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Natural Wood Decor & Furniture

  • 20 Low-Budget Ideas For Home Improvement

    1. Rearrange your furniture. It's free, so why not? Start with the largest piece and work your way down. If nothing else seems to work, try angling a sofa, chair, or bed that's against the wall.

    2. Just a touch of paint can transform your house. Try a warm color for a more welcoming home or bolder colors to add excitement.

    3. Paint crown molding and trim a glossy white to add interest. The crisp color will make any room seem grander.

    4. A trendy knob brings a nightstand to life.

    5. Start an art collection.

    6. Restyle your bed. It's all about layering.

    7. Start with the skirt first, a box-pleat skirt for a tailored look or a skirt that contrasts with the color of the floor will frame the bed and give it visual weight.

    8. Fold back the flat sheet for a surprise color or pattern.

    9. Top the bed with a woven blanket, coverlet, or quilt. A solid color will keep the room calm.

    10. Lay a folded duvet, comforter, or blanket across the foot of the bed. This is the place for the most color or pattern.

    11. Add accent pillows and prop sleeping pillows against the headboard or wall.

    12. Add ribbon to a lampshade with fabric glue or customize curtains by adding rows of ribbon along the bottom.

    13. A teacup or decorative bowl makes an attractive organizer for your desk or dresser.

    14. Ungroup matched sets. Identical end tables, night stands, or lamps can make a room seem like a furniture store. Swap out one of the pair for something in another room. Some things are better together, however. Framed photos or pottery, for example, have more presence and seem more like a collection when they're not scattered around.

    15. Use a serving tray to display accessories or turn an ottoman into a coffee table.

    16. Hang curtains at ceiling height, even if your windows don't extend that far and choose a bold color or pattern.

    17. Get the look of big art with small pieces you already have. Gather different sizes and shapes of paintings, plates, and mirrors to mass a wallscape above a sofa or bed, then hang the collage by using adhesive-backed hooks.

    18. A folding screen does wonders for defining spaces and hiding clutter.

    19. Lower your art! Most people hang it too high. To gauge the right height, pretend you're looking in a mirror. You shouldn't have to look up at it.

    20. Turn a bedspread into curtains if standard panels are too short.

  • 12 Tips for Accessorizing Your Home

    1. Make It Personal. Add mementos and family photos. Or try souvenirs from your favorite vacations.

    2. Use Accent Colors. When adding accent colors, repeat the color at least three times in a room. Try painting just one wall an inviting accent color. Be as bold or subtle as you like. You could even try new artwork or repainting pieces of furniture.

    3. Create Interest With Height. Vary the height of table top accessories for a different look.

    4. Rearrange Art. Create a more formal look with symmetrical art arrangements. Create a more informal look with asymmetrical artwork. Use easels, bookcases or table tops to display art.

    5. Use Mirrors. Place mirrors to reflect your favorite view or artwork. Use them to add dimension, expand a small space or add light.

    6. Rearrange Furniture. Pull pieces away from the walls and try to find new, more welcoming angles, and you will find a whole new look and feel for your room.

    7. Bring The Outside In. Plants will freshen up any room. And if you don't have a green thumb, try succulents or artifical plants. You could even put pictures of plants on the walls or decorative plates.

    8. Update Rugs. Go bold or more calm, whatever your style. Add a rug under a coffee table or at the front door.

    9. Make A Collage. Add a custom frame to your collage. Make it a collage of pictures or magazine clippings, or even objects.

    10. Update Your Bathroom. Change fixtures. Add more lighting or a different type of lighting to completely change the atmosphere.

    11. Change Up Lamps. Mix and match lamp bases and shades for more of an urban look.

    12. Add Wallpaper. Add a border or add wallpaper to just one wall to give the room a little more texture.

  • Common Natural Cleaners

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    Combined in different ways, these common household products work just as well as the most powerful cleaners on the market:

    * Baking Soda: Baking soda works as a non-abrasive scouring cleaner in kitchens and bathrooms. It also rids clothes of perspiration odors when used in conjunction with laundry detergent in the washer. The next time you do laundry, try adding 1/2 cup to a cup to your load. Before you vacuum, sprinkle it on your carpet as a deodorizer.

    * Washing Soda. Also known as sodium carbonate, is a caustic cleaner that is far safer than other solvents. Wearing gloves when you use it, however, is still recommended. Washing soda is great at cutting grease and neutralizing odors.

    * Lemon Juice. The acid in lemon juice neutralizes hard water deposits, dissolves buildup, and tarnish on silver. White vinegar can be used in place of lemon juice. The infamous strong smell dissipates as the vinegar dries.

    * Antifungals/Disinfectants. Grapefruit seed extract and essential oils such as lavender, clove, and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties and operate as natural fungicides. To keep mold at bay, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of essential oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, or 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract to 1 quart of water.

    Natural Cleaning Recipes:

    1. All Purpose Surface Cleaner Mix together 2 cups hot water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, 15 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of lavender oil.

    2. Cookware Cleaner Coarse salt does wonders for scouring copper pans and ceramic baking dishes.

    3. Disinfectant Mix 1/2 cup of borax powder with 1 gallon of hot water. Add a few drops of fragrant essential oil such as thyme, rosemary, or lavender.

    4. Floor Scrubber To scrub out tough messes and stains, use washing soda and rinse well. For lighter washing, dilute 1 cup washing soda in 1 gallon of warm or hot water. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice for extra shine.

    5. Furniture Polish Mix 1 cup lemon juice with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp water; lightly apply to furniture using a soft cloth. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then buff.

    6. No-Streak Glass Cleaner For sparkling mirrors and windows, combine 1/4 cup undiluted white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 1 quart warm water. Divide into spray bottles. For a lint-free shine, wipe dry with a sheet of crumpled newspaper or a coffee filter.

    7. Wood Buffer Hide wood scratches by rubbing them with the meat of a walnut.

    NOTE: To dress up your homemade cleaners, use a pretty spray bottle or container and add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. These all-natural products smell so sweet and work so well that you can even give them as gifts!

    Eco Friendly Paint:

    According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is a serious problem that contributes to a variety of health concerns, including asthma, headaches, breathing problems, even cancer. One of the biggest contributors to that pollution is paint. Typical paint releases airborne chemicals knows as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These compounds are potential carcinogens and are most dangerous when the paint is wet, but can continue to emit harmful chemicals for years. Due to consumer demand, paint companies have worked hard to create no or low VOC paints. Although, early attempts were not met with wide praise from consumers because they weren't durable enough, yet today's no or low VOC paints are much improved. You can find them in most major paint stores and they can usually mix any color you like. We all know paint is an economical way to give your home a fresh new look. Why not make an earth friendly choice when you're ready to redecorate?

    5 Eco Friendly Paints:

    1. Sherwin Williams Harmony

    2. Benjamin Moore Natura

    3. Lowes Olympic

    4. Certa Pro

    5. Green Planet Paints

    Resources: GreenLivingIdeas.com and NaturalCleaningSupplies.com

  • Information To Look For To Make Sure A Product Is Truly Eco Friendly

    When considering whether or not a product is really eco-friendly, how a product is manufactured and can be disposed of is important. When considering whether or not a product is sustainable, keep in mind the materials chosen, manufacturing processes, and transportation. Some manufacturers are now actually required by law to conduct an LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) study. This is when a manufacturer looks at how their product affects the environment throughout it's life time.

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    Digging a little deeper into a consumer's product and all the processes that contribute to its production and disposal can help us better understand how our buying habits effect the environment. This includes extraction, manufacturing, processing, transportation and disposal operations. An analysis of these operations essentially documents the inputs (water, energy, raw materials) and outputs (products and wastes), for these various steps. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) has most often been used to compare two or more products, such as plastic vs glass vs aluminum beverage containers, for their environmental impact. While LCA can be used as comparative tool, comparing energy usage between plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers, it does not provide a way to rank the importance of the factors examined. For example, what should be ranked higher in importance in maintaining a healthy environment: energy usage, air quality, water quality, or solid waste? How do we compare the environmental impact of 1 pound of toxic heavy metal sludge to 1 gallon of water use?

    Until we find a completely harmless method for producing only the highest quality materials, it will continue to be an ongoing decision for the end user, you. You have the knowledge to research and find the best solution as well as the power to follow through on it even if it may cost more or take longer. That being said, you can rest assured that Natural Wood Decor has done tons of research to find the best resources and provide the most eco-friendly products around.

  • Information About Feng Shui

    Feng shui seems to be growing in popularity lately, but is it environmentally friendly? At its core, feng shui, is a way of life that helps us live in harmony with the environment. It's roots in ancient Chinese philosophy saw human beings as part of the natural order. The principles of feng shui would then seem to be in line with environmental ideals such as the use of organic produce, non-toxic paints and natural dyes, the development of sustainable energy systems, and the choice of natural materials. However, a certain amount of misinformation has found it's way into the culture. With a proliferation of materials offering "quick fixes" to help you increase your wealth or sell your home, it's easy to see how the philosophy could be misused.

    One such example is the popular feng shui belief that planting bamboo is an easy way to cure the negative flow of energy. In fact, in many ecosystems, non-native bamboo is rather invasive and difficult to remove. It has proven to be so disastrous that some local governments have outlawed planting it. To avoid making such decisions that could negatively effect the environment, we recommend consulting with a recognized practitioner who can guide you on the appropriate steps to enhance your home.

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    Guidelines for De-cluttering:

    1. Recycle or donate any items that you haven't used in the past two years. Unless of course the item has sentimental value.

    2. Ask yourself if you love or need it? If the answer is no, recycle or donate it.

    3. Keep the energy flowing while you work by playing music.

    4. Take frequent breaks. Organize your time into one-hour blocks, working for and hour and then refreshing yourself by changing your focus.

    5. Visualize the space as you'd like it to appear. Form will follow thought.

    6. After a room is decluttered, work to remove negative or stagnant energy. Rooms that are especially vulnerable are rooms that aren't lived in, and places where there have been arguments, or illnesses.

    7. Leave small bowls of salt in corners of the room for a few days to remove stale air.

    8. Sound helps to break up negative energy. Try using a bell, or clap your hands while walking around the edges of the room. Reach toward the ceiling as you go.

    9. Use incense. Sandalwood incense has been traditionally used in Buddhist and Taoit temples to help clear spaces.

    10. Open windows to let in fresh air.

    The Five Elements:

    The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. They are described by the type of energy and colors and shapes associated with the element.

    1. Wood is described as upward or growing energy. Try all shades of green; columns and tall shapes, vertical stripes; any kind of plant in your home.

    2. Fire is expansive or excited energy. Use reds and oranges; triangular, and jaggedly irregular shapes; flames and lights.

    3. Earth is settling, stable, or containing energy. Try browns and beiges; flat, square shapes; stones and smooth crystals, brick and ceramic objects, vases and containers.

    4. Metal is contracting or introverted energy. Use white, gray, and metallic colors; round and oval shapes; metal objects, pointed crystals.

    5. Water is flowing energy. Try blacks and blues; meandering and smoothly irregular shapes; liquids of all kinds, mirrors.

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    The Eight Areas of Influence:

    The practice of feng shui involves analyzing the energy of your home. The elements and areas of influence interact in such a way that either negative or positive energy can be created. Knowing where each area of influence is reflected in your home enables your to diagnose problems and identify opportunities. It also enables you to determine which elements would be most appropriate for each area. It is a map of the energy in a space. It identifies how the chi in various areas in and around your home effects specific aspects of your life experience:

    1. The Career area concerns your life path and social connections as well as your work.

    2. The Knowledge area has to do with education as well as spirituality and self-awareness.

    3. The Family area includes your relatives as well as close friends you welcome into your family; it also has to do with your community and your ability to initiate new projects.

    4. The Wealth area is about "fortunate blessings" in any form, not just financial; your ability to receive is reflected here.

    5. The Fame area has to do with your reputation and how others perceive you; it is also about self-perception, your vision of the future, and inspiration in any form.

    6. The Marriage area includes romantic relationships, business partnerships, mother figures, and your ability to care for yourself and receive nurturing from others.

    7. The Children & Creativity area has to do with the things and ideas that you bring into the world; it also effects your ability to complete what you started and to enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

    8. The Mentors & Travel area includes the assistance you receive from others, as well as the support that you provide, and your relationship with your male authority figures.

    NOTE: The Tai Chi area relates to your overall health and life balance; whatever happens here effects all the other areas as well.

    Below is an illustration of where the eight areas of influence are located and what elements coincide.

    Resources: Suite101.com and FindArticles.com.

  • What Is Natural Wood Furniture

    A lot of us are familiar with the furniture we see day to day (often mass produced and made with synthetic and toxic materials), but for some natural wood furniture isn’t as recognizable. At Natural Wood Decor, sustainable natural wood furniture means that the furniture is hand carved or hand crafted from sustainable eco friendly materials, and finished with natural oils that are safe to use in the home. Whenever you see something marketed as “natural” or “sustainable”, you have to take a close look at its origins. What is it made of? All of our sustainable wood furniture,end tables, benches, and spa furniture, are made with mango wood, monkey pod wood, or teak. All of these sources are extremely sustainable because they grow very quickly and also replenish themselves at a very high rate. Natural wood furniture also can’t be considered natural unless it’s finished with completely nontoxic, organic substances, like natural wood oils.

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    Our sustainable wood furniture is also all hand carved, so you know that your natural wood chair or bench wasn’t a part of a process that released harmful chemicals and byproducts into the environment. This also means that each piece is different and unique. By buying natural wood furniture, with all of its unique characteristics and imperfections, you’re making an eco friendly decision, and also a safe one. Sustainable wood furniture is made from materials that are long lasting and durable, so you’ll be able to enjoy it for a long time.

  • Decorating Your Living Spaces with Natural Wood Products

    Set Up Your Home Office With Sustainable Wood Furniture

    As the corporate world moves towards more eco-friendly interiors, the home office owner should also be able to enjoy the finer green home decor and tax benefits of keeping the office sustainable. Our sustainable wood tables and chairs are a great way to spice up your favorite at home work space. Modern studies also need modern accents which can be anything from mini twist speaker stands to hand-carved wall panels.

    Having a home office is a luxury, so why not decorate it accordingly with sustainable wood furniture? A sustainable teak table doubles as a sturdy desk and work space, while adding a bit of tranquility to an otherwise stressful area. A sustainable wooden chair completes the space by providing a comfortable place to sit and a natural, rustic look.

    A unique sustainable wooden stand, such as our Twist Wood Stools, is a great place to set plants or pictures in your home office. Sustainable wooden wall panels are another decorative option, with carved pictures to add a little bit of life to your home office. Don't forget to add some sustainable wooden vases and extra chairs to complete the space! Decorating with sustainable wood has never been more fun and simple.

    Sustainable Wood Accents For The Bedroom

    If you've gone and decked out your bedroom with the latest in large sustainable furniture and bed frames, we've got the perfect accents to bring the whole room together. Our wood twist stools are the same height as your average night stand and the elegant look of these hand-carved wood pieces is the perfect pair to go with your new bed frame.

    Sustainable wood vases are a great place to start. Add a little flair to a dresser, shelf, or bedside table with vases made from root wood. With a bouquet of dried wildflowers our root wood vases will always bring to mind the outdoors. Wood twist stools are another great way to integrate sustainability and style into your bedroom. Place trinkets, artwork, lighting and more on these sturdy, sustainable wood stands.

    If you have a lot of blank wall space in your room it can feel a little lonely or boring, so spice things up with a sustainable wood wall panel. Choose from a serene carving of the Buddha’s face or a more intricate floral detail design. Remember, you only need a few well placed sustainable wood accents to really pull together the natural theme in your bedroom, but you can never have too many!

    Sustainable Wood Stools For The Kitchen Counter

    Many people say they feel most at home in the kitchen, and yours should be no exception. If you want a welcoming kitchen, why not showcase your hospitality and personality in artistic way? Sustainable wood stools are each as unique as the tree they’re made from, and are sustainable to boot.

    Try accenting kitchens that receive a lot of natural sunlight with sustainable wood stools made from lighter woods, adding a feeling of lightness and space. Darker sustainable wood stools will add contrast and make a strong statement in a more minimal or modern design scheme. If you have sustainable wood tables in your home, the sustainable wood stools will help add some continuity and tie in the natural wood themes already found in your other rooms.

    Each stool is individually hand-made from sustainable woods like Monkey Pod wood, Teak, and Mango wood. These woods are highly sustainable because they grow and replenish themselves very quickly. Imagine what a hand-crafted natural wood stool can add to your kitchen: personality, sustainability, and durability.

    Sustainable Wood Stools For Your Home Bar

    Outfit your home bar with sustainable wood stools of all sizes, so that you can seat your guests in style and comfort. To sit a little closer to the ground, consider small wood stools. This is a perfect solution for seating around small tables. Dark wood furniture will add some contrast to your bar area, and will draw attention to accents like dark wood trim or picture frames. Lighter options, like mango wood furniture, will bring light, rich, honeyed tones that can light up any home bar, especially if yours is located in a dim basement or den area.

    Each piece of sustainable wood furniture has its own unique pattern. Impress your guests with your beautiful, one of a kind, eco friendly wood stools. Add a wooden table or two to complement your stools and provide extra surface space in your home bar.

    Sustainable Wooden Bath Decor Info

    Having a serene spa-like feel in your own home is not nearly as difficult as you think. Turn up the steam, start the hot bath water and turn on your favorite Enya album (A Day Without Rain) and you're pretty much all set. If you've gone through all the trouble to redecorate your bathroom with comfortable smooth slate flooring and a dark walk in shower with a steamer, you are clearly picky enough to add just the right touch of wood bath accessories. Some of the beauties of sustainable wood products in a feng shui bathroom are their softness, contrast from the more plain tiles as well as the natural tones and textures.

    Sustainable Wood Benches Can Be Used Inside or Outside Your Home

    Stylish wood benches with eco-friendly finishes are an elegant piece to incorporate as a part of your home. They can be used in your garden as a centerpiece and a place to sit down and enjoy the nature around you. Sustainable wood benches are also great for accessorizing the inside of your home in your kids room or at the foot of your bed to help you get your socks and shoes on in the morning.

     

     

  • Sustainable Wood Themes In Your Home

    Start with the basics. Sustainable wood furniture is durable, eco-friendly, and comes in so many shapes and styles that you’re bound to find the perfect match for your vision. You can outfit your kitchen (and dining room, too!) with a whole set of sustainable wood twist stools as well as beautiful plates and platters. The intricate patterns of the wood grain paired with the warm, rich colors of natural wood will bring a lightness and elegance to your home that you can reinforce with sustainable wood accents. Our sustainable furniture is made from teak,mango and monkey pod, which come in many designs and a whole array of colors so you can work with your existing color scheme.

    Sustainable wood accents are often more detailed and decorative than furniture. Carved wood wall panels can be strategically placed to draw the eye to the other sustainable wood pieces in a room and give your home a cozy, artistic feel. Items like sustainable wood stoolscan even be used to display other accents!

  • Decorating With Natural Wood Furniture

    Whether you're going for a sleek, modern look or a laid back, natural tone, our natural wood furniture options offer you many choices to achieve the design you're going for. Even if you're smack in the middle of the biggest city, natural wood furniture and accents can make you feel close to nature. Monkey pod, teak, and mango wood are highly versatile and feature a broad range of colors and textures, so it's easy to find unique pieces that fit your sustainable wood furniture needs. If you're going for a more defined, geometric look, our cube wood end table and mango wood ball end table are perfect paired with the structured forms of our teak slat coffee table, and teak wood bench. For more free form themes, our sustainable wood wave bench, twist stools and carved wall panels will all add unique, natural touches.

    For decor, it's often the little touches, rather than the large furniture pieces, that complete the look. Sustainable wood furniture items like end tables, benches, and accents like vases and statuettes all help tie together a natural design scheme. We also have many, many kinds of wall accents to choose from. Our natural wood wall accents are all hand carved into designs that feature flowers, trees, butterflies, coconuts, the Buddha, vines, and birds. We also have sustainable wood mirror frames, bath accents, and statuettes that can be used to carry out a natural theme throughout the home.

  • Making Your Bathroom More Feng Shui

    In the world of Feng Shui, bathrooms get a bad rap. Feng Shui is the practice of improving life with the proper layout, design, and arrangement of a room. It’s about allowing the flow of energy and positivity and balancing the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. In Feng Shui, water relates to wealth and, in a bathroom, water is constantly being washed down drains and pipes. The toilet, a popular topic when it comes to Feng Shui in the bathroom, is seen as a drain on your health and prosperity.

    The way to fix this drainage is to balance the downward flow of water with a wood element. Wood is associated with growth – an upward movement. One obvious way to incorporate this element is with natural wood décor. Another way is to bring plants into the bathroom. Plants bring water up through their roots and stems, counteracting water traveling downward through pipes.
    Bathrooms pose another problem in Feng Shui and that is clutter. With shampoo bottles, bars of soap, hairdryers, towels, make up, and more, it’s easy for the bathroom to become a breeding ground for clutter. Many Feng Shui designers see clutter as dormant energy. It also blocks energy from traveling through the room. Shelving units, spa shelves, and tower ladders help keep knick knacks and shower items neatly tucked away and organized.
    Another way to making your bathroom more Feng Shui is to enhance positivity. One way to do that is changing the negative opinion of the bathroom as just a place to “do your business.” It is so much more than that. The bathroom is a place where you purify your body, wash away the day’s dirt, and with the appropriate décor, relax in a private oasis. You can also fill the room with pictures, scents, and photographs that conjure up good memories and feelings of happiness.
    Making your bathroom more Feng Shui will bring about balance, positivity, and balance to your daily routine, making showers, primping, and other “business” more enjoyable. As one of the first places you visit in the morning, your new and improved bathroom will have you ready for the day ahead of you.

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