You call it, "china hutch," —and I call it, "stepback cupboard". Whether you call it a buffet, credenza, hutch or china display case—picking out an attractive, functional, and couple-pleasing French Country dining room piece can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few elegant, and "non-fussy" country French suggestions that both you and your partner will… Continue reading Finding the Perfect French Country Dining Room Storage
All of us have dreams of owning an authentic French Country kitchen—but, the reality is that most of us have standard kitchens with builder-grade charm. So, how can you up the quality and add French Country personality to your kitchen? Here's a few ideas... Add quality, French Country Stools to your kitchen island or peninsula Country French… Continue reading How to Add French Country Charm to a Suburban Kitchen
So what is French Country furniture exactly? French Country furniture can run the gamut from ornate Louis XV armoires, to clean-lined distressed wood cupboards. Ornamentation can span from lavish gilding to nicked and chipped paint finishes. Chairs can be as simple as a rush seat ladderback to a carved wood chair with nailhead and fine… Continue reading French Country Style Guide: Furniture
Summer is all about camps and cottages, and visiting grand lakeside lodges. Recently, our workshop was tasked with building a table that was as grand as the great lodge home it was going to reside in.
Each morning, I take a long walk along the Maine coast, returning home through a neighborhood of grand vintage coastal homes. I feel as if I watch the changing of the seasons with each step. The ocean and the landscape surroundings look slightly different each day. Plants bud and blossom, birds return from the south, the sounds… Continue reading Green with Envy: Creating a Sweet Outdoor Room
Today, I'm on a mission: find a perfect farmhouse table. For the past 10 years, I've been eeking along with a too small, slightly broken table that I inherited from my mother. I dislike just about everything about it, from the wobbly base to the chipped laminate top. However, this decision is bittersweet. This old table and I have come a long way...afterall,… Continue reading Parting With My Old Table is Bittersweet
Farm tables for centuries have been a beloved classic for their timeless appeal. Originating in antique homes and farmhouses, the rustic charm harkens back to when families gathered around the wood tables to enjoy freshly harvested food. Today, the new movement to buy-local and eat closer to the source makes the farm table more relevant than… Continue reading Farm-to-Table: Why Buy a ‘Real Wood’ Dining Table