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Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

Beth Rice 17/10/2019

Five-star ratings. Exquisite fabrics. Quality soft furnishings. It’s no secret we have a big thing for quality craftsmanship and taking time to make a long-lasting product.  So does Patricia Marquis. If you haven’t visited Southern Shades on Etsy, we recommend you take a look. Southern Shades is home to handcrafted pillows, window treatments, and assorted soft furnishings. Started in 2013, this company and its beautiful products are featured on Etsy. Our paths crossed with the… Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

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6 Ways to Use a Glider Chair After it Outgrows the Nursery

Beth Rice 10/10/2019

Our glider chair didn’t exactly outgrow a nursery. In essence, it got kicked out of my daughter’s room. Yes, when I was expecting my first child, my mother-in-law treated us to a convertible crib and a dresser with a changing table. My husband and I added the glider chair, and it was wonderful. It was the go-to spot in the middle of the night for feeding and then rocking our daughter back to sleep. (The… 6 Ways to Use a Glider Chair After it Outgrows the Nursery

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Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes

Beth Rice 03/10/2019

A cozy, custom made, colorful, comfortable Amish made bed. Some Amish made breakfast foods. Put them together and what have you got? Exactly. Heaven on earth! Welcome to Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes that include Mennonite Johnny cake, an Amish breakfast casserole, a refreshing parfait from the Amish Cook and a sleigh bed, panel bed, and storage bed. What do we do with all this breakfast and all these beds? We test them… Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes

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5 Reasons to Pick a Pergola

Beth Rice 26/09/2019

Love relaxing outside? Entertaining outside? Being outside with your plants? A pergola might be just the thing for you. While the word pergola might sound like the name of a shape from a geometry lesson, it is actually from the Late Latin “pergula” that means “projecting eave.” What is a Pergola? A pergola is an outdoor structure that consists of four sturdy columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters that create an… 5 Reasons to Pick a Pergola

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Custom Furniture: What Does that Mean?

Beth Rice 19/09/2019

Customized furniture is a step above the rest. Why? Because it lets you find a piece of furniture in a style you like. Then it lets you select options for it to fit your décor and needs just right. Custom furniture is a step above customized furniture and sits at the top above all the rest. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to contribute to a design and help create something that fits your… Custom Furniture: What Does that Mean?

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Does Pine Wood Really Make Good Furniture?

Beth Rice 12/09/2019

Pine furniture. What is it about pine that differs from the big players like cherry, maple and oak wood? Why does it cost less? Even at a lower cost, are you getting your money’s worth for furniture made with pine wood? Will pine furniture last? Is it versatile? The direct answer: Yes, pine wood does make good furniture. Pine is durable, there’s room to get creative with it, and its versatile nature makes it friendly… Does Pine Wood Really Make Good Furniture?

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Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Beth Rice 05/09/2019

My parents adopted my sister and me when they were in their mid-forties, and my grandfather O’Connor was the only grandparent I really remember from my childhood. My grandfather died when I was 8. My fondest memory of my Grandpa was this: catching sight of him walking on my way home from school on the days he came over for lunch. I walked to and from school every day. It seemed like it was 20… Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day

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Creating a Study Space for Great Thinkers

Beth Rice 29/08/2019

What kind of study space works best for you? What spot do you like to settle in to read, concentrate, or get some work done? I think a place conducive to studying or working differs by personality. While some need their study space to have complete quiet in order to concentrate, there are many who can have the TV on or listen to a podcast while hitting the books or working on a project. It… Creating a Study Space for Great Thinkers

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Fresh from the Woodshop: New Dining Room Chairs at DutchCrafters

Beth Rice 22/08/2019

When it’s time to order new Amish furniture for our showroom in Sarasota, Florida, DutchCrafters’ Vice-President Linse Miller is faced with lots of decisions. With access to over 150 Amish woodshops that make gorgeous Amish furniture and thousands of custom options at her fingertips, where does she begin? While chatting with Linse about customizing new dining room chairs for the showroom, three things became clear: her understanding of custom furniture, her desire to supply customers… Fresh from the Woodshop: New Dining Room Chairs at DutchCrafters

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A Very Merry August Amish Gift Guide

Beth Rice 15/08/2019

My father-in-law is a great guy—a good man. He’s 91 years old and still swims, bikes and goes to the gym. Oh, and one other thing…he’s impossible to buy a gift for. Dad doesn’t want any gifts he doesn’t truly need or he won’t use. Over the years, pretty much everything we’ve bought Dad has gone back. (We’ve gotten much better about saving receipts and just taping them to the box.) When Christmas comes around… A Very Merry August Amish Gift Guide

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10 Amish Furniture Terms and What They Mean

Beth Rice 08/08/2019

What is a finial? What’s a tongue and groove back? What do they contribute to the style and function of solid wood furniture? And what’s the difference between an armoire and a chifforobe? We’re taking a look at some terms we often use in the Amish furniture world but that could use some clarification for those not studying furniture every day. One thing we can guarantee, they’re all important and all have purpose, because the… 10 Amish Furniture Terms and What They Mean

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Happy National Lighthouse Day

Beth Rice 01/08/2019

National Lighthouse Day is celebrated every year on August 7. Lighthouses are a symbol of safety, and this day celebrates the guiding light they have provided for centuries from our shorelines. Lighthouses are structures that give off light from a system of lamps and lenses that are used to navigate those at sea or on inland waterways. According to the Lighthouse Directory, there are more than 18,600 lighthouses worldwide. On August 7, 1789, the Federal… Happy National Lighthouse Day

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All About Farmhouse Furniture

Beth Rice 25/07/2019

Simple. Practical. Hardworking. These are three principles behind the design of farmhouse furniture. The Inspiration Behind Farmhouse Furniture Farmhouse design grew from the farmer’s lifestyle. Just think of the farmer: Up at dawn (or earlier) working as the sun rises and sets, returning home after a full day’s work to wash up, eat a meal to replenish, relax a little and retire for the evening. Simply put, farmhouses are homes built on farmland that the… All About Farmhouse Furniture

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Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

Beth Rice 18/07/2019

It’s time for outdoor parties. Summertime brings on the grill, the pool, and friends and family joining you in your backyard. Want to dress things up a bit while keeping costs down? Here are 3 easy DIY summer crafts to brighten your outdoor party or gathering. Pool Noodle Garland For the barbeques and pool parties, this pool noodle garland adds color and décor without costing much or taking much time to make. Items Needed: Different… Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

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