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Getting That Vintage Cottage Look

Many folks are attracted to cottage decor for its relaxed feel and welcoming qualities, and so am I. Cottage decor does not necessarily have to be reserved for a cottage. You can decorate a living room dressed like a cottage and instantly achieve a welcomed designer appearance. Cottage decor is commonly thought of shabby chic, but it is much more than that. Cottage decor is lovely when it is filled with distressed and vintage pieces. Sofas and chairs should be as welcoming as a big fluffy bed. One can create a cottage feel with furnishings from a wide range of furniture styles, from the elegance of carved French to the simplicity of Swedish and American Shaker. If you’ve been the...

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Purposeful Creations

The pioneer's love of wood and their skill in using it, as well as surviving examples of it, are fast disappearing. The United States was a country blanketed by forests. Not only on the coasts, but also in the south, and along the Canadian border, massive trees thrived in expansive woodlands. These trees were harvested by the millions and became everything from floorboards to ridge beams, plows to boat keels. This lumber is as much a part of the history of this country as any building that still stands or document that was written during that period. Much of this old wood still remains in the form it took after it first came down. Artisan furniture makers know of these...

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