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Artisan details are always on trend at

Huffington Post, House Beautiful and other design trend publications have called artisan touches for the home one of the biggest trends in 2018. But for, it’s the only way we roll.

Homestead is a popular style that many customers choose to customize for their personal home styles.

When a piece of furniture is handcrafted by an artisan, rather than mass produced through a factory chain, that instantly adds a personal touch to any space. Handmade products require time, artistry and special skills. At, Amish craftsmen create our beautiful pieces. In Amish tradition, they focus on using traditional woodworking techniques. The factories we partner with are the largest non-electric furniture manufacturer in Holmes Country, Ohio, a place famous for producing high-quality Amish furniture.

We know that the Amish tradition is to celebrate the wood, the people and the land. Our partners and their dedicated artisans who make up the award-winning companies, work closely with us to build quality solid wood furniture, drawing from construction techniques of their heritage to ensure a lifetime of use.

The Amish use wood from sustainably managed forests which reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the product. In addition, they diligently minimize daily impact by focusing on raw materials, energy and people, sourcing much of their wood within a one-mile-radius of the factory.

Beautiful wood furnishings help make a house a home. Amish furnishings take it to another level.





On the road again – time to trick out that new (or old) RV

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RV shipments through October 2017 totaled 426,932 units, an increase of 17.6% from the same period in 2016. This continues seven consecutive years of shipments growth as the industry has bounced back from effects of the great recession.

If you’re one of the thousands who purchased these RVs and plan to hit the road this spring or summer, it may be time to think about adding some smart furnishings for your home away from home (or for some full timers, your home, period).

More and more companies are offering new designs that provide comfort, style and specificities for life on the road. There is much more opportunity for customization than ever, and many more ways to get what you want and need to live your best RV life. For instance, heavy built-in wooden elements are being replaced by alternate designs using synthetic foams and paper. People want all the amenities of home, it just takes a little engineering and creativity.

Companies like TVLiftCabinet are also stepping up, offering products that serve dual purposes. TVMirrors that come in a variety of sizes are fully-functioning, smart televisions when you want to watch TV and beautiful and functional mirrors when not in use. Since “connectivity” is so big with today’s motorhome designs, the ability to access the Internet and satellites from the comfort of your living room is important. Information is power, especially when you’re in the middle of no-where.

Want some other furnishing tips?  Check out some thoughts from KOA to get you started. Enjoy the journey.






Downsizing trend continues; time to think smart about wants and needs

Baby boomers retiring in droves. The tiny house movement. Downsizing to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s tough to pick up a magazine or read a trend article about how many people are seeking to downsize and simplify their lives.

Whatever the reason, many homeowners are realizing how much money they could save if they have less square footage. (e.g. heating, cooling, electricity, etc.). Most understand that smaller homes help them become more energy efficient and create less pollution.

This is especially important for retirees. According to the Washington Post, 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. Most are active seniors who prefer to spend their money on travel or other things that are important to them. Smaller spaces and less maintenance give them the time and money they need to live life on their own terms.

Downsizing is also becoming popular with millennials who prefer to keep their lives simple and clutter-free. Many of these individuals are part of the “gig” economy where temporary work is the norm, so the burden of a large mortgage isn’t even an option for them. Yet they still want their independence. These are some of the people who are moving into tiny homes, small condos and teeny apartments.

That doesn’t mean these people want to give up all the amenities they enjoy. Smart phones are critical. Smart TVs are also on the must-have list. They may not be connected via cable, but they enjoy streamed entertainment from Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu (to name a few). Many companies are creating smart ways for people who want to downsize to have their must-have items in unique ways that don’t take up too much space. Downsizing doesn’t mean giving up everything you love.

Here’s an example: TVMirrors that are also smart flatscreen televisions. When you want to watch television, flip a switch and you’re good to go. When not in use, it’s a beautiful mirror. Both useful and valuable items merged into one smart unit. Less space. Less waste. Practical and beautiful at the same time.

So, go ahead and downsize. It might be the best decision for you to live your best life.

Start the New Year with a Mission: Declutter and simplify

The family room is one of the hardest rooms in your home to keep neat. The space gets used a lot – and doesn’t usually offer much storage. Some of these spaces have bookcases and a small television console, but let’s face it, there’s not much space for hiding clutter.

This January, it might be a good time to tackle the problem permanently. To do this you need to:

1. Decide what items are absolutely necessary in the space and find a permanent home for each item.

2. Purge those items that aren’t necessary.

3. Assess whether you need to invest in furnishings to keep the space neat and tidy.

The best place to start is to empty your bookcases and television console. Place your items on a temporary table (e.g. card table). Sometimes it’s tempting to just move clutter around, which just transfers clutter around the home and doesn’t deal with the actual substance. Don’t forget the electronics, remotes, gaming systems items, etc.

Get three empty storage bins and label them: Keep. Donate. Toss.

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Then, separate the items into the respective bins.

When you’re completely done with the purge, look at the items in the Keep bin. Then, look at your available storage space and see if you have ample space for your must-have items. If there’s not enough space, you might to consider investing in a TVLiftCabinet for the space. Each unit beautifully displays your flatscreen television when you want to watch a program, but more importantly, it has wonderful storage space for everything you need in this part of your home. And when you’re done watching television, the television disappears, leaving you with an uncluttered cabinet with everything you need and nothing you don’t want laying all over your room.

This decluttering method will work well in every room in your home. This is one resolution that will be easy to keep – and will continue to improve your quality of life for the rest of the year. Have fun.

Happy holidays from everyone at

happy holidays

The holiday season is a time that is supposed to draw out good cheer and compassion toward each other. For some, however, the demands of the holiday season can be overwhelming as more and more tasks get added to already busy schedules.

If you’re feeling the stress, we urge you to take a few moments to yourself and take a deep breath. Then take another deep breath. Then exhale slowly. Let this be a time to celebrate all the things that are right in your world. Focus on the positive and remove things that add stress to your life. Walk away from the smart phone and spend quality time with people you enjoy.

And as 2017 draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. It’s been quite a year for us all. We hope that the year has been just as memorable for you and your loved ones. There is no greater joy than an opportunity to reflect on what really matters. May your holidays and New Year be filled with the joy and peace of the season.

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