Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.
Quarter sawn white oak wood is known for its durability, strength and firm texture. We receive a lot of questions about it. Why is it called quarter sawn? What type of furniture is it best for? What’s with the quarter sawn grain pattern? Here are the answers to popular quarter sawn white oak wood questions in our QSWO Q & A. Q: Why is it called quarter sawn white oak? A: Because of how it’s… Quarter Sawn White Oak Wood Q & A
Panel beds and platform beds both have reasons to brag. One will cost you less while the other might be easier to get in and out of. We’re breaking down the features of panel beds versus platform beds with some insider tips on our Amish made styles. What are Panel Beds? A panel bed has an eye-catching headboard that’s usually fairly tall and decorative. The headboard is divided into panel-like sections and definitely makes a… Springtime Showdown: Panel Beds vs. Platform Beds
DutchCrafters has a team of Amish Furniture Specialists. They are the talent at the phones and behind the emails that take Amish furniture from the photo you see online into your home with the custom options that make it unique. They’re our connection to you, our customers, and your connection to a wealth of information about custom furniture as well as the woodworker who is building it. When you’re buying Amish made furniture: You can… Insider Tips for Buying Amish Furniture from DutchCrafters Furniture Specialists
Amish wedding traditions vary from community to community. Traditionally, Amish weddings are held in late fall after harvest time, in November or December. In some communities, Amish weddings are celebrated in the spring since there are so many there would not be enough days to host them if they were all held in the fall. Amish weddings are often planned on Tuesdays or Thursdays. They are not held on Saturdays since the day after the… Amish Wedding Traditions
If you could have a breakfast nook any way you wanted it, what would your cozy set up look like? This is where you can savor your coffee, wear pajamas to breakfast, gather for games, cuddle at a candlelight dinner for two or spread out work projects to name just a few nook activities. If you’ve always dreamed of your own little nook in the corner or by the window, we’re sharing 5 ways to… 5 Ways to Create a Breakfast Nook
Why do we love our furniture? Yes, the styles can be exciting, and the purpose furniture serves is clear. But why do we fall in love with pieces over time? How and why does that happen? Maybe you remember Nana sitting in her rocker to read to the grandkids. Or maybe you can still clearly see that delicious dinner with the whole family gathered around the table. Maybe you remember how Dad kept telling corny… Stories of Love (With Furniture in Them)
Interior design trends from 2018 included the use of accent colors, more dark woods, and eco friendly products. Let’s see how expected trends for 2019 compare, with a few making the list for a second year in a row and a few new ideas coming down the pike. A LOVE FOR NAVY We love navy for a nautical look, and it receives a warm welcome this year. Navy makes a splash in 2019 as a… 5 Interior Design Trends for 2019
We’ve heard it straight from our Amish craftsmen–finish either makes a product or breaks a product. When it comes to the finish on your solid wood furniture, nothing’s more important than a quality finish that’s applied correctly. The standard finish for our Amish furniture is a catalyzed conversion varnish applied over the finish color. We use it because simply put…..it’s the best. What Is Catalyzed Conversion Varnish? The varnish that’s applied over the finish color… A Quality Finish For Solid Wood Furniture: What Is Catalyzed Conversion Varnish?
We know. You’re fresh off the most Wonderful Time of the Year. But keen eyes and dedicated hearts like yours are already on the lookout for Personalized Valentines Gifts for her to adore this February 14th.
Love the look of mid-century modern but do not wish to have it throughout your entire house? Good news—mid-century modern furniture is mixable. Here’s how. Making the Most With Mid-Century Modern Mid-century modern furniture, (not to be confused with contemporary style which is furniture that adapts to reflect current trends) has grown immensely popular and just keeps on going. Mid-century mod combines versatile and simple with a little spunk and brings on that retro feel… How to Create A Mid-Century Modern Mix
They’re pretty. They’re graceful. They’re supportive. That’s right we’re talking arms—dining chair arms and the reasons we love them and the reasons we don’t. When you’re ready to furnish a dining room for a new home or you’re finally getting rid of the set you’ve had for decades and treating yourself to a new one, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. There are the styles, the space, and the question of where… All About Arms: Things to Remember About Dining Chairs
What do you do when you love two styles? Does the smooth, uncluttered minimalist look appeal to you, yet the cozy richness brought on by some accessories call to you as well? Here’s some great news for 2019. You don’t have to be one or the other—you can be both. On your own terms…. Here’s how…. Cozy Minimalist Characteristics A blending of comfort with function Adding just enough décor to make your space comfortable and… Fresh Start: Becoming A Cozy Minimalist
Whether it was an Amish recipe, a question, or a gorgeous piece of Amish furniture that brought you to our Timber to Table blog, we thank you for coming by and spending time with us. A look back over the year leads us to this list of favorites from 2018. They’re called bread bins in the U.K. A focus on this beloved kitchen accessory, its history, and its resurgence in popularity is explored in Out… Timber to Table: The Best of 2018
The ottoman has lived long and prospered as a popular accessory for living rooms and dens. Credited as a “backless seat” ottomans are most often paired with other furniture and used as footrests. Their duties include serving as additional seats or even mini table tops. Then along came the pouf. The pouf, an upholstered soft cushion, is also a popular pick for resting the feet on in living rooms and for serving as a mini… The Ottoman Vs. the Pouf
Silent Night, Holy Night, May we all recycle right, For Christmas comes with wrapping that thrills, Let’s keep it out of the nearest landfill, Sort each recyclable piece, Sort each and every piece. With holiday time comes giftwrap, packages, bows, dinnerware, ornaments and cards. Among these materials are some great, and some not so great, opportunities to recycle. While we’re making strides to recycle as much as we can, there are questions that come up about… Recycling Christmas
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