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    How to Set Your Log Cabin Table

    Published By: Warren Parker  -  Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Arts & Crafts Dining TableLog cabins tend to embrace the rustic, but isn't any reason that they can't be the setting for spectacular meals. Whether you're staging a romantic meal for your partner, hosting a holiday at your cozy abode, or throwing a fabulous retreat supper for your coworkers, it can all hinge on your log cabin setting.

    Creating a table setting to suit the log cabin atmosphere depends quite a bit on the nature of the event. By understanding the basic components of table setting you will be able to break down the stylistic decisions necessary to craft a setting that will truly work for your plans. Here are some basics of log cabin table setting for you to consider.

    If you have a beautiful wood table and are embracing the rusticism of your log cabin, you might decide to forgo the table cloth altogether. Clean and polish the table, set some beautiful cloth napkins out, and allow the wood's natural splendor to set the rest of the base for your elegant meal.

    However, if your table is a bit more causal than your event or is a little worse for wear, a table cloth can be a great option. In keeping with the causal look of many cabins, you can create an all purpose base with a plain linen or cotton cloth in a neutral shade. For an extra layer of elegance, dress it up further with a table runner featuring a floral or woodland motif.

    The dishes you should use for your log cabin table will be highly dependent on the event. A homey evening with a rustic theme is perfect for handmade ceramics, as the beautiful craftsmanship will do a good job to elevate the look of the dishware without making it seem out of place.

    For settings that are a little more elegant, it's ideal to opt for traditional china with a floral pattern. The contrast against the rustic background will give you an ethereal feeling, it will almost feel as though you have stumbled across a fairy's picnic in a woodland setting. The floral motif aids in tying together the elegant china to the natural surroundings. Floral china works perfectly for a log cabin high tea, Mother's Day bunch, or Easter meal.

    At any dining table, a centerpiece can serve to create a central image that sets the tone of the entire event. At a log cabin dining table, it works perfectly for bringing some of your natural surroundings inside. You don't need an ostentatious centerpiece, but it's wonderful for showing off the setting of your cabin.

    On top of your simple vase filled with wildflowers or other local plants, you can also get creative with your centerpiece. How about creating a unique candle garden by using a slice of wood as a base and arranging mosses and candles on top? Or, for a terrarium that can be used again and again, fill mason jars with local plants and ground cover. Dried flowers from the region, arranged in a placed in a vase or wreath, can be great option as well.

    Arts and Crafts Color Palettes and Pastels

    Published By: Warren Parker  -  Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Arts & Crafts Living RoomEarthy, natural color palettes are a must in the Arts and Crafts design style. This style has a place for all the rich reds, deep goldenrod shades, and the shady greens, but what about their softer, paler cousins, the pastels?

    Although pastels aren't usually associated with Arts and Crafts design, several of them work very well in a balanced palette. These are great colors for making the style more approachable for children or those who prefer lightweight palettes, or for simply adding a soft, springtime feel to a Craftsman color scheme. If you are looking for pastel colors that you can easily incorporate into an Arts and Crafts color palette, read on.

    When it comes to pastel shades, rose is one of the easiest to incorporate into an Arts and Crafts design palette. From a design perspective, the soft pink hues that are an unmistakable sign of springtime wildflowers and the fact that rose is a perfect balance between an earth tone and delicate pastel, it makes sense to use.

    Rose is a color that can work really well as either a primary color or as an accent shade in the Arts and Crafts color scheme. When used as an accent, it can be used to brighten up more traditional Arts and Crafts shades like sand, neutral gray, or gold-toned wood. It's perfect as the primary color for a softer palette, complementing shades like moss, olive, or wicker.

    Make sure that when choosing a rose-toned shade, it's a true medium shade. The tone will feel artificial and out of place next to traditional Craftsman color if it becomes too bright or pure pink.

    The soft, medium yellow shade that is butter is another pastel that works beautifully in Arts and Crafts design. Butter isn't bold enough to be out of place in a subtle color scheme, but it's a little bit too saturated to be a neutral, so it's a great warm and vibrant choice as a primary color in an Arts and Crafts palette.

    Generally, butter-toned pastels make a better primary palette color than an accent, as it is there that they can lose their subtle warmth. They're great for walls in a kitchen or cheery living room, and can also do a lot for your furniture and linens if true neutrals feel too cold or bland.

    You ideally want to avoid blending butter pastels with the deep, jewel-toned yellows of the typical Arts and Crafts palette, as they will make this softer shade look washed out and weary. You should instead pair butter with soft blues, or deep muted shades such as mulberry and grape.

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