Historic Trails Show Off Ancient Wooden Beauty

Historic Trails Show Off Ancient Wooden Beauty

On a recent visit to York, my companion and I had many a fine wander round – we had no particular plan, just to see as much of the city as we could in 3 days.  We were booked into a hotel from a chain of them – this one was conveniently placed for buses into the city and the hotel made sure we knew how to get our ‘rover’ tickets to use the buses to the max.  We had a fab time, meandering around the city walls, in and out of the low slung ‘Shambles’, gawping in the windows of the incredibly expensive shops.

The highlight though was visiting a couple of heritage properties – that feeling of belonging and being at one with the furnishings and decor.  The oak that is so carefully and lovingly cared for has seen so much life before now.  Nothing makes us feel richly proud of our heritage than a jolly good oak filled house!

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Oak Furniture Makes History Feel Real

Oak Furniture Makes History Feel Real

The time has come to start thinking about all my visits out this year.  The heritage memberships have been bought, the cards and parking stickers are in the wallet.  All I need now is the good weather and the energy to get out there and make the very most of the days out.  There is truly something special about being able to access properties that hold dear the very wonderful skill of old oak furniture making.

To be able to look over to a chest of drawers or a clothing dresser and know that it has been in the same place, in the same house for three or four hundred years is fantastic.  Knowing also that the wood was lovingly carved and made into that useful item is heart warming.  Nothing beats a lovely bit of oak furniture – whatever it’s final use, it ages so well with minimal fuss.  Sheer beauty and stability, as well as style!

 

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Oak For Furniture That Will Outlast ‘Em All

Oak For Furniture That Will Outlast ‘Em All

I have been on my local travels lately – the winter has been getting me down.  All that drab rain and slushy mess all over the place.  The focus of my last visit was to a country house that has a quite well known garden school – they open up for two weeks in the spring to show off a spectacular display of snowdrops and early hellebores.

I also enjoyed a chance invite to look around the owner’s home – I’m now a season ticket holder for the gardens.  I was able to soak up the atomosphere of truly ancient furniture in the house.  The feeling that everything belonged and had been there for so long made me feel complete and deadly envious!  To be able to live in a very old manor house that has been in a family for centuries and to touch and feel the furniture that just belongs there was a wonderfully restorative process for me!

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The Joy Of Old Retainers In The Furniture World

The Joy Of Old Retainers In The Furniture World

The stunning beauty of a good old fashioned wooden oak chest in the dining room or bedroom of an old house always fills me with glee.  Just entering a room that has antique furniture thrills me.  The feeling that a family from many many years ago will have used that article on a daily basis and has cared for it, lovingly dusting and polishing it, makes me feel very glad.

On a visit to a historic house in the Midlands recently, we were struck by the number of pieces in the house that had apparently been there for more than two hundred years.  There were records of when this home owner in the past had bought this item and another where something had been taken into the home in leiu of a missed rental payment.  Not so good for the poor person, but the item had been saved and was here for all to enjoy still.

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Oak Furniture Reminds Us Of Our Heritage & History

Oak Furniture Reminds Us Of Our Heritage & History

One of the overwhelming memories of a holiday on the Isle of Wight many years ago was visiting a Manor house in a small village – in fact it wasn’t in the village itself but a way out and it took quite some time to find the place.  We had cycled from our camp site and were in need of rest and refreshment by the time we arrived.  There were no joys of that sort awaiting us but the minute I got through the front door, all was forgiven.  The beauty of the old furnishings, oak furniture, wall hangings and just the atmosphere, was fantastically atmospheric.  I have visited many historic houses over the years, enjoying the guided tours presented by very earnest guides who point out various artefacts but that tiny, privately owned manor house beat them all hands down!

It is possible to browse online and buy early oak furniture for ourselves these days.  Thank heavens!

 

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Old Oak Furniture In The Right Setting Always Appeals

Old Oak Furniture In The Right Setting Always Appeals

One of the abiding memories from my childhood was the annual jaunt to visit relatives in the 1950s – particularly the age of their house.  I was too young to know the difference between house designs and eras.  I did notice though that the house we stayed in every December – for the pre Christmas exchange of presents and family banter – was very attractive to look at.  A long driveway led to the most wonderful front door.    I now know of course, that it was old oak.  The very look, feel and smell was exciting, and that was before we set foot inside.

The very old furniture started in the hallway with welcoming chests for our shoes etc. then into the family sitting room that to us looked like a ballroom.  How I wish I had taken more noitice of the lovely antique oak – it was beautiful and always and so right for that house.

 

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Touring Hisoric Houses Wakens A Love Of Oak Furniture

Touring Hisoric Houses Wakens A Love Of Oak Furniture

When a Secret Santa idea was floated recently, three splendid ideas came to mind for a young couple.  Membership of the three major heritage enterprise charities.  There are the usual huge national ones but another smaller group is for the owners of houses who still live in them and have not had to hand them over to the Exchequer.  However, whichever group owns a house, it is the actual house that matters most.  Great joy is to be had just entering the rooms, on a quiet day, not a weekend then . . . . .  it is just wonderful to soak up the atmosphere, smell the gorgeous old chairs, tables, wardrobes and trestles.  Knowing that hundreds of family members could have been sitting in the very spot occupied by we visitors is humbling.  We have much to be grateful for as it gives inspiration to browse the various antiue and early furiture outlets for similar artefacts to make our own family heirlooms.  Eventually.

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Bringing The Sense Of History Alive With Oak Furniture

Bringing The Sense Of History Alive With Oak Furniture

There can be fewer things in life that will guarantee a nostalgic train of thought than gorgeous old oak furniture and furnishings.  This is particularly true in a beautiful old cottage – it is impossible not to get that soft and slightly soppy romantic notion that life must have been so gloriously uncomplicated in days of yore.  The very mention of antique chests and blanket boxes conjurs up life in a thrifty household with all the furniture made to suit the size of the cottage.

One way to really enjoy the idea of living in a country cottage with beautiful old oak furnishings is to hire a suitably aged cottage for a few days – the restfulness will be most rewarding and it will also help to foster an appreciation of what a marvellous material oak is.  To obtain the furniture itself is best done through a site that dedicates itself to the business of early oak furniture.

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Oak Is The True Master For Funiture

Oak Is The True Master For Funiture

It’s true to say that Oak has been used for centuries as a furniture wood because it is very strong (even stronger than mahogany!)and has a beautiful grain.  It is a timeless style statement in any home!  Oak not only does oak look wonderful in any setting, it is surprisingly easy to care for – it only needs a light dusting and an occasional oil or wax.  There’s a reason why oak has been chosen by craftsmen the world over as their wood of choice! We love oak, but don’t take our word for it, here are some reasons why you should definitely choose oak every time:

  1. Easy care – no fuss!
  2. Lasts for a long, long time!
  3. Durable and versatile
  4. Investment – never out of style
  5. Contemporary, rustic, traditional to complement any room
  6. Oak fits in well with different styles of decor

There’s nothing to beat it for style.

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Lovely Old Oak Brings Homely Joy

Lovely Old Oak Brings Homely Joy

What do we mean when we think about the way our home is going to look.  what do we want in the way of funishings.  The older oak will take pride of place in the middle of the room, or be sat to one side out of the way? If it will be the focal point, you might want to look for an elegant and sophisticaed design.

How much care do you want to put in? Oak is hardy and resiliant so the table should last even in a packed out house! You will need to spend a little time weekly to wax and polish the table though.  Worth investing in some coasters too to protect the surface from drinks and spills!  Ther can never be a better time to get that old antique look organised for a home.  so much choice and so many ways to source.

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Use Heirloom Trends In Bedroom Themes

Use Heirloom Trends In Bedroom Themes

Floral patterns, mixed fabrics and textrues as well as quirky, vintage inspired pieces all come together to form a gorgeous heirloom interior trend.  With vintage style pieces in mind, you should look for traditional furniture styles which look as if they have been passed down through the generations.  Dark oak looks great for this look.

Any ditsy floral prints will be at home here, as well as knitted throws and cushions which add texture as well as colour.  Remember how your grannies and great grannies would knit or crochet?  That’s the look to go for!

Quirky decorative accessories such as animal based ornaments, statues and bookends can all lend themselves to the heirloom trend.  Stag heads and rabbits are particularly good!

Oak furniture lends itself very well to the heirloom trend, mainly because so much furniture from long ago was made in oak!  We recommend styling your oak with floral patterns, contrasting textures and animals to make it look well worn and loved.

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Glam Up Your Bedroom With Baeutiful Oak

Glam Up Your Bedroom With Baeutiful Oak

Pretty patterns, mixed fabrics and textrues as well as quirky, vintage inspired pieces all come together to form a gorgeous heirloom interior trend.  With vintage style pieces in mind, you should look for traditional furniture styles which look as if they have been passed down through the generations.  Dark oak looks great for this look.

All sorts of  floral prints will be at home here, as well as knitted throws and cushions which add texture as well as colour.  Remember how your grannies and great grannies would knit or crochet?  That’s the look to go for!

Decorative accessories such as animal based ornaments, statues and bookends can all lend themselves to the heirloom trend.  Stag heads and rabbits are particularly good!

Furniture made of oak lends itself very well to the heirloom trend, mainly because so much furniture from long ago was made in oak!  We recommend styling your oak with floral patterns, contrasting textures and animals to make it look well worn and loved.

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Using Country Themes For Furnishing Scheme

Using Country Themes For Furnishing Scheme

It is absolutely amazing how many patterns, mixed fabrics and textrues as well as vintage inspired pieces all come together for gorgeous heirloom furnishing trends.  With vintage style pieces in mind, you should look for traditional furniture styles which look as if they have been passed down through the generations.  Dark oak looks great for this look.    A variety of prints will be at home here, as well as knitted throws and cushions which add texture as well as colour.  Remember how your grannies and great grannies would knit or crochet.

Distinctively different decorative accessories such as animal based ornaments, statues and bookends can all lend themselves to the heirloom trend.  Country animal themes are good.  Wood, especially oak, lends itself very well to the heirloom trend, mainly because so much furniture from long ago was made in oak!  We recommend styling your oak with floral patterns, contrasting textures and animals to make it look well worn and loved.

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