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When the English Fall: A Book Review

Beth Rice 14/12/2017

If the power went out and stayed out everywhere, but you knew how to sustain yourself and your family by living off the land, then you’d be ahead of the game, wouldn’t you? The Setting An Amish community in Pennsylvania. Photo from workman.com The Situation In David William’s debut novel When the English Fall, we meet Jacob, an Amish farmer who keeps a journal. Troubled by his daughter Sadie’s seizures and “funny ways” but relying on his… When the English Fall: A Book Review

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Devoted to Design: A Morning with Lorraine Blais

Beth Rice 06/12/2017

When Lorraine Blais of Blais Interiors turns a house into a home, magic happens. Lorraine Blais Photo credit: blaisinteriors.com Meeting with us at a home she fully decorated in Citrus County, FL, the interior designer and general contractor with more than 30 years of experience, identified what it takes to make that magic happen. “Turning a house into a home means adding the personal touches that mean something to the people who live there,” she… Devoted to Design: A Morning with Lorraine Blais

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A Chat with the Windsors

Beth Rice 30/11/2017

A comfortable and functional seat, the story of the Windsor chair dates back to the start of the 18th century. To tell the tale accurately, our content writer and FAQ video host Beth Rice asked three members of the Windsor family to share a little bit of their history. __ Beth Rice: I’d like to welcome Bow Back Windsor, Fanback Windsor, and Comb-Back Windsor, three variations of the original Windsor chair, to our panel today.… A Chat with the Windsors

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Day Traditions

Beth Rice 22/11/2017

Whether it’s cutting the first slice of turkey, watching the parade, or reciting a prayer before the meal, Thanksgiving Day traditions are treasured for bringing us together and creating beautiful memories that stay with us. Our DutchCrafters family is sharing some of their favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions. Among them, a cooking contest, some coupon clipping, a double dinner day, and a nutcracker. Kari-Jo Kari-Jo at the French Country Kitchen Island  “Every year, each person in… Our Favorite Thanksgiving Day Traditions

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The Holidays: 5 Simple Ways to Create a Warm Welcome for Guests

Beth Rice 16/11/2017

I still remember the special rituals my mother practiced to prepare for company during the holidays. She always needed a few trays of geraniums to line the front walkway and fill the flower beds. A fresh wreath from the local tree tent would go up on the front door. She’d start with the outside and work her way in until she was satisfied the house gave off a warm welcome. A little prep mixed with… The Holidays: 5 Simple Ways to Create a Warm Welcome for Guests

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Staff Picks for our VP’s New Desk

Beth Rice 09/11/2017

Our vice president Linse Miller is looking for a new desk. Currently working at our Amish Woodbury L-Desk in brown maple wood finished in antique slate, she will soon give that desk to our new Business and Finance Team Manager Ross Wiemken.  The Criteria Linse shared with us the top three features she’s looking for in her new desk. The Contenders We asked some of our team members to give us their top pick for… Staff Picks for our VP’s New Desk

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Why I Love to Write About Amish Furniture

Beth Rice 02/11/2017

Our content writer and host of our new FAQ video series Beth shares why she loves to write about Amish furniture. Take it away, Beth.  __ How many times did you help a little one put shoes on their feet as they sat on the bench in the foyer? How many times have you heard laughter ignite and watched as it spread around your dinner table? How many times did you kneel by your daughters… Why I Love to Write About Amish Furniture

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Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

Milca Rivera 26/10/2017

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of HGTV, DIY blogs, and Pinterest, then you’re yearning to start crafting for the holidays (if you haven’t already). I’m sharing some simple decoration and DIY projects that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Even if you’re screaming right now that it’s too early to start decorating before Halloween and Thanksgiving, keep in mind that researching décor and DIY ideas now can help you save money and… Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

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Tips for Creating a Shared Home Office Space

Beth Rice 18/10/2017

With 30 million Americans currently working from home at least once a week, shared home offices are becoming popular. Whether you’re on the job or managing your household schedule and finances, a comfortable and efficient space is the key to maximum productivity. Here are some tips for creating a shared home office space. These four options allow each person to have their own desk top and the ability to personalize their space with décor, as well… Tips for Creating a Shared Home Office Space

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Right Fit for Dinner: A Table and Chair Sizing Guide

Beth Rice 11/10/2017

Are you ready to start shopping for a new dining set? Before you go online or head out to a furniture store, check out our table and chair sizing guide to determine what shape and size table and chairs will work best in the space you have. Choosing a Table Size When shopping for a dining table, consider the following first: The size of your family. How often you host or need seating for more… Right Fit for Dinner: A Table and Chair Sizing Guide

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Finding the Right Desk for You: 3 Questions to Ask

Beth Rice 05/10/2017

Solid wood desks are versatile, beautiful, and durable. DutchCrafters desks are available in many different styles and with custom options to support your work. Find the right desk with the right combination of form and function for you within the space you have by answering three key questions. Question 1: How much work space do you need? Desks for Small to Medium Work Spaces Solid wood writing desks fit small and medium spaces nicely and… Finding the Right Desk for You: 3 Questions to Ask

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How to Protect Solid Wood Furniture When Moving

Beth Rice 28/09/2017

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing a piece of solid wood furniture damaged during a move. We treasure our solid wood heirlooms for their beauty and the generations of stories they bring along with them. Here are some tips on how to protect solid wood furniture when moving to ensure it arrives at its new home safely. You can use this checklist as a guide for taking inventory, labeling, wrapping, and securing your solid wood furniture so… How to Protect Solid Wood Furniture When Moving

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5 Kitchen Island Design Rules

Beth Rice 21/09/2017

One island that you will never be deserted on alone is a custom-made kitchen island. Kitchen islands are a magnet for activity while adding storage, organization, and style to your kitchen. Here are our top 5 kitchen island design rules to ensure you find the right one for your home and needs. 1. Take Measurements To ensure plenty of room to perform tasks comfortably at your kitchen island and to retrieve stored appliances easily, allow… 5 Kitchen Island Design Rules

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How to Mix Wood Types and Finishes

Beth Rice 13/09/2017

Gone are the days when all the solid wood furniture in a room had to match each other and the floor. Mixing wood types and finishes livens up a room and adds interest. Whether you’ve inherited some beautiful solid wood furniture or you’re building your home furniture collection piece by piece, here are some tips on how to mix wood furniture. Identify the Undertones While the finish of each piece in a room doesn’t need… How to Mix Wood Types and Finishes

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Q & A: How to Buy Furniture Online

Beth Rice 07/09/2017

You probably already know that shopping online can save you time, energy, and money all while you enjoy coffee in your pajamas. But, it can be nerve-wracking to purchase items like custom furniture online since you don’t get to see it in person. How do you make sure you are purchasing quality furniture from a site you can trust? We’re addressing the research you should do and questions you should ask before adding those custom… Q & A: How to Buy Furniture Online

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