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Tips For Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Beth Rice 12/07/2018

Creating an outdoor furniture collection that’s attractive, comfortable, and supports your favorite activities is possible. Just follow these 5 easy steps to lead you to your best outdoor space. Step 1. Measure Your Outdoor Space What’s it like outside your home? Is it a wide open area or a more compact space? Measure your yard and consider the space you have to work with. Get measurements for deck areas, patios and porches to determine the… Tips For Choosing Outdoor Furniture

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6 Lighthouse Stories

Beth Rice 05/07/2018

“Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse; that’s the story I want to tell.”  Elinor Dewire, author of articles and books about lighthouses (http://elinordewire.blogspot.com/). Let me tell you about some of the lighthouses that our replications represent. The Cape Hatteras, NC Lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: Photo Credit: lighthousefriends.com Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks in Buxton, North Carolina Made of brick 208’ tall 257 steps… 6 Lighthouse Stories

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The Windsor Chair Series: The Types, The Features and the Undying Appeal

Beth Rice 28/06/2018

Since 1710 the Windsor chair has been charming us. Originally used as an outdoor garden seat, the comfort and form of the Windsor chair endures. The spindles, the seat and the unique features all contribute to our fascination with Windsor furniture. Fitting in with country, cottage and colonial style furniture, the Windsor’s got staying power. In this three-part Windsor Chair Series, we’re examining Windsor styles, the features that make them great and the undying appeal… The Windsor Chair Series: The Types, The Features and the Undying Appeal

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Why Table and Drawer Slides Make a Difference

Beth Rice 21/06/2018

When you need to add leaves to the dining table, do you always need someone to help you? Does the table open in one smooth motion or is there some tugging involved? What about your dresser drawers? Ever closed them too quickly and they slammed shut and woke the baby? These things have a lot to do with the type of table or drawer slide that’s in your furniture. They really do make a difference.… Why Table and Drawer Slides Make a Difference

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National Safety Month: Focus on Children’s Furniture

Beth Rice 14/06/2018

Amidst the delight of choosing colors, décor and furniture for a new child’s room comes the task of ensuring their safety. June is National Safety Month, a time to focus on ways to prevent unnecessary injuries that prompts us to share ways to set up a beautiful, functional, reliable and above all else—safe—bedroom furniture collection for your child. Cribs and Mattresses What to Look For: Guidelines recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC)… National Safety Month: Focus on Children’s Furniture

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The Great Leather Debate and Other Upholstery Options

Beth Rice 07/06/2018

To leather or not to leather? That’s a sound question to ask when it comes to choosing upholstery for your new furniture. New technology has custom fabrics making great gains, promising new durability and ease of cleaning like never before. What leather products do we offer at DutchCrafters and how do they compare to our fabric offerings? Let’s take a look. DutchCrafters offers the following selections that come from Heartland Fabrics located in Topeka, Indiana… The Great Leather Debate and Other Upholstery Options

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Meet Pallet Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 31/05/2018

You’ve already met reclaimed furniture and outdoor poly furniture. Both are made with recycled products and promise durability that will keep them from breaking down, saving you money in the long run. What can we add to this growing list of eco-friendly furniture options? Meet Pallet Wood Furniture, the latest solid wood furniture to make use of a recycled product. The Pallet Wood Farmhouse Bed is handcrafted from recycled pallet wood. THE RECYCLING Think of… Meet Pallet Wood Furniture

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The Garden Club Interview

Beth Rice 24/05/2018

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. Liberty Hyde Bailey In November 2017, DutchCrafters Vice President Linse Miller started a company Garden Club. With some seeds and starter plants, some garden boxes and soil, Linse sent out an invitation to the DutchCrafters team to join in growing something together.  Now with 17 members and… The Garden Club Interview

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Must Haves for the New College Student

Beth Rice 17/05/2018

It seemed like the years stretched out ahead with plenty of time to spare and now suddenly, that time is up and you’re getting ready to send your child off to college. This year I’m joining the ranks of parents who are prepping their kids to live away from home for the first time. As I assemble my own list, I’m looking to make my new college student as comfortable and organized as possible with… Must Haves for the New College Student

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Buffet, Sideboard or Hutch–What’s the Difference?

Beth Rice 10/05/2018

No, you’re not a rule breaker. There’s a chance you might have a sideboard in your dining room or a buffet in your living room, since they’re very similar and the terms used to describe both are interchangeable. When it comes down to it, sideboards, buffets and hutches share the common goals of providing storage and offering a serving area or a display space. Here are the subtle differences that set them apart. LOCATION, LOCATION,… Buffet, Sideboard or Hutch–What’s the Difference?

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Things You Can Get that are Made of Poly

Beth Rice 03/05/2018

As the use of eco-friendly furniture spreads, poly outdoor furniture is taking to yards, pools, patios and more in a big way. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re contributing to a healthier environment by investing in a product made with poly lumber. Known as a type of “miracle furniture,” poly outdoor furniture offers maximum durability, requires very little maintenance, and comes in a variety of styles. What is poly? Poly is also known as poly… Things You Can Get that are Made of Poly

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How to Select a Bathroom Vanity

Beth Rice 26/04/2018

From master bath to the kids’ sinks to the guest bath, bathroom vanities need to be ready for action. Used daily for washing and as storage and style elements, they offer a great way to dress up the bathroom. We’re taking you through the steps to choosing a bathroom vanity to make sure you find the best fit, form, and function for your bathroom space. Start with Measurements Choosing a vanity will depend on the… How to Select a Bathroom Vanity

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Let’s Get Cooking: Fun Amish Kitchen Accessories

Beth Rice 19/04/2018

Do you consider yourself a gadgeteer? Love kitchen tools and can’t get enough of them? Kitchen accessories make cooking chores easier and food prep more fun. While the Amish are no strangers to hard work, they certainly want to use their time as efficiently as possible. Here are some helpful Amish kitchen accessories along with a DIY project that puts an old whisk to good use! For Cookies-n-Pizza While your finger will still work just… Let’s Get Cooking: Fun Amish Kitchen Accessories

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What to Include on Your Tea Party Table

Beth Rice 12/04/2018

At the heart of tea time is the opportunity to relax and share a lovely drink, a few tasty treats and some time with loved ones. What could be better? Tea time can be formal or casual and can serve a large group or just a few people. It is often served mid to late afternoon. We’re taking a look at what to include on tea time tables with a few Amish dining tables to… What to Include on Your Tea Party Table

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Are We Done with Dining Rooms?

Beth Rice 05/04/2018

The popularity of the formal dining room is on the decline, as families are more content to eat and gather together in more casual ways. With conflicting schedules leaving many dining at different times, more homeowners are growing impatient with dining rooms taking up space. Elaborate kitchen islands, outdoor deck tables and living room coffee tables are becoming go-to spots for dining, socializing and entertaining, while the old formal dining room space is being put… Are We Done with Dining Rooms?

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