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Fall 2017 Collection - Introducing the Vera and the Caroline

| Molly at James+James

In early September 2017, James+James launched a new line of dining furniture featuring solid hardwood construction and five new finish options! Meet Vera and Caroline, two of the new tables in the Fall 2017 Collection. 

The Vera Trestle Table was inspired by old world European style - with a contemporary update.  Solid Knotty Alder construction paired with a polyurethane finish gives Vera the strength and durability your family needs without sacrificing style. We paired the Vera Table with our Bentwood Dining Chairs for a look that is both classic and comfy!

Our new Barn Wood Finish pictured here is reminiscent of reclaimed lumber, with warm grey tones beautifully distributed across the unique grain pattern of Knotty Alder. 

Like the Vera Table, the Tabriz Jewel Rug brings together the best of classic and contemporary styles. 

If your space lends itself to a round table design, we think you'll love the new Round Caroline Pedestal Dining Table:


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Carpenter Spotlight - Meet Skyler!

| Carpenter Skyler


When I graduated college in 2014, I landed a salaried position doing administrative work. My family was happy for me but I started having second thoughts after the first couple weeks. The air conditioning  was unnaturally cool and unwavering throughout the day. It made me nauseous. The cramped cubicle didn’t help. It was so small you couldn’t even turn around all the way. I started making a frequently suspicious amount of visits to water cooler. My department head didn’t like that. The only noise other than the light bulbs were the rolling clicks of a keyboard or a solitary cough every so often. I crossed my legs to keep from tapping my feet.  I quit after about a month. 

After that, I worked several other jobs. I worked in a deli, cooked for a coffee house, and delivered my fair share of pizzas.  None of those really did it for me either. At one point, an employer suggested I might have a knack for carpentry. I started asking around and...

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How To Decide Between a Traditional or Jointed Table Top

| L.J. at James+James

At James+James, we offer two different ways your table top can be custom built: Traditional and Jointed. People searching for a new dining table usually ask how to choose between a traditional top and a jointed top. They also wonder what the difference is between a traditional boarded table top and jointed table top. A Traditional, boarded table top features individual boards that run the full length of the table top. With the traditional top, you can see the physical space between each of the wood planks. You can also customize your traditional top to feature endcaps, perpendicular boards at each end of the table top. To create a Jointed top, individual boards are jointed together to create a solid table top. There are not grooves between each board of a jointed table top, but you still have the character of beautiful wood grain and unique knots. Below are some examples of each style to help you make the best choice!

Traditional Table Top

Steel X Base Dining Table with a...

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