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Queen Anne Furniture Style

What is Queen Anne Furniture and How Do You Spot It?

May 8, 2018

  Furniture made in the Queen Anne style was originally produced in the 1720s to about 1750 (the eponymous Queen Anne died in 1714). The style traveled to the United States, where it continued in production until 1800, falling within the Colonial furniture period. It’s difficult to define the characteristics of Queen Anne style furniture…

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What’s My Chair Back Style?

May 1, 2018

There are so many chair styles; it may be confusing.  While many chair bases may seem similar, the chair back style is a defining feature and has been for centuries.  This chair style guide can help you identify your piece for purchase, restoration, and appraisal. These are some of the most common types of chair…

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Duncan Phyfe Furniture

Duncan Phyfe Furniture: History, Characteristics, & Restorations

April 24, 2018

  The History of Duncan Phyfe Furniture In the United States, we have many furniture styles that have survived the centuries and still have an impact. But there are few American furniture makers we still remember today. Duncan Phyfe is an exception. Coming to the U.S. in 1784 from Scotland, he established himself as a…

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Cane Furniture Care

Rejuvenating and Caring for Your Cane Furniture

April 19, 2018

  What is Cane Furniture? You have probably heard both the terms wicker and cane furniture tossed around. Cane refers to the grass used in some kinds of wicker furniture, with Arundo grass found in the Mediterranean and East Asia, and Arundinaria common in the Americas. Wicker is the process through which cane furniture is…

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Wicker Furniture Care

How to Clean and Care for Wicker Furniture

March 26, 2018

Wicker furniture has been a popular choice for indoor and outdoor use for centuries and is still a fantastic look today. Used on a porch, patio, or deck, its colonial stylings are always in fashion. Wicker is a natural product, usually weaved with reeds or plant fibers, with the material suiting its seating environment. Whether…

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Sofa Cushion Stuffing

What’s My Sofa Stuffed With?

February 22, 2018

Whether you’re buying a new sofa or considering reupholstering an existing couch, sofa cushion stuffing is a complex topic that seems like an enigma wrapped in mystery. When you go to a furniture store, you’ll see countless sofa cushion filling options of differing foam densities, some wrapped in down/feather mixes, some wrapped in dacron or…

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Antique Wood Finishing History

The History of Antique Wood Finishing Techniques

February 7, 2018

The types of wood finishes we have today come from centuries of artisans and craftsmen perfecting natural wood finishing techniques. When we uncover beautiful antique wooden furniture, it’s easy to find the skill of the maker in the workmanship, but the finish is often faded due to age and other factors. Early antique wood finishes,…

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Antique Furniture Care

A Guide to Caring for Your Antique Furniture

January 30, 2018

If you own antique furniture, you know your pieces need more attention and care than your average furniture. The best way to care for your antique furniture and ensure that it stays safe is through planned preservation. By caring for your antique wood furniture before problems arise, you’ll save on refinishing and repair costs and…

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Smoke Damaged Cabinets

Should I Repair or Replace Smoke Damaged Kitchen Cabinets?

January 15, 2018

If you’ve been the victim of a home fire, your smoke damaged kitchen cabinets might not be the first thing on your mind after you’re safe and sound. However, even a small kitchen fire can cause a significant amount of smoke damage to your kitchen cabinets. After you’ve sorted everything out, should you repair and…

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Identify Antique Furniture

How to Identify Antique Furniture

November 28, 2017

You’ve just uncovered some furniture from the attic or been gifted some pieces from a relative’s will. Maybe you’ve even picked up a beautiful wood table or set of chairs from a yard sale or flea market. How can you identify an antique piece of furniture to find out if it is a treasure or…

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