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{New} More Dining Chair Styles 0

We have updated our dining room chair collection to feature even more dining room chairs!  These looks range from formal to contemporary, fully upholstered to antique styles.  With even more styles to choose from, we are sure to have the exact chair to fit your dining room!

The Benjamin: An Updated Antique Style 
Available as a Side or Arm chair with your choice of a wood or upholstered seat.  Pair this chair with our Richland or Granby Leg tables. 

Amish Tables Benjamin Solid Wood Dining Chair

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 The Charleston: Elegant Simplicity 
Available as a side or arm chair, with either a wood, fabric or leather seat.  Pair this chair with our Georgetown Leg table for a classic and contemporary look. 

 Amish Tables Charleston Dining Chair
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The Lamont: Our First Stacking Dining Chair
The Lamont is a side chair that can stack to help with storing your extra dining chairs.  The simple and classic style, would be the perfect compliment to a wide variety of dining rooms. 

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The Palmer: Sophisticated Elegance
We think the Palmer harkens back to the Downtown Abbey era, a sophisticated style that is perfect for a formal dining room.  Choose your wood, stain and upholstery.

Amish Tables Palmer Dining Chair

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The Roosevelt: Contemporary and Upholstered
The Roosevelt Dining Chair is a fully upholstered dining chair with a contemporary and formal style. 

Amish Tables Roosevelt Dining Chair

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The Wescott: Modern and Clean 
The simple, clean lines of this chair is a great option for a modern upholstered style.  Use a great geometric or linen upholstery to continue the look. 

Amish Tables Wescott Upholstered Dining Chair

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Table Tuesday: Georgetown Leg Table 0

Table Tuesday: Our Georgetown Leg table is a unique design that features a round dining table that can accommodate up to 4 -12 extensions.  It is a contemporary and formal style.  This style would look wonderful in a Maple or Cherry with a dark stain.  To complete the look, pair this table with our brand new Charleston dining chairs.  

Amish Tables Georgetown Leg Tables

Amish Tables Charleston Dining Chair
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Designing Your Dining Room around Your Family and Your Life 0

Not so long ago, the family dinner was an institution in our society. Every night, parents would gather with their children in the dining room to enjoy a meal and quality family time together.

In today’s world, there is so much more demand on our time and attention, and the family dinner has become a rarity – even though there has been thorough research on the importance of families sharing meals together and taking the time out their days to reconnect with one another. What can we do to bring our families back to the table?

Make room for the dining room

Eating together as a family has fallen to the wayside so much, that many people are leaving dining rooms out of their homes altogether and using the space for other purposes, such as home offices or recreational rooms.

The first step in getting back to the integral tradition of family meals is by designing your home (and most importantly, your dining room) around your life and family. You want to create a warm and welcoming environment – a space where your family can share food and conversations around the table, even if you choose a more formal and elegant style of furniture.

Offer everyone their own space

Whether you have a large or small dining area in your home, you want to make sure that everyone feels as if they have their own space – this means dealing with any possibility of overcrowding.

When you’re purchasing your dining room furniture, be sure to take detailed and accurate measurements, and look for a dining room table that fits the room and your family in both size and style. You want family and friends who enter your dining room to feel as if someone (if tables and chairs could only talk…) is telling them, “Come on in, have a seat, and stay awhile!”

Choose a family-friendly style

No matter what type of décor you may have in the rest of your home, the dining room should be a welcoming and open area. The dining table will be the centerpiece of this family-friendly area, and should be chosen to fit the room, as well as your family’s lifestyle.

Dining room chairs should offer a supportive and comfortable place to gather around the table, and can be a great way to add some style and personality to the room. You can choose quality hardwood chairs to match the table, and add a touch of color and comfort with the addition of some seat cushions in your chosen color scheme.

You might also consider adding framed family photos to the wall, and potted plants to a corner or two. These simple additions can really open up a room and give it a warm and inviting feel.

Taking the time to design your dining room with your family in mind is a great way to encourage more family meals, as well as quality time together, and can lead to the rewarding result of many happy memories for years to come.

  • John Paul Narowski

6 Simple Steps to Give Your Home a Makeover for Summer 0

Summer is a time for slowing down and spending time with family and friends. It’s also the perfect time to update your home with a bit of a décor refresher. After all, you want those visiting relatives to feel at home – and welcome!

Sometimes, giving your home a style facelift requires a fresh start with all new fine furniture and a matching color scheme. Other times, all it takes is some quick design “tweaks” to achieve a whole new look. These 6 simple tips will help you get your home looking fresh in no time.

Tip #1: Give your throw pillows a new look

You’d be surprised by how much of a difference throw pillows can make when it comes to the interior design of your home. Whether you choose to come up with some DIY creative pillow decoration ideas, or visit your local home décor store to pick up some new pillows, the addition of fresh colors and materials to your couch can give your living room a whole new vibe.

Tip #2: Mix up your furniture layout

The simple act of switching up where your furniture is currently placed can give any room in your home a fresh, new feel. Try moving side tables and other accent pieces first, for a small refresher, or enlist the rest of your family to help you move around the larger pieces (like your dining room table and chairs) for an even bigger impact.

Tip #3: Create the feel of a bigger space with mirrors

Mirrors have long been known to add the illusion of extra space to a room, and they can do wonders for your decorating scheme, as well. There are many mirror decorating ideas that can really open up any room in your home, while also adding light and positive energy. Try checking out local yard sales and flea markets for some great new mirrors without spending a fortune.

Tip #4: Add some life with potted plants

Houseplants can be a wonderful addition to any space, and provide a whole new look and feel to almost any room in your home. Indoor plants tend to be much lower on the maintenance scale than their outdoor brethren, and come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Smaller potted plants can also be placed in a variety of holders to add an extra dash of personality.

Tip #5: Bring in some spice with new accent pieces

Adding a new accent piece to your favorite room can give you the feeling of change without investing any serious time or money. Look for well-made accent tables in your choice of style and wood stain, and watch as the room opens up to welcome the new addition.

Tip #6: Switch things up by rearranging your framed photos

Many people don’t realize what a great decorating opportunity they are missing out on when it comes to their framed family photos. Simply changing around the arrangement of the frames you already have on the wall into a more eclectic and original formation can really add an artsy flare to a room. Also be sure to keep an eye out at those yard sales and flea markets for good deals on some beautiful antique frames, to add something new to your space.

The Bottom Line

If you follow these 6 simple tips for freshening up your home for summer, you should have a new look to enjoy over the coming summer months, along with anyone else who shows up for some fun in the sun – then it’s just a matter of sitting back and listening to the compliments roll in!

  • Torie Wyant

Table Tuesday: {New} Ellsworth Dining Table 0

Brand new this week is our first ever, reclaimed Barn Wood table! 

The Ellsworth dining table features a rustic, 1 3/4" thick solid barn wood top and contemporary metal legs.  It is a beautiful pairing.  

Amish Tables Ellsworth Reclaimed Barn Wood Dining Table

See the table here: Ellsworth Dining Table.  Pair with an upholstered chair for a truly eclectic look. 

Wood For Life - Why Choose Hardwoods 0

Wood For Life

There's nothing quite like a solid, beautifully made piece of furniture – the kind where you can tell, just by looking at it, that it was made by someone who knows the wood, cares for it, understands it, and loves it. Someone who crafts each piece with the knowledge that it will last, long after he is gone, and that families will be enjoying dinners and sharing stories around it for generations to come.

By contrast, there is the functional, mass-produced wooden furniture that serves its purpose – no more, no less. Dining tables and chairs that will be discarded when they inevitably start showing signs of wear, sofas that last only as long as they're in fashion, and beds that creak and groan after just a few short years.

But what makes the difference?

Is it all just about how it's made? Can’t machinery be calibrated to make sure every corner is perfect, every screw tightened optimally, every piece identical to the previous and consistent in quality? This is true – factory-made furniture is made to precise measurements and standards.

However, it's one thing to fix several pieces of fast-grown young pine together with a prescribed minimum of nails, and another thing entirely for a master carpenter to hand-craft a roll-top desk from matured, carefully cured and selected maple, using the right amount of dowels and dovetails to ensure this piece will last centuries.

It all starts with the wood.

It's seemingly common knowledge that hardwood is good wood for furniture – but why is this the case? And is it always true?

In a nutshell, yes.

There are a few softwood exceptions that make good furniture, and a couple of hardwoods that are simply no good, but on average, hardwood is a safer, more consistent bet.

Hardwood is usually superior for furniture making for three reasons:

  • Durability
  • Appearance
  • Resistance to damage

Let's take a look at each of these.

Durability

The durability of hardwood comes from the magic combination of slow growth and high density.

Because hardwood trees take a lot longer to grow to usable size than softwoods, the wood is significantly more mature and well-developed. This, together with hardwood’s incredible density, leads to tough wood that weathers well, withstands temperature and humidity changes better, and becomes better with age.

Softwoods, by contrast, grow fast and are much less dense, leaving you with immature wood that weathers and ages poorly, leading to splits and splinters.

Appearance

Another defining characteristic of hardwoods is their unique grains and the richness of their colors. A trained eye can quickly tell the difference between cherry and cherry-stained pine, just by examining the grain.

Specialist carpenters can easily tell the difference between hardwoods themselves by their grain, even if they have been stained to resemble each other. These woods will keep their unique attractiveness for decades, as a matter of fact, for centuries, if well looked after.

Mass-produced furniture, on the other hand, will quickly fade, the stains becoming uneven, the wood's natural color graying and growing dull. These cheaper, poorer quality woods are frequently stained to color-match your favorite hardwood, so when shopping, make sure to ask exactly what wood it is.

Resistance to damage

Hardwoods are also known for their ability to resist damage, from scratches, scrapes, and dings to spills, stains, and even fires, again because of their maturity, close grain, and dense structure.

The initial damage is bound to be far less than damage sustained by poorer quality woods, taking a whole lot longer to penetrate to the same depths. They are also significantly more resilient, and repairs are much more successful as a result.

Over the next few weeks, we'll take you on a journey to discover:

  • How to choose the right hardwood for your furniture,
  • What reactions to expect from your wood, depending on your area's climate, and
  • How to take care of your hand-crafted hardwood furniture to turn it into an heirloom – a legacy – rather than just another table.
  • Torie Wyant