Canal Dover Furniture Company’s range of bedroom furniture is crafted from solid American hardwood and crafted by experienced woodworking specialists. The 28 collections – yes, 28 collections – offer you a fabulous choice of furniture irrespective of the decorative stye of your bedroom.
We are reviewing two of these here, from opposite ends of the spectrum. -The first is the Jamestown collection which reflects the old colonial days when our forefathers were getting together to push the English out and claim this great nation as their own – our on now, thanks to them.
The second is the Pacific collection, a modern-looking collection of bedroom furniture in black and white that displays very clean lines and contrasts, and might even attract the envious glances of your teenaged kids – who knows what they are thinking! However, it is an option you can offer them, although this is high quality furniture, hand-made to exacting standards of craftsmanship.
The Jamestown Bedroom Furniture Collection
The Jamestown bedroom furniture collection is a colonial style of furniture, available in maple, oak and cherry with a number of wood finishes. The wood stains used enhance the grain and beautiful patterns of the natural wood. The range comprises eight pieces, of which two are the panel bed and wrought iron bed, the difference being in the headboards.
The 60-inch high headboard of the panel bed consists of a top rail over three small panels, with two large panels beneath them. The alternative has a length of beautiful wrought iron scrollwork in place of the top panels. You really must see this to appreciate it. Each bed is available in Queen, King and California King sizes. The footboards are 24 inches high.
Also included are a dresser with a 42-inch square mirror, and a dressing chest with a 59 inch long x 25 inch high mirror. The dresser consists of six half-width drawers, while the dressing chest also has 6 drawers plus three narrower drawers above them.
There are also two 56-inch high chests – a lingerie chest at 26 inches wide and a regular chest at 38 inches wide. Add a night stand and a night table and you have the full set. The design is traditional Colonial and this set would look great in any style of bedroom.
The Pacific Collection
For this review we looked at the Canal Dover Pacific collection in maple with a weathered white soapstone finish and oak with black satin paint. It was the striking black and white contrast that caught our eye. Your kids are sure to prefer this to the Colonial collection. Generally, the drawers are white and the framework black.
The bed is a loft bed, again in Queen, King and California King sizes. The platform is 10 inches high, and the four optional rectangular plain headboards stand between 46 and 52 inches high, starting at ground level.
The 7-drawer lingerie chest is 54 inches high, and a 6-drawer 48-inch regular chest is also an option. Add to that a black and white 6-drawer dresser and a uniquely styled nightstand, and you have here a good-looking bedroom furniture set that will suit mainly the younger elements and those who prefer to move away from the traditional wood finishes.
Other Bedroom Collections
Once you see these two collections of Canal Dover bedroom furniture, you can imagine the other collections that lie between them, such as the wonderful Shaker and beautiful Brooklyn collections. In the event that you cannot see something online or in the showroom to catch your eye, you can choose from a number of wood finishes. Often, the only difference between old fashioned bedroom furniture and modern is the difference in the wood finish and paint color!
Construction of Canal Dover Furniture
Like most hand-made furniture, Canal Dover furniture is crafted using high-quality sustainable wood and traditional carpentry techniques. Most rail joints are crafted using mortise and tenon joints, while cabinet and drawer front, back and sides are joined using strong dovetails. The catalyst varnishes used provide a very tough surface that resists knocks and heat more than regular varnishes. Seven-step catalyzed cured varnishes are the most durable used in the industry.
Canal Dover bedroom furniture is as good as it gets, every piece being hand-made by craftsmen and women using the best carpentry techniques available today. The choice is huge and the quality is awesome – you can see it just by looking at it and touching it. Those in the know can tell quality by its feel – all Canal Dover furniture has that feel, and it is 100% made in America!
The role of both real and mythological animals is referred to frequently in feng shui theory and folklore. In many books, there is a description of an ideal house, which has a turtle behind it, a phoenix bird in front of it, and a dragon and tiger on either side. These four animals are symbolic of land and building formations. For example, to have a turtle behind the house for support or protection is a metaphor for a larger structure or a literal mountain. To have a bird in the front is symbolic for a much smaller land formation.
There is a concept that "chi" (air currents) move around a property and the higher land form in back (the turtle) protects the house, while a smaller land form in front (bird) helps the house receive the proper amount of chi. Like the edge of a bowl, the phoenix in front helps shore up or contain energy near the entrance of the house.
Then, the tiger and dragon on each side of the house represent neighboring houses, buildings, or real hills. These forms act as a way of protecting the house. In a general sense, a house that is not surrounded by other structures or land formations is a bit vulnerable and overly exposed to the elements. Some people take these references to the animals literally and they will place figurines of these creatures around their home for good luck and protection. At least one feng shui master I have studied with has alluded to the possibility that these animals also represent the shapes of certain important constellations.
Another popular feng shui creature is the fish. Fish symbolize long life in Chinese culture, so paintings and sculptures of them are seen as lucky. In the actual application of feng shui, fish in tanks and ponds are just an excuse to help circulate water. It is the water, which is the real remedy. But because feng shui comes from a very superstitious culture, the number of fish and the color of the fish in the aquarium have taken on exaggerated significance. As well, different types of birds are supposed to be omens for the occupants if the bird is seen flying by or creating a nest on the roof.
The image of a horse can't help but to symbolize travel and movement. One folk remedy is to place a Horse figurine facing the door for occupants who want to sell their home.
Lions and tigers are considered powerful, ferocious animals. Representations of them in pictures or sculptures should be done with caution, according to people who adhere to these animal cures. You may have seen stone lions flanking the entrance or stairs of a large building, but they would be considered inappropriate for a residence.
One of the Zodiac signs in Chinese astrology is a Tiger. Women who are the sign of the Tiger are considered fiercely independent and have a more difficult time settling down with a man. February is the month of the Tiger and according to auto insurance statistics, more car accidents occur in the month of February. This would be consistent with the Chinese interpretation that the fast-moving Tiger is also accident-prone.
It is interesting to note some of the cultural differences in how we relate to animals. For instance, in Chinese astrology a person born in the Year of the Rat can be a very intelligent person and a Snake person can easily be interested in metaphysics and spirituality. In the West, we think of the rat and snake as being sneaky and conniving. In some religions there is a belief that all human beings have lived at least one incarnation as every type of animal, and therefore we have an unconscious understanding of what these animals are capable of in their personalities and strengths.
Some birds are more monogamous than people, so there is a notion that putting up pictures of lovebirds in the bedroom will attract true love. These kinds of things can work as placebos, but are not considered the most sophisticated feng shui remedies.
Elephants have a reputation in both Chinese and Indian culture for attracting wealth. Images of trunk-up elephants often adorn the homes of people hoping the elephant will be a lucky image for them.
There are many more animals that have meaning in Chinese culture and/or specific to feng shui. Supposedly, a metal Rooster placed in the proper location can stop someone from committing an adulterous affair. Taken out of context, these animal symbols can seem strange, but they are really not much stranger than the meanings we attach to some inanimate objects in the Western world. Be it a country's flag, a car hood ornament, a designer label, or a religious sign, we place importance on many symbols that go unnoticed or unrecognized by other cultures.
Many people are surprised to find out that I do not prescribe any of these animal symbols as feng shui remedies. While I understand the psychological relief that they may provide, I do not feel that these symbols can change the energetic composition of a room. And with symbols ultimately being very personal, (like our dreams), I don't see how they would work for everyone in the same manner.
Source by Kartar Diamond