Holiday Entertaining Starts With Solid Wood Furniture
There’s really nothing finer, in the middle of winter when the weather’s crummy and the ground is covered in sleet or snow, than huddling together with friends over the dining table or in the living room. That cozy atmosphere, encouraged by good conversation, good food and drink, is the kind of stuff that makes the winter great… or, at least tolerable. But entertaining isn’t always a cakewalk.
When you’re running around trying to make sure the turkey cooks on time, the gravy reduces properly, the yams cook through, the Brussels sprouts are seasoned well enough that they somewhat mask the flavour (which one of the kids in attendance doesn’t like!), when all of the work of entertaining starts piling up, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you’ve done enough to make your place look good. That’s why at Woodcraft we believe that holiday entertaining ought to start with high quality solid wood furniture in your dining room and living room – you want your house to be cozy, warm and inviting, after all.
For the living room, you’ll want a couple different “centres of attention”, spaces around which people can congregate and sit their drinks down on, chat and eat appies. These are most often going to be a coffee table or an entertainment unit. For a piece of furniture that screams cozy as well as good taste, you should be looking for live edge coffee tables made from solid wood with a natural edge, which will make your guests feel like they’re eating hors d’oeuvres off a piece of art.
Or check out our Turbuckle TV Unit, which you can see on our website in rough sawn wormy maple with a hazelnut stain, which gives it an industrial chic look. It’s a great addition to any holiday party that involves gathering around the TV (like, say, if you have young ones around who are getting bored of all the grown-ups talking), or if you want to show slides from your summer vacation and relive a bit of the warm weather! For something bigger, with just as much charm but in a more contemporary, simple design, check out our Newport 65” TV console w/ side Towers – it doesn’t have the same kid of top surface as the Turnbuckle, but it makes up for it with tons of storage space, which is good when you need to stash away knick-knacks before your guests arrive.
In the dining room, the centre of attention is and always will be the table. It’s where you eat, share stories, play footsies – an elegant wood table is the single most important piece of furniture during the holidays. For a timelessly elegant design and superior build, we suggest you take a look at our “Woodcraft Classic” Dining Table, which comes customizable according to what size you need and what type of wood and finish you want, so you can tailor it to your dining room’s pre-existing motif. Or if you’re more of a “round table” type of person, and want something more modern, you can’t go wrong with our Jackson Reclaimed Single Pedestal table, which makes use of reclaimed solid wood and a metal base – it will serve as both a table and a topic of conversation.
There’s so much great wood furniture to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start, but when we think of the holidays, we think of natural-looking solid wood and dark finishes. Not that you necessarily have to travel down that path, but it certainly does foster an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. All you have to do, once the furniture is in order and ready to impress, is turn your attention to those 15 side dishes you chose to make.