Bolier's Rosenau Stateside Chair
Dear readers, it is my sincere hope you are enjoying time with family and friends during these holidays!
It is with great sadness I must tell you - a very special part of my life, my beloved father, has passed away during this holiday. He was a truly wonderful man who had keen interest and skill in fine woodworking, and his attention to detail and dedication to his hobby made him a master. Therefore, I am compelled to discuss one of his favourite materials: wood. No space should be without the beauty and warmth of wood!
Zebrano wood has been one of the popular exotic woods used in the past decade for modern applications, as shown in this kitchen by Beeleigh Interiors from the UK.
Here are some of the exotic and domestic varieties of wood used for furniture and inlays. Chart courtesy of Evoke Woodcraft.
Dark Maple wideplank flooring by Carlisle.
The hottest wood flooring is hand-scraped, reclaimed, recycled, or distressed and is available in a variety of widths and finishes, making it wonderful for hiding wear and tear. Some companies even burn the wood slightly to give it an ashy, grayed appearance.
Country Floors' teak flooring
The natural beauty of wood adds warmth and richness to a space. The rustic beams, oversized clock, gleaming floor and turned legs on the island of this kitchen make this stark white scheme very cozy and inviting. Interior by Amy D Morris.
Going green is important these days.Global Views' Washboard Media Console is made of recycled wood.
Siematic's new Beaux Arts Collection mixes styles and wood finishes in cabinetry to create dramatic, outstanding kitchens.
Often, clients are concerned about ' mixing woods'. Mixing it up a bit is good! A room with all one colour or type of wood can be boring, especially with all of the basic 'espresso' furniture that is available anywhere, even at the grocery store! Some consideration should be made with the wood's colour and the style of furniture. A rustic yellow pine cabinet may not work well when paired with a refined mahogany dining room table.
I have a fondness for dark furniture, especially when it has an interesting shape. Barbara Barry's Facets pedestal table for Henredon is timeless beauty.Photo from Detroit Home Magazine.
Housewears works with any wood, but custom built applications other than kitchens are often maple, walnut or quarter sawn oak.This wall unit we designed is dark espresso maple, and is actually 11 feet tall, but in a room with 18' ceilings, the scale was absolutely perfect.
Another project from Housewears, using quarter sawn oak in a natural finish. The look was clean, interesting, yet simple in this small media room.
A clever black walnut pocket bar from Interior Design Magazine. Photo by Eric Laignel.
The sun-bleached, relaxed traditional look is cropping up everywhere...this is the St. James Collection in weathered oak from Restoration Hardware.
Global Views is also introducing its Light Limed Wood collection, with this French Key Console.Altura Furniture.