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Primitive Pine

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Primitive Entryway Chair

Primitive Entryway Chair (in Red)

At the beginning of the month we talked a little bit about choosing the right seating for your taste and home decor. To dive into more specific seating, today we are spotlighting a few of our beloved benches, all from the Rustic Country Collection. Benches are a great way to fill up hallway space or empty corners of a room, especially since you can use them to display photographs, pillows, plants, and much more. Plus, they work well for sitting down in entryways or mudrooms while you take off or put on your shoes.

All of our benches in the Rustic Country Collection are handcrafted in the United States using traditional woodworking methods and wood sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative mills. Each bench features a distressed finish, so each piece looks unique while complementing any home decor. The eight available colors also give you the opportunity to coordinate with other furniture pieces, or mix and match with the other furniture in this collection. You are sure to find a bench you will love, so take a look below (and did we mention they are all on sale?!).

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench (in Black)

Primitive Entryway Chair
This chair-styled bench is perfect for filling smaller areas or corners of your home. The high back and low seat mimic colonial furniture, so this chair is sure to fit into your primitive themed home; whether you want to use it as a chair or for displaying seasonal ornaments.
Color Suggestions: Try our Primitive Entryway Chair in mustard to add a pop of color to any room. This chair is small enough that the mustard color will not overwhelm onlookers, yet it is noticeable enough for the color to be admired.

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench
This bench has an unfinished and rustic appearance, which is great for creating a traditional-modern look in any room of your home. Shoes, slippers, and even books can be stored on the bottom shelf, beneath the seating surface which can double as a display surface for small figurines or pillows.
Color Suggestion: The classic black looks great on this classic bench, and completes the traditional-contemporary feel of the pine.

Knotty Pine Bench

Knotty Pine Bench (in Sage)

Knotty Pine Bench
Our Knotty Pine Bench is a perfect addition to any cottage decor or for completing your traditional-modern look. This simple bench has a unique fold-over top, and has an excellent amount of space for seating in a mudroom or near an entryway closet.
Color Suggestion: Sage looks great on this bench – the simplistic style is nicely dressed up with a classic, country color like this and easily complements any home decor.

Farmhouse Pine Bench

Farmhouse Pine Bench (in Black)

Farmhouse Pine Bench
Our Farmhouse Pine Bench comes from Wisconsin, and perfectly exemplifies functional, farmhouse-style furniture that is beautiful in any home. Use in a hallway to display photographs and books; in an entryway for sitting down and removing shoes; or use in a pantry for storing dog treats or jars. The backing offers added security to whatever you decide to put on the shelves – ensuring that those items don’t fall if pushed too far backwards.

Boot & Storage Bench

Boot & Storage Bench (in Red)

Color Suggestion: Try this bench in cream to make the distressed finish stand out, and to really complete that traditional farmhouse look.

Boot & Storage Bench
A larger version of our Primitive Entryway Chair, our Boot & Storage Bench features a lid that lifts up to expose a storage compartment perfect for keeping hats, mittens, or small blankets out of sight but within easy reach. There is even enough room to use this bench for displaying pillows or figurines while still offering enough room for you to sit down and take off your shoes.
Color Suggestions: Red is one of the most versatile design colors, so choosing it for the boot and storage bench will give you maximum design opportunities in your kitchen, bedroom, hallway, or any other room in your home.

What other furniture pieces do you like decorating with? Let us know! And tell us if there is a product you are interested in seeing on next week’s Wednesday Spotlight.

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Pineapples: Hospitable Fruit

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

King Charles II Posing with Pineapple

History of the Pineapple

The pineapple – tough on the outside, terrifically delicious on the inside. We all know how wonderful pineapples taste, but do you know the history behind this fancy fruit?

It has long been understood that Christopher Columbus made the first European connection with the pineapple plant. At that time, fresh fruit was a rare commodity (exotic fruit doubly so) and the pineapple quickly became a celebrity of royal gourmet and horticulturists.

Coveted Fruit

For many years, the pineapple continued to remain a coveted commodity that was cherished for its rarity. To aid in their access to this rare fruit, the Europeans tried to produce their own pineapple plants. Unfortunately, due to the harsh seasons, their efforts were mostly fruitless. Because of the difficulty in cultivating pineapples, the ability to obtain one continued to be viewed as a significant symbol of prosperity and royalty. In fact, it was so uncommon to have possession of a pineapple that King Charles II himself posed for a portrait that truly attests to his royal status: receiving a pineapple as a gift. A royal gift, indeed.

Pineapple Centerpiece Finial

Pineapple Flameless Candle

Pineapples as Celebrities

Across the sea in Colonial America, the pineapple was brought home by sailors returning to New England from far away ports. A fresh pineapple proudly displayed on the porch was a symbol that the home was ready to welcome visitors once again. It is no surprise that this imagery of hospitality is still in use today. Take a look around and you will easily find pineapples in architectural design, on welcome signs, in home decorating, and as a crowning piece to large displays of food.

Pineapple Vine Chair Pad
Pineapple Salt and Pepper Shakers Iconic Hawaiian Fruit

Pineapple cultivation first began in Hawaii around the late 19th century, where the pineapple industry began to grow and export throughout the world. However, the pineapple actually originated in South America, and, against popular belief, is not the official state fruit of Hawaii.

Encourage a welcoming atmosphere in any room of your home with pineapple accents. And don’t forget to tell your guests all about the history of the pineapple as you enjoy some of the fruit yourselves!

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