To Refinish or Not To Refinish…..That is The Question.

What is it that should decide if an antique should or shouldn’t be refinished? One answer…….. You ! It really should come down to your own particular taste and the setting the piece is going into. Other identifying factors should involve, first and foremost the structural integrity of your piece and if it might need to…

Cottage Decorating Ideas

To recognize best how to decorate with Cottage style it helps to comprehend the focus should always be toward designing for comfort and relaxation. Pretense and formality are sometimes the mainstay of other design styles. But Cottage style couldn’t be farther away from them. The name cottage originated in medieval times for the modest one story…

Cape Cod Interiors

Originating from the quaint beach cottages that were designed in the mid 1800’s along the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, known as Cape Cod, Cape Cod style and design has become one of the most well-known in design history. Even though the area it originated from is one of the biggest barrier islands in the world, shielding much…

Google Indexing of Iron Beds

Its a very rare exception that you’ll hear of a successful web based business that doesn’t have great organic indexing or PPC placement. That’s why the plethora of SEO ( search engine optimization) companies that make their living from helping web based businesses  are so popular. But if you are a web based business that…

Fathers Day

It’s almost Fathers Day, and you’ve yet to decide what to get one of the most important and possibly influencial people in your life. As is the situation with any gift giving occasion, what we give shows how much we care about the person we’re offering the gift to. No……it doesn’t have to be pricey.…

Texas Eclipses New York in Iron Bed Demand

For nearly forty years the “Big Apple” has been my largest market. I’ve always felt it had a lot to do with the smaller size bedrooms that many of the apartments in New York have. But in fact, many of my beds either went in to rather sizable units with large bedrooms, or homes that…

Converting Double Size to Twin

I am constantly getting requests from people looking for matching twin size iron beds. As you may know from reading some of my other blog’s, twins were not made in the same quantities as double sizes were. The reasons were varied…….but that’s another whole story. Suffice to say, over the past 40 to 50 years…

Packing & Shipping Your Iron Bed

What is the best way to pack and ship your antique iron bed. The first thing to remember is that your bed isn’t a mirror that needs to be bubble wrapped with  Styrofoam peanut’s. It’s thick wall steel tubing and heavy cast iron castings. But……with that being said, there is a degree of fragility to…