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What is American Empire Style Furniture?

It’s hard to believe the fourth of July is already upon us. It’s a holiday that seems to just get better with age. Sure, fireworks are great when you’re a kid, but you’re already on summer vacation from school so the 4th just feels kind of like a formality. When you’re older, the fun [...]

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How to Sand Wood Properly

Whether you are a professional cabinetmaker making antique reproductions or a hobbyist wanting to refinish an old piece of furniture proper sanding technique is vital to your success. So how should you go about it? First, it’s important to understand why furniture needs to be sanded. Sanding is vital to the refinishing process in that it [...]

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How to Tell if Your Wood is Insect Damaged

While solid wood furniture is a great to have in your home, it is also unfortunately a natural target for small insects and pests. Insects are used to finding tons of wood outdoors, so it should come as no surprise that when they find it in your home they’ll make a home of it. So how [...]

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Classic Interior Design Principles Outlined

Human nature, architectural proportions, and bodily comforts. These ideas for interior design are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago when Edith Wharton set the standard for interior design in her brilliant book The Decoration of Homes. This Bible of home décor featured the idea that interior decoration is NOT merely about surface “arrangement.” Instead, [...]

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