Woodland Creek Furniture Blog

  • Dining Furniture with An Edge

    Even the most talented of chefs will struggle to make food the star of the show with one of our Modern Rustic Live Edge Dining Table as a centerpiece of a dining room furniture set! Thanks to the heady combination of sleek, contemporary supports and paired back natural elements.

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    Classic design touches

    When it comes to timeless rustic design features, nothing beats a kiln-dried slab of gorgeous natural wood, with the live edge preserved. What’s more, this iconic feature can be the focal point of any number of furniture styles! This includes a modern dining table, when partnered with the right legs.

    Our Modern Rustic Live Edge Dining Table is the best of both worlds – the classic live edge top that everybody loves and the modern legs that make the piece come together as a whole and stand out from the crowd. However, don’t go thinking that this is an off-the-peg option. We tailor everything to your exact specifications.

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    Modern Rustic Dining Table, your way

    At the start of the ordering process, we ask you to tell us what you want by offering a choice of black walnut or cherry for the tabletop. We can also create a book-matched black walnut top, for that seamless symmetry. That effortlessly elevates a contemporary dining table into the realms of designer chic.

    With your wood selected, The planks are then specifically cut and dried to order, in line with your size requirements! Then, our expert craftsmen expertly join them! Next, we finish it with a minimum of four coats of protective clear coat. Sealing in the tabletop’s beauty and amplifying the natural grain of the solid wood! This hand-finishing allows your table to be given the fully bespoke touch. This technique results in a unique piece of furniture crafted in between six and eight weeks. This includes the book-matched walnut dining table option.

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    Standout touches

    It can’t have escaped your notice that the legs on this table are something special as well. Rarely can the supports of a modern dining table rival a solid wood top. However, in this case they really do.

    Unfussy and linear metal supports, finished in black, have been designed to perfectly house a section of organic root each. Therefore, book-ending the table with eye-catching and one-off installations. No two tables will ever be identical, thanks to the natural variation in the materials being showcased. What’s really shocking is that this design can integrate itself into any home décor scheme. The beauty of the natural wood makes this an ideal addition to any rustic property. However, with such striking design touches, even minimalist homes will be perfectly placed to showcase this design.

    Available to order in custom sizes, for millimeter-perfect dining room design. We create the Modern Rustic Live Edge Dining Table with your upmarket home in mind. From cottages and lodges through to ranches and cabins. No wood-loving home is complete without one of these statement pieces as a timeless focal point.

  • Traditional Style Built to Contemporary Standards

    Don’t fall into the trap of letting your bathroom be the interior space where you let your design credentials slip! It can be so easy to simply plump for the basics. Because, this isn’t a room that you spend huge amounts of time in. However, when it’s remarkably uncomplicated to inject some fabulousness, just with your choice of vanity, you’d be crazy not to. Let us show you this fabulousness in our Reclaimed Barnwood Vanity!

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    Invite Wood into your Bathroom

    There used to be a school of thought that wood and bathrooms don’t mix. However, when you install quality, purpose built bathroom storage furniture into a moisture-rich environment. There are no negative consequences to worry about. Even if the wood vanity being created is more on the rustic side.

    Our Heritage Collection takes reclaimed wood and gives it a brand new lease of life as a piece of furniture that will last you a lifetime, while building on the vintage feel by including traditional carpentry mastery. In the case of this stunning barnwood vanity, you’ll find hand carved wooden door hinges. Not metal, wood, to bolster the old world feel of the piece as a whole. The perfect finishing touch is a hand forged metal latch! This latch completes the aesthetic, without detracting from all that wonderful wood.

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    The Beauty of a Reclaimed Barnwood Vanity 

    Why choose a reclaimed barnwood vanity over something more contemporary? Simple. It has so much more character! This wood has already enjoyed a functional existence, with unique nail holes, cracks and saw marks to prove it. In short, no two items will ever be identical, regardless of the design or craftsman that makes it. That elevates your furniture to new heights instantly and allows your space to always be unique.

    The simplicity of our Reclaimed Barnwood Vanity allows the gorgeous material to step forward as the star of the show. A fussier design might have overshadowed the rich hue of the vintage wood! Here, however, there is no option but to stand back and enjoy the piece as a cohesive whole. Better still, there isn’t a single style of home that this would look out of place in.

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    Perfect for Every Home

    Any western-style home, rustic interior design scheme or actual log cabin would make a perfect home for this beautiful vanity unit! However, don’t discount more modern homes either! In a minimalist chic bathroom, adding one piece of eye-catching dark wood furniture will help to heighten the bright finish everywhere else. You can complete the vanity with a modern sink and faucet, to balance the final aesthetic too! You choose the position of the sink and customizing your overall vanity orientation with our drop-down menus.

    Thanks to the simple look of the Heritage Collection, you can experiment with accessorizing and building a more complete home furniture set. From reclaimed wood mirrors to dressers, coffee tables and everything in between! It doesn’t make sense to keep such wonderful pieces hidden away in your bathroom alone! So, why not experiment with a wider rustic design aesthetic?

  • Rustic Fun For All Ages

    To decorate your home in a cohesive way. You need to pause for a moment and think about the bedroom furniture in your kids’ rooms. It’s all very well choosing yourself an amazing rustic bed that will stand the test of time. However, what about the younger members of the household? Don’t they deserve something stunning as well? Now, you can treat them to a rough sawn bunk bed that will be the envy of all their friends.

    link to a rough sawn bunk bed Post and Beam Bunk Bed - Antique Barnwood

    Encouraging great taste

     You might not be convinced that children will want a rustic bunk bed. However, kids aren’t just about modern technology and everything new! In fact, you might be surprised by how amenable they are to something along the lines of a barnwood bunk bed! One that looks amazing and won’t ever date, because good looking wood is timeless.

    Buying a wooden bed gives you the chance to teach your kids about sustainable, green materials. While also giving them the chance to appreciate traditional styles and American craftsmanship. Especially with this rough sawn timber frame bunk bed, as it has been designed and is built right here in the USA. Domestic product appreciation is so important, but that’s just one reason to consider investing in this gorgeous bunk bed design.

    link to the post and beam bunk bed Post and Beam Bunk Bed - Honey Amber

    Solid as a rock

    Kids have a habit of being a little less than gentle when it comes to their beds! Which is why sturdy thick wooden beams are the right choice. You’ll find no laminate or veneer here. You will only find solid cedar being put to expert use! The solid cedar will create a bed frame that you can depend on. Adding an aesthetic touch, the rough sawn finish amps up the rustic vibe, making it ideal for not only your home, but also a log cabin or rural hideaway.

    Even better is the fact that the solid wood bunk bed frame is so strong. So much so, that even adults can sleep comfortably in it as well.

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    Amazing value in the Rough Sawn Bunk Bed

    Given the timeless design of this open-slat, integrated-ladder bunk bed, the quality of the wood being used and the fast completion time that you can rely on. You might be wondering how the price can be so comparatively small and that answer is simple! You are buying direct from the manufacturer. We are proud of our exclusive designs and want to ensure that only the finest artisans work on them! This is why we source talented craftsmen and keep our standards high.

    With no distribution channels to account for. We can create dynamic designs that are built to last a lifetime, but offer excellent value for money as well. We also want you to have the option of buying more than one item from a collection, if you like to coordinate your furniture.

    The Sawmill Rough Sawn Timber Bunk Bed is a perfect example of the fact that safety, style and sustainability really can work together to create unrivaled furniture pieces that will last a lifetime and never go out of fashion. Even kids will appreciate that!

    Link to the rustic rough sawn bunk bed Post and Beam Bunk Bed - American Chestnut
  • Functional Furniture With A Twist

    Modern Live Edge Bed

    If the idea of combining sleek modern lines with traditionally more rustic finishes sounds impossible, think again, as the Modern Live Edge Bed has achieved a perfect aesthetic balance. What’s more, timeless good looks are just one of the unique selling points of this stunning modern slab bed! So, let's read on to discover more.

    A Modern Live Edge Bed Proudly made in the USA

    Flying the flag for domestic craftsmanship. This artisanal solid wood bed has been constructed from gorgeous Black Walnut, right here in the USA. Evoking images of traditional cabin living, the hybrid of rustic and contemporary detailing is a testament to how talented our carefully selected team is.

    No home is complete without art

    Had this been a simple and unfussy piece of bedroom furniture with just a perfectly constructed hardwood frame. It would have been beautiful. By adding in the live edge bed detailing, however, in the form of tactile organic slabs in the head and footboard, what could have been pretty has been transformed into art.

    Any bedroom will be transformed into a haven of good taste and exquisite detail with a Modern Live Edge Bed, with no décor styles excluding themselves from the party. In minimalist spaces, the rich wood will add much needed warmth and a single focal point that exudes class and sophistication. While in more rustic spaces it will further be enhanced by the inclusion of live edge wood. This is the joy of a modern rustic bed – there simply isn’t a home that it won’t look perfect in.

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    An option for everybody

    From twin to full-size, queen, king and California king, this bed can be built to specifications that suit you. It will also be built to your home and your needs! So, there’s no compromising on quality. The centrepiece of the item, those beautiful slices of Black Walnut that finish the head and footboard. They will always be cut as one single and solid piece. You can sleep easy knowing that your wood slab bed is exactly that! It will always be constructed from sturdy, everlasting slabs, not composite materials and finished with high quality fixings! These fixings being made from with hand-forged black metal hardware.

    Made to order, over a six to eight-week period, no two Modern Live Edge Beds are ever the same, but thanks to the naturally stunning nature of Black Walnut and its eye-catching ombre grain, they don’t need to be. Furthermore, a perfectly understated linear frame, finished in a subtle stain just slightly darker than the slabs! The contrast and complementary style will go hand-in-hand! Rustic meets contemporary just as functionality meets fabulousness with this incredible bed! The bed proves that opposites not only attract, they go together beautifully!

    Creating something that is guaranteed to make everybody step back and take a moment to appreciate the full power and impression that it makes is no easy task! However, that’s our specialty here at Woodland Creek. Pieces of statement furniture that stand the test of time thanks to US craftsmanship are what we do best and the Modern Live Edge bed is a standout example of exactly that.

  • Sleep Easy On A Reclaimed Wood Bed

    Sleep Easy On Reclaimed Wood Beds

    It’s no secret that the focal point in any beautifully designed bedroom is a stunning bed! However, knowing which direction to go in can be difficult. There are so many variations to weigh up, but for the perfect blend of timelessness, organic elegance and seamless integration into a wide range of décor styles, the Woodland Creek Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed is hard to beat.

    Read on to find out what makes this bed so special.

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    Good looks that speak for themselves

    Purposeful and strong, the wood platform bed injects a rich hue into any surroundings by drawing natural light towards it and radiating warmth and exotic charm. You can choose between a rustic textured look or a smooth-sanded finish. Both of which offer the ideal base for the crowning glory of the whole piece – the eye-catching headboard.

    A balanced blend of contemporary design flair and rustic materials. The headboard sees swathes of reclaimed timber broken up with delicate ribbons of stainless steel that catch the sunlight and add just the right amount of sparkle.

    Sizing tailored for you

    Offered in four sizes, from twin through to eastern king, there are reclaimed wood beds for every home. Moreover, you can have some design input into your finished piece of furniture, by deciding how tall you’d like your headboard.

    This is a lifetime purchase and here at Woodland Creek, we don’t believe that you should compromise when it comes to creating your perfect bedroom. So, if this bed could be the one for you, if only the headboard was a little different, tell us. We can also create fully custom pieces.

    A smaller environmental footprint

    With sustainability being a societal watchword right now, selecting this reclaimed wood bed allows you to sleep easy knowing that you made a responsible choice. Being able to align your ethics with a dynamic aesthetic and functionality is rare, but this bed checks every box.

    Naturally, using reclaimed timber means that no two beds will ever be identical, but this is all part of the rustic charm of the design. There’s also something rather special about knowing your furniture had a previous life.

    Wood Being Reclaimed From Old Structures

    Easy integration into any bedroom

    If there’s any piece of bedroom furniture that is guaranteed to look and feel great. It's a reclaimed wood bed! Organic materials have a natural ability to adapt to their environments and won’t date or age in the same way that fashionable materials can. In fact, wooden bedroom furniture seems to get better with every year that passes.

    Consider a fresh Scandinavian bedroom scheme. What would look more at home than a reclaimed wood bed? Or how about a traditional country aesthetic? Again, a wooden bed is the only choice. Even in a minimalist home, a reclaimed wood bed with hidden drawers would be the functional and beautiful choice, proving how truly versatile an option it is.

    If you’d like more information on the Reclaimed Wood Bed or to discuss sizing options, contact us today.

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  • Creating a “Luxury Lodge” Look

    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:

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    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! Furthermore, it could pop against the palette of the great outdoors when put beside a picture window or glass wall.

     

     

     

     

     

    How is the room being used?

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    When choosing a rug with large fields of solid color. In addition, 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! It 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! This makes them naturally stain resistant and easy to spot clean with mild soap and water…  No chemicals or synthetics needed! Which keeps 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! They are great 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).

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    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! One that celebrates nature, fine craftsmanship, community, and personal style.

     

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

  • Barn Wood Furniture Pieces to Transform Your Home

    In today’s design world, there is a strong shifting trend from the manufactured, mass produced, factory furniture. This shift is towards a custom, handmade, rustic look. Woodland Creek stands out from the rest with their handmade, custom barn wood furniture. All of their furniture is made from wood that is reclaimed from barns! These barns are between 100 and 150 years old. This gives each piece a unique look. Because, each piece of wood is hand selected to ensure that the patinas of the weathered wood are a similar color. If you are looking to transform your home into a country cabin, modern farmhouse, or just add some warmth to your space with wood accents. Woodland Creek has something for you. These five pieces are sure to transform your home into the rustic home of your dreams.

    #1 BEAUTIFUL BARN WOOD STORAGE

    Barnwood Blanket Chest

    Our first piece to transform your home today focuses on storage. Everyone is always looking for a way to maximize their storage and what better way than with the Rustic Barnwood Blanket Chest? This piece fits perfectly at the end of your bed to fit your extra blankets and the afghans grandma crocheted. It comes in three different sizes (48 in, 60 in, and 72in) to customize and fit your bedroom needs. Also, this can be placed in a living room to store your extra throw pillows, lap blankets, or extra board games. Its light barnwood color fits in any space and can brighten up a room.

    #2 CONVERSATION STARTING BARN WOOD COFFEE TABLES

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    Our second piece to transform your home today is sure to brighten up your living room. This piece is the Copper Canyon Coffee Table. This beautifully handmade coffee table has many different shades of vibrant barnwood that gives it its unique character and style. In addition, there is a strip of bright copper that brightens up the center of the table top. This strip would add a unique accent to your room, or perfectly pick up your existing copper accents. If copper is not already a part of your style, there is an option to get this table without the copper inlay! So, you can still enjoy the beautiful handcrafted natural beauty of the table to fit any style of room.

    #3 ACCENTUATE YOUR STYLE WITH A BARN WOOD SOFA TABLE

    Link to a barn wood sofa table Barnwood Beam Sofa Table

    Staying in the living room this time, our next piece to transform your home today is the Barnwood Beam Sofa Table. This beautiful table is one of our designs that comes custom made to order! Therefore, it can fit any of your living room styles from country, to mountain, to ranch style homes. This beautiful table has a unique look that will add to your homes warmth and inviting nature. The table top is made from old barnwood with rough sawn markings. These markings add character to any home and would catch the eye of any guest.

    #4 CREATE A PLACE TO ENTERTAIN WITH A BARN WOOD BAR

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    Our fourth piece is a beautiful compliment piece to our Copper Canyon Coffee Table. This piece is the Copper Canyon Bar. This piece would go perfect in your den, dining room, kitchen, or edge of your living room. Just like the Copper Canyon Coffee Table, there is a beautiful strip of copper inlaid in the top! As well as, copper accents on the front of the drawers and a copper bar to rest your feet on. While you are standing and talking with your company.

    This bar has storage for up to 15 wine bottles, as well as shelves for glasses or other liquor. In addition, there are three drawers to store all of your serving tools. Tools like your bottle opener, aerator, extra napkins, margarita salt, and anything else you need. This piece is just as functional as it is beautiful and fits in any rustic decor. Allowing you to easily serve guests at all your parties.

    #5 TRANSFORM YOUR DINING ROOM WITH A BARN WOOD TABLE

    Link to Barn wood Dining Table Copper Canyon Dining Table

    Our final piece is finishing off in our copper theme today with the Copper Canyon Dining Table. This beautiful table will tie in perfectly with your Copper Canyon Coffee Table and Copper Canyon Bar. Just like the other two it has a stunning inlay of copper running straight down the middle of the table! This perfectly complements the many colors and character of the hand selected barn wood. This table is a rectangular table that comes in either a 7 foot long option or an 8 foot long option. The colors and character present in this table are perfect to transform your dining room into a space you are proud to gather your family and friends around.

    All of these pieces are hand built as soon as your order is placed! Also, they have the ability to be customized to fit any of your needs. If these pieces didn’t catch your eye, there is sure to be something else that fits into your rustic home over on our website at www.woodlandcreekfurniture.com. Head on over to our website, and start creating your perfect rustic decor with our lineup of hand made, custom, rustic furniture today!

  • 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. Because, barnwood is 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.  Firstly, barns were around when the ideas and principals for a free and independent country were being discussed; secondly, they were around through civil wars; thirdly, 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.

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    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.

    A Classic Farmer Barnwood

    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 Barnwood 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. However, they were 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! 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.

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    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.

    A Timeless Finish

    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.

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    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 Mistakes!

    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. 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 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

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    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.

    Walnut Live Edge Bunk Bed

    Make a Statement With Live Edge Furniture

    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! Each coffee table will be to 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

     

  • Rustic Décor Tips for Your Living Room

    Looking to Add Some Flair to Your Rustic Living Room?

    Try these tips and tricks for rustic décor from Gayle Dabrowski

    Natural accents provide a down to earth atmosphere for your home. The organic look of wood, plants, and materials used in home décor softens the overall look of a room. Many homeowners are choosing to add elements of rustic décor into their homes. That makes this a style that is highly sought after. Consider these rustic décor tips for your living room to change the look of your home:

    The Older, the Better the rustic décor

    A large part of rustic décor involves the placement of old items even if they aren’t that old at all. You’ll find homeowners who have antiques or things that have seen their fair share of use. However, you can also add in items that look old without being old. Consider different techniques of staining and distressing that can make even the newest addition look like it has been there for decades. Choose home accents from flea markets and garage sales. Accents that are dented, scuffed, or patinaed to pull together a rustic theme easily.

    Go Neutral

    One of the main parts of rustic décor includes a neutral and muted color scheme. Many rustic living rooms will feature shades of beige and brown that are commonly found in nature. Touches of brighter accent colors can be added but should be used sparingly to not draw too much attention. Some homeowners may view neutral colors as very limited.  However, there is a wide range of shades that you can utilize to create plenty of interest within a room still.

    Add Touches of Wood

    The look of wood in a room provides a natural elegance that fits in with almost every decoration style. There are plenty of ways to incorporate wood into your living room depending on your preferences. Consider adding a log side or accent chair that fits into your color scheme. Other options include choosing a stained wood coffee table that provides a touch of rustic charm to the overall look of the room itself. Highlight your room with wood features by utilizing wood shelving, bookcases, and even decorative accents around the room.

    Incorporate Natural rustic décor or Materials

    Creating a rustic living room should include the use of natural materials that will help pull together the overall theme. Things like rope, leather, stone, and locally-native plants will help add tasteful accents while still working within the rustic theme. Consider wrapping a vase with twine and adding a small houseplant to create a rustic and natural look. Other options include choosing a leather club chair or pillows that can be both comfortable as well as theme appropriate. Build a stone accent wall that will add in a touch of color as well as significant depth to a room.

    Embrace Metal

    Another easy way to decorate your living room in a rustic theme is to add in elements of metal into the room. Metal can be a more difficult item for homeowners to embrace but it has a natural tendency to work with log furniture and natural tones. Consider using metal sculptures as accents or even metal wall hangings that reflect nature. Metal can be incorporated into a room in the smallest ways, like hammered nailhead seams or rustic legs for benches and tables. Metal and wood go well together making this material an important part of a truly rustic theme.

    Creating a rustic living room is comfortable with these simple tips. Consider creating a rustic themed room in your home this year to incorporate these beautiful natural elements.

    Gayle Dabrowski has a passion for all things flora and fauna. She is most proud of her home-made chicken coop and the many cows she keeps on her property. She is National Geographic’s biggest fan and loves learning of all the incredible things that exist in nature.

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