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  • DIY - Christmas Tablescape Decor

    It’s the beginning of December and Christmas is just a few weeks away! We patiently waited all through November to honor the Thanksgiving season and as much as we love fall and the fall decor there is just something so magical about the Christmas season that has us bursting with excitement to get out our red and green decor.

    DIY Christmas Tablescape Decor

    Trends this season for yuletide decor are centering around the dining room, bringing an emphasis to gathering around the table. The idea of bringing friends, family and loved ones together to break bread and share in each other’s love is such a beautiful sentiment to us. Some of our favorite Christmas memories and probably many of yours, are steeped in experiences shared around the dining table. We remember moments of laughter, warm hugs and stolen bites of Christmas cakes before dinner; all wrapped up in that genuine good feeling you get when you are surrounded by the people who love you the most.

    We are extremely excited that the dining table is getting to share a little spotlight with the Christmas tree this year and so we put together a little DIY on adding a little spice to your dining chairs and table-top decor this Christmas season.

    Put Some Holly in your Jolly

    No need to purchase expensive garland, add a touch of green to your space by decorating with Holly branches. These spiky leaves star in many holiday songs but they provide a charming addition to your seasonal decor. For our tablescape, we simply snuck out to the back yard and snipped a few branches. If you don’t have any Holly bushes at your house, check with your local florist on purchasing a few branches or ask a friendly neighbor if they don’t mind you “borrowing” from their bushes. Borrowing from a neighbor? Say thank you by putting together a little Holly branch arrangement or wreath.

    Decorate Your Table With Holly

    Strands of Berry Garland

    There are some traditional decorations that just never go out of style. We particularly love the old-school strings of cranberry garland. To make, you will need a thread (or dental floss), a needle and fresh cranberries. Tie a knot at the end of your thread and use your threaded needle to pierce the center of each cranberry to make a complete string of garland. Make the garland as long as you would like. If you aren’t as interested in using cranberries but love the look, you can purchase berry-inspired garland that is made of wooden beads.

    Decorating for Christmas

    Berry Inspired Garland

    Dining Chair Flair

    Bring the whole look together by adding a little holiday flair to your dining chairs. To do this, you will need scissors, Holly branches (or any greenery of your choice) and ribbon. Measure and cut the length of ribbon that you need to tie around the top of your dining chair and make a bow. Make a small, symmetrical arrangement of Holly branches or greenery. Center arrangement at the top panel of your dining chair and tie the ribbon around it and secure with a bow in the center. Fold the ends of your ribbon and snip a little triangle in the center to create a more finished look.

    Ladder back Dining Chair

    Items Needed for Decorating Your Chair

    Decorate Your Dining Chair for Christmas

    And there you have it - a simply but cheerfully decorated Christmas dining table! We hope that this Christmas season is full of love, happiness and good tidings for you and your family.

    Photos: Laura Sumrak; @laurasumrak

    Styling: Studio Cultivate; @studiocultivate

    Chairs: Dixie Seating Company; @dixieseatingcompany

  • CCCA Camps Conference - Nashville


    Dixie Seating Company has been partnering with camps across the United States as their preferred manufacturer for quality seating. Camps see hundreds of kids in and out of their facilities year after year, season after season - having quality seating that can stand the test of time is not only important but provides savings to these camps over time.

    Camp Chairs

     

    “We love your chairs! They stand up to thousands of teenagers using them throughout the summer!”

    - Deb Kohler, Castaway Club Young Life Camp

    Dining Hall Dining Hall

    This November we are gearing up to attend the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) National Conference - All In on November 29 through December 2. Attending these conferences gets us really excited because it is a chance for us to connect directly with camp planners and organizers and display our top-notch products. The theme for this year’s conference is “All In” and that aligns so perfectly with what we do at Dixie Seating Company. Our passion is making quality products that will last for generations. We put time and effort into perfecting the craft we love and are 100% committed to the quality of our brand experience.

     

    There is a special place in our hearts for the camps we work with. Camps have a real impact on fostering personal growth for kids of all ages and that impact stays with kids into adulthood. It is such an amazing opportunity to have our chairs in these places where big things are happening! We like to imagine that as kids are having discussions about their lives with counselors or laughing at a joke one of their friends told that they are having these experiences while seated on a Dixie Seating Company dining chair, bench or rocking chair.

    Our rocking chairs are ideal for kids to lounge in while they relax during some downtime. Ladderback chairs with slat seats are perfect for dining rooms and are stackable offering the option to create space where it is needed when meals are not happening. The design of our chairs allow for maximum efficiency in sitting large groups in tight areas, making them perfect for high traffic areas.

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    ladderback chair

    If you are attending the CCCA conference in Nashville, we want to meet you! Stop by our booth to find out more about our products. We will have a few of our products on display for you to interact with so that you can experience the Dixie difference. Looking to order for your upcoming camp season? Take advantage of our special CCCA conference offer available just for attendees of the conference and enter to win products.

  • Timeless Tradition and Quality

    100 percent premium quality

     

    Dixie Seating Company has been around since the 1930s and we are still making our products using the same methods. These methods might seem time-consuming for some manufacturers, but for Dixie Seating Company these methods are the foundation that create the high-quality of products that we supply. We recently received an email from a customer about a set of children’s chairs that have been in their family since the 1950s that proves that these time-honored methods leads to timeless quality.

     

    “I've had these chairs since I was a kid in the late 50s.  My daughter used them, and now my grand-daughter is going to use them.They are very well made and are still very solid. I found a stamping on the bottom that looks like DIXIE SEATING CO N.C, and has what looks like the number 78-41 1/4.If you made these, could you give any info you have, like when they were made? I'm refinishing them and they will become family heirlooms to be passed on for future generations.”

    Dixie Seating Company Chairs from 1950sDixie Seating Company Stamp on Chairs from 1950s

     

    Mr. Ken Roy and his wife sent us this email along with photos of the products he was referring to back in August. They were preparing to refinish their collection of Dixie Seating Company childrens chairs for their granddaughter. It is not uncommon for us to receive messages similar to Mr. Roy’s and it is always a delight! Knowing that our hard work and passion to create quality products is being enjoyed by families from all over the United States is extremely satisfying.

    Our owner, Dirk Baker sent the following reply:

    “Thank you for the photos and the kind words about Dixie Seating products.  We do obviously build our items to last and you are proof of that.  As best we can tell the chair and child rocker are from the late 40’s to 50’s.  One of the neat things is that the construction methods that we use today mirror the methods found in your pieces including interlocking, swelled-joint construction.  The wood was mostly red oak and possibly had poplar backs and the he stretchers between the legs are most likely made of hickory.

    We would suggest a light sanding prior to finishing and then applying a sealer or primer coat,  followed by a light sanding and then top coating the pieces.  I would love to receive a photo of  the finished items when you get done and would appreciate the opportunity to post a before and after picture.   

    As you probably saw on our site, we still manufacture these products in Statesville, NC and use only domestic woods and finishes. Thanks again for reaching out to us.”

    Below are the images of Mr. Roy’s refinished chairs. It is heart-warming to hear that a customer has been so satisfied with their products for several years and through multiple generations that they are willing to put a little love and work back into the product to keep it for generations to come. Every piece that comes out of our factory is made with the hope and intention that your family will enjoy it for years just as Mr. Roy’s family has.

     Kids chairs from 1950s

  • Dixie Seating Company in Maine

    Trip to Maine, USA

    I think at times, we here at Dixie Seating Company forget that the products that we manufacture are actually used in the real world.  On a recent trip to New England, I was reminded of how Dixie Seating Company products have become part of the landscape in this beautiful region of the United States.  Throughout Maine, from Bar Harbor to Belfast, Kennebunk to Portland, our restaurant seating can be seen in some of the most sought-after dining locations. Whether you stop by  Chase’s Daily in Belfast for the fresh farm-to-table vegetarian fare or grab a seat at The Thirsty WhaleTavern in Bar Harbor for their famous lobster rolls; it is likely that you will be sitting atop a Dixie Seating Company barstool or dining chair while you enjoy your meal.

    Chase's Daily Restaurant - Belfast, Maine Chase's Daily Restaurant - Belfast, Maine
    The Thirsty Whale Tavern - Bar Harbor, Maine The Thirsty Whale Tavern - Bar Harbor, Maine

    In speaking to the owners, employees and managers at these locations, it is apparent that the same pride and effort that we put into making our chairs, is equally matched  these restaurants and the work they do.

    Trip to Maine

    From locally sourced farm-to-table establishments to a Mexican and American cuisine, each restaurant has a passion to deliver quality which is a sentiment we are very familiar with.  While you may see a few chairs that look pretty old, many restaurants have over twenty years of service, you sense the real culture that these locations display in making their establishments fantastic places to eat.

    Family eating at restaurant in Maine Maine attracts international visitors from all over the world.

     

    While traveling Maine, I took notice of the many fine Bed and Breakfast locations as well as historic inns which dominate the hospitality and lodging choices in Maine. Dixie Seating Company has just reached an agreement with the Select Registry, a prominent group of distinguished inns in North America to be an Associate Member and exclusive supplier to these local locations. It was a wonderful opportunity to see how perfectly befitting Dixie Seating Company’s timeless products would complement these properties.

    Select Registry Member Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns are the heart of Maine.

     

    Maine is beautiful and charming. As contemporary American realist painter, Jamie Wyeth said, “There's a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. I think. It's absolutely a world onto itself.” It is such an honor to have pieces of our passion and hard work entwined in the tapestry of this beautiful state.

     

    Dirk Baker

    President, Dixie Seating Company

  • Back to School

    Back to School: Create a Fun Learning Space Just for the Kiddos!

    Summer is ending and the school bells are ringing! This month, kids all over the country are gearing up for another school year! Although you might be happy the kids will be heading back to a regular routine, most kids dread the beginning of school. The good news is that you can boost excitement in your home  by creating a fun learning space that is just for kids. Designing a designated area that invites your children to read, be creative and learn is not only exciting for kids but it is important to their development.

    Child Learning to Write

    Design With Kid-Size Furniture

    When putting together a designated learning, creative space for your children be sure to include kid-size furniture in your design plans. According to Kaplan Early Learning Company:

    "Being around furniture that is best suited for adults can cause children to be too dependent on adults to help them learn, explore, and move around. Incorporating child-sized furniture into your learning environment (a concept first introduced by Maria Montessori) will give children more access to learning materials and more opportunities to explore their environment."

    Using child-size furniture will also help children build self-confidence and become more independent, which is important for their overall growth and development

    Consider using a kids-sized rocking chair or a kids table and chair set in your learning space.

    Kids Furniture

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    White Kids Furniture

    Design With Strategic Colors

    We all know that color is important to the learning development of children, however, did you know that there is a psychology in selecting strategic color palettes to boost learning levels? A strategic color palette can enhance the absorption of information and facilitate the thinking processPreschool and elementary school-kids react best to environments designed in warmer tones: oranges, yellows and reds. However, it is important to note that warmer tones can overstimulate so it is best to counterbalance these tones with calmer ones like blue. Or shoot for a multi-tasking color like green that provides the calm of blue with the creativity enhancing yellow.

    Color Swatches

    Texture Variation

    Using various textures in your learning space increases stimulation as kids are seeking constant change. Balance out your hard pieces like tables and chairs by introducing soft textiles such as rugs, blankets, pillows, cushions and curtains. A space that is diverse in textures will create a safe and comfortable learning environment that children will flourish in.

    Functionality Is Key

    Above all, make sure that the space is functional for your child. Consider adding organizational furnishings like cubby holes for them to store their creative materials as well as a designated completed homework folder or tray.

    Get the Kids Involved

    If you are thinking about designing a fun learning space for your kids, remember to get them involved. Allowing them to select their furnishings or pick out paint colors will foster a sense of ownership and responsibility that will serve them well throughout the school year and beyond.

    Have fun creating your learning space and we hope that this school year is the best one yet!

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     Don’t miss our Back to School Sale on children’s furniture and table/chair sets, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.

    Use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL20 at checkout to receive 20% off children’s furniture.           

  • The King's Kitchen Patio Update

    The King's Kitchen Patio gets an update! The King's Kitchen Patio gets an update!

    Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, King’s Kitchen pays homage to the Southern cuisine while also giving back to the community. Established in 2010, The King’s Kitchen is managed by Jim Noble Restaurants and donates 100% of profits from sales to feed the poor in the Charlotte region. Additionally, The King’s Kitchen partners with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center and other local area ministries to provide job-training, life-skills training, social etiquette workshops, financial management guidance and employment intern opportunities to Charlotteans in search of a new beginning.

    King's Kitchen - Dixie Seating Company Chairs

    Dixie Seating Company has had a strong partnership with King’s Kitchen for the past few years. If you have ever visited their restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal then you have sat in our Dixie Seating dining chairs. Recently, the restaurant decided to revamp their outdoor patio and once again, they looked to us for their seating needs.

    King's Kitchen Patio
    We stopped by to see the final look of the patio and were so happy with the outcome. Check out our products outside on the King’s Kitchen patio and if you haven’t eaten their food, make sure you stop in for a bite!

    King's Kitchen Patio

    King's Kitchen Patio

  • Go Blue for the 4th of July

    The Fourth of July is approaching and it is time to celebrate America’s 240th birthday! Decorating trends for this Fourth are leaning towards highlighting the blue in our nation’s palette of patriotic hues. Blue is a classic standard in interior decor and works well with warm and cool tones. Blue pantone increases calm, distributing feelings of peacefulness and creates an overall sense of restoration. Overall, this color is a mood-booster evoking cheer and lightness.Blue is making it’s way to one of the top-picks for color in the home and what a better time to jump on this trend than during the Fourth of July holiday.

    Blue rocking chairs and seating

    Rich sapphire tones pack the drama that will provide an instant update to your porch by increasing the energy of the overall look. If you pop a couple of blue rocking chairs on your outdoor seating area it will also compliment the natural surroundings by mimicking the blue we see in the sky.

    Blue Finish on Porch Furniture
    When decorating for this Fourth, consider using blue furniture and adding pops of color in your plants or cushions to create a patriotic look that will have your home beaming with national pride. Shop our full line of furniture, all available in a blue finish option, this Fourth of July weekend and enjoy $20 off your purchase of $100 or more. Use coupon code: FOURTHOFJULY20 at checkout. 

    Use plants for additional decor

    Memorial Day Decorating

  • Fathers Day - Gift Ideas for Every Dad

    Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for just the right gift, we have some great ideas for you!

    For the Fixer-Dad:

    The Fixer-Dad is always to the rescue! Whether you have a flat tire, need a light-bulb changed or need a spider killed --- he is always there. A great gift for a dad that is always looking out for his family is a rocking chair. Rocking chairs are ideal for creating moments of relaxation. Nothing is more welcoming at the end of a long day than a comfortable rocking chair beckoning to you from the front porch.

    We have a wide selection of American-Made rocking chairs in multiple finish options so you can find the perfect one for your dad.

    *Tip: For the true DIY/Fixer-Dad, consider purchasing an Ready To Assemble rocking chair so he can assemble it himself.

     

    Blue Rocking Chair

    For the Green-Thumb Dad:

    Our footstools make great gifts for gardeners. Their versatility makes them the perfect resting spot for sitting while working and can be used as storage space for gardening tools to keep them close-by for work in the garden.

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    For the Creative-Dad:

    If your dad loves an art project, our unfinished chairs make a great gift idea. Purchase the product unfinished and present the gift as an opportunity as a project for the whole family to finish together. Paint in patterns, designs or just a variety of colors that each family member selects to create a gift that truly memorable.

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    For the Chef:

    Dad whipping up amazing cuisine in the kitchen? Our cutting boards would be ideal for your foodie-dad. Personalize it with his name, monogram or just “Dad” to make the cutting board extra special.

     

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    Save 20% on all your gifts for dad starting Friday, June 17 - Monday, June 20.

    Use coupon code: FATHERSDAY20 at checkout.

     

    Happy Father’s Day!

  • Get Your Red, White and Blue On!

    Memorial Day weekend is coming up, so we put together some design inspiration to help you get your red, white and blue on! Fire-up those grills and bust out the cold brews ---- this Memorial Day BBQ just got real!

    Memorial Day Decorating

    Cranberry is the New Red

    Looking to incorporate some patriotic hues into your Memorial Day decor? Try using a cranberry finish as your ruby red tone versus the traditional reds. This classic wood finish has a beautiful deep red undertone that says “red” without being literal. This fresh twist on the classic will have your party guests singing your praises as a clever decorator. Introducing cranberry as your red alternative gives you the functionality to use your furniture year-round instead of putting it out just a few times per year for special holidays. Add a blue and white throw pillow or cushion to really pull together that celebratory look.

    Cherry Finish - The New Red Cranberry is the New Red

    Cherry Finish Furniture

    A Bunting We Will Go

    Banners and bunting make for adorable backdrops. For a more versatile decor option, use patriotic paper-placemats to create your bunting. Simply fold a circular placemat in-half, place over a strand of twine and secure in place with wooden clothespins -- no gluing or cutting necessary!  Use extra placemats for tabletop decor.

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    Patriotic Plants

    Pull in plants with red, white and blue petals to take your Memorial Day decorating to the next level. Adding plants to any party brings in life and warmth to the event space. Plus, when the party is over, you will be left with plants to enjoy all summer long!
    Use plants for additional decor

    red white and blue furniture

    Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

    Shop our Memorial Day Sale: Friday May 27 through Tuesday May 31 - Save 20% site-wide.

     

    Photography: Laura Sumrak

    Styling: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

  • Style Your Porch Like a Pro

    The weather is warming up and the sunshine is out! It’s the time of year to spruce up your outdoor seating areas, preparing an inviting space to welcome your family and friends. If you have ever imagined of creating your dream gathering space but just didn’t know how to pull it off then you have come to the right place. A few weeks ago, Dixie Seating Company partnered with professional stylist Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate to put together a styled shoot to bring you tips and design advice so you can style your porch like a pro.

    Styled to Perfection Styled to Perfection

    Seating Accommodations

    Start by taking a good look at your gathering place and thinking about the needs you have for seating. Measuring the space to see what furniture and seating pieces you can accommodate is a must. You will want to measure the depth and width of your porch or seating area and then can work on a layout to imagine where each seating piece will fit.

    Multi-Functional Pieces

    It is ideal to utilize pieces of furniture that have multiple functionality. For example, footstools that can function as seating and benches that double as tables. Pulling in multi-functional pieces will create a more utilitarian gathering space making it more practical for everyday use and more operational for when you have larger groups of guests.

    Footstools can be used for seating. Footstools can be used for seating.
    Use benches as tables! Use benches as tables!

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    Color

    When looking to introduce color to your space, look to adding cushions and tie in the color through an outdoor rug and even flowering plants. If you have red cushions, find a rug that has a hint of red in the weaving, a couple red pots, and add red geraniums potted and gathered around your seating area. Carrying a color through all elements on a porch helps to pull it together and create an inviting, cozy space.

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    Porch Swing Color Play!

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    Style

    Decide the style of vibe you want your porch to have. Do you want a touch of rustic? Then look for lanterns that have rope handles, add a woven rug and straw baskets. Add wildflowers and softer green plants like lavender, daisies, and trailing vines Feeling a little more modern? Find contemporary lanterns with clean lines and minimal decor elements, chose and outdoor rug that has a geometric pattern. Perhaps look to plants that can be trimmed clean and have a different vibe- boxwoods, mondo grass, add white gravel stones to pots or surrounding the patio area, or go with succulents if you're in the right climate!

    Sticking to these professional style-guides and design tips will help guide you as you begin to work or update your outdoor space. Still feeling stuck? Godwin suggests making your porch or patio area feel like an extension of your interior home.

    As Spring turns to Summer, this is the best time to prep your outdoor space for entertaining or even al fresco dining just as couple for a simple little romantic evening. Simple ways you can make your space feeling cozier and want to be outdoors more are by adding textiles and soft elements- consider adding cushions to your seating. Find a complimentary outdoor rug. Neutral throws always make a great addition for evenings when the temperature dips. Add candles or string lights for a glimmering warm glow as it gets dark. If various insects are a concern, think of adding some plants that are natural insect repellants like lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and chrysanthemum.“

    Style Like a Pro! Style Like a Pro!

    Happy Styling!

     

    Photography by: Laura Sumrak

    Styling by: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

    Plants: Oakdale Greenhouses

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