All posts by "Leah Meldman"

Leah Meldman first fell in love with Amish furniture when she started as a content writer at DutchCrafters in 2015. Contributing to Timber to Table is a welcome change of pace from the papers she writes while pursuing a bachelor's degree in British and American Literature. Leah is a Shih Tzu enthusiast who enjoys the company of her spunky rescue dog, Patrick O'Growly, in the office from time to time. 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.

New Year’s Furniture Resolutions

Leah Meldman 03/01/2017

Eating healthier and getting organized are some classic New Year resolutions that often get broken. This year, we’re getting creative by channeling our resolutions into our homes. Set yourself up for success throughout the year by upgrading the places where you spend the most time. Start 2017 off right with these useful ideas. Improve your Diet: Dine at Home Eating healthier is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. If you promised to… New Year’s Furniture Resolutions

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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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Happily Ever After: How to Merge Design Styles with Your Partner

Leah Meldman 18/11/2016

Living with your significant other brings a sense of joy and comfort to your life. However, their taste in interior design may not. While your personalities seem to fit together seamlessly, your style preferences do not quite match up. For many women, it may be tough to fight the urge to feminize the home with touches of pink throughout. On the other hand, men may struggle with turning every room into their own personal man… Happily Ever After: How to Merge Design Styles with Your Partner

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Island Time: Anchor Your Kitchen with These Ideas

Leah Meldman 10/11/2016

Whether it’s in the morning for breakfast, a lunchtime break, or gathering together to prepare dinner, your kitchen is the heart of the home. And kitchen islands are the heart of the kitchen. They serve many different purposes to accommodate the various needs you have throughout the day. A breakfast nook is transformed into a baking station and later serves as a place for a casual dinner party. Easily improve the efficiency of your kitchen by adding… Island Time: Anchor Your Kitchen with These Ideas

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Designing with Barn Doors: The New Craze

Leah Meldman 04/11/2016

Beautiful barn doors have slid their way into home décor. These popular portals are appreciated for their charm and versatility. They easily incorporate rustic appeal into your home while dividing or saving space. We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to make use of unique barn doors in your home. Bedroom Barn Doors Create a rustic getaway by using barn doors in your bedroom. Your space will become instantly more inviting by using these beauties in… Designing with Barn Doors: The New Craze

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Gifts by Personality Type

Leah Meldman 27/10/2016

It happens every year. You’ve almost made it through your entire gift list, but notice one or two names missing a checkmark. A bit of panic ensues. You realize just how fast the holidays are approaching. You rack your brain trying to decide what those unique final people might hope to receive this year. You’re able to pinpoint a few of their interests but are still stumped when it comes to a gift. We’re here… Gifts by Personality Type

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How to Pick the Perfect Fireplace

Leah Meldman 18/10/2016

Light up any space with the warmth of a fireplace. With winter just around the corner, staying warm becomes a top priority. Creating a focal point in your home is effortless with an inviting flame that the family can gather around. Eliminating concerns like smoke and ash cleanup as well as carbon monoxide, enjoy the benefits of electric fireplaces. Not only do they manage to produce realistic looking flames that will illuminate your home, they can also… How to Pick the Perfect Fireplace

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Cheers to the Perfect Home Bar Space

Leah Meldman 04/10/2016

With the holidays just a short time away, we’re thinking about our favorite part of the festivities: entertaining.  A home bar is the perfect addition to your living or dining space. It provides a functional gathering area for friends and family alike to enjoy themselves. A home bar is a great investment. Not only will it serve as the center of many gatherings, but it will also act as a décor piece where you can… Cheers to the Perfect Home Bar Space

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Beyond the Cabin: Log Furniture For Any Space

Leah Meldman 15/09/2016

This time of year has us dreaming of a cozy cabin getaway where we can reconnect with nature. Furnished with genuine rustic log furniture to create unmatched warmth, this space allows us to bring the outdoors in. While a log lodge is nice to picture, it may not be practical. This doesn’t mean that log furniture must stay confined to your imagination. Add it easily into your space by incorporating a few pieces with your… Beyond the Cabin: Log Furniture For Any Space

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Let Coastal Chic Carry You Away

Leah Meldman 25/08/2016

Whether you’ve got the ocean nearby or want to feel like you’re at the beach all year round, coastal chic style has something for everyone. The classic, kitschy cottage has come a long way, evolving into a more sophisticated look that we love. Read on to learn how to turn your home into an ocean-inspired oasis. Smooth Sailing in the Entryway Put your guests at ease as soon as they walk through the front door… Let Coastal Chic Carry You Away

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Move Over Man Cave, Here Comes the She Shed

Leah Meldman 19/08/2016

Move over man cave! The she shed, sometimes referred to as “shedquarters,” is taking center stage with its ability to create a backyard escape. Take your staycation to the next level with our ideas for these gorgeous getaways. We’ve rounded up our top picks to create a she shed to suit your hobbies and style. The Reading Retreat One of our favorite ways to stake your claim in the backyard is to turn your shed… Move Over Man Cave, Here Comes the She Shed

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Mid-Century Modern Style Furniture

Leah Meldman 16/08/2016

Chic style that is also fun and functional? Count us in! There’s a reason Mid-Century Modern style is here to stay. As its name suggests, this simple style that makes a statement hit the scene in the middle of the 20th century, between the mid-1940s to 1970. Postwar America craved a no-frills aesthetic for the modern era. Pared-down forms became a practical way to accommodate smaller homes and a more fast-paced lifestyle. This lightweight design… Mid-Century Modern Style Furniture

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Transition a Child’s Room to a Teenager’s Room

Leah Meldman 04/08/2016

It seems like just yesterday your little one was running around with dolls or action figures, perfectly content with their pint-sized bed covered in stuffed animals. But, in the blink of an eye, your precocious child became a tenacious teenager. Help your teenager transition into the next phase of their life with an updated bedroom that suits their needs and tastes. Upgrade Their Slumber Whether they are entering middle or high school, you’ve probably noticed… Transition a Child’s Room to a Teenager’s Room

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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Dining Space

Leah Meldman 14/07/2016

Dreaming of backyard bliss that will allow you to truly appreciate Mother Nature? Creating an eco-friendly outdoor dining space where you can gather with family and friends, or enjoy some “me” time, is a simple task that takes just a little bit of planning and Poly lumber. The first step is visualizing exactly what you want your outdoor space to do for you. Are you the life of the party that loves hosting a get-together… How to Create an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Dining Space

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Country Glam

Leah Meldman 07/07/2016

Blur the line between modern and rustic with a trend we’ve got our eyes on. Country (or Farmhouse) Glam allows you to balance your love for the intricate and elegant while still paying homage to the heartland. It’s a delicate balance that takes some practice, but with the right tips, you’ll have it mastered in no time. Country Glam is all about unexpected juxtapositions; think a strand of pearls paired with your favorite t-shirt. Channel… Country Glam

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