There is one house in my nearest major town that is celebrated for being the only one in Englan for which the amazing Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the whole of the interior.  The house was originally bought by the Basset-Loake family  and it was presented to the son upon his marriage around 1916.  During the 1920s CRM did the most incredible and unusual themes for his friend, all at a distance, apparently he never set foot in the house.

There are a couple of examples of CRM minimalist designed dining chairs which represent his work housed in Glasgow.  However, much of the furniture in this house was designed by Basset Loake himself, mostly from oak, down to the fitted wall cabinets in the dining room.  the wonderful dining room table was walnut and the sanitary fittings upstairs really futuristic for it's day, everything had to have dual purpose and really earn it's place in the house!

Entertaining my sister and brother in law recently was one of the highlights of this year so far.  We have never stayed much with each other before because the logistics have not been necessary.  When we need to meet up, we do so at another sister's house as she is equidistant from each.  However, I have had both sisters and their partners stay with me now.  Much gossiping, chit chat and general child like fun was had on each of our jaunts I had devised to show off the delights of my part of little England.

We spend the precious time visiting as many heritage houses and local galleries that we could without going into cultural melt down.  The joy at looking out the oldest places we could find was immense fun.  A shared love of the antique furnishings and artefacts was wonderful too.  We enjoyed everythng much more than if we had travelled alone!

In the very deepest of winter, when we are slightly more house bound and shut ourselves in to the dear old homestead, the beauty of spring time approaching is looking forward to a cleaning and refurnishing spree to come.  This is part of our natural nesting instinct and we tend to answer the call by decorating and turning the house out from top to bottom.

There can be nothing lovelier than being able to replace bulk standard fixtures and fittings with proper oak antique artefacts that have had a real life before we invite them into our home.   The love and care that have been given to old items of furniture cannot be over estimated.  We must cherish the things from days gone by and the styles that have made their mark in history.

With the innovation of man made materials in such abundance these days it is easy to assume that this is the only means of furniture and effects being manufactured.  In our modern houses, with fully fitted kitchens, utilities and bathrooms, the easy to clean and almost indestructable nature of mdf or composite with wood veneer does make house keeping that bit easier and quicker.

If however you really want to feel the life come back into the home, just visiting a lovely old heritage property that still has masses of old family furniture, will really fire the heart and make you realise how much we are missing.

There are some fantastic sites where antique furniture, doors, chests etc. are still available for the discerning buyer.  How lovely to be able to place a piece of immense age, with years of being loved and cherished into a modern home to bring some real quality where it belongs.

One of the few joys of visiting a very senior member of the family many years ago was arriving at the front door and seeing the gorgeous old oak and feeling it as we raced through to the vestibule - far too big to be called a hallway.  Inside we were greeted with two very old oak chests - which we rather roughly jumped all over before shoving our mud laden boots inside.  I shudder when remembering the mistreatment of these fabulous old items.  But they had been in the house for longer than any of the occupants could recall.

Today to get those very same style of oak chest or the rather wonderful oak book cases that lined the drawing room wall, it is necessary to browse online at the sites that dedicate themselves to sourcing oak antique.  This is the best way to be sure of quality and authenticity.

A favourite pastime is visiting the many historic houses in this area.  There are more very old family seats that are still lived in by the same old families than anywhere else in the country.  With these houses come the most amazing stories of heroism, sometimes misplaced, it must be said.  But on the whole the landed gentry have us with a fabulous array of gorgeous houses to trot around and in those houses are wonderful old family heirlooms and antique furniture.

Creaking floorboards lead on through chambers and servants' quarters.  Wardrobes and chests of drawers sit quietly in corners, lovingly cared for by the families over the years and now by the custodians of the homes - generally one of the heritage institutions.  It is an inspiration to see what antique furniture is out there available from the dedicated online suppliers and purveyors of such loved, quality pieces.  Just one to own would be a dream.

For anyone who has been asleep for the last few weeks, the news is that summer has gone, finished, capputt.  Endless sunny days and wonderful heat - well, as we like to lovingly recall our hols by the sea, are being replaced very rapdily by even more endless days of breezy and rather damp autumnal hue. Walking through you'll notice huge oak trees, used to make wooden doors and other variations of products that are used throughout the home.

There is one wonderful thing about the approach to winter though, and that is to escape the daily trudge around the town and busy malls and get out into the countryside.  Taking a lovely long walk in a country park or woodland is so restortive for the spirit.  It also serves very well to make us take stock of our day to day lives and things around us.  The aging of trees, illustrated moreso once the leaves have fallen, makes one think of olden days and of cottages and houses filled to the rafters with splendid antique furniture and effects.  Quality of the first order!

When the time comes to purchase any new furniture for your home, it makes sense to invest in furniture that is made out of oak wood. No other hardwood can offer the blend of strength, beauty and ease of maintenance that Oak Furniture does. So, investing in furniture made out of oak is always considered feasible and smart choice. Whether you need kitchen furniture, living room furniture or bedroom furniture, oak wood furniture can bring in the long lasting use and style to your home in such a way that no other hardwood can.

If you are into the market of furniture, then surely you will be tempted by oak furniture. It is a special material that can be curved in any design to manufacture stylish furniture. It is a dense hardwood that can be used to design furniture for any use and this material can withstand heavy use for lifetime and still look great with just negligible maintenance and care.


The beauty of oak furniture is not difficult to appreciate.  There is a certain feel and weight of design that brings a modernity to oak furniture even in an antique piece.  Whereas much of the furiture available in the antique market tends to be quite dark, very often mahogany, oak is available in different shades and this can make all the difference to a room setting.

Oak is versatile and has been used to make furniture for centuries.  It is so hard wearing and that is a contributing factor to why it is still the number one choice for all kinds of furnishing schemes.  However, it is the antique market that helps oak to maintain this happy position.  As families try to get hold of oak furniture, often on auction sites, a professional antique oak furniture dealer will have access to the best sources and a knowledge of the market that is second to none.

Buying home furniture can be tough, particularly when lots of aspects have to be considered. It is recommended that people buy a trustworthy and strong sort of furniture for their home. Oak furniture provides performance, durability, and many of all, it is stunning. House owners wish to use their furniture for a long time with a high degree of complete satisfaction, and oak furniture offers this.

What Is Solid Oak - Oak is among the most popular kinds of wood, and can be used in a range of different items. You will come across two primary kinds of oak, which are white and red. Both are comparable. Nevertheless white oak has longer rays, is more resilient, is water resistant and has the tendency to be lighter in color.

If you require furniture that is commonly used and seen by lots of individuals, such as dining room furniture, oak furniture is a need to buy.