Friday, June 27, 2008

“Green” Furniture


Green has many definitions besides being a color (one of my personal favorites.) Green also means sustainable. So what is sustainable furniture?
Sustainable furniture is made with the concept of being eco-friendly which means protecting and preserving the environment and our natural resources. The kind of materials sustainable furniture is made of include bamboo, rattan and abaca. These types of plants grow extremely fast and are able to quickly replenish themselves. Cutting them down actually promotes incredible regrowth.
A few months ago, I was approached by a manufacturer of bamboo bath towels who asked if I would be interested in carrying their products. After researching the company and the benefits of these eco-friendly bath towels, I was inspired to seek out more "green" products to add to our inventory.
We are pleased to welcome Padama’s Plantation as our newest supplier of green home furnishings. Padama’s Plantation is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, which encourages continuous improvements in corporate and industry practices that progressively move towards sustainable products. Their unique furniture designs bring nature indoors, with the look and feel of a tropical island resort. They have been featured in several magazines such as Home Fashion, Home, Coastal Home and Furniture Style.
We all share the responsibility of protecting the environment and our natural resources. Supporting companies like Padama’s Plantation that use environmentally safe methods and renewable resources, helps promote the cause of protecting the world we live in. Take a look at our new "green" furniture and see how beautiful "going green" can be!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Caring For Your Wood Furniture


Some kind of wood furniture can be found in almost any home. From antique to modern, wood furniture is a staple of many design schemes. Proper care and cleaning of this type of furniture will keep it looking great year after year.
Dusting
Frequent dusting helps protect your furniture from airborn deposits that can scratch the surface. Soft, lint free cloths, such as cotton tee shirts and diapers work well. Slightly dampen them to help trap the dust and prevent it from becoming airborn again. Feather dusters work great on delicate surfaces such as glass and lampshades. Lambs wool dusters contain lanolin which attracts dust and makes it cling to the duster. They work well on carved wood and hard to reach areas. Never use all purpose cleaning sprays on wood furniture unless it has a plastic coating.
Polishing
Cleaners, furniture oils and oil polishes help protect wood by making the surface slippery. Avoid polishing with pure olive oil and products containing large amounts of oil, as they tend to smear and leave fingerprints. The silicone oil found in most commercial sprays and polishes provides some protection, however, they can interfere with refinishing. You can clean and restore wood furniture using a mixture of equal parts olive oil, denatured alcohol, gum turpentine, and strained lemon juice. Use a soft cloth to apply and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Waxing
Wax provides long-lasting protection and a hard finish, won't smear, and is more durable than sprays or polishes. Paste or liquid wax made specifically for furniture should be used in light coats, rubbing into the surface with the grain. Let dry and buff with a soft dry cloth. Paste wax finishes may last as long as two years, where as liquid wax leaves a thinner coating and may need to be applied more frequently. A second coat of wax can be applied for a deeper shine. Liquid or aerosol furniture polishes can dissolve the wax and leave a hazy film, so do not use them to dust waxed furniture. Use a lambs wool duster.
Water Marks
Did you know mayonnaise can remove water marks from wood? Follow these steps:
1. On a paper towel, spread a couple of spoonfuls of mayonnaise. 2. Gently press the paper towel on the white water mark. 3. Leave on stain for 15 minutes. 4. Lift paper towel and check stain. If necessary, add more mayo and let sit longer. 5. If you want to test this procedure, apply small amount in an inconspicuous spot first.
Be sure to check out our different styles of wood furniture including our contemporary furniture, rustic and western furniture and Asian furniture.