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Design Inspiration July 15, 2014

Style Trial: Traditional and Transitional

traditional and transitional Style Trial

If you’re like me, defining your personal style isn’t black and white. It’s usually a gray area of furniture and décor of several styles that speak to you. That’s why we created the Style Trial series — to explain the black and the white of basic design styles and help you define your gray (or green, or blue, or red) area of style. Because we know it’s not all or nothing. It’s often a mix.
 
Which, when you think about it, is how one of our next styles came about. Transitional is actually a bit of traditional style with a contemporary flair. In this edition of the Style Trial series, we’ll help you identify the subtle — and not so subtle — differences between traditional and transitional styles. Sounds easy, right?

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Design Inspiration July 08, 2014
modern and contemporary style trial

Style Trial: Contemporary and Modern

Sometimes I think there’s no easier way to provoke a loss for words than asking, “So what look are you going for here?” There are endless ways to describe personal style and probably just as many definitions and interpretations of common design styles.
 
In this Style Trial series , we’re hoping to clear up some of the confusion surrounding common nomenclature for style pairings that tend to be more similar than they are different. But just because we’re defining these styles for you doesn’t mean you have to pick just one.
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Random Goodness July 04, 2014

Celebrating America

Citizens at naturalization ceremony

Celebrating America

Just like many Fourth of July get-togethers around the country, the celebration at Sauder Village is all about tradition. We celebrate our heritage and where we come from, remember the hard work of our native and immigrant ancestors and appreciate the opportunities we have because of our American citizenship.
 
This Fourth of July, we’re proud to welcome a group of new American citizens as we host the U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony.
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Random Goodness July 02, 2014
how you know you are grown up

How you know you’re probably an adult

Have things seemed a little different lately? Are you finding yourself waking up surprisingly early on weekends? Have you started to explore areas of the grocery store outside of the frozen food section?
 
Well, don’t worry — these are common signs of one thing. You’re an adult now. And these things are perfectly normal. Along with these other common symptoms of adulthood.
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Design Inspiration June 27, 2014
Embrace the look of a rustic retreat

Create an everyday rustic retreat

My home is surrounded by a forest of oak trees. Fifteen acres of trees, to be exact. Deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, eagles — you name it, we’ve seen it in our backyard. (Including a bobcat!)
 
I appreciate décor that brings in the goodness of the outdoors. When we built our home, we put in huge picture windows to let nature in. We appreciate the cozy relaxation of nature, which means enjoying the warm glow of the fireplace, my cat curled up next to me on a worn leather armchair and a warm beverage on a side table
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