Monthly Archives: December 2016

Our Favorite Furniture Tips from a Year of Posts

Leah Meldman 29/12/2016

With 2017 just around the corner, we’re looking back at a year of blog posts. They span a wide range of fun and interesting topics. We’ve enjoyed sharing our ideas with you throughout the year and hearing your feedback. We have rounded up our top tips, noteworthy tidbits, and everything in between for a stroll down memory lane. Meet the Amish Woodworkers: Albert Barkman We kicked off 2016 by spotlighting Albert Barkman, the owner of… Our Favorite Furniture Tips from a Year of Posts

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Happy Holidays from DutchCrafters

Leah Meldman 22/12/2016

Wishing a warm and restful holiday season from our DutchCrafters family to yours. We want to thank you for the opportunity to share our ideas with you throughout the year. You helped us bring the giving tree in our Sarasota store to life, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. With donations from the community and our team members, we were able to create unforgettable Christmases for children in our area. From all of… Happy Holidays from DutchCrafters

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Down Time: Creating Spaces to Unwind During the Holidays and Beyond

Leah Meldman 19/12/2016

Now that you’ve checked your list twice and put the presents under the tree, it’s time to enjoy being home for the holidays. Time shared with family and friends is the best part of the season. Creating spaces to unwind during the holidays is simple with the right furniture. Enjoy down time in places like your morning coffee spot, reading nook, and more. Start the Day off Right Perhaps you’ve got some extra time on… Down Time: Creating Spaces to Unwind During the Holidays and Beyond

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How to Care for Solid Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 15/12/2016

Your solid wood furniture helps play host to beautiful dinners, magical home movie screenings, and overnight guests during the holiday season. It’s during these times that a few extra tips on solid wood furniture care will safeguard your custom-made designs from damage. Manage Heat and Humidity Handle Humidity Wood expands and contracts as the amount of moisture in the air changes. Keep an even humidity level in your home to help preserve your fine furniture. Use a… How to Care for Solid Wood Furniture

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Famous Furniture Designers and How to Emulate Them

Leah Meldman 13/12/2016

As much as we enjoy marveling at the fine craftsmanship of our Amish woodworkers, we love and admire famous furniture designers as well. Each designer has shown dedication to their craft, much like the Amish work ethic that makes our furniture great. Find out how to emulate the unique aesthetic of these designers with pieces from DutchCrafters. George Nakashima Known for: “Free-edge” furniture George Katsutoshi Nakashima was a master woodworker and architect who became known… Famous Furniture Designers and How to Emulate Them

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Picking the Perfect Wood for Painted Furniture

Beth Rice 08/12/2016

Painted solid wood furniture can add a pop of color or create an attractive contrast in any room. Selecting the right wood will help you end up with the finish you want. What characteristics make woods best for painting? Read on for our recommendations. Traits to look for in woods that make good candidates for a smooth painted finish are: A smooth, closed grain A uniform texture Bring Out the Best with Brown Maple Brown… Picking the Perfect Wood for Painted Furniture

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Let it Snow: Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

Beth Rice 05/12/2016

After strong winter storms, birds can be cut off from their natural food sources. You can contribute to the health and safety of feathered friends with these winter bird feeding tips. Friendly Feeders The ideal feeder is sturdy and firm, and is easy to assemble and clean. With minimal cleaning required, environmentally friendly poly feeders fit the bill perfectly. Multiple feeders placed in your yard will attract more birds for you to enjoy. The placement… Let it Snow: Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

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Movie Night: How to Create the Perfect Media Room

Beth Rice 02/12/2016

Weekends, holiday breaks and visits from loved ones can pass as quickly as they come. These are the times for those memorable family gatherings. For magic movie nights where laughter flows throughout the room, we offer a framework of fine living room furniture perfect for your media room.  Capture that special time with loved ones all comfy and cozy right down to the pets curled up on the living room rug. Preview To get things started,… Movie Night: How to Create the Perfect Media Room

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