Design

  • Creating a “Luxury Lodge” Look

    ...with natural materials, organic shapes & textures, and a palette pulled from the great outdoors.

    Today’s modern lodge aesthetic is a sophisticated blend of texture, color, and craftsmanship that is instantly welcoming and elegantly understated.  While the “Luxury Lodge” style is finding its way into everything from city lofts to little bungalows, for those of us lucky enough to live in areas where nature’s bounty & beauty are all around us, the look is a natural extension of our lifestyle.

    To pull this look together in your home, Woodland Creek Furniture’s interior designers suggest starting with your foundation (i.e., the floor) and literally building the look from the ground up.  In this way, you will create a layered look with a natural flow and ease. The key is to find balance between pattern & simplicity, texture & color.

    For a few thoughts on the perfect foundation we’ve reached out to the folks at New Moon Rugs, who’s Mesa Rug Collection sets the bar for the “Luxury Lodge” look, and asked them to give us their thoughts on how to choose the right rug to pull your room together.

    Look to your surroundings:

     

     

     

     

    Choose colors and design elements that complement the surrounding countryside, or the architectural elements used within the home.  That doesn’t always mean matching, however.  Sometimes the use of a bold color can enhance the richness of the materials in the room or pop against the palette of the great outdoors when put beside a picture window or glass wall.

     

     

     

     

     

    How is the room being used?

     

     

     

     

    When choosing a rug with large fields of solid color, consider a heathered tone for high traffic areas such as entryways and kitchens. Patterns, and color palettes with varied tones will help to hide dirt in between vacuuming.

     

     

     

     

     

    Choose materials that will fit the use.  High quality wool is nature’s performance material and will stand up to generations of parties, pets, and indoor picnics on cold nights.  Himalayan wools, like the Tibetan wool used in New Moon Rugs, have a high lanolin content making them naturally stain resistant and easy to spot clean with mild soap and water…  No chemicals or synthetics needed, which is in keeping with the natural vibe at the heart of the Luxury Lodge design ethos.

    Layer in furniture and accessories with natural elements

    Part of the allure of the lodge life is the deep connection with nature.  The finest luxury lodges bring elements of nature indoors in sophisticated ways.  Live edge wood, hammered copper, buttery leather, and natural stone are all excellent materials to introduce into the room in furniture and decorative accents.  Offset these with luxe, textural fabrics in upholstery, pillows, throws, and window treatments (furniture photos courtesy of Woodland Creek Furniture).

    Hammered Copper Mirror
    LW124A
    Root Console Table

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Don’t feel boxed into a specific vernacular in your design

    Luxury Lodge encompasses everything from classic western motifs to clean modern design.  It’s not about a specific “look”.  It’s about a specific “feel”.  The goal is to create a welcoming environment for family & guests, surrounding yourself with the people and pieces that bring joy and have meaning to you. At its core, the Luxury Lodge design movement is about creating a space from floor to ceiling that celebrates nature, fine craftsmanship, community, and personal style.

     

    For more information about New Moon Rugs visit their website or call 800.863.0442

  • What is Barnwood Furniture

    Barn wood or barnwood furniture utilizes wood that has been re-purposed from an actual barn. Proponents of barn wood furniture enjoy the natural, weathered look and feel of the wood; moreover, they have an appreciation for its historical context. Shoppers beware! A lot of big box stores will market their products as “Barn Wood Furniture” at huge markdowns; don’t be fooled by this. They may have a “barn wood” style but are not selling authentic barn wood. The reality is, these pieces can be pricey due to the fact that reclaimed barnwood is a limited resource, but largely because it’s extremely expensive to harvest.

    Barnwood furniture pays homage to Americana

    If a list were to be made on the top ten items that symbolize Americana, barns would have to be near the top.  Barns were being built by the earliest of American settlers.  Barns were around when the ideas and principals for a free and independent country were being discussed; they were around through civil wars; they were around during dust bowls and depressions; they were around through the industrial revolution, and they are around and thriving in the twenty-first century.

    Old American Heritage Barn

    According to the USDA the number of farms peaked in 1930 with approximately 6.3 million farms in the United States.  Every farm had some type of barn used to protect livestock, equipment or hay.  These barns were made from easily accessible local trees.  The wood used for barns was primarily pine, spruce, oak, fir, and hemlock.  Farmers preferred pine as the wood was prevalent, quick to air dry, lighter in weight, and easy to cut.  You can find barns made from just about every species of wood, but the vast majority were made from pine.  Farmers often painted the barn in an attempt to protect the wood from the elements. After the initial painting, barns were usually left to endure the wrath of year-round, daily sun, rain, snow and wind.  Most barns eventually took on a silver-gray appearance as the paint slowly faded away.  The wood became textured and weathered.  Farmers cared little about aesthetics, and why would they?  They were utilitarian at the core and everything was about function, efficiency and survival.  Barns were a means of survival for both the family and the cattle that fed them.   Inside the barns, farmers used every square inch as there was never enough space.  Support beams were littered with nails and spikes holding tools of the trade.

    The daily use of the wood by farmers, coupled with the slow, methodical weathering by Mother Nature, gave the wood a warm and weathered texture.  As modern barns were now being constructed with sheet metal, older wooden barns were destined to slowly decay and fade away.  All across the Midwest tens-of-thousands of barns can be seen fighting to stay erect and relevant.

    Get the Best Barn Wood Furniture from Woodland Creek

    Approximately twenty years ago a client asked us to build his family two vanities for their new summer cottage.  During a brainstorming meeting on design, the customer said he wanted something rustic, but was hoping we had some ideas for something slightly more refined than the traditional log vanities we had on display.  We discussed cabinetry made from hickory, pine, cedar and other traditional woods used at the time, and it could be seen the customer wanted something different.  A promise was made to think and research other woods and to revisit the topic again the following week when they next visited. A few days later, Woodland Creek’s founder, Robert Evina, was driving to see a wood supplier on the northeast side of the state of Michigan (specifically the area between Mio and Glennie).  On certain roads in this part of the state, it is not uncommon to drive for 15-30 miles and not see another vehicle.  On one of these less driven roads, there was a barn that was half-standing.  A storm must have taken down part of the barn. Robert stopped his truck and walked into the field and up to the barn.  The wood was solid, but heavily weathered.  His immediate thoughts turned to how this wood might look if lightly sanded and sprayed with a finish.  All the wood used for furniture up to this point was newly cut and smooth.  A farmhouse nearby proved to be the owners of the barn.  Robert asked if he could take a few boards and experiment with the wood to see if it could be used for furniture.  The owners were happy to grant permission as they said they looked at the barn daily and wished there was a way to use or preserve this once important piece of the family farm.

    The wood was laid on a table in Woodland Creek’s workshop and as expected some of the woodworkers had negative thoughts on using barn wood for furniture.  The boards were cut into smaller pieces and experimentation began.  Some pieces were heavily sanded while others received varying degrees of sanding.  Some pieces were sprayed with a clear lacquer and others were given a stain to see how it would react.  Hours and hours were spent experimenting to find the best finishing techniques.  Early samples were inconsistent. Some samples would turn out aesthetically appealing while other parts of the same board using the same techniques turned out blotchy.  This did not make sense.  It was later realized that some boards were subjected to a steady drip of a leaking part of the barn and a different part of the board had never been touched by water.  After countless hours and days, a finishing technique was developed.  The barnwood boards were beautiful and aesthetically appealing.

    The finishing technique is one of the main reasons Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture looks so much different from competitor’s.  Low grade barnwood furniture appears blotchy and mottled.  Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture has just the right balance; it holds the weathered charm of aged wood, yet it is refined and soft to the touch.

    Barnwood vanities were made for the customer and compliments soon followed. This customer and the owner of Woodland Creek became friends and remain in touch.  The vanities are almost twenty years old and still look great.  This is also an advantage of barnwood furniture.  It literally gets better looking with time. It is easy to touch up and daily use only adds to the “weathered” character.

    Woodland Creek makes some of its own barnwood furniture, and we also work with other companies that share the same commitment to high quality furniture and unique designs.  Finishing techniques have been shared so we consider these smaller, specialty manufactures part of the Woodland Creek family as we have been working together for almost eighteen years.

    Antique Barns

    Early Mistakes

    If you look at wood under a microscope, you will see that its cells resemble and hold water much like a sponge.  A common misconception is that barn wood has been air dried for decades and is immediately ready for use in furniture. Newcomers to our industry do not have twenty years’ experience and know the right way to season barnwood and get it ready for use in furniture.  One of the first mistakes they make is gluing barnwood boards together.  Barnwood is subjected to large swings of moisture in the air. During the humid summers, those cells in the wood will absorb water and expand, and during the cold winters those same cells will give up their water and contract.  Wood adjusts to the climate and will continue to do so inside a home.  Yes, the variation of humidity is less inside a home, but none the less it will expand and contract with the change of season.  Glued up barnwood has a high chance of cracking over time.  Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture has a proprietary, engineered top that subtly adjusts to the varying humidity levels and rarely has issues.  With over 100,000 pieces of barnwood furniture sold over the past eighteen years, we have only seen a few tops that needed to be repaired.  We are quite confident in saying that we know our competitors are manufacturing and selling barnwood furniture that has a 10% to 15% chance of developing large cracks that will make the furniture unattractive and in some cases unusable.  We know this because we used these same woodworking techniques eighteen years ago; we were forced to find a better way.

    In conclusion, Woodland Creek Furniture feels it offers the highest quality barn wood furniture available in the marketplace.  Yes, there is always less expensive options, and we know how to make less expensive barnwood furniture; we choose not to. We choose to offer the best quality at a fair price and develop trust with our clients.

    On Woodland Creek Furniture’s web site you will see a large selection of barnwood dining tables, barnwood coffee tables, barnwood sofa tables, barnwood end tables, barnwood beds and barnwood lighting.  Woodland Creek is constantly adding new designs so please check back with us as we are committed to be the premier barnwood furniture resource in the country.

  • What is Live Edge Furniture

    What is Live Edge Furniture?

    Woodland Creek’s definition of live edge furniture is a piece of furniture that utilizes a solid slab of wood while keeping, even accentuating, the wood’s natural, organic edges.

    The next logical question would be, “what are organic edges?”.

    All trees have bark protecting the tree trunk (wood) underneath. Some species of trees grow straight and have less variation in the outer edge of the tree trunk. Other species have tree trunks that randomly protrude and then contract creating randomness. This outer edge of randomness is what the furniture industry calls “live edge.” The tree is alive; the edge is natural, organic, and random. After the tree has been harvested, it is laid horizontally and then cut with a large saw. The outer edges of each board maintain the tree trunk’s natural edges or live edges.

    Live Edge Furniture is For Every Style

    Live Edge Walnut Console Table
    Live Edge Dining Room

    This does not necessarily mean that live edge furniture is classified solely as rustic. A live edge wood top can be paired with a modern dining table base, and the resulting furniture design is both modern and rustic. Thus, the term modern rustic furniture has been coined in just the past few years. Modern rustic furniture is now a very popular category of furniture. Live edge tabletops that are paired with a rustic or log base would surely fall into the rustic furniture or lodge furniture classifications.

    Live Edge Dining Room Furniture

    Live Edge Dining Room Furniture

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A traditional dining table is usually round, rectangle, square or oval with the edges of the tables cut straight and sanded smooth. A live edge dining table leaves the natural edges of the tree from which wood derived intact. This gives the dining table a unique, asymmetrical appearance and an organic ambiance.

    Live Edge Furniture For the Bedroom

    Another example of live edge furniture are Woodland Creek’s live edge beds. Woodland Creek’s live edge beds feature a beautiful walnut slab with natural, organic edges showcased in the headboard and footboard.

    Live Edge Bedroom Set

    Nature’s art becomes the focal point of the bed. The organic simplicity of the wood slab juxtaposed against the linear bed frame design combines to make a unique and beautiful bed. Ask yourself – is this bed design rustic or modern? Woodland Creek would answer that it has elements of both with a just dash of urban. The matching live edge dresser, live edge chest and live edge nightstand all have solid wood, live edge slab tops. Woodland Creek even handcrafts a live edge bunk bed design. This design is made from solid black walnut and has live edge slabs on both the lower and upper headboards and footboards. This bunk bed design is distinct and one of a kind – a true statement piece of furniture.

    Live Edge Walnut Bunk Bed

    Live Edge Furniture Makes a Statement

    Live Edge Wood Coffee Table

    Live edge coffee tables or live edge cocktail tables make a bold statement. They are so unique that friends and family visiting are sure to comment on the beauty and uniqueness.  What a wonderful way to break the ice and start a warm conversation. Woodland Creek’s live edge coffee tables are available in a myriad of designs, and each can be made any size needed to fit your space. Custom live edge furniture is a Woodland Creek specialty. All of Woodland Creek’s live edge furniture designs are customizable. Keep this in mind when you peruse through the hundreds of distinct live edge furniture designs shown throughout their web site.

    Impress Your Guests With the Beauty of Live Edge

    Woodland Creek’s live edge desks will take a bland, boring office setting and bring it into the twenty-first century. Live edge office furniture will make a nonverbal statement to potential customers that your company is bold, stylish and relevant – the company they should be doing business with. Woodland Creek has made hundreds of live edge desks for customers all over the country. Mr. Smith sent us this photo of his beautiful walnut live edge desk in his office. He also sent us this nice compliment, “I love my walnut desk. Countless times a day I find myself checking out its top. The sun shines through with windows and lights up the beautiful grain pattern. These few seconds of stress release make my days better.”

    Let’s not forget Woodland Creek’s live edge console tables, live edge sofa tables and live edge end tables. Woodland Creek offers dozens of unique modern, rustic, industrial and urban designs all able to be customized in length, width and height. You many choose from walnut, maple, redwood, and oak.

    Ever considered a live edge counter-top for your kitchen cabinets or island? If not, you should as they are gorgeous. Woodland Creek makes them any size needed. You can see examples of live edge counter tops by visiting this page.

    Custom Live Edge Wood Desks

    Listen to What Our Customers Have to Say About Their Live Edge Furniture…

    Wow, wow, wow – the minute we opened the crate I feel in love with the live edge dining table you made for us. My husband and I could not stop running our hands over the outer edges of the wood. It is soooo beautiful. This table brought our new home together. Thank you for making this table for us. We will be talking again soon about some other pieces for our home.

    PS Mindy and Felicia were awesome to work with. They kept us in the loop from start to finish.

    Karen, Washington

     

    I normally do not write reviews as I can never find the time. For the first time I wanted to write a review. Most reviews are done as soon as the item is received. I am writing this review almost a year after we received our live edge dining table from you. We regularly entertain guests at our home for pleasure and sometime business. We live in an affluent neighborhood in a home that I am sure many would call expensive. My point for sharing this is not to brag. My point for sharing is that the table that Woodland Creek made for us gets more questions and compliments than any other feature or furnishing in our home. It is well crafted and truly unique. I would highly recommend Woodland Creek to anyone considering quality furniture.

    Tim Olson, Illinois

     

  • Gift A Live Edge Bed This Holiday Season

    Tis’ the season of giving, and what better gift to give than the gift of sleep. I mean, who doesn’t like good nights rest? Sleep keeps you recharged, positive and best of all young.  And why not sleep in style and expert craftsmanship? With our live edge beds made here in the U.S; we take the best of the best when it comes to rustic design and inspiration and deliver an unmatched-custom experience. Soak in the live edge wood with natural varying lines and contours. From Barnwood to Refined styles we have something for everyone.

    Barnwood is best paired organically

    Beautiful barnwood with natural slabs, present a unique approach in bed making that is rock solid. Solid reclaimed wood at 6” x 6” timbers are used for the headboard and footboard. With thick cut natural live edges the headboard is sure to shine and make a statement in any bedroom. Finishes vary and you can customize these as you see fit, but remember; Mother Nature’s artwork can never be replicated.

    Bring the wildlife indoors

    Meticulously hand painted, and hand made our Hand Carved Log Bed brings the wildlife indoors. Dream big with your favorite animals, sleep well with every turn of the clock this holiday season, and every season after that. Each carving is handmade using old fashioned rustic tools. No CNC routers are used here. Every bed is made in the USA, and we can make any custom height needed. That’s right, it’s not a one size fits all, it’s a - this size fits you.

    Rustic Log Bed with Carved Wildlife

    A functional artistic rustic bed sure to “WOW”

    In short everything we do here is rustic, but this Rustic Log Bed is just downright epic. The colorful twisted juniper we use only grows in high remote areas of Colorado and Utah; given this bed a one of a kind feel. The incredible slabs of edge redwood or burl wood (your choice) tell a troy for themselves. There is an art to picking and choosing the right wood and materials, this Rustic bed nails it. The hard work is definitely worth it, and by the time your receive it all you have to do is love it. Get ready to tuck in and sleep well through your nights for many moons to come.

    Bed Juniper Redwood Side

    Elegant and transitional are all the craze with this Refined Rustic Bed

    This Refined Rustic Bed with natural slabs is both elegant and rustic. Two terms that usually cancel each other out, but not this time. We worked tirelessly to perfect to this reclaimed solid barnwood bed, using beautiful live edge natural slabs that deliver an unmatched quality yet to be seen. We cut, plane, and sand the slabs to release the natural inherent character in each log. The combination of reclaimed naturally aged wood and its artisan finish techniques make for a beautiful nights rest.

    Natural Live Edge Slab Bed

    Sleep well, dream big

    So whichever bed you end up choosing this Holiday season, just know it will be made for you; custom handmade in the USA. Speak with one of our rustic design consultants today, and see why Woodland Creek is the leader in handcrafted rustic, cabin, lodge, and barnwood decor.

  • Rest, Relax, and Recharge With These Beautiful Rustic Beds

    Rustic inspiration in the bedroom can leave you feeling one with nature.

    We all know how important a good nights' rest can be. That is why we have taken the opportunity to put together a list of a few rustic beds that are both easy on the eyes and back. So kick up your feet, and grab a cup of tea, let’s find out which rustic bed is perfect for you.

    Go Contemporary and Rustic with a Reclaimed Platform Bed

    Sometimes we love Rustic aesthetic for what it is and sometimes we wished it would just be a tad bit more modern in design. Well, wish no more. Our reclaimed wood platform bed, combines the gorgeous lines of the timber wood and all while highlighting the steel ribbons. Bed comes with optional built in drawers perfect for storing your linens or other clothing items. Available in King and Queen sizes.

    Reclaimed Platform Bed with Drawers

    Barnwood Beds Have Never Looked This Modern

    By taking barnwood boards and setting them up in a transitional design, we are providing a true testament to the sign of the times. Designers are taking and mixing the old with the new, creating this cascading effect and impact on how we think about what rustic should look like in the future. This modern barnwood bed does just that, perfect for any space or style of home, this bed offers rich natural wood tones, with a variety of accent colors.

    Mountain Modern Bed

    Appreciate the Modern But Need a More Vintage Look

    If you like the modern barnwood design but prefer to stick with the classics, we understand and can help. The vintage era of rustic design is why we fell in love with it in the first place also. Clean, nature filled and full of calm outdoor vibes. Sleep well, and sleep in with this vintage barnwood bed, made from 100 to 150 year old reclaimed barnwood from the Midwest! Need a special headboard height or custom color tone? We can do that too. Vintage barnwood beds have never came with these many options, take advantage and get yours today.
    Colorful Rustic Cottage Bed

    The Kids Can Sleep-in Too

    As seen in Homify, our Post Beam Solid Wood Bunk Bed is made from solid cedar wood, and is well built and sturdy. It is strong enough for adults and kids, don’t worry it can definitely a few dings as well. The bunk bed works perfect for ages 7-12 and delivers maximum comfort for a good night's rest. Comes in a variety of color tones to choose from, making this custom bunk bed a must have!

    Extra Strong Bunk Bed

    Rustic beds come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. If you’re having a hard time choosing which is best for you, give us a call today. Our rustic design consultants are more than happy to help!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.homify.com/projects/456094/timber-frame-wood-bunk-bed

  • It's an exciting time for modern rustic design!

    It's an exciting time for modern rustic design!

    From organic rustic console tables to live edge tables -- these are the trends driving modern rustic design forward.

    While rustic design is engineered to stay true to its minimalist natural filled roots, many have explored new ways to bring fresh life to the aesthetic.

    Phillips Collection Style Root Console Table

    Modern Root Console tables by Woodland Creek Furniture

    This year has been no exception, with the likes of the Philips Collection1 and our very own Modern Root Console tables2, designers and companies are driving a new way of thinking about how to further blend design and nature.  By presenting natural escape in each of these pieces, modern rustic designers can provide sustainability and a feeling of calm reflection to any space through their works. This is especially true, with our River Runs Through It unique coffee tables3. As natural tones start to take shape more clearly when you create a flowing sense of trails, it delivers a feeling of outdoor excitement and adventure all year round.

    It doesn’t stop there.

    Live edge tables deliver a natural shape to your home.

    We all know that the edges and shapes to things matter. Let’s be honest, some edges are just too “edgy” while others are just “perfect”. With Woodland Creek Live Edge Tables4 you have the opportunity to find the best edge for your space! We offer a wide range of natural dining tables and table tops, with our best sellers being our Modern Live Edge Dining Table5, and our Modern Table made with Live Edge Top6. The Modern Live Edge Dining Table offers a more classic log cabin aesthetic, while the Modern Table made with Live Edge Top can fit perfectly into your Rustic Brooklyn home. Speaking of dining tables, here is an awesome one we found on Houzz that really shows the potential of live edge table tops7.

    Dreaming of rustic barnwood bathroom vanities? We sure are!

    From powdering the nose, and freshening up, to making sure your cowboy hat is placed just right before you head out for the night; washrooms play an important role in your personal well being. So why not match this to your style? Uplift your morning with a bathroom vanity you truly love using. We have everything from barnwood vanities8 to salvage/reclaimed wood vanities9; we are sure you and your loved ones will find the best unique rustic bathroom vanity10 for your space! This rustic Paradise Valley bathroom11 offers a great starting point for fresh ideas on your next remodel.

    Need a second or third opinion?

    Call one of our modern rustic design consultants at (231)668-9125 today. We are always more than happy to help you choose the right piece for your space. We are a Best of Houzz Customer Service company and pride ourselves and delivering quality feedback and insight when available. If you prefer to order online you can do so, with our easy checkout process!

    Links:

    1. https://www.houzz.com/pro/phillipscollection/phillips-collection
    2. https://www.houzz.com/photos/931019/Greenbrier-Residence-contemporary-dining-room-dallas
    3. https://www.houzz.com/photos/87716948/Paradise-Valley-Residence-rustic-bathroom-other
  • Soft Modern Furniture

    What an unusual term to describe a style of furniture “soft modern furniture” - it is almost an oxymoron. The term never entered my vocabulary until one Saturday afternoon when a customer walked into our retail store and engaged one of the sales staff. This customer stated she had found us online, and after perusing our web site was excited to see we had a nice selection of soft modern furniture.

    I immediately looked up and starting asking the customer questions as to which designs she liked. I wanted which designs she felt fell into the “soft modern furniture” category. After she had left, I took pause and reflected on her thoughts. I agreed. Indeed some of our designs were modern, but the use of reclaimed woods and natural woods did give them a “softer” more “earthy” feel. Just five years ago no one would have thought of combining linear furniture designs containing polished or brushed stainless steel with textured, distressed salvaged woods. Well, now this décor and style of furniture is popular, and this style of decorating does not appear to be a fad. I personally think soft modern furniture is a category here to stay.

    Why do I feel soft modern furniture is here to stay? Well, the world continues to become fast paced; all cities have major traffic issues; the news both domestic and international is a constant stream of negativity and most products are mass produced and made with mostly synthetic materials (i.e., plastics, resins, etc.). Or society is basically on steroids and growing at a rapid pace. Everybody is working longer hours in order to get ahead or just stay above water. When our clients come home, they want their homes to be a refuge from this synthetic, fast paced, tumultuous society. The use of reclaimed woods with history, texture, and character offer solace and provide a unique warmth even when used in modern furniture design. The linear modernistic style of the furniture contributes with its neat and orderly essence. The combination is a breath of fresh air in the design industry.

    Now let’s take this look one step further. Let’s mix in some mid-century modern furnishings with soft modern, and you have what I personally coined “Michigan Modern Furniture”. I am speaking personally, but seeing furniture designs from the 60’s and 70’s come back in style and pairing it with the aforementioned new soft modern furniture designs is a look that resonates with Michiganders and now across the country. Maybe this attraction partly comes from nostalgia and a sentimental yearning for the happiness of being a kid with no responsibilities – whatever the reason for the positive vibe, it works. Woodland Creek Furniture and our sister store, Woodland Creek Modern, display a nice variety of soft modern furniture and mid-century modern furniture. Most designs are available made in custom sizes and layouts. Because we make most of our own designs, “custom” does not mean expensive. You are dealing factory direct and we offer very fair pricing for quality furniture. Our stores are open seven days a week. If you live out of state, we have live customer service sales staff helping with questions and quotes seven days a week. We ship throughout the U.S. and Canada. Call us today to discuss your project.

    Thank you for reading this blog entry.

    Sincerely,

    Rob Evina
    Founder/CEO
    Woodland Creek Furniture

  • How to Compliment Your Rustic Bar for the Ultimate Man Cave

    After a long day or week at work, you need a space where you can relax, enjoy a few beers and catch up on the latest game. Luckily, creating a comfortable zone for you and your friends doesn’t require too much creativity or effort. One simple way to add a little extra luxury to your man cave is to install a customized rustic bar. A customized bar can easily be the focal point of any man cave without looking like you tried too hard.

    It doesn’t get any manlier than a custom bar made from natural wood with log accents or one handcrafted from reclaimed barn wood.

    Another advantage of installing a rustic bar is that the more they get used the better they look.  It is really hard for your clumsy buddies to damage a top made from distressed barnwood or a solid slab of wood top.  The barnwood already has 100 years of character so a little more will only enhance the look.  A thick slab top can take years and years of abuse and then be re-sanded only to look as good as the day it was originally installed.  Just choose a style that fits your personality and provides all of the storage you need to keep a few cold drinks handy.  After you’ve decided on the type of bar that will fit perfectly into your new haven, there are a few extra things you can do to ramp up the manliness.

    Get the right furniture: Depending on the type and size of bar you choose, look for rustic furniture that is similar in size and style to keep your room looking pulled together.

    The ultimate man cave needs a good couch and recliner. You can coordinate the bar with matching log or barn wood sofas, chairs or recliners.

    Leather or suede is comfortable, manly and looks great with darker colors and rustic pieces. Because this space will be (hopefully) kid free, you should be able to splurge on a pricier piece, which may be necessary if you are looking for high quality leather or suede furniture. To ensure that you’re getting a good quality piece look for an aniline piece, which means the stain permeates the entire piece of leather and not just the surface.

    You should also look closely at the stitching on your furniture and avoid pieces with frayed stitching; and last but not least, sit on the couch or chair you’re interested in. Move around in it. Plop down into it like you would at the end of a long day. Listen for any squeaking and move around to feel any unpadded areas of the furniture. Comfort is at least as important as style, so make sure you select a piece that’s comfortable and attractive.

    Choose the right colors: Luckily rustic wood bars go with pretty much anything, but if you want a more subtle place to relax, you should look for a mix of dark and light colors to compliment the tones in the wood of your bar. Colors that typically work well with rustic pieces include burgundy, browns, creams and dark reds. If you’re feeling a little brave you could even try a burnt orange on the walls.

    Accent your man cave with personal touches: Throw pillows aren’t really a man-thing, but that could change if you choose a cool pillow like the Man Cave Beer Coozie Pillow. This awesome pillow can be customized for your personal space and doubles as a beer holder. Forget about coasters, this cozy pillow can sit next to you on the couch. There’s space for two drinks, so you can share with someone or just hold an extra drink for yourself.  Don’t forget to add photos, sports memorabilia and other personal touches to make the space feel more like your own. And to round out the perfect man cave, don’t forget the pool table and/or big screen TV! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cold beer in your personalized rustic man cave.

    Author Bio:  Hank McKinsey is a lifestyle how-to blogger for his blog Home By Hank and also a stay at home dad.  When he’s not at the computer blogging, he can be found at the park with his two dogs or on the tennis court with his wife.  Follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to.

  • Add Reclaimed Wood Furniture to Your Rustic Interior Design

    Reclaimed wood furniture is growing in popularity around the country when it comes to home decor. The reclaimed wood that is used in the production of furniture is sometimes not what it claims to be, however. Many competitors are offering furniture that has a reclaimed wood look to it but comes from fresh cuts of lumber. The authenticity, durability, and history of the wood are all compromised! Actual reclaimed wood furniture uses wood found from sources such as old barns, factories, and warehouses that were built at least 100 years ago, meaning they have the age, character, and meaning all buried deep within the timber. For anyone who is avid about their history and their furniture, these are all very important features!

    The reclaimed wood furniture style is growing in popularity for several reasons:

    • It looks and feels great and unique
    • The rich history and tradition that are behind each piece of furniture
    • They reuse resources, instead of requiring more trees to be cut for wood
    • The physical characteristics of the wood are marked by higher quality and sustainability

    Why, you may ask, is it better to reuse the wood, especially if it is so old as it is? Well, the answer again lies in our history. The wood that was used over a century ago by the nation’s agricultural pioneers was harvested in a time when air pollution from the industrial age did not stunt the growth or quality character of new trees. The wood is stronger, healthier, and last much longer than the wood that is harvested from trees that are bred and cut down in the modern age for mass producing furniture.

    The reclaimed wood furniture that we use at Woodland Creek Furniture is sourced from barns and other locations around the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. We use wood that is at least 100 years old and filled with history and character, before implementing our unique process to craft and reclaim it into new and elegant pieces of reclaimed wood furniture. We would love for you to take a look through our wide variety of pieces either online, or in one of our two massive showrooms.

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