Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From a quality Danish trash bin to a 100% designed and furnished home.

The Vipp story begins in 1939, when Holger Nielsen designed and manufactured a foot-pedal garbage bin for his wife’s hair salon. Nielsen’s keen sense of aesthetics and quality were quickly recognized and requests for his useful Trash Bins began pouring in. Today, the company is run by his daughter, but little else has changed. Vipp still manufactures its pedal bins in Denmark and the materials are the same: stainless steel and rubber. “Good design never goes out of fashion,” said Nielsen and his Vipp Bins are no exception.

Vipp Shelter
In 2014 the designers at Vipp started the “Vipp Shelter” project. On June 22, 2015 we could have visited the Vipp factory in Copenhagen, heard from the designers, and taken a short trip into Sweden to see the actual Vipp Shelter.  For as little as $500,000 you can have your own weekend escape (with everything included).  This prefabricated, 592 square feet structure is designed to be placed in the natural setting of your choice with minimal effort. Plus, all the furniture, appliances, fixtures, lighting, tableware, towels, and even bed linens have already been picked out and will be waiting for you on your first arrival, which should happen in as little as six months after you place your order. With two levels of living space, including a second-floor bed loft and floor-to-ceiling windows, you might find yourself wanting to stay longer than you planned.

Mark and I are going to buy one and put it in our warehouse parking lot.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Friday Night Food, Furniture and Fun!

After you visit Dane Decor. Hang around and enjoy the evening.
Downingtown Summer Jam Series
Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

This is 1st in a series.

Event Details:
This 3 part music series will feature local musicians on 2 stages, food and unique crafts right in the heart of Downingtown! Sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods, Synergema and School of Rock, this community event is the perfect start to a summer weekend. The School of Rock will takeover the stage in Armor Alley Pocket Plaza along Route 30 from 5-9PM

Walk through the variety of food and craft vendors along Mill Alley to enter Stage 2 with a lineup of local artists including, Clarabella, Pistachio Flavored Shoes and Tessellations. Stay tuned to the Downingtown Main Street Association’s Facebook page for news and updates on vendors, featured talent and other happenings in town!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to care for indoor teak furniture

Forty one years ago I purchased my first piece of Teak furniture.  Over the years I’ve read everything I could find about “how to take care of Teak furniture”.  Please understand most things you read about care of Teak is for outdoor furniture, and there is very little about indoor Teak furniture. Teak is a marvelous wood for indoor and outdoor uses with a beautiful grain. But one very important thing - when you buy Teak Oil make sure it is for indoor Teak furniture. If you use outdoor Teak Oil on fine indoor Teak furniture it could ruin your furniture.

What You Need
0000 (4 zero) Steel Wool
Indoor Teak Oil from dane decor:)
Dusting rag
Oiling Rag

Dust: With a damp (not wet!) cloth, dust the piece of furniture so that you get every bit of dust off.

Use a bit of elbow grease if somethings actually dirty. Allow it to dry completely. If you are working on a really dirty or soiled piece of Teak get your steel wool and wet it with your Teak Oil. Lightly sanding with the grain the Teak Oil and steel wool will clean 99.9% of soiled areas.

You can keep your windows closed: Good indoor Teak oil is not the smelly stuff used years ago. It is not toxic or flammable.

Apply Oil: Using a clean cloth, put the oil on the cloth and rub the oil on following the direction of the wood grain. Do not just pour Teak Oil directly on the surface and start wiping. When you pour oils on the furniture ‘sometimes’ the phone rings or you are called away and when you return you have a very dark oiled area. The puddle of oil saturated big spot on your furniture. You don't want pools of oil to stay sitting on any surface, so wipe it in and sop up any excess. It will stay shiny and sticky to the touch, so don't put anything back on top, allow the oil to be absorbed.

Reapply Oil: If after an hour all the oil has been absorbed by the wood and you still can see dry spots, reapply the oil and allow it to dry.

Let it Dry: I like to allow my final oiling to dry over a 2-4 hour period so that I'm sure it's all been absorbed. If you're finding that you used too much, wipe up the excess with a clean cloth. I've found that teak can absorb quite a lot of oil.

Maintain: Now that your teak is shiny and new looking, make sure to use coasters under glasses, dust it frequently and try not to have it in direct sunlight as this will expedite fading and drying out.

Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Ideas to Make your Summer BBQ a Stand Out

1. Don’t bother using your watermelon as a bowl, create a cocktail keg instead with it!  Cut a lid from the top, scoop out the fruit inside.  Drill a small hole near the bottom, use a knife to widen it until it is slightly smaller than a keg shank.  Attach the keg shank, and fill the melon with your choice of punch!
Photo: http://www.instructables.com/

2. Ice cubes for your drinks should be fun not boring.  Fill your trays with pieces of colorful fruit (lemon slices, berries, pieces of strawberries) or even fresh mint!  Freeze them and these colorful ice cubes to add color and flavor to your drinks.  Worried about how many ice trays you have, don’t worry use muffin tins in addition to make bigger ice cubes.

3. Forget the days of playing cornhole at your backyard BBQ.  Create jumbo versions of your favorite games!  Jumbo Jenga with 2 x 4’s from your local home improvement store or life-size scrabble with large laminated letters. For step by step directions to create Jumbo Jenga
Photo: http://www.followeric.com/

4. Pretend like you're a kid again with popsicles, but make them all grown up by adding alcohol!  With flavors like Strawberry, Mojito, or Prosecco & Strawberry Rum pops.  Click here for easy recipes. Click here for easy recipes.

5. The music needs to be on point for a stand out party.  Create a playlist that includes a mix of current hits, and hits from the decades that everyone attending your party grew up in. Who doesn’t love a throwback to their childhood or high school days?

6. Sit back and enjoy your party! PS: We just got in some cool folding chairs from fermob!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Danish smarts

Denmark has had no less than 14 Nobel laureates, including 4 in Literature, 5 in Physiology or Medicine, and one Peace prize. With its population of about 5.3 million, it is one of the highest per capita ratio of any country in the world. Maybe that's why the furniture is so brilliant! Like our Skovby Esprit table.  Perfect for space challenged kitchens and dining areas!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A little known fact about a Danish man we admire and love.

Hans Christian Andersen’s Quirky Habit.

We love all of the fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Little Mermaid. The Little Match Girl. The Ugly Duckling.

Hans Christian Andersen is loved around the world, but in Denmark, you learn about his unusual habit. In 1857, one of his best friends, Henriette Wulff, died in a ship fire. It is said she could have been rescued if she had been carrying a rope. After that, Hans carried a rope with him everywhere he went, whether it was the local pub or a stroll in the gardens–just in case.

It also looks as though Mr. Andersen could have benefited from one of our ergonomically excellent desk chairs!