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January 2018

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How to Choose the Best Farmhouse Table

The choice of the right table is essential to create an atmosphere of harmony for any home, but a laid back farmhouse style house requires a special table. Remember that a farmhouse table will become the focal point of a room and that everything will need to revolve around it. It is important that the table makes a statement and invokes a sense and function and beauty. It should have a classic quality that says it has been around for years or at least will be. We can offer some practical advice and a complete gallery to inspire you.

 

 

1. What are you using the table for?

Will your farmhouse table be a kitchen work table, occasional dining table or grand entry table? Will it be a multipurpose table where you will work from time to time, do crafts, have family dinners and entertain? In most cases you will need a durable surface and the correct height for the tasks at hand. Another factor to consider is how many people you will need to seat. Are your dinner parties for two or twenty? How much space do you have for it?

2. Choose the appropriate material for your farmhouse table

Choose the material of the farmhouse table based on its intended use. If this is your main dining table for all of your meals, you will want to choose a resistant and easy maintenance material.  Rustic wood table tops such as live edge and rough hewn tables add rustic elegance but are harder to clean. Glass is generally too formal for a farm house table, but metal tops such as stainless steel or copper can give an industrial feel. Oak, maple and other hardwoods are more durable than pine, birch and poplar. Wood stained tables are easier to maintain than painted finishes, which tend to scuff. You can also opt for a stained or metal top and painted legs and apron.

If there are children in the household, and it is used daily, dings, scratches and discoloration are to be expected and add to the allure and charm of the table. Vintage or reclaimed wood tables enjoy a patina which can be enjoyed for generations without having to worry about adding additional distressing. If you are going to use your table more sporadically, you can opt for a more delicate material, but in general, a distressed farmhouse table is beautiful in its own right, history and all.  Reclaimed or upcycled materials can also add a feeling of age to a new table.

 

3. How big should my table be?

Allow 18”to 24”per person for comfortable seating. With a bench or smaller chairs for children, this can be adjusted slightly. ? This will influence the size of the table. For a table of 6 people, you would need a table about 5’ long and 30” wide, knowing that the average height of a table is 29” to 30”.  For four people the table should be about 48”, leaving at least 28” to the surroundings. Allow adequate space around the table to move around. If you are using the table as a kitchen island, make sure you allow at least 3 ½’ around each side of the table. For a large hallway table allow 4’ on each side for a walkway.

4. Choose the shape of the table

  • Rectangular tables: Generally a farm house table is a large rectangle. Having more space between diners allows for less intimacy, but also usually allows for more comfort and space. If you have less space, you can also enjoy a long narrow table.
  • Square tables: Square tables are best suited for small spaces. An ideal size is about 60” although extensions may be available to double their capacity.
  • Extendable tables: Virtually all styles of tables can be extended and are perfect if your space is not very large. You only have to confirm that you have the necessary space to open them and to have a minimum of space around them.

5. How do you accessorize your table?

It is advantageous to define the area where the table is as a separate space. Use a large rug, paintings, a plant in some corner, etc. to define the space. Large rectangular light fixtures work well with farmhouse tables as well as several pendant lamps. Runners placed across the short side of the table can break up long spaces. This will insure that guests do not feel they are sitting in a void. The dining area should have a sense of stability and create a pleasant atmosphere. Chairs run the gamut from industrial metal chairs, x-back wood chairs, rattan or more traditional designs.

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Log Cabin Decorating

8 Styles for Log Cabin Decorating

Ralph Lauren Log cabin western

According to Wikipedia , A log cabin is a house that is made of logs to give it a sophisticated and ancient look. In America and Europe, log cabins were the first houses to be constructed by humans. The first log cabin is believed to have been built in Northern Europe during the Bronze Age. In United States, the first log cabins were constructed by European settlers by 1638. Log cabins were constructed from tree trunks that were laid horizontally, and notching the interlocking corners. Settlers in the United States used log cabins as temporary homes to live in before they constructed permanent structures. Once they moved into the permanent structure, they would use the log cabins as outdoor shelter such as barns or attach new houses to the log home. Today, the concept of log cabins is widely adopted in the United States as an alternative to concrete and steel homes.

Log cabin homes can be custom made so that they can be attractive from both inside and outside. If you are looking to construct one or just want the appearance of a log home in an existing dwelling, there are different log cabin styles you can use to design a visually appealing house. Here are some log cabin styles of decorating to use to stage your home.

Northwoods Bedroom

  1. Northwoods

Nothing says “welcome to Northwoods’ than staying in a log cabin. The Northwoods style is a wonderful design for potential homeowners looking for an affordable option or a getaway retreat from the busy city life. With this log cabin style, you can have different colors that complement with the surrounding environment. This includes forest green, tan, buffalo check, brown or red and black. For log cabin decorating ideas, you can choose moose and bear motifs. You can also go for mounted heads or Northern Pike to decorate the interior of your log cabin home. To top it off, you can choose the fishing and hunting themes. To construct your Northwood log cabin, you can use pine and birch trees or hickory. Other piece of items you can have inside the log cabin home include old fishing creels, lures and nets, and rustic furniture.

Mission style

  1. Mission

Mission is classic southwest décor that you can use to draw inspiration from. With the Mission log cabin style, it is advisable to use muted tones and sunset colors. This includes rust, gold, pink, peach and sage. It is often Spanish inspired. Use stucco and adobe to decorate your log cabin. You can also go for Native American prints and rugs as part of your décor. While designing your Mission log cabin use straight lines, iron sconces and crosses.

Aspen Style

  1. Aspen

If you are looking for that modern and loft look in your log cabin home, Aspen is the style you might like. This style utilizes neutral colors, light oak, cream, white, black and grey colors. The Aspen log cabin style should have minimal pieces, lots of windows and grand cathedral ceilings. Amenities may include saunas, hot tubs and other luxuries.

Western Style

  1. Western

The Western log cabin style is inspired by classic cabins of the western United States. For the colors, the Western style utilizes denim blue, black, red and worn leather. For the interior décor, go for bandana prints, and horse and cattle motifs. To achieve that classic look, use a watering trough in place of bathtub and shower. Other items you can have inside your log cabin home include horse blankets, saddles and horse shoes, chaps and boots, chuck wagons and triangle dinner bells, ranch and rodeo posters.

Lakeside Style

  1. Lakeside

The Lakeside cabin is an incredible style for those looking to live a casual life on a lake or pond. Colors include pale blue and white, cream, grey, taupe and navy. For the furniture, go for white painted furniture and Adirondack chairs. At the door, you can use sisal rugs to collect tracked in sand. To achieve that ambient lakeside feeling, you can decorate with found items such as driftwood, rocks, shells and decorative shore birds.

Adirondack porch

  1. Adirondack

The perfect place for hunting camp or getaways during the weekend is the Adirondack style cabin. The style or colors could be anything from the 20s and 30s. Log cabin quilts are a good starting point. Make sure to use antique and mismatched pieces and of course the addition of rocking chairs on the porch. Metal roofing is also in keeping with this style.

Primitive interior

  1. Primitive

A primitive log cabin can serve as a great getaway for hunting, fishing or just relaxing.  The style is reminiscent of the 1700 to 1800s. You can use quilts, period pieces, American antiques and modern appliances hidden behind reproduction cabinets. It should have a hearth which is the center of the home.

Retro Cabin Porch

  1. Retro tourist cabin

Like the name suggests, the retro tourist cabin style can be anything from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Reminiscent of the the tourist camps of these decades, it is a nostalgic leap back into the mid 20th century.  Use camp art signs in addition to pillows and souvenirs.

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