Most of you would agree that your dining table will be the focal point of your dining space – and, in some cases, your entire home. A resurgence in modern, more open layouts for newer homes has led to dining tables that serve as creative project spots, kids’ homework desks, family game tables, and dinner prep counters – as well as the main component of an optimal dining area. Today, we’ll focus on step 1 of the search for the perfect piece: Deciding what size dining table is best for you.
Say hello to Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, as he joins us again to explain a facet of Amish life that most of us English folk find curious: Amish Clothing.
Welcome back & take it away, Erik –
I heard this myth that most homes in rural France have small wine cellars, just like the rest of us (Stateside) have cluttered basements. Now, I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is? They’re missing out on a classic, convenient wine rack. One of these three will look at least twice as good as wandering down to the basement for a refill.
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We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, back to the blog to explain another aspect of Amish life that . . . confuses outsiders, to say the least. What, exactly, is the relationship between the Amish and technology? Do go on, Mr. Wesner . . .
With the peak of the wedding season almost upon us, we’ve been hearing more and more about one of the season’s emerging trends: the miniature wedding wagon. These adorable, endlessly versatile pieces lend themselves easily to almost any part of the big day. Read on for our top five ways to bring this delightful trend to your nuptials!
We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, back to the Timber to Table blog to tell us about the (extensive!) Amish family unit – you may be surprised by the similarity between Amish families and your own!
You’re getting warmer . . . As the summer heat descends, we’re drawn to the cool, refreshing environs of a stone eat-in kitchen to beat the power of the oven. The trick here? Keeping it cozy yet bright.
We’re so pleased to welcome Erik Wesner back to the blog! Today, he tells you a bit about the rather intriguing and sometimes confusing realm of Amish beliefs. Take it away, Erik!
While Amish society is more diverse than you might think—with some Amish being more progressive and others more conservative—there are a number of core beliefs which all share in common.
Here are five key beliefs of the Amish:
A practical office desk that allows for an efficient workflow is essential for any businessperson, head of household, student or serious crafter. Bonus points awarded for an office or home office desk that looks just as good as it works.
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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.
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!
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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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…
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.
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!
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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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
Jim Miller, Mennonite pastor and owner/CEO of DutchCrafters Amish Furniture on the importance of authenticity.
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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?