The holidays are soon upon us. Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving meal or getting cozy by a crackling fire is a welcome thought as winter makes its entrance. It’s a time to enjoy moments with those who are near and dear. Why not create a space for you and your guests that is as welcoming and inviting as the season itself? Adding in a few pieces of hand-made furniture can be building blocks to warm up an entry way, bedroom, or family room.
Start by creating a haven on the front porch with a pair of rustic rocking chairs. Rocker styles range from classic, solid wood rockers to vintage pieces upholstered with fabric and leather. It will be an ideal spot to enjoy the change of seasons or await the arrival of family and friends. When the weather chases you inside, bring the rockers in as well to enjoy them by the fireplace.
Next, add in a hand-crafted bench made from reclaimed barnwood. At an entryway, visitors can drop their bags or have a seat on it to remove or put on shoes. When you find you need extra seating around the dining table for a holiday feast or dinner party, a bench can be repurposed to accomodate a few more guests.
Lastly, place a cedar blanket chest at the foot of a bed to store extra bedding. Organizing blankets and sheets in decay-resistant cedar will keep them fresh and ready to keep you and guests warm on cold nights in the coming months. A flat-top blanket chest also works well as a coffee table in a casual family room to store anything from throw pillows to toys and books. The best part about a cedar chest is after it has served its purpose, it can be used as storage for cherished keepsakes.
Creating a warm and inviting environment in your home this holiday season is simple by adding in pieces of hand-made furniture that are both functional and beautiful.