Get Ready for Warm Weather

Spring is fast approaching, and with it comes the warm weather! We can finally remove our snowbrushes, pack away our mittens and empty our fireplaces in preparation for the nicer days ahead. It’s the perfect time to invite friends over for some sunny outdoor relaxation, but don’t be caught without these five great outdoor furniture items to make your summer outdoor entertaining complete.

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Many outdoor lovers would agree that summer is not complete without a beautiful summer breeze. That’s why the first item on our list for this summer is the Hickory Oak Swing. With your choice of 4 or 5 feet widths, you can pile your friends together or hang solo while swinging in that beautiful summer breeze!

Hickory Saddle Barstools

Something about summer brings out the entertainment side in all of us. Some of the best moments are spent simply enjoying a refreshing drink and conversation with friends in the warm summer sun. That’s why these Amish-made Hickory Saddle Barstools are a must for this summer! Not only does the craftsmanship of these stools perfectly fit the summer mood, they also are the perfect fit for under an outdoor bar to keep the fun going all night! Beyond the seating, here are some tips and tricks to setting up for party entertainment.

Jack Daniels Barrel

This brings us to our next must-have for the summer. While relaxing with drinks is a cherished summertime tradition, you can truly impress your friends with your very own handcrafted Jack Daniels Barrel from Carriage House Furnishings. Its handcrafted wooden appearance is sure to be a talking point among your friends – even if it is in jealousy!

Hickory Child’s Table and Chair Set

While the adults are having some summer outdoor fun, we can’t forget about the kids! Don’t worry – we have just the summer entertainment piece in mind. While the adults are gathering around, the kids can enjoy the summer warmth, too, around the Hickory Childs Table and Chair Set. With enough space for a picnic or tea party or just a great space for arts and crafts projects, this outdoor wooden furniture is just the thing to encourage them to play outside more all summer long!

Poly Curved Back Swivel Glider

The last summer must-have to complete your outdoor entertainment is the Poly Curved Back Swivel Glider. If the refreshing drinks and child entertainment don’t have your friends running back to your place this summer, this Amish-made glider will! Made from premium recycled plastic and stainless steel hardware, this chair will last you years without any problems. The swivel gliding and reclining features will put you and your friends into ultimate relaxation mode while you lounge outside and bask in the warmth and sun of the summer months. After all, we only get a few of them to enjoy!

Now that you have the essentials for summer outdoor entertainment, all you need are your friends and family to make this summer complete. For more information on any of our products or to purchase these beautiful outdoor wooden pieces for your home, call Carriage House Furnishings at 717-768-8712 or stop in and see us at the former Lapps Coach Shop today.

Spring Birds and Birdhouses

As winter fades into spring, many bird watchers are getting excited for the warmer weather and the beautiful birds it brings. Whether you are an avid bird watcher or just love the fluttering and singing of birds in your backyard, you can benefit from a delightful birdhouse to attract lovely songbirds.

birdfeeder1Carriage House Furnishings designs sturdy and attractive birdhouses that will add charm to your garden, patio, lawn or backyard like the Amish-made hi roof martin house with copper roof – sure to entice a variety of birds all year long. Although bird watching will be different depending on where you live, there are many species known to live in birdhouses. According to The Seattle Times, western bluebirds, wrens, titmice, woodpeckers and tree swallows should flock to your birdhouse as long as it is put in the right location. Visit Bird Houses 101 for great advice on where to hang your birdhouse.

In addition to a beautiful birdhouse, you should also have a feeder to welcome birds into your yard. Carriage House Furnishings offers a great large bird feeder with a copper roof to coordinate with your birdhouse.

Spring is the perfect time for you to ready your lawn for flying visitors. According to Bird Watchers Digest, some of the species you might see as spring approaches are house and purple finches, white-breasted nuthatches and song sparrows. Be ready for an assortment of birds with a beloved birdhouse and bird feeder made by true craftsmen.

Constructed with solid wood and designed for beauty, the birdhouses and bird feeders at Carriage House Furnishings are functional and enchanting. Instead of purchasing a flimsy birdhouse and feeder that will last you one spring, invest in a set of outdoor furnishings that will continue to bring joy to your home season after season. Call Carriage House Furnishings at 717-768-8712 with questions about our products or stop in and see us at the former Lapps Coach Shop today.

Warm Up Around a New Dining Set this Winter

Warm Up Around a New Dining Set this WinterWherever food is served and family and friends gather for a memorable time, therein lies the heart of a house. From Sunday dinners to weekday breakfast, the dining table has always been a place where loved ones get together for a delicious meal and intimate chat sessions. For this reason, the family dining room set often becomes an heirloom passed from one generation to the next.

Since dining sets are frequently cherished and stay with a family for many years, purchasing a high quality set made of a durable and reliable construction is key. Think about dining room furniture as a gift to the entire family; choosing furniture that will stand the test of time then becomes one of the most important attributes to consider while shopping for a new dining set. Our hardwood dining tables and chairs are built to last from high-quality hardwoods that are sure to remain in your family for decades. Our custom-made dining sets and kitchen furniture are made with detailed craftsmanship, as well, which means our furniture is built not only to last, but to be an attractive and appealing central feature of your home.

The winter season is a great time to enjoy new dining room furniture. We tend to come together around the table to enjoy a warm meal as a family more often when it’s cold outside than we do in the spring and summer months. The natural winter hibernation is a wonderful backdrop for a serving of hearty stew and homemade dinner rolls, and what better place to enjoy a savory dinner than around a brand new dining table.

One of the most popular styles of dining tables are the ones that include leaves that allow the table to be extended so that you can accommodate extra guests. These tables can be just right for a smaller family or for a more romantic dinner occasion such as Valentine’s Day, while leaving the option open to extend the table for extended family, gatherings of friends or any other large occasion or holiday like Easter. Dining tables with leaves are also useful for meetings, classes and devotions held in the home, allowing your dining room to be used as a place for sharing more than just family meals.

Treat your home and your family to a beautiful and durable new dining set this winter. Take a look at the full selection of dining sets available from Carriage House Furnishings online now or stop in and see these beautiful tables, chairs and hutches today at our showroom in Ronks, Pennsylvania.

Store Your Jewelry With a Handmade Chest

Now that the holiday season is over, you’ve likely given and received at least a handful of gifts, several of which were new pieces of jewelry, if you’re lucky. Whether you were given new jewelry or you decided to treat yourself, you likely have one problem: just where are you going to keep your new collection? Even a few new pieces of jewelry can crowd an already cramped drawer or cabinet, so it may be time for an upgrade. Fortunately, there are several great options to choose from when it comes to jewelry storage chests at Carriage House Furnishings.

Jewelry ArmoireFor example, take the Cherry Shaker Jewelry Armoire. Not only does this armoire have plenty of space to store your jewelry, but it will look beautiful in just about any room. This armoire can easily fit in your bedroom or elsewhere throughout your home without taking up a lot of space. With several drawers – both large and small – to store jewelry in, this armoire is the ideal solution to your storage needs.

If you’re looking for something a little smaller, the Oak Jewelry Chest with Roses is a great choice. This small chest is made from high-quality oak, ensuring it will stand the test of time. The chests and drawers you store your jewelry in should be just as beautiful as the pieces themselves, and this chest certainly meets that criteria.

There are many other options to choose from if you’re looking for a suitable storage unit for all of your new jewelry. Take a look at our full inventory online, or give us a call today at 717-768-8712 to find out more. Of course, you can also stop in and see us at the former Lapps Coach shop in Ronks and pick out in person the right choice for your storage needs.

Declutter Your Child’s Playroom With a Rustic Storage Chest

Declutter Your Child’s Playroom with a Rustic Storage ChestDoes your child have a little space to themselves where they can let their imaginations run wild? Chances are, this space is somewhat less organized than the rest of your home. A cluttered play space typically doesn’t bother children, but after a while it can become more than a little vexing for parents. What we need is a plan!

A Storage Chest is Your All-in-One Organization Solution

The great thing about having a storage chest in your playroom is that it’s easy to get your child in the habit of using it when they’re done with their toys. Children might be disinclined to use the detailed, divided organizational tools that their parents prefer, but a storage chest is an easy way to keep everything in one place when it’s not in use.

Once you get your child into the routine, putting toys away in a in the chest will become a natural part of playtime. Best of all, once it’s time to play again, that storage chest will become a treasure chest of fun activities.

Here at Carriage House Furnishings, we offer storage chests in a number of different sizes, made from some of the finest woods available here in central Pennsylvania. Some of these, such as our large cedar storage chests, can even double as a comfortable window seat.  We also offer a doll chest with a bed for your child’s favorite companion. If you really want to capture that “treasure chest” feel, check out our classic steamer trunk!

Want to learn more about all the chests available at Carriage House Furnishings? Stop in today, or give us a call for more information.

This Fall, Unwind and Enjoy the Scenery in a Rocking Chair

This Fall, Unwind and Enjoy the Scenery in a Rocking ChairWith fall festival season in full swing, now is the perfect time to relax on the porch and watch the world go by. As much as we might miss the warm summer nights, there’s something truly special about that crisp autumn air that brings the senses to life. The air smells different, the world feels a little smaller and our bodies feel poised for hibernation. What better place to settle down for the season than in a rocking chair? Here at Carriage House, we make rocking chairs in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs and tastes of our customers.

Looking for something simple and traditional? Why not add a dash of southern charm to your front porch with an ash ladderback rocker? The design might be simple, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t comfortable, too. We’ve spent hours lounging (and sometimes napping) in these classic rockers.

Or maybe you’d like to get cozy with a loved one this fall. Check out our rocker built for two, the hickory and oak swing rocker. You’ll love relaxing after a long day with that special someone in this eye-catching piece of furniture.

But let’s not forget the little ones! With this bowback rocker built specifically for children, you can kick back with the whole family this fall. Someday, it might even become a seat for the grandkids!

Want to learn more about these or any of the other pieces available at Carriage House Furnishings? Browse our entire inventory online, or give us a call today for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

Watch an Amish Community Raise a Barn in Just 10 Hours

Watch an Amish Community Raise a Barn in Just 10 HoursIf there’s one thing you can say about the Amish, it’s that they’re a resourceful bunch. Even without the aid of electricity, Amish communities are able to accomplish remarkable things every day. In addition to being accomplished furniture makers, the Amish also have a knack for structural engineering. Recently, WIRED co-founder Kevin Kelly (a man who spends a great deal of time in Amish country) even described the Amish as “complete hackers,” in reference to the way they often retrofit machinery to run on pneumatics rather than electricity.

Recently, a time-lapse video that showcases this special breed of Amish ingenuity has been making quite a splash on the Internet. In the video, an Amish community in rural Ohio raises a massive barn in just a few minutes over 10 hours. The process is truly a sight to behold. The whole community comes together like the components of a well-oiled machine to take on this impressive feat of engineering.

The time-lapse video offers a unique perspective of this remarkable process. In just a little over 3 minutes, the barn materializes on its foundation as if out of thin air. Watching the community complete the roof is especially impressive. It just goes to show that you don’t need modern gizmos and gadgets to accomplish hugely ambitious goals. All you need is a plan and a committed team of hard-working individuals. This barn raising is a vision of skill efficiency. See the whole process for yourself below!

Update Your Eat-In Kitchen with Amish Furniture

Many modern homes these days favor a comfortable, casual eat-in kitchen, rather than the traditional formal dining room that can be found in older homes. If you’re thinking about updating your home’s eat-in kitchen, consider furnishing it with some of these beautiful, handmade pieces from Carriage House Furnishings – perfect for a busy home and a busy kitchen that’s used for cooking, eating, entertaining, and hanging out

If you’re short on space, try our 42” round pub table with shaker legs. This table is great for smaller spaces, and can be a multifunctional surface for kitchens with small countertops. You can keep two chairs at the table, or add two more to comfortably seat friends and family.

Some of our most popular pieces are our islands, which are available in a number of different dimensions. If you need some extra counter top space in your kitchen, check out our 6 door kitchen island. An ideal option for adding surface space for cooking and dining, this beautiful, sturdy island also gives you a ton of extra storage. Complete the space with a few stools, like our hickory saddle barstools, to create a cozy space to eat and relax. Islands are a great addition to any eat-in kitchen, especially if you don’t have the space to add a full table. With the addition of a couple of bar stools, you’ll transform your regular kitchen into an eat-in kitchen, with extra storage and plenty of counter space.

If you’re furnishing a larger space, take a look at our hutches, like the two door hutch with glass doors. Not only will this piece give your eat-in kitchen a rustic and more traditional dining area ambiance, you’ll benefit from tons of added storage in the lower and upper cabinets, as well as a bit of extra counter space.

Stay tuned for more updates on all the Amish furniture pieces available at Carriage House Furnishings!


The Historic Tradition of Amish Mission Furniture

Amish Mission Furniture is known for its sturdy construction, simple, attractive design, and reliance on hand craftsmanship. Furniture builders who work within the Amish Mission tradition focus on straightforward, honest aesthetics and the preservation of traditional woodworking techniques. These pieces are all solid wood, and not particle board that is often found in other furniture factories throughout the country.


Amish Mission furniture is closely related to the Arts & Crafts movement, which was sparked by furniture and home designers such as William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright. This movement encouraged the renunciation of the mass-production techniques bred by the Industrial Revolution. Rather than embracing the mass-produced, cookie cutter items that the Industrial Revolution had created, followers of the Arts & Crafts movement rejected the factory-produced items, and refocused their attention on creating unique handmade items.


The Amish share many values with the Arts & Crafts movement, particularly in regard to their focus on simplicity, clean living, and building with purpose. In addition, because of long-held religious beliefs and traditions, the lifestyle of the Amish prevented them from employing the automated machinery of the Industrial Revolution. Rather than getting involved with factories and machines, the Amish applied their traditions to the Arts & Crafts movement and continued to produce beautiful, sturdy, handmade furniture items.


Today, Amish craftsmen continue to carry on on the traditions of their furniture-building ancestors. The same values of simplicity, hand construction, and classic design are still reflected in today’s Amish Mission furniture.


Want to learn more about Amish Mission furniture? Browse our entire inventory here to see more examples of this time-honored tradition.


Decorating a Dollhouse with Amish Furniture

If your child is interested in dolls or dollhouses, why not decorate a classic dollhouse with beautiful, handmade Amish furniture and create memories that will last a lifetime? A dollhouse furnished with well-crafted handmade pieces designed to stand the test of time can be passed down through a family for generations.

Choosing pieces for your child’s dollhouse depends entirely on your child’s personality and preferences. If he or she is especially interested in cooking, for example, we have a number of pieces that would be perfect for a dollhouse kitchen. Whether you’re just beginning to decorate a dollhouse, or you already have some pieces in your collection, here are some of our favorite dollhouse furniture sets from Carriage House Furnishings.

If you’re just starting out, consider our 3-in-1 combo set, which includes a rocking horse, rocking chair, and desk – perfect for decorating a bedroom or living room area. We also have a rustic oak table with matching chairs, ideal for a kitchen or dining room. While you’re furnishing the kitchen, check out our sink and stove combo which come painted in white and stenciled with a delicate pink pattern.

For bedrooms, we offer a beautiful chest of drawers and deluxe wardrobe. These items feature authentically constructed moving pieces, and are available in a choice of natural wood finish or white paint.

To view more Amish dollhouse furnishings, visit our complete children’s furniture and toys page here. Stay tuned for more updates on all the products available at Carriage House Furnishings.


Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture Safely

Moving heavy furniture is often the most difficult part of any move. These big and burdensome items can easily strain backs and pull muscles if you’re not careful, and trying to navigate weighty items through narrow hallways or stairwells can be all the more frustrating. In this entry, we’ll look at a few simple ways to spare yourself the pain and consternation associated with moving heavy furniture.


You’ve probably seen a TV show or movie with a sinking ship, where the passengers try to throw everything off to reduce weight to save the vessel. The same practice can work for moving larger furniture. If the piece has drawers, make sure everything is removed and, if possible, take out the drawers entirely. Losing the extra weight will make lifting far easier.


Another tip is to make full use of moving blankets. Besides protecting items in transit, moving blankets can allow you to slide heavy furniture across lawns and hardwood floors. Simply lay down the blanket and place the furniture on top, pulling the blanket along to slide it into place. Similarly, laying blankets down over steps can allow you to slide large pieces up the stairs instead of struggling to awkwardly carry the heavy item into your home.


Plan in advance where items will go in your new home before moving. This will help in several ways. First, the truck can be strategically packed so that items destined for interior rooms are placed toward the front, preventing you from having to navigate around other items that may get in the way. Mapping out your plan also lets you know exactly what obstacles you will have to contend with along the way so that there are no surprises while you’re managing a heavy item. Measure doorways and narrow hallways in advance to ensure you can make it through before getting stuck with nowhere to go.


Take it slow and plan ahead, and you’ll be able to move heavy furniture safely and with relative ease.


Furnishing Your Home With Hickory


When you’re filling your first home with furniture, or replacing pieces that haven’t stood up to wear and tear over the years, consider buying pieces made from hickory. Handcrafted from this strong, beautiful wood, hickory furniture will withstand the test of time and might even be passed down in your family for generations to come.


Not only is the look and style of hickory furniture beautiful and classic, the pieces at Carriage House Furnishings are sure to be well made, sturdily built, and crafted with care and precision. Here at Carriage House Furnishings, we know that when you buy furniture, you’re not just buying a dining room set, you’re building your home.


Consider, for example, the 3 door hickory hutch, and the hickory dining table. These pieces, made of naturally finished hickory, can be eye-catching additions to your current dining room, or striking centerpieces around which you build your dining room set. The table would also fit nicely in an eat-in kitchen.


Some of our other most popular pieces include the blanket chest and the coffee table. A hickory blanket chest can double as a bench in a living room to provide extra seating and storage, or simply an accent piece in your bedroom at the foot of the bed. The chests also make great gifts! The coffee table is classic, comfortable, and sturdy, and will stand the test of time and spilled drinks.


Hickory furniture from Carriage House Furnishings is sure to go great with your current décor, and all of our pieces – especially those with a natural finish – offer an attractive, rustic look.