All posts by "Beth Rice"

Beth Rice is a content writer for DutchCrafters Amish Furniture. She is the primary author of Timber to Table blog posts and has spent the last several years researching and providing knowledge on wood types, furniture styles, and design trends. As a busy mother of two, Beth understands the value of furniture in helping create a welcoming home for family and friends, and often writes on the ways our furniture can help support that. Beth is a published author with a gift for identifying the special moments in everyday life. Most recently, she had a short story included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition. Since 2012, the DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog has been providing customers and other readers with furniture and interior design tips, information about the Amish, and woodworkers’ stories.

Drop Leaf, Gateleg and Draw Leaf Tables: How are they Different?

Beth Rice 30/06/2022

Dealing with a small space but still want to be able to host a dinner party? Let’s chat about three table solutions that can help. They are the drop leaf, gateleg and draw leaf dining tables. Drop leaf, gateleg and draw leaf dining tables help you save space and still host a dinner party. Drop leaf and gateleg tables date back as far as the late sixteenth century in England. They were used during the… Drop Leaf, Gateleg and Draw Leaf Tables: How are they Different?

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Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 23/06/2022

Curious about cherry and oak and how they compare? We’re back with another wood type comparison with cherry versus oak for wood furniture. The differences between cherry wood and oak wood are the opposite of subtle, and here we compare and contrast them to help you decide which you prefer for wood furniture. Cherry Wood vs. Oak Wood Both cherry and oak are big name stars in the wood type arena. Each have their own… Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

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Create the Right Chi: Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

Beth Rice 16/06/2022

Your home is your haven. It’s your personal space for living, laughing and loving with family, friends and loved ones. The art of feng shui aims to fill your home with warmth, comfort and everything positive. Whether your style is contemporary or country, transitional or formal, the principles of feng shui offer help to provide balance and the right flow of positive energy throughout your home. What is feng shui? The practice of feng shui… Create the Right Chi: Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

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10 Unique Father’s Day Gifts Made in America

Beth Rice 02/06/2022

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift that’s made in America?  You’ve come to the right place. All the gifts listed here are handcrafted in Amish country, in woodshops located in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. Lots of them are customizable, offering different features and functions. For dads and granddads alike, there’s sure to be a unique gift here that will stand out from the rest. Amish Rustic Half Barrel Wine Bottle Holder This unique wine… 10 Unique Father’s Day Gifts Made in America

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How to Shorten the Wait for New Furniture

Beth Rice 26/05/2022

In the age of Amazon where delivery drivers are literally running to our doors to deliver packages and online pre-ordering allows us to pull in and grab our merchandise, we’ve gotten used to getting things fast. One thing we didn’t expect to add to our waitlist was furniture. The good news is, there are solutions and answers to getting quality furniture a little faster. Roughly a year ago, the furniture industry saw an explosion in… How to Shorten the Wait for New Furniture

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5 Reasons to Invest in an Adirondack Chair

Beth Rice 12/05/2022

If being outside in such a relaxed state you could fall asleep where you sit appeals to you, then you should read on. There is such a chair that not only can accomplish this ultra-chill feeling, but comes with a host of other benefits, and that chair is the one and only Adirondack chair. If you haven’t ever seen or tested an Adirondack chair, quite honestly, you’re missing out. Get ready for five reasons to… 5 Reasons to Invest in an Adirondack Chair

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Coffee Table or Console Table: What’s the Difference?

Beth Rice 05/05/2022

If you had to choose between a coffee table and a console table, which would you choose and why? These two tables enhance living space and serve different purposes. We’re taking a look at the coffee table versus the console table and clearing up questions as we go. Coffee tables and console tables come in different styles and shapes. One of the biggest differences between them is the purpose they serve. Purpose of a Coffee… Coffee Table or Console Table: What’s the Difference?

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Things to Know About Grommets

Beth Rice 28/04/2022

Shall we talk grommets? What are they? What purpose do they serve? What are the benefits and why should you consider adding them to your desk? Here are helpful things to know about grommets. What is a grommet and what does it do? A grommet is a round shaped edge strip that offers protection. It seals off the uneven or jagged edge of a hole to make it smooth for anything passing through it. Grommets… Things to Know About Grommets

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The History of the Living Room

Beth Rice 21/04/2022

How did the living room come to be? Why is it called a living room? Is a family room really a living room? How do they differ? Who knew the room we rely on each day for some relaxation could generate so many questions? Living room design really does have history behind it. Here’s how it goes. Before the Living Room While Louis the XIV lived in luxury, he didn’t necessarily live in comfort, and… The History of the Living Room

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Create a Nook Look: Breakfast Nook Ideas for Your Kitchen

Beth Rice 07/04/2022

We all love the look: the nook look. Irresistibly charming and cozy, the breakfast nook isn’t just for breakfast anymore. Breakfast nook ideas cover everything from eating meals to working on projects and puzzles, to playing games with family or enjoying coffee on a lazy Saturday morning. Upon hearing the words “breakfast nook,” visions of fluffy pancakes, cozy pajamas and a cup of coffee with family gathered around may come to mind. What constitutes a… Create a Nook Look: Breakfast Nook Ideas for Your Kitchen

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Spotlight on the Canopy Bed

Beth Rice 31/03/2022

The canopy bed dates back to the Middle Ages. Grand, luxurious models with rich drapery and high canopies extending down from the ceiling were used by the rich to both impress and allow for rest. With unique qualities adding to its attractive look, the canopy bed has endured over time, and remains a beloved style for bedrooms, particularly if you’re looking to make a statement. The Canopy Bed Frame Most canopy bed frames will feature… Spotlight on the Canopy Bed

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10 Questions About Live Edge Furniture

Beth Rice 24/03/2022

Live edge furniture offers a unique look that fits both rustic and contemporary settings with ease and brings elements of the outdoors inside. Curious about live edge furniture? Read on for some of our most popular live edge questions. What is live edge furniture? Live edge furniture displays a live edge, that is, the natural edge of wood that’s found just beneath the bark of the tree. When lumber is cut into slabs, the edges… 10 Questions About Live Edge Furniture

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Very Peri Perks: A Look at Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Beth Rice 17/03/2022

Building custom furniture, we work with colors every day. Wood colors, stain colors and upholstery colors that enhance the look of each piece we build. Which is why we always have an interest in the Pantone Color of the Year and the perks it brings. Let’s take a look at the fresh new shade that’s being called confident, energetic and full of possibility. What is Pantone Color of the Year 2022? The coveted spot this… Very Peri Perks: A Look at Pantone Color of the Year 2022

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10 Questions About Platform Beds

Beth Rice 24/02/2022

Platform beds: Those attractive beds that are making a splash in bedrooms everywhere and don’t require a box spring to provide you with a good night’s sleep. What are they exactly, how supportive are they, and how can they save you money? We’re getting into 10 questions about platform beds right here, so rest easy. 1. What’s a platform bed frame like? A platform bed frame consists of a solid flat surface, with or without… 10 Questions About Platform Beds

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5 Custom Home Bar Ideas

Beth Rice 17/02/2022

Staying indoors during the pandemic prompted many of us to create additional comfort within the home, along with new work spaces and amped up outdoor spaces we could go to for relaxation. A five o’clock break time from zoom meetings, computer work and studies made an evening drink a nice idea. Home bars were inserted into these spaces, both inside and outside, confirming the fact that you don’t need a huge space to host a home… 5 Custom Home Bar Ideas

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