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    Log Cabin Table Settings

    Published By: Riley Beltran  -  Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Arts & Crafts Dining TableLog cabins tend to embrace the rustic, but isn't any reason that they can't be the setting for spectacular meals. Whether you're hosting a holiday at your cozy abode, staging a romantic meal for your partner, or throwing a fabulous retreat supper for your coworkers, beautiful log cabin table setting can make all the difference.

    The nature of the event will determine the right way to create a table setting that suits the log cabin atmosphere. If you want to break down the stylistic decisions needed for you to craft a setting that will really work for your plans, you need to understand the basic components of table setting. Here you'll find some basics of log cabin table setting to take into consideration.

    Linens:
    You may just want to skip on the table cloth all together if you're embracing the rusticism of your log cabin setting and have a beautiful wood table. Clean the table, polish it, set out some beautiful cloth napkins, and allow the wood's natural splendor to set the rest of the base for your elegant meal.

    However, table cloths can be a great option if you have a table that's a little worse for wear or more casual than the event you're hosting. Keep with the casual look of cabins with a plain linen or cotton cloth in a neutral shade in order to create a great all purpose base. For an extra layer of elegance, dress it up further with a table runner featuring a floral or woodland motif.

    Dishware:
    Depending on the event, the dishes for your log cabin table will differ. A homey evening with a rustic theme, means you should opt for handmade ceramics; the beautiful craftsmanship will elevate the dishware's looks without it seeming out of place.

    Consider using traditional china with a floral pattern if you want a more elegant setting. The contrast against the rustic background will give you a feeling that is striking and ethereal, almost as through you have stumbled across a fairy's picnic in a woodland setting. The floral motif aids in tying together the elegant china to the natural surroundings. You can't go wrong with floral china if you're having a log cabin high tea, Easter meal, or Mother's Day brunch.

    Centerpiece:
    At any dining table, a centerpiece can serve to create a central image that sets the tone of the entire event. At a log cabin dining table, it works perfectly for bringing some of your natural surroundings inside. Your centerpiece don't need to be ostentatious, but it's a wonderful way to show off the setting of your cabin.

    You can also get creative with a log cabin centerpiece on top of your simple vase filled with wildflowers or other local plants. Opt for a base made of wood, and arranging mosses and candles on top in order to create a unique candle garden. You could also fill mason jars using local plants and ground cover for a terrarium that you can use over and over again. Dried flowers from the region, arranged in a placed in a vase or wreath, can be great option as well.


    Arts and Crafts Motifs: Understanding the Poppy

    Published By: Riley Beltran  -  Friday, August 28, 2015

    PoppiesMotifs are a traditional part of the Arts and Crafts design style. These iconic images have many purposes in the Arts and Crafts style: they highlight the natural world, emphasize an important element of the style's philosophy, and serve as a connecting element for a design that could spread throughout the entire house.

    Motifs are very important in the Arts and Crafts style, and have appeared in all incarnations of it. While you can use almost any floral or faunal element as an Arts and Crafts motif, a few have become instantly recognizable as hallmarks of the style. The poppy is one that holds high significance in the highly developed California branch of the style.

    What is a Poppy?
    A poppy is a flowering plant that frequently grows wild, though it is something that can definitely be cultivated. It usually features a pale-green stem and large cupped flowers with four to five petals of equal size. They can come in various colors and sizes, but the species that is most associated with the style is the California poppy, and it tends to be yellow or orange with flowers from 1"-2".

    Why are Poppies Used in Arts and Crafts Design?
    The poppy's origin as an Arts and Crafts motif is not fully known. Early on in the style, particularly in the United States, it quickly emerged as one of the most popular motifs. Early Arts and Crafts furnishings by Gustav Stickley, as well as contemporary wallpaper and textile designs, all frequently feature the poppy.

    The poppy is prized as a motif because of its elegant, elongated shape, which lends itself to the simplified design work that is typical of the Arts and Crafts style, and because of its symbolism. It is seen by many as one of the greatest examples of the entire design style itself due to its slender stem, mix of earthen and jewel tones, and its practicality as both a wild and cultivated plant.

    What Does the Poppy Mean?
    The relationship and symbolism that the poppy shares with Arts and Crafts is a bit muddled. Traditionally, due to the opiate effect of the poppy's seeds, it was a symbol for sleep, dreams, and even death. It became a symbol for World War I, and is still worn in remembrance of those lost during the war in some countries.

    However, many experts feel that the poppy is the defining symbol of the Arts and Crafts style in California. California remains one of the best places for Arts and Crafts design, and this wild state is the place where it truly settled and created most of its defined iconography. Being the state flower of California, the poppy is perfect as a major symbol for the style.


    Choosing the Right Colors for an Arts and Crafts Bathroom

    Published By: Riley Beltran  -  Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Oak Bathroom SinkWhen you consider Arts and Crafts home design, you typically aren't thinking about the bathroom, and this can make it a bit difficult for you to conceptualize one. Just as it is with any room, beginning with a color palette is a great way for you to get an idea on how you should design and decorate the room. With an Arts and Crafts bathroom, you can really set the stage for the finished look by choosing the right colors.

    Traditional Arts and Crafts colors are actually great for use in many bathroom designs, as their natural, soothing hues can help to promote an aura of relaxation, comfort, and cleanliness. The following are some great shades that can easily be used to build an authentic Arts and Crafts color palette.

    Fern:
    Fern green is a beautiful color that you will often see used as an accent in other Craftsman-inspired rooms. It is a rich, soothing and romantic color in a bathroom, which makes it perfect for a luxurious master bathroom or a guest bathroom.

    The shade fern tends to be a medium, muted green with gray undertones, though it can vary a bit. When accented with other green colors, such as pale willow or dark forest, it works beautifully and this makes it lovely as a monochrome wallpaper option.Choose other soothing, forest-inspired hues, like redwood, pale tan, or soft gold, in order to build a palette around fern.

    Slate:
    This stone-inspired color is great for a spa-influenced room, and the best part is that it can be used as a color and in luxury features such as stone-tiled floors or showers. Slate is a beautiful pale to medium gray, and as a strong neutral it works both as a central color to a palette, or as an accent in a more vivid color scheme.

    Pair slate as a central tone with bone and pale gold woods for an ideal Arts and Crafts bathroom. This can help to lighten up the palette to keep the room looking welcoming, while also keeping the strength and depth of the central shade.

    Goldenrod:
    Goldenrod is a beautiful shade from traditional Arts and Crafts color palettes that is great for a sunny, cheerful bathroom. This is a warm and rich-toned golden yellow that is inviting but isn't overbearing, and it's great for use in a larger bathroom that feels too cold or airy, or in a child's bathroom.

    You can use goldenrod beautifully as a central shade as long as you are careful with the rest of the palette. It's a shade that can quickly become too overwhelming if it is mixed with too many other bright shades, especially in small space. For something really beautiful you can match goldenrod with a paler, soft yellow, add a very pale ivory, and accent with soft rose or blue shades. This will help to keep the palette dynamic and to balance the strong shade.



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