Charleston Forge - Monday, December 09, 2013
CF Home absolutely loves this treasure that we found for our online store.
This hand-crafted cake tester is a fun and functional widget to have hanging in your kitchen. It takes the guesswork out of baking your favorite cakes, bread and muffins. Instead of using an often too short toothpick, simply break off one of the pieces of broom corn and insert it into the center of your confection to test its readiness. If it comes out clean you know it is finished baking and ready to savor. A unique gift for anyone who enjoys a well equipped kitchen. The Cake Tester is crafted by the same artist who makes the other handmade brooms which we proudly offer on CF Home. We love the story of broom maker, Marlow Gates and his family. Read his story and order a cake tester for yourself or holiday gifts by clicking below:
Scroll down for more on Jo Ann Hallmark
Jo Ann Hallmark of Hallmark cakes is a premiere wedding and celebration cake designer. In our continued quest to promote and support local businesses, we want to introduce her to you if you haven't already had the guilty pleasure of one of her cakes. We contacted her to ask her to share with us some useful tips for better cake baking. Scroll past these delicious cake images to find what she has to share.
1. Often you can find a tool from another hobby to help in baking, I use a sewing gauge to level cakes.
2. Once you take a cake out of the oven and let it cool in the pan, stick it (still in the pan) in the freezer. Once it's frozen, put the pan on a hot burner for a few seconds to warm the pan so the cake comes out easily. A frozen cake is much easier to level and frost, by the time your finished it will be thawed.
3. Weighing ingredients on a digital scale is more accurate than using measuring cups.
4. Sometimes when a recipe calls for sifting ingredients together they really just want the dry ingredients mixed together. You'll combine them much more thoroughly by whisking them together.
5. If a yolk breaks and a drop spills into the whites when you are separating eggs, use a clean eggshell as a scoop to remove the yolk, it will be drawn to the eggshell.
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Upon entering John Winer's blacksmith studio located on his beautiful mountain property in East Tennessee, you may immediately notice that it all seems to be varying shades of grey. His tools are grey, his anvil is grey, the stacked metal rods waiting forging and even the coal used to heat the forge are all grey. In contrast, two things stand out as colorful, the red flame and glowing embers from the hot forge, and John himself. John is a colorful character and anyone who knows him will testify to that. He has a bright personality, marvelous positive energy and in a very vibrant way, submerged in this world of grey, he stands out.
You can find out more about John, his story and purchase his work, by visiting our online store CF Home
John is now sought out regionally, as he has an uncanny ability to understand and interpret the dreams of his clients and deliver craftsmanship beyond their imagination.
In addition to his work being in a multitude of very exclusive homes, he has also been commissioned for design work for restaurants, banks and other commercial establishments and he has been featured regularly in a variety of publications.
John has been a contributing designer and blacksmith working with Charleston Forge for many years. We have now commissioned him to make smaller items for us to sell through our online store, CF Home. We get great pleasure out of supporting artists like John and sharing their work and their stories with you.
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Anna Lehman, MA, LPA of Anna Lehman Interior Design, Inc. agreed to talk with us regarding current design trends. We met her at her home for an interview, and while there, she showed us around. As you would expect, her home is stunning but equally comfortable, warm and inviting. There is a wonderfully interesting explanation her decision to design and decorate her home this way. Although she wanted a home that was reflective of the environment and community in which she lives, she was careful to make design and decorating choices which reflect her family's lifestyle above all else. One of the driving forces behind Anna's design decisions comes from her unique background of having both undergraduate and master's degrees in the field of psychology. This makes her a unique design professional as she is the only designer we know of who has a helping professions background as well as a design/decorating business. In Anna's own words she explains, "As I am talking with my clients I am careful to find out exactly how they imagine living in the space before we ever even get to discussing design details. I have a background which requires me to have strong interviewing skills and more importantly the ability to really listen to what people are telling me. In the field of psychology this is known as active listening. Not everyone hast his focus, because they are not trained to. Really being able to listen to what your client has to say means to discover what is important to them in the design and decoration of their home and how they plan to use it on a daily bases". Anna is careful to ask the right questions and then hear what the client wants during our initial interview. And through their budget and her resources, she can help them obtain exactly that. This has been one of her best tools with her successful design business. "9/11 shifted the psyche of many people. People want peace at home, whether it is a condo, and house or a mansion." Anna feels that we are all yearning for that sense of peace, and many want to find it in the space where they live. "Home is a refuge from the outside world and the stress we experience once we walk out the front door. That desire for a peaceful refuge feeds down what paint colors or the fabrics they choose. When people feel good in a space they want to be there more often." The theme then should be carried out throughout the entire home, for a good design should make sense from the front door to the back door and from top to bottom.
For Anna's home, she was careful to stick with a theme of bringing the outside, inside. Using materials that reflect the mountains and depict rustic elegance.
With so many design shows on the television, it isn't uncommon for people to watch HGTV and get just enough expertise to be dangerous. It helps to have good, and professional planning up front so expensive and time consuming mistakes don't happen.
Anna has very discerning taste as evidence by the expensive art displayed on her walls, and even more invaluable art, covering her refrigerator doors.
Charleston Forge - Friday, October 25, 2013
Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn, Blowing Rock, NC.
This quaint inn, located in the heart of historic downtown Blowing Rock was built around World War II. It recently got a face lift and opened as the Ale House and Inn in 2013. Charleston Forge loves to support local businesses, and this one happens to be a favorite of ours, partly because of their excellent choice in bar stools. Scroll down to see the custom, handsome and comfortable, stools the Inn ordered from us for the pub.
This Ale House and Inn is one of a kind to the High Country as it's brewery is in its backyard.
The brewery is open daily for tours and tasting of their everyday, special and seasonal beers.
The pub features eight of our barstools. Like all Charleston Forge furniture they are beautifully designed and built to last, with solid steel construction and a leather cushion.
For more information, reservations or the history of the inn, visit their website
Charleston Forge - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Meet Tom Wooten, a talented designer and blacksmith, who has had a close working relationship with Charleston Forge for over two decades.
Tom has an unconventional method of design which triggers his creativity. Sitting down with a sketchpad and pencil, he often spends less than a minute swiftly sketching a variety of swirls and curves. "The faster I scribble the better the idea," Tom explains. These quick and rough drawings become his designs, and when he makes his way into the forge they take shape.
Tom creates beautiful work using steel, copper and bronze. He often adds other elements such as wood, stone or glass to his art. We are now featuring two candle stands which are CF Home exclusive designs, both can be found on our website.
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A cozy autumn evening in front of the fire most certainly should include indulging in sweet, melting s'mores. Hand forged skewers from CF Home's online store will toast the marshmallows perfectly. And on this particular autumn evening, we sandwiched the toasted marshmallows and melting chocolate between the best home made graham crackers we have ever tasted. Yum! They were baked from Susan Barber's personal recipe, which she will share with you. Just drop Susan an email with 'graham crackers' in the subject line. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also purchase the skewers for yourself or as a gift, here on our online store:
Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 10, 2013
Andy and Ernie, seen here in the forge, put the final touches on the new Charleston Forge sign, which will be highlighted in our showroom at the High Point Furniture Market October 19-24th.
We will follow up with a photo of the finished showroom very soon!
The World's Home for Home Furnishings
The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn't exist.
- 180 Buildings
- 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
- 75,000 Attendees Each Market
- More Than 2000 Exhibitors
- 100+ Countries Represented
- Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
- Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International
Charleston Forge - Monday, October 07, 2013
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
Very little compares to the colors of Autumn, waiting for those few days where the color is the ripest is a thrill for the nature lover. The fall color hasn't quite peaked here in the Blue Ridge mountains, Photographer Rusty Alberton's is sharing with his photos taken recently in Arizona, where fall is in full bloom. Enjoy!
Philip Holman - Thursday, October 18, 2012
The High Point Showroom
is always an exciting time — and this market was certainly no
exception. Right from the start our new collections have been getting
great responses from dealers, designers, and end-consumers alike.
feedback and their strong showing at market just reinforces our
belief that we continue to head in the right direction. Here are a few
images of our showroom at Market Square - we hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we do
putting all this together.
Market Square Space 110-A
The Ethos Cocktail Table (center) and the Carolina Nesting Tables (left).
The Roundabout Cocktail and End Tables (center), the Ellipse Cocktail Table (right),
and the Carson Mirror (center back).
The Newhart Collection, including the new Cocktail Table (foreground),
the new End Table (right) and the Large Console (back).
The Matrix Collection, clockwise from left are, the Cocktail Table, the End Table,
the Console, and the new Bench.
The Ethos End Table (left) and the Ethos Console.
Available as part of our new Separate & Together Program are, clockwise from left,
the Ventura, Euro, Camino, and Providence 36” Dining Tables.
Art Barber - Friday, September 07, 2012
Our Monarch 60-inch Bench with our Burnished Iron frame and Bark fabric.
A beautiful combination we
thought you might like to see.
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