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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Choose a great Oak coffee table

Choose a great Oak coffee table

Finding the perfect oak coffee table can be tricky.  The balance between elegance and practicality as well as tasteful or robust can be difficult.  You should think about these points next time you are looking for a coffee table:

What are you using it for: if you like in a house with small children and pets, finding a sturdy and long lasting piece without sharp corners or drawers would be a good idea.  Nothing for little fingers to get stuck in! Will you need to move the table around?  If so you might want to look for casters on the feet to avoid floor damage.

NExt, think about the way it is going to look – will it 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!

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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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Why you should choose oak furniture

Why you should choose oak furniture

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!  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. Oak fits in well with different styles of decor
  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. Easy care – no fuss!

Furniture made from oak is a great investment – it is beautiful and timeless and can seamlessly merge in with any decor you currently have.  It is easy to look after and will give you many years of pleasure.  What a wise purchase!

 

 

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