grow Herbs for Fresh Kitchen Flavors and Good Garden Looks

Read on for our top tips, tricks, and ideas for bringing a little touch of the countryside to your space. Whether you’ve got a garden, porch, deck, balcony or windowsill, we’ve got the tools and planters you need to grow herbs for a beautiful and bountiful herb garden!

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5 Ways to Organize your Living Room with a Bookcase

5 Ways to Organize your Living Room with a Bookcase

How’s your living room feeling this spring? Light? Tidy? Primed & ready for swarms of summer visitors? If your answers are shrugs and sighs and shakes of the head, let Emily Wignall from Anatomy of Design show you some clever ways to organize your living room with one simple piece: the bookcase!

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One Smart Move to a Smarter Home Office

One Smart Move for a Smarter Home Office

We’ve gotten to know hundreds of business professionals and their home office needs over the years – everything from nautically-themed bookcases to child-sized replica desks has crossed our plate. And while we’re ready and willing to take on any number of customizations and designs, we’re always quick to point out that the primary objective of a home office still needs to be efficiency.

It’s still gotta work.

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Whatever the Weather- Spring Outdoor Decor from Dutchcrafters

Look we Love: Whatever the Weather – Spring Outdoor Decor

Bring the April showers with all their wind and fury!

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Who Else Needs Easter Activity Ideas?

Who Else Needs Easter Activity Ideas?

Spring has sprung! Now that it’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors again, we here at DutchCrafters have set our minds to the next big event in our personal calendars: Easter Weekend. Here are four safe & simple Easter activity ideas to try this Sunday:

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Amish Proverb on Faith

Amish Proverb

Amish Proverb on Faith

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5 Easy Bird Food Recipes for Crowd Pleasing Bird Feeders!

5 Easy Recipes for Crowd-Pleasing Bird Feeders

Birdsong is a defining feature of summer’s pink mornings and long, hazy sunsets and while we might not know them by name, the gentle whistles and trills of sparrows, starlings, nightingales and chickadees as they enjoy local bird feeders are as deeply woven into summer as sunshine and iced tea.

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WOOD VS POLY OUTDOOR FURNITURE: HELP FOR DECIDING

Wood vs. Poly Outdoor Furniture: Help for Deciding

One of the most basic and biggest decisions that you’ll make when choosing outdoor furniture is whether you want to invest in Poly lumber or solid wooden material. The choice you make here will have a huge bearing both on how the furniture will look and how it will hold up to the elements.

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DutchCrafters CEO Jim MiIller on Authenticity

DutchCrafters CEO Jim Miller on Authenticity

Jim Miller, Mennonite pastor and owner/CEO of DutchCrafters Amish Furniture on the importance of authenticity.

Read the full text of the excerpt at JMX Brands!

PLACES YOU DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE AMISH PEOPLE

Places You Didn’t Expect to See Amish People

We’re happy to welcome Erik Wesner, founder and editor of Amish America, to the blog! From time to time, he’ll be offering us his insights into various aspects of the Amish culture and communities. Warm welcome and take it away, Erik  – 

Let’s start with the basics: Where do Amish people live?

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American Furniture Icon: The Grandfather Clock by DutchCrafters

American Furniture Icon: The Grandfather Clock

From nursery rhymes to stories of olden times, the grandfather clock has been an icon of classic British and American elegance since William Clement created his first longcase clock in 1670. Let us show you some surprising places that highlight time-honored, American made Grandfather clocks in ways both old and new.

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4 Garden Wood Seats for Your Outdoor Nook!

4 Wood Garden Seats for Your Outdoor Nook

Sometimes, all you need to complete a dream is the right place to sit and ponder it. Hidden in a sprawling English garden, or tucked under a single leafy tree, a cozy outdoor nook with wood garden seats can fit perfectly into your daydreams.

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Three Modern Rules of Rustic Hickory Furniture

3 Modern Rules of Rustic Hickory Furniture

Cozy and kinda crafty, rustic hickory furniture (too often!) gets a bad rap for being thematic and over-the-top. Let us help you get the look you crave – think a little more Aspen, a little less Abraham Lincoln.

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Organize Your Hutch 5

5 Steps to an Organized, Display-Worthy Corner Hutch

It’s not that it’s hard to organize a corner hutch in your dining room or kitchen, it’s just that . . . well, it’s such an easy task to overlook.  Read more…

How to Decorate a Dining Room Buffet for a Party

How to Decorate a Dining Room Buffet

Got a party coming up? A dining room buffet  is an excellent place to start decorating! If you take a few minutes to plan the layout, you’ll be able to use your buffet table not only as a party-food server, but also as your decoration central.

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What Your Traditional Entertainment Center says about YOU!

What Your Traditional TV Entertainment Center Says About You

America is tuning back into the traditional TV entertainment center (sometimes in the form of media rooms and home theaters) for tv media storage, after a short-lived phase of attempting to blend televisions into decor at all costs. So let’s talk about what that gorgeous, traditional wood entertainment center says about you!

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Three Ways to Use a Foyer Storage Bench

3 Ways to Use A Foyer Storage Bench

In truth, the foyer storage bench goes by many names: hall bench, entry storage bench, shoe storage bench, entry hall bench tree rack (okay, we made that last one up).

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How to Choose Cozy Living Room Furniture - A Winter's Guide by DutchCrafters

How to Choose Cozy Living Room Furniture: A Winter’s Guide by DutchCrafters

It’s cold, frosty, and bitter outside, and you’re thinking “tea with slippers” will be the order of the day through March. Here are three ways to choose cozy living room furniture that matches your mindset (and will still wow come springtime).

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Top 14 Valentine's Day Gifts to Fit Your Budget and Your Love!

Top 14 Valentine’s Day Gifts to Fit Your Budget & Your Love!

We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day 2015! With so many heirloom-quality, handmade options to choose from, we put together a list of our best Valentine’s Day gifts by interest & budget . . . time to fall in love

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#KnowledgeGrab - Epiphany or Old Christmas: An Amish Holiday Tradition explained by Timber to Table, the DutchCrafters blog

#KnowledgeGrab – Epiphany or Old Christmas: An Amish Holiday Tradition

On January 6th, the Amish get an extra dose of Old Christmas cheer. So what is this Amish Holiday Tradition all about?

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