All posts by "Jayca Pike"

Jayca was the digital marketing coordinator for DutchCrafters.

Why We Love Murphy Beds (And You Should, Too!)

Jayca Pike 28/09/2015

This blog post was updated on February 4, 2019 with additional Murphy bed designs. Older homes are notorious for their compact, often complicated little bedrooms. Don’t let layout discourage you from creating a multi-functional room to use for exercise, overnight guests or–with the example below– an amazing work space. Read on, and see how Murphy Beds are a surprising solution to any number of bedroom bummers! Related Posts 5 Ways A Murphy Bed Saves You… Why We Love Murphy Beds (And You Should, Too!)

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3 Reading Nooks with Their Own Stories to Tell: A Fall Book List

Jayca Pike 25/09/2015

Gone are the hot summer days of rapid-fire romance novels and merry, fly-by-night mysteries. Looking toward autumn, we can imagine snuggling up near a roaring fire with a steaming mug, nestling into a cozy reading nook, bundling up in a fluffy throw and getting our read on. These classic rocker and bookcase combinations beg you to join them for just such an afternoon (or morning, or evening . . .) and have inspired a fall reading list from us! What… 3 Reading Nooks with Their Own Stories to Tell: A Fall Book List

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3 Quick Small-Living Tips Gleaned from Tiny Homes

Jayca Pike 21/09/2015

Living Large Ideas Inspired by Ingenious Tiny Homes Call it what you like —  voluntary simplicity, microliving, downsizing — scaling down your home’s size is a major step toward  reducing your carbon footprint. Tiny homes use far less water and energy, and produce less waste. Of course, they come with some incredible organization, too! Tiny homes offer us almost innumerable ways to get creative with the space available and stay green at the same time. Here are a few we’ve… 3 Quick Small-Living Tips Gleaned from Tiny Homes

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Narrow Minded: Are You Making the Most of Your Hall Furniture?

Jayca Pike 17/09/2015

When you give your entryway the proper treatment, it can become such an inviting, organized, and ultimately inspiring initiation to your home that you’ll wonder why you left it so long neglected. Your hallway can can add accessible square footage and darling display to your home, as well as necessary storage options. Check out what all you can do with hall furniture – from hall benches and shelving to display tables and shoe storage. Related Posts Things to Know About Wood Inlays Wood inlays are a… Narrow Minded: Are You Making the Most of Your Hall Furniture?

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On the House: Home Bar Furniture for the Holidays & Beyond

Jayca Pike 14/09/2015

This blog post was updated on November 13, 2018 with new home bar styles.  After the bustle and busy of a long day at the office (or an even longer day shopping for the upcoming holiday season), suiting up for a seasonal shindig at the local hotspot or at That One Friend’s place can seem both stale and stressful. We’ve got some tips here to help you bring in home bar furniture that complements your life and… On the House: Home Bar Furniture for the Holidays & Beyond

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8 Ways with a Breakfast Nook! [Video]

Jayca Pike 11/09/2015

Customers make over one of DutchCrafters most beloved Amish furniture pieces, the Trestle Table Breakfast Nook! See the results of their custom nook creations, from simple and subtle to wondrously WOW in our Breakfast Nook Makeover Video! Grab some inspiration from these customers’ fantastic photos, then shop your own breakfast nook! Related Posts DutchCrafters’ Chairs Video Take a minute [literally — a minute:)] to see what makes the DutchCrafters’ chairs so special! This little spin through… 8 Ways with a Breakfast Nook! [Video]

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Bed and Bored? How Designers Revitalize a Traditional Bedroom Set

Jayca Pike 04/09/2015

Your chosen color scheme is en pointe, your traditional bedroom set is positively sumptuous, and now your master bedroom could stand in proud company with a five-star hotel room. Only . . . you don’t particularly want a hotel room. You want a home. Your home. Let our designers show you how to lift a traditional bedroom set out of anonymity. Related Posts Custom Breakfast Nook FAQs Gatherings for family meals come in all shapes and sizes, and so do Amish custom breakfast… Bed and Bored? How Designers Revitalize a Traditional Bedroom Set

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The Big List of Shed Landscape Ideas

Jayca Pike 31/08/2015

The Big List of Shed Landscape Ideas What do you use (or wish you could use) your outdoor storage shed for? An artist’s getaway? A gardening or tool shed? A spare space for guests to catnap? Or how about a child’s playhouse? Whatever its function, you’ll find a wonderful way to heighten its beauty (or conceal its, ahem, more rustic nature) in this comprehensive series of suggestions to landscape a shed. Related Posts The Advantages of Folding Furniture The advantages… The Big List of Shed Landscape Ideas

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Classic Combinations: Reading Nook Furniture that Eases You Into Fall

Jayca Pike 27/08/2015

This blog post was updated on October 22, 2018 with new reading nook chair suggestions. Classic Combinations: Reading Nook Furniture that Eases You Into Fall Two simple things: a solid wood bookcase and a reading chair. Most homeowners will have versions of these hanging around the house, but together? Together they are an oft-overlooked, pleasing power couple. To wit: Related Posts From Our Amish Bookcases: Favorite Summer Reads School is out. Vacation is coming. Some time at… Classic Combinations: Reading Nook Furniture that Eases You Into Fall

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A Brief History of the Windsor Chair {Infographic}

Jayca Pike 24/08/2015

A Brief History of the Windsor Chair Infographic and text, plus links below! Related Posts The Windsor Chair Series Part III: The Undying Appeal While the Windsor chair will always be associated with colonial times and country style furniture, the truth is, Windsor chairs Read more History of the Roll Top Desk “A place for everything and everything in its place” was the slogan that propelled the roll top desk to popularity Read more 5… A Brief History of the Windsor Chair {Infographic}

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Amish Misconceptions

Jayca Pike 17/08/2015

Persistent Amish Misconceptions We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive back to help clear up some common Amish fallacies.  Related Posts The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood Furniture Many of us took a good look around last year. Inside and around our homes, that is. As the COVID-19 Read more Custom Breakfast Nook FAQs Gatherings for family meals come in all… Amish Misconceptions

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DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round Three – Wall Units vs. Corner TV Stands

Jayca Pike 13/08/2015

DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round Three: The Final Countdown! It’s only four weeks until NFL 2015 kicks off in Gillette Stadium with a tense face-off between the Patriots and the Steelers! With time running out to get everything ready for the big night, we’re excited to bring you the final match-up in our living room entertainment knockout bracket. Once a winner’s decided here, we’ll move on to giving you our top tips for a… DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round Three – Wall Units vs. Corner TV Stands

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish History

Jayca Pike 10/08/2015

Amish History By Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, Where do the Amish come from? How did they find their way from Europe to America? We take a brief look at Amish history below, dating back to their roots in 16th-century Europe. Related Posts Things to Know About Wood Inlays Wood inlays are a type of furniture feature that catches the eye. They represent the work of… Everything You Want to Know About: Amish History

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Businesses

Jayca Pike 03/08/2015

Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, guest blogs for us today, all about: Amish Businesses If you’ve traveled through an Amish community lately, you may have noticed any number of roadside stands, small shops and signs advertising food and other goods for sale. Amish entrepreneurs can be found in nearly every Amish community, and in some places have surpassed farmers in number. Today, Amish run thousands… Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Businesses

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Children

Jayca Pike 27/07/2015

Happy Monday, everyone!  Say hello again to our friend Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, here to tell us more about the lives of Amish children. Read on: Related Posts The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood Furniture Many of us took a good look around last year. Inside and around our homes, that is. As the COVID-19 Read more Custom Breakfast… Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Children

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