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Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

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If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood. These kind of tables have a rustic modern charm, and fit well into a number of different decor styles, from a country style home, to a modern, minimalist living space. Take a look at some of the different styles of rustic dining room tables that are available these days!

There are plenty of options when it comes to the kind of woods you can use to make these tables yourself, or for having one custom made for your dining space. One of the most popular reclaimed material is barn wood, and another really cool one is old rail ties that have been repurposed and refinished to be used in furniture. Older wood has a ton of character and the age of the wood bestows it with incredible and unique patterns and color.

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For years people have been playing DIY with IKEA furniture and then releasing the specs on how to make modifications to their classic designs to better suit your needs. Never a company to shy away from trends, the Swedish furniture champs are getting into the hack game themselves.

IKEA’s first foray into this world comes in the form of a modifiable, flat pack sofa that will change with the times and be adaptable as possible. They are calling it the Delaktig sofa (meaning “participating”), tand it is a collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon and students from London’s Royal College of Art. The sofa is expected to hit stores as early as nest year and is being priced at between USD $399 and $899.

Made out of light, recycled extruded aluminum, it will come ready with bolt holes to be used for a number of options from third party designers like side tables, lamps, charging stations and even baby gear like sleepers.

The goal is to push the company in a new direction for a new era and a new kind of shopper. They want to be seen as way more of a tech company than a furniture company. Their creative director Marcus Engman said the following recently when discussing the future of IKEA:

“Open-source thinking is one of the things that I believe will affect a lot of the way we do things. When we look at mass production and what’s ‘good,’ the measurements of quality are set by engineers. It’s very much that everything should be exactly the same. But what if that’s not the goal? Is [an experiment] ‘wrong’ but in the right way? That’s how the software industry works and how they develop.”

2017 Design Trends: Lighting

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Design shifts every year in the world of interior design. Whether it be colors, materials, textures, furniture styles, flooring or lighting, new concepts and ideas are brought to the consumer every year.

2017 promises to be an exciting year in lighting design. The last decade has seen a resurgence of industrial design, geometric shapes, and because of emerging technologies..adjustable and programmable light emissions.

For designers and homeowners, it presents many new opportunities to create warmth and ambience in any home, working with any budget. Here’s a quick look at some of the new trends in lighting you can expect to see in 2017.

Check out the Modern Lighting section of the Furniture Home Design store to see the newest trends in modern lumination.

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25 Amazingly Cool Treehouses

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EVERYBODY wants to live in a treehouse. Even if it’s just for a warm summer’s night or a lazy weekend in the autumn when the leaves around your house are changing.

We collected 25 images of the most magical, fairytale treehouses we could find to tickle your imagination. Many of these are made from sustainably sourced materials, like reclaimed hardwood, corrugated steel reused from shipping containers, and many other unique materials that you could only use on projects like these ones.

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Huxley’s Ladder Wooden Bookshelves

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As a collector of all things readable, I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to show off my favorite books. One of the issues I have (I guess its not really a bad issue, but it makes getting the perfect bookcases a chore!) is that I have very high ceilings in my office, which is where I keep a lot of my book collection. So as you can imagine, I was thrilled to come across these new wooden shelves from Huxley’s. The true genius of this bookshelf? YOU CAN CLIMB IT. I’m in love.

The Huxley’s Ladder is the ideal combination of modern design and perfectly realized functionality that makes grabbing your favorite books off the shelf not just easy, but fun as well! They make for six amply sized sections where you can put your knick knacks, your plants and get this, your books. I’ve even had people sitting on them like seating when I have parties.

You can just get one and have it as a standalone, or you can get a few, depending on how much space you have, and combo them all together to make one big library slash climbing gym. Just kidding. You probably don’t want to let the kids play on these like an actual climbing wall because this ladder is mostly fun for grownups. They are lovingly made of quarter-sawn white oak finished off with a goes-with-anything satin white lacquer.

Unsurprisingly, this ladder bookshelf won the 2015/2016 A’Design Award in Furniture Category. So cool.

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Eco-Friendly Mojuhlar Flatpack Furniture

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When Ed Reynolds saw how much used furniture was ending up in landfills in the United States, he decided to do something about it, and started a new furniture company that would make furniture that simply used less material, took up less space, and could be used for a multitude of different reasons and rooms, so that it would be easier to reuse or sell. He wrote about it on his site, saying:

“Most modular furniture today primarily serves only one functional use, like modular shelving for storage, or modular sofas for seating. I wanted to design a system that could be reconfigured to serve multiple functional uses and continue to adapt as needs and spaces change.”

His flatpack furniture is very cool, modern and super stylish. The company, called Mojuhlar, makes their furniture from top quality Baltic birch plywood which has feen finished with a Wilsonart laminate. Then, they drill a pattern of holes into the pieces so that they can be fastened together in a number of different ways, creating tons of opportunities for variety. They even use a special kind of screw that fits flush with the wood so that you don’t have the issue of exposed screw heads.

Check out the Furniture Home Design eco-friendly furniture store for more sustainable furniture ideas!

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Feist Forest Sustainable Work Tables

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We came across this UK-based company while searching for sturdy work tables that also met our standards for being sustainably created pieces of eco-friendly furniture. We were thrilled by their designs, as well as the beautiful British Ash wood that they use to created them.

The ash is responsibly sourced, and each of the work tables is expertly handcrafted at their factory, which is housed in a tin tabernacle in Devon.

According the the team at Feist Forest, the tables and the colors they’ve chosen “reflect the wooden Ash stem and black buds seen in winter.”

Check out Feist Forest here.

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A company in Chicago called Reclaimed Table is creating some beautiful pieces, all using reclaimed and FSC certified wood. They even were sure to use low-VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free Baltic birch plywood. As a nod to a more sustainable history of furniture making, they have even tried to go old-school with the way they make furniture, using equipment like a wood planer from the Smithsonian.

Subfloor hickory and wood reclaimed from an abandoned school gym, paneling from a Kentucky farm, tables made from the barnwood and other sources of reclaimed materials make up the bulk of their furniture pieces.

Check out their website here.

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Christopher Duffy’s Abyss Table

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This gorgeous and beautifully conceived dining table is from the mind of designer Christopher Duffy and is one of the most unique tables we’ve ever seen at Furniture Home Design. Is it eco-friendly? Yes. The table is created from high grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. The Abyss table represents abstracted geological sections of the ocean and the land in topography form.

Is it expensive? You’d better believe it. The cost of the Abyss Dining Table will set you back around $40,000 USD.

Designer Christopher Duffy said this about his incredible table: “I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.”

There’s a limited edition of 25 available through the designer’s website, so if you have some (a lot) spare cash lying around and want the most conversation-starting dining room experience ever, make your move as soon as possible.

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There’s just something so magical about being at your lakehouse or summer cottage and relaxing on the sofa in front of a big roaring fire in the evening. Designers who help create the most rustic design aesthetics for log homes and hunting lodges will tell you that one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy to get this look in your cabin or cottage is a sofa.

Picking the perfect sofa or couch for your getaway home is the key to the creation of that feeling of pure country luxury and comfort. There are some very commonly used design components that show up a lot when we start looking at sofas that meet this aesthetic. Rough-hewn logs make up the structure of some of these rustic sofas, as well as dark brown leathers and intricate patterns of wool for materials. Have a look at some of the different styles available, and consider how many people you’ll have as guests, and how easy you want the care and cleaning to be.

The Wassup Sofa

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Rustic flair has found its home in the Wassup Sofa, which features a soft, marbled chenille in dark chocolate brown and is partnered with a distressed microdenier that resembles rough hewn leather.”

Riva Utah Sofa

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This modern rustic sofa, created by Riva of Italy, uses reclaimed and recycled timbers from Venetian lagoons to create clean lines with extremely comfortable seating, perfect for the lodge look.

High Country Sofa

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This is a great cottage sofa for a very reasonable price. Features mossy forest green chenille and durable leather look micro-suede. We love the authentically country pattern on the couch cushions.

Rustic Outlaw Sofa

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Nothing says country luxury like the well-worn comfort and easy elegance of a distressed leather rustic sofa. This sophisticated sofa combines country ease with rich dark brown leather to create the perfect living room centerpiece for your cottage or lakehouse retreat.

Black Forest Berea Hickory Sofa

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Soft, luxurious sofa pillows resting on beautiful, natural logs makes for the ultimate in cabin or hunting lodge aesthetics for the living room of your recreational home. This log built rustic sofa is made from hickory logs and features plush cushions you can sink into. Made from hickory grown in American forests.