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5 Simple Fall Dining Room Table Decor Ideas

| Molly at James+James

School has started in our neck of the woods and along with the schoolbus comes the itch to start breaking out the fall decor, at least for me! While I haven't brought the pumpkins and pinecones out just yet, I have started combing the internet some must try ideas for fall decor (looking at you, Pinterest!)! These 5 beautiful centerpiece concepts are lovely, yet simple, and are easy to customize to your own personal style!

1. Piles of Pumpkins


Lauren McBride Blog


Tone on Tone


Liz Marie Blog

Pumpkins are wonderful and come in so many different varieties, but don't forget about gourds and other winter squashes for more size, shape, and color variation! Mix other natural elements, like moss, greenery, and horns, for added texture. 

2. Pillar Candle Holders


Saw Nail Paint


Better Homes and Garden

Add height to your centerpiece by placing pumpkins and gourds on pillar candle holders. Don't be afraid to mix and match holders that you already have around the house....

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How to Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs

| Molly at James+James

Mixing and matching furniture, especially in a gatherine place like the dining room, can see a little bit scary, but after so many years in the dining room furniture business, we've got some great looks and ideas to inspire you! The key to mixing and matching is a little bit of consistency - the matching part - to pull everything together! While there are really limitless possiblities for mixing and matching dining room chairs, here are 7 ideas to get you started:

 

1. Matching doesn't mean identical!

While the legs of the wooden bench are not exactly the same as the turned legs of the table, both feature graceful curves and are finished in the same colors. The wooden chairs on the other side and at both ends is finished in the same stain as the table and bench top.  This is one of our very favorite ways to style a modern farmhouse dining space!

2. Use Color for Consistency

For a super budget friendly approach, find a mix of random chairs you like in all...

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Inspiration for Eat In Kitchens

| Molly at James+James

Eat In Kitchens not only make dinner time easy with less trecks back and forth to the dining room, they also can be a gathering place for your family. The space where you share breakfast before heading out into the world or the place you all come together to reconnect after a busy day! We've collected some photos of our favorite eat in kitchens from our clients as well as other beautiful kitchens from across the country!


@sellsthepenisula


@redolou4


@douglasvintage


@countryhomemagazine

 

How have you styled your eat in kitchen? We'd love to see - shoot our team a picture via email! Have questions? Our team would love to help. Just shoot your questions to designteam@carpenterjames.com and one of our design consultants will get back to you quickly. Give us a call at 479-633-7557 or leave us a comment below!

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Dining Tables Ideas For Dark Wood Floors

| James at James+James

We love helping our clients across the country select the best finish colors for their new handcrafted furniture! Here are four tips to help you decide on your dining room table finish colors when you're working with dark wood floors.

1. Consider adding a rug if you like dark wood finishes for your furniture and your floors are dark, too!

2. When you're working with wood floors, the finish of your floor is most likely the most dominate color / finish in your space. Unless you're planning to change your flooring out, look for a few other finishes that will compliment your floor's finish. 

3. Don't be afraid to mix and match wood colors finish colors. Doing a painted base with a dark stained top is a great way to give your space some more visual interest! It also helps the table top stand out more without looking too matchy-matchy!

4. Contrasting your dark wood floors with a lighter colored wood table is a lovely way to compliment dark wood...

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How to Decorate a Church Pew Bench in Your Home

| James at James+James

We build a lot of re-creation church pews for homes across the country in numerous sizes and finishes. We love seeing how the pews we've built are used in entryways, dining rooms, and other places throughout the home.

Here are some ideas for decorating a church pew in your home, no matter what room it's in.

The Parish Pew Bench by James+James.

@southrngrlrebel

The Rustic Church Pew by James+James.

@randilynnblog

The Rustic Church Pew by James+James.

@ourvintagenest

@julie.thedesigntwins

@linenandbasil

@vintageporch

@cherschwein

The Rustic Church Pew by James+James.

The Rustic Church Pew by James+James.

Have questions? Our team would love to help. Just shoot your questions to designteam@carpenterjames.com and one of our design consultants will get back to you quickly. Give us a call at 479-633-7557 or leave us a comment below!

Ready to customize your new dining furniture? Let's get started!



 

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Dining Table Ideas For Light Wood Floors

| James at James+James

We get to build tables for hundreds of wonderful clients every year and often get asked about how to select the right dining table for homes with light wood floors. Here are some ideas to help you settle on what finish color your new dining table should be to look amazing against your light wood floors!

Don't be afraid to mix and match wood colors in your dining room. Light wood floors tend to bounce light around a space which allows light wood floors to work with almost any other wood finish color! If everything is the exact same color and wood species, your room might look a bit flat and boring and the show stopper of your dining room, the dining table, may not pack much of a punch! When you mix wood finishes, you're adding more depth and visual interest to your room. 

When you're working with wood floors, the finish of your floor is most likely the most dominate color / finish in your space. Unless you're planning to change your flooring out, look for a...

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When To Use A Square Dining Room Table

| James at James+James

As a leader in the solid wood, handcrafted furniture industry, James+James builds a lot of square tables every year! We're often asked by customers "when to use a square dining table" or "does my room have enough space for a square dining table?"

The short answer is that square tables work best in square spaces! Square tables bring a sense of balance and symmetry to square dining rooms or breakfast nooks. They also put everyone on "equal footing" so to speak - everyone gathered around the table is equally close to one another. This makes conversation easy and is also perfect for playing games or cards!

Square tables can also work well in kitchen nooks or small spaces. Smaller square tables can accmodate four people comfortably and can also be tucked neatly into a corner when not in use. 

Pro Tip:

To soften the hard angles of a square table, try pairing your square table with chairs that feature some curves or are upholstered. 

A Lazy...

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Best Furniture Stores in Northwest Arkansas (NWA)

| James at James+James

Although we'd love to build and sell you all of the furniture in your house ;) not many people want a wooden couch or mattress. For the many furniture categories we can't custom build for you in solid wood, we've compiled this list of our favorite locally owned furniture stores in the Fayetteville, Springdale, and Bentonville areas.

Brashears 

4900 S. Thompson
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
479-751-7222

Hours 
Mon-Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Sunday: Closed 
 

Sam's Furniture

Springdale Location:
4326 Hidden Creek Lane, Springdale, AR 72762
479-756-8191

Rogers Location:
2700 W. Walnut Street, Rogers, AR 72756
479-899-6020

Hours
Mon-Sat: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Abide Furniture & Interiors

4176 South Thompson St., Springdale, AR 72764
479-750-5225 

Hours 
Mon-Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Sunday: Closed 

Lighting Emporium 

5610 North Thompson
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
479-751-8184

Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm
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Dining Room Ideas with Shiplap

| James at James+James

Shiplap brings so much character to a home! We've seen some spaces with full shiplap walls, some with a single shiplap accent wall, and some that use shiplap in the place of traditional wainscotting, and we love them all! This week, we've rounded up some of our favorite pictures of dining rooms with shiplap walls from our customers and other beautiful homes across the country.

Livin' The Life of Riley


@katienisbett  


@building.spring.creek


@threesonsfarmhouse


@magnoliamaycottage


@kitchstudios


@aboundingtreasuresus

If you have shiplap walls in your dining room, we'd love to see pictures! Feel free to email them to us design@carpenterjames.com, text them to us at 479-633-7557 or leave us a comment below!

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How much space do you need for chairs around a table?

| James at James+James

At James+James, we’ve been handcrafting and hand finishing beautiful dining furniture for years! We are often asked, “how much space do I need for chairs around a table” and “how do I know how many chairs I need” and we’re here to help.

The number of chairs you need around your table can be figured out in multiple ways. Two tables that are the exact same length and width may be able to accommodate different numbers of people based on the design of the table. For example, a table with four legs may be able to accommodate a different number of chairs than a table with a trestle or pedestal base.

Rule of Thumb
The general rule of thumb is to allow 24 inches of space for every person gathered around your table.

Most side chairs range between 16” wide and 24” wide, with arm chairs being as wide as 30”. If your chairs are 24” wide or wider, add an additional 6” to the total width of your chair for the comfort of your...

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