Properly Caring for Your Bird House

Bird House from Carriage House FurnishingsA beautiful summer day illuminates your garden, yet you still feel like something is missing.  Suddenly you realize; it is not what you see that is unsatisfying but instead what you don’t hear.  The air is still and quiet without the natural ambiance of your favorite feathery visitors.

Investing in a quality bird house, often known as a nesting box, will attract birds and provide them with a reliable shelter.

Benefits of a Bird House

Not only will a bird house attract specific songbirds to your yard, but those birds will often eliminate pesky insects, fest on unwanted weeds, and assist bees with pollination.  To do so, however, you must upkeep your bird house to encourages reuse year after year. When cleaning out your birdhouse, it is best to wait until the end of breeding season.  By cleaning the bird house, you will reduce the chance of hazardous factors such as rodents, bacteria, and insects.

Easy to Upkeep

To clean the bird house appropriately, clear out anything the birds might have added to their temporary home.  While scraping out clumped materials and potential feces is not desirable, they make for excellent compost.  Once the debris is removed, scrub and rinse the house well with plenty of water.  Allow the house to dry out in the sun, for at least a full day, before putting it back outside. To protect your visitors, check for loose hinges or screws when you clean it out as well.

Thoughtful Design

If you’re attempting to attract favorable birds to your yard, keep in mind that bright colored nesting boxes could discourage them. Some birds seek bird houses as a place of refuge from enemies and don’t want to stand out.  Carriage House Furnishing paints humble houses using a subtle cream coloring.  The wood is durable and porous allowing heat to escape, keeping birds comfortable.  The pitched roof hangs over far enough to prevent larger predators from attacking from above.

Carriage House Furnishing takes into consideration not only what you might find appealing in a bird house but also the practical needs of the birds themselves. Shop our bird houses today.

Start Thinking About Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Backyard Relaxing PatioTime flies by each year, quickly transitioning from one season to the next with fluctuating temperatures. Although for many parts of the United States, winter is just beginning, spring will usher in warmer weather before we know it.

Start planning an outdoor living space now to allow yourself plenty of time to turn your vision into a reality once the season shifts.

Prepare for spring and enjoy the following benefits of an outdoor living area.

Enjoy a Serene Recharging Station

Everyone needs some time to relax and recharge from a long day’s work. Whether you desire a serene escape perfect for a catnap or some space to reflect on your inner thoughts, an outdoor living space puts you in a calm and soothing natural environment.

Set up an outdoor area full of plant life with plenty of furniture to allow for napping and energy renewal. Outdoor spaces help you to clear your mind and to reset for the rest of the day.

Increase Your Guest List

When you throw a party or host a gathering in your home, you typically limit your guest list by the number of people you can realistically and comfortably accommodate. The amount of indoor space in your home often creates limits on the number of people you can host.

An efficient way to allow for more people on your guest list is by building an outdoor space for entertaining. Outdoor areas allow the people inside to spill outside to enjoy the extra hosting space.

Reap the Benefits of the Great Outdoors

The many benefits of spending time outside make investing in an outdoor living space more than worthwhile. Making time in your schedule to get outside helps you to unwind and increases your ability to focus. Natural beauty eliminates mental fatigue and combats negative emotions like anxiety.

Imagine listening to the sparrows chirp in the distance as you sip some iced tea and rock slowly back and forth in your glider. Sitting in your outdoor space helps you unwind, upping your creativity and lowering your stress levels.

Carriage House Furnishings is ready and waiting to construct high-quality Amish solid wood furniture for your outdoor living space. Fill up your space with wooden or poly gliders, rocking chairs, swings, fan back chairs, tables, and more.

Tips on Creating a Rustic Bedroom

Rustic Bedroom DecorWith an emphasis on strong and rugged textures paired with simple and neutral colors, the rustic style suits bedrooms fairly well.

Transform your bedroom into a relaxing and rustic space with the following tips from Carriage House Furnishings.

Country Colors and Texture

Whether you’re a fan of wood paneling, distressed wood, or reclaimed wood, these textures are a must-have when creating a rustic bedroom. Wood helps to give rustic rooms their country charm and standout flair. Adding wooden elements to your room gives it an instant rustic appeal. Think reclaimed wooden signs, stacked wooden crates, wooden headboards, and so forth.

Neutral colors pop well against wooden features, such as bright whites and bold beiges. Cooler colors such as blues can also add interest to an otherwise neutral color palette.

Rustic Furnishings

Often serving as a main focal point, furniture can often make or break a bedroom theme. To create a rustic bedroom, focus on furnishings that amplify your space with country chic elements. Consider choosing wooden nightstands, side tables, and chests.

A hickory bed set can serve as a fitting statement in your bedroom and will hold up for decades to come. Pine bookcases can also tie into a rustic theme and provide extra storage into your bedroom as well.

Rural Accents

Small touches and attention to detail will help to pull your rustic theme together. Think of using different types of lighting that could completely change the feel of your space, such as glass lamps or a lamp wrapped in a rustic rope.

Don’t forget to add country-inspired décor into your rustic bedroom, such as horseshoes or mason jars. A white pitcher filled with flowers can help capture the charm and elegance of country living.

Carriage House Furnishings has multiple showrooms where you can browse our Amish made furniture for sale in Lancaster County, PA. Our products are designed and built of solid wood with unmatched attention to craftsmanship.

Decorate with Rustic and Fall Elements at Home

Rustic Fall Elements at HomeWe’ll be honest: the fall is one of our favorite times here at Carriage House Furnishings. Why, you might ask? Aside from apple donuts and fall foliage, it’s the season where we can really bring in that rustic feel to everything we do and that starts first with the home.

Here’s how to decorate your home with rustic and fall elements today in preparation for autumn.

Bring in the Fall Fauna and Flora

This one is, perhaps, the easiest: decorate your home with what makes the fall so welcoming. Think about crafting a bouquet of yellow or orange leaves, with pumpkins and colorful gourds. Brown grass and cotton plants will also do the trick. That way, you can bring the autumnal palette indoors—along staircases, in living rooms, or in separate rooms—with an authentic look that’s practical and easy to maintain.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Everywhere

We’ll say it again and again: pumpkins are everything in the fall. And what’s even greater is that there’s a seemingly endless number of pumpkin possibilities. We’re talking pumpkin vases, where you have flowers sprouting out of them; jack-o-lanterns, once Halloween season grows near; and roasted pumpkin seeds, for a delicious, healthy snack, that will also leave the house smelling more like fall than ever.

Wooden Everything

This is certainly an element that we can contribute to: in our minds, fall means wood. The handcraft and charm of wood matches perfectly with the colors of fall (yellow, orange, brown, and red), to give up a seamless flow of color that brightens up every room. Not only can you apply this to wooden crates for decorations, but also, consider our diverse portfolio of wooden furniture to add to whatever room you’re decorating.

With these ideas in mind, get ready to cozy up and enjoy the fall season. Carriage House Furnishings has multiple showrooms where you can browse our Amish made furniture for sale in Lancaster County, PA. Contact us today with any questions.

How to Style and Display Your Cabinets

Carriage House Furnishings CupboardFor a long time, people didn’t see cabinets beyond their usage. Cabinets merely stored things, and that was it. However, cabinets can be styled and displayed to complement a room’s aesthetic, and say something unique about its usage.

In recent years, display cabinets have increasingly attracted well-deserved attention as a key design component of any home.

Here are some insider tips on you can style your cabinets to enhance your space:

It’s All About Color

 A bland cabinet doesn’t add anything to any room. It’s exactly that: bland. But even the simplest of cabinets can be given a new lease on life through a tried-and-true method: finding the right color. Find the color you’d want to perfectly match the flooring, furniture, and mood of the room, and design your cabinet accordingly.

We suggest shopping for corner cabinets made from rich and sturdy wood. To take it a step further, extend that color palette into the cabinet’s interior. There’s no reason that the entire cabinet shouldn’t come alive. Search for pieces that match the wood of your cabinet to bring the color out.

Smart Arrangements

 Then again, you could have a beautiful cabinet with the perfect color, but everything can fall apart with the arrangement itself. We’ve all seen failed cabinets: the plates and cutlery are stacked high, without any intended effect, and it doesn’t look visually appealing in the last bit.

Many people forget that arrangement can be design-oriented; presenting your possessions in a productive way adds to that effect.

What’s Up Top?

 This happens all the time: people forget that the top of the cabinet provides us with ample space to either store, or present. Use that space wisely: it can act as a great additional way to build upon your cabinet’s style, that doesn’t take any more room. And it’ll be a talking point at any dinner party!

With these style tips in mind, your cabinet can become a focal point of any room it’s in. At Carriage House Furnishings, we offer Amish-style cabinets that can fit well into any space. Contact us today if you have any other questions!

Understanding Rockers and Gliders

When decorating any nursery room, you’ll likely have to decide between a rocker and a glider.

Rockers and gliders are both essential items throughout your child’s development and will likely be in the family for years.

But many times, customers are unaware of the differences between the two chairs and end up buying a rocker when a glider would’ve been better or vice versa.

Rocker at Carriage House FurnishingsWhat to Know Before Buying a Rocker

Rockers are usually what you first think of when you see a chair in a nursery room—they’re the typical rocking chairs, that rock back and forth.

For infants, the rocking motion is particularly helpful in putting the baby to bed, which will come in handy on those late nights. Many rockers today come equipped with cushions for the parent, and an ottoman to rest their tired legs on as well. However, the classic rocker was typically just a wooden chair with an arched back and arm rests.

At Carriage House Furnishings, we offer a diverse selection of rockers, most of which capture that rustic feel, with aged wood and unique designs. Many of these also look great on a wooden porch or back deck where you can create a quiet, tranquil place to rock your newborn to sleep.

Hickory Swivel Glider at Carriage House FurnishingsWhat to Know Before Buying a Glider

Now, gliders are a lot like rockers and they’re also exactly what they sound like. They’re on a bit more of a rotation than traditional rockers; Instead of rocking, gliders move, or glide, gently along their axis. They take less work to glide than rockers tale to rock, which could

be convenient in the middle of the night when you’re tired and just need a simple, fluent motion. They often come in a variety of styles, either modern or more antique. At Carriage House Furnishings, we offer both: gliders that are both new and cushioned, and others made of aged wood. Take your pick! If you’re going to place it in a nursery for naps and snuggles, we’d suggest a cushioned one.

With this information in hand, you’ll be able to choose the right type of chair for your home.

If you have any questions, just ask us here at Carriage House Furnishings, where rockers or gliders are one of our many specialties. Contact us today!

Tips on Achieving Farmhouse Style at Home

Tips on Achieving Farmhouse Style at HomeIn recent years, many homeowners located within suburbs and cities have started to decorate their homes in a farmhouse-focused motif.

Farmhouse décor often creates feelings associated with warmth, comfort, and family and many people are busy creating a space that reflects that.

Consider these ideas for creating the charm of a farmhouse within your home.

Creative Signage

If you want to start light with your farmhouse décor, you might consider the use of a  rustic sign for your kitchen or family room. Signs that contain comforting quotes such as “Home,” “Simplify Your Life” and “Bless this Home” will give you and anyone who enters your home a feeling of warmth and inclusion.The

Dining Room

For real farming families, no matter how hard the work might be, they always make time to come together at the sound of the dinner bell to share some quality family time. You can create that feeling in your home by incorporating a finely crafted wooden dining table and chair set. Combine that with expertly made wooden cabinets, side tables, and folksy signage, and you could have a dining room just like those on the farms.

Farmhouse Seating

Think of any farmhouse you have seen in pictures and most people will envision comfortable seating and rocking chairs. There really is nothing like sitting on a finely crafted rocking chair after a long day, and there are many different styles to choose from including single chairs, rocking chairs made for two, and rocking chairs for the kids.

Distressed Paint Finishes

While many people cringe at the idea of chipping at the paint on furniture, when it is artistically done, this technique can give your home the ultimate farmhouse design. Whether you want to take on the project yourself or buy furniture that already has distressed paint finishes, it is a look that is sure to charm. This design is perfectly suitable for tables, chairs, and even shutters.

Whether you decide to settle on a farmhouse motif or you decide to go in another direction, you can find what you need at Carriage House Furnishings. We sell professionally handcrafted furniture and accessories for every room of your house. Contact us today to learn more.

Setting Up Your Ideal Patio

Setting Up Your Ideal PatioThe warmth of the summer months persuade us to spend most of our time outdoors where we can enjoy the season.  Setting up your ideal patio for the summer depends on your purpose for the patio; will you use your space to accommodate large gatherings of family and friends or for more private, special occasions between you and a loved one?

Patios offer the perfect space for extending your living area and hosting guests outside, here are some ideas on how to set up your summer patio.

A Patio for Entertaining

 Setting up your patio for quality entertaining requires enough furniture to seat and host numerous guests. Gliders fit multiple people comfortably and give guests the choice of moving back and forth or staying still, while fan back gliders offer additional comfort for laying your head back.

Utilize bistro tables spaced out on the patio as the perfect holders of drinks and snacks, especially when hosting larger groups.

A Patio for Romance

Arrange a romantic patio for you and your spouse perfect for misty, glimmering mornings and dreamy, starlit evenings.

Focus on furniture built for two and cuddle close with your special someone on a curved swing or glider and enjoy the great outdoors, and one another, from the comfort of your own home.

A Patio for Relaxing

There is no better way to relax outside your home than by rocking on the patio. Single rockers and gliders placed next to an end table create the perfect combination for relaxing in the seasonal breeze while sipping fresh lemonade in the sun. Grab your favorite book or simply take in the feeling of the sun on your face.

Set up your ideal patio this summer with quality made Amish outdoor furniture from Carriage House Furnishings in Lancaster County, PA.

How to Decorate Your Kitchen Island

How to Decorate Your Kitchen Island Kitchen islands come with many benefits: they provide extra kitchen storage, allow for additional seating, and grant more space for cooking.

If you bought a kitchen island from Carriage House Furnishings, consider adding some décor to help make it a focal point of your home.

Showcase Your Green Thumb

Simple yet charming, fresh greenery and stunning blossoms can add life to your kitchen island. Choose a large, overstated bouquet of flowers in energetic colors or a smaller, clear vase with a single flower inside.

If you think of yourself having a “green thumb,” consider growing herbs on your kitchen island that can easily be used when cooking meals to create a fresh taste.

Include a Splash of Color

Decorating your kitchen island with fruit is both refreshing and practical. Select your favorite delectable fruit to feature, from tropical oranges to bright lemons, a lot of different “fake fruit” is available for decorative purposes that won’t spoil.

If you are constantly grabbing fresh fruit, using real fruit makes more sense for your island in particular. Apples, limes, grapefruits, and oranges can easily be stored at room temperature in a decorative basket or bowl.

Consider All Details

Though placing pretty decorations on your kitchen island is certainly an option, if you want to save that space simply for preparing food, incorporate details around the kitchen island instead.

Incorporate pops of bright colors around your island using patterned rugs or bold bar stools. Consider using a light as a “statement piece” above your island that meshes with the rest of your décor as well. A decorative light fixture can make a huge difference in how your island appears.

Carriage House Furnishings has gorgeous kitchen islands in a variety of styles and colors fitting for all types of homes!

Benefits of Purchasing American-Made Furniture

American-Made Furniture PiecesCarriage House Furnishings is so proud to design, build, and sell American-made furniture. We love producing unique, American-made pieces that will be part of your family for decades to come.

Purchasing furniture is an investment, and if you are willing to make that investment, consider the benefits that come with buying American-made furniture.

Reliable Craftsmanship

American-made furniture is often made by master craftsmen, creating a unique, sturdy piece that will reliable for years to come.  Made with quality woods, American-made pieces are durable and will last through children, pets, moves, and so forth. You are guaranteed a better quality of goods when you purchase American-made furniture.

Improved Economy

When purchasing American-made pieces, you are putting money back into the American economy. Purchasing American-made products will return funds back into the American economy, positively impacting the economy by keeping the money within the US economy.

Positive Working Conditions

A lot of countries have poor labor regulations and purchasing goods from those countries supports those working condition. If you’re purchasing American-made products, you’re supporting fair working conditions, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.

Guaranteed Safe Products

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission creates standards that products need to meet in order to be deemed safe for consumers. If you’re purchasing American-made products, you’re purchasing safe products that meet those consumer protections laws.

Our products are created with unmatched attention to craftsmanship so they can add beauty to your home as well as being highly functional. Made in Lancaster County, PA, we hope that you’ll purchase your American-made products from Carriage House Furnishings.

 

Wood Furniture Cleaning Tips that Work

Have you turned into a dusting fiend trying to protect all of your beautiful wood furniture? Well, that’s the case for most trying to keep natural air pollutants from forming a grimy layer on the surfaces in their homes.

We know first-hand from working with our own bespoken wood furniture that nobody likes a build-up of dust on their treasured items. This is why protecting them from the elements is important to maintaining their longevity. Wood Furniture Cleaning Tips that Work

We have a few wood furniture cleaning tips for you that will keep your furniture looking as good as new!

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Control The Environment

To avoid cracks and splits in wood panels, keep the indoor humidity levels between 35% and 45%. Avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight or near other heat sources such as stoves or radiators. Never store furniture in an attic or damp basement.

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Cleaning Recommendations

Avoid dusting with a dry cloth, this may cause tiny scratches in the finish. Always use a soft damp cloth following the grain. If using a polish, avoid ones containing ammonia or silicon. Clean up spills immediately using warm soapy water.

 

Shaker vs. Mission Style Furniture

When people attempt to define Amish furniture design, they are often unaware that this style includes two different furniture makes: shaker and mission furniture.

There are distinctive differences between the shaker and mission styles of furniture. Here we delve into the history behind each style. Shaker vs. Mission Style Furniture

A Look behind Shaker Design

The shaker movement was born in 1770s when followers of this religion settled into communities in the United States after leaving the Church of England. The shaker movement was characterized by quaking arm movements and express body gestures that summoned the energy of Jesus Christ.

Ornamentation was seen as immodest, and that is why the shaker style of furniture is very traditional in design. This style of furniture is often described as “gentle” because of the clean curves created in each piece. The most iconic piece that captured the shaker style was the shaker chair, made from lightweight wood like maple and pine. Pegs around the base of the chair were originally placed for function over style; the pegs helped keep the chair off the ground.

Features of Mission Style Furniture

Following the heels of the shaker movement was the arts and crafts movement. Mission style furniture arrived in the 19th century, when a yearning for hand-craftsmanship burned intensely and soothed anxieties over the coming of the new industrialization period. This style shattered rigid standards created by mechanization and allowed artisans to return to the simplicity of the craft.

Mission style furniture was characterized by rustic finishes, straight angles, with black and metal hardware, and derived from design elements inspired by the Spanish missions of California. This popular furniture style remained contemporary up until the 1930s when the art deco movement took over.

Carriage House Furnishings honors the bespoken styles of the shaker and mission movements with expertly crafted designs that are priceless to our customers and their loved ones. Browse our selection today!