Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New White Cedar Rustic Furniture

I've added some new pieces to our collection of rustic furniture from Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Company. They have over 35 years experience manufacturing quality Northern White Pine Cedar log furniture. White cedar is a popular choice for rustic furniture because of its durability, resistance to weather and insect decay and when you leave white cedar outdoors to weather naturally, it turns a beautiful silvery-gray. Its natural creamy white color goes well with any decor or you can also stain it to match whatever wood you already have in your home.

Perfect for the living room or guest room, the futon frame makes a nice couch for day use, then lays flat to make an extra full size bed. The dimensions are 83" l x 32" d x 33" h. The futon mattress and futon covers are sold separately.

In addition to the Three Piece Bistro Set, we now have the Five Piece Bistro Set for those with a few more hungry mouths. This set comes with 4 bar stools with backs and a larger bistro table. This is the perfect dining set for a breakfast nook or patio. If you're looking for backless bar stools, I have them in 30"h, 24"h and 18" h that come in a set of two at very affordable prices.

Finally, for the living room, in addition to the Rectangular Coffee Table, I now carry the Round Coffee Table and the Sofa/Console Table. The Sofa/Console Table works great placed behind the sofa or in the foyer or hallway. For those with wood burning fireplaces, the 2' Log Style Firewood Rack makes a great accessory.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Custom Hand Made Rustic Wine Racks & Liquor Bottle Holders

One of the most appealing aspects of rustic decor is that most of it is hand made using natural elements. That means you get a unique, one of a kind item to display in your home. Rustic artist Kendall Von Feldt has been creating one of a kind rustic wine racks from Aspen logs that she carefully hand picks from her own property in Colorado. To ensure her rustic decor is eco-friendly, Kendall only uses dead standing Aspen, which helps promote the growth of new trees. Her beautifully rugged wine racks are sold in retail stores throughout Colorado and online at HomeTreasureCove. You can also find Kendall and her rustic decor at different food, wine and art festivals in Colorado.

These are some of her new rustic wine racks and liquor bottle holders. In addition to the 2 Bottle Countertop Aspen Wine Rack, 3 Bottle Countertop Aspen Wine Rack and 4 Bottle Countertop Aspen Wine Rack, you can now order these hanging wine racks:

2 Bottle Hanging Wine Rack

3 Bottle Hanging Wine Rack

4 Bottle Hanging Wine Rack

For the serious wine lover, the 7 bottle Floor Standing Wine Rack stands 52 inches tall and holds up to 6 wine glasses.

The Centerpiece Wine Rack is an absolutely stunning addition to your dining room table. This is a true work of art. Rustic moss and Pheasant feather accents add a wonderful texture to this piece.

Save counter space with the Under Cabinet Wine Rack . It holds up to 3 bottles and you can choose from light or dark wood and a high gloss or natural beeswax finish.

Finally, this Wine Rack with Stemware holder is an elegant and functional item that would also make a great and unique wedding gift.

For those who prefer something a little stronger, these rugged liquor bottle holders make a great addition to your bar. First is the Amaretto Bottle Rack. Made with your choice of light or dark Aspen, it holds 1 bottle and 4 shot glasses. You get to add your own personal touch with an inscription of your choice on the front plaque. Other varieties include the Crown Bottle Holder, Jack Bottle Holder and Tequila Bottle Holder. Another option is the 2 Bottle Liquor Holder which holds 2 round or square 750 ml bottles and 4 shot glasses.

If you need a good place to stash your favorite, expensive bottle of booze the Whiskey Bottle Cabinet will hold even the large 1.75 liter bottles. A brass plaque with your inscription (Hands Off! might be appropriate) is included.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Guest Author Jessica Ackerman Shares Ideas For Decorating A Small Cottage Kitchen

This guest post is from artist/designer Jessica Ackerman who writes for and offers aspiring home designers the opportunity to get these wrought iron wall plaques and hanging wall vases.

Cottage style decorating is a trend that never seems to go out of style. Ranging from country inspired styles to the more modern shabby chic, cottage style can encompass many tastes. The kitchen is an ideal place to start your own cottage motif; the many nooks and crannies in even the tiniest of kitchens lend themselves to the collections cottage style lovers adore.

Colorful Questions
As with any decorating/design project, start by deciding on colors. Country style can involve a wide range of color palettes, from barn reds to rustic blues and greens to warm, chocolate browns. Shabby chic style tends to be more about pastels, including bright (but aged) whites, carnation pinks, lemon yellows, sky blues and sea greens. A seaside cottage might rely on nautical navy blue, red and white while an English garden inspired cottage may rely on colors from a fresh springtime flower bed.

Crafty Cabinetry
After giving your cottage kitchen a fresh coat of wall paint, look for creative ways to bring your cabinets into your design. After a thorough cleaning and a coat or two of good quality primer, you can treat the surfaces of your cabinets as you would treat any other paintable surface. Depending on your particular style, you might paint the cabinets a neat solid white or one of the colors in your palette. Faux finishes can look great on cabinetry, including sponge painting, rag rolling and faux aging techniques like crackle paint. Creative Victorian cottage fanciers might decoupage vintage photos and magazine pictures to the cabinet faces while country cottage lovers may replace faces with fabric panels. Homeowners with woodworking skills can even add clear or stained glass panels to cabinets to showcase beautiful dish or glassware collections.

Finding The Perfect Accessories

Finding wonderful and charming cottage accessories can be a lot of fun; the hunt for perfect pieces can be as fun as the decorating project itself. Scour flea markets, yard sales, online auctions, craft fairs and local charity discount retailers (like Goodwill or the Salvation Army) for one of a kind or vintage pieces that reflect your style. The beauty of cottage style is how adaptable it is – anything you love and find beautiful can find a home in your cottage kitchen.

Finishing Touches
Once you’ve added color and accessorized your kitchen, a few finishing touches can really bring the space together. A thick, plush rug in front of the sink, cute curtains at the windows and a chalk board for making grocery lists and keeping track of family schedules add a homey and comforting touch. Add pots of fresh herb plants, beautiful flowers in simple vases and wall décor, and soon you’ll have a space you love.

Mix and Match
If decorating your kitchen from soup to nuts in cottage décor is too much, you can combine the cottage style with many other styles to create a signature style all your own. Cottage details can make a striking contrast in a modern kitchen by making the space feel less sterile and more lived in. Cottage style can also work in splashes in a contemporary, rustic or Victorian kitchen. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless.

A special thanks to Jessica Ackerman for providing these great kitchen decorating ideas. Some other ideas for accessories for a cottage style kitchen include cast iron cookware, and these classic porcelain cake plates in red or blue.