Monday, January 28, 2013

Cat Trees

Let's face it. We know you are obsessed with your cat. Anyone with a pet is. Who can blame you? Naturally you want the best for your furry friend. If your cat is like your baby, that means awesome toys. 

Cat trees offer a place to hang, scratch up without getting Mom mad, and feel secure. They also like the advantage of being able to observe all of their surroundings in the event something comes around to pounce on.

For the kitty in your life who is the prince of the castle, obviously something like the Buckingham Palace Kitty Mansion is the way to go. Sitting 9 feet high and 7 feet wide it has plenty of space, although we wonder where you would put such a thing. It may compete with the fireplace as the focal point of your living room.

If you don't want something so obvious in its purpose, subtler and more natural may be a better choice for you. Perhaps a cat tree that actually looks like a tree. Finally, a house plant with function! We happen to think this one is pretty cool.

As always, Flat River Furniture will be glad to create a one of a kind custom tree house for your feline. Just contact Tim with what you are looking for.

Of course there are do-it-yourselfers out there or those on a budget. For you, check out this simple version that can be found on Martha Stewart's website.


Now go pet your kitty!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Johnson's Pond (Flat River Reservoir): Home of Flat River Furniture

As you may or may not know, Flat River Furniture is located on Johnson's Pond in Coventry, RI. It is a fantastic area that my family has enjoyed for nearly 50 years.

"The Factory" page has been updated with the following background about this area:

Johnson's Pond is also know as Flat River Reservoir (hence the name Flat River Furniture). By damning the south branch of the Pawtuxet River, near where it is joined by the Flat River, a 659-acre lake was created.

Johnson's pond provides both municipal water and recreation. It is a great residential area with beautiful scenery and opportunities for boating and other water sports. Water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are also popular. Fishing tournaments are regularly held on the pond. Spotted sea trout, steelhead trout, smelt, whitefish, yellow bass, pickerel and pan fish (sunfish) can all be caught here. In the winter you can find people ice fishing.

On the 4th of July families gather to watch the firework show put on by the Johnson's Pond Civic Association. The best one!

We enjoy our animals friends that regularly visit, such as the Muscovy ducks that have taken up residence on the property and an otter.

And of course there is always some swimming going on. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

1000 Pageviews and Yard Stick Benches

First of all, a big shout out to the friends, followers and people who have viewed this blog. We have hit over the 1000 page view mark! Milestones are exciting. Hopefully you liked what you saw.

Secondly, as much as we want to showcase Flat River's furniture, we also want this to be a blog that showcases other topics of interest. Of course the main focus is still to get the FRF name out there and to show you the products being made, but in the future you may also find personal stories, how-to's, topics we are interested in, things that inspire us, etc. By expanding the content, hopefully you all will find this a place you visit on a regular basis. 

That being said, today I'm going to share someone else's creation that sparked a thought. Do you remember this little piece?


It has since found a home, but I could not help but think about it when I stumbled across this stool at Shabby Love's blog.

Shabby Love's yard stick stool

The yard sticks and rulers reminded me of that schoolhouse feel. A similar bench would be perfect for someone using that desk for its intended purpose. 

It's amazing the items that can be re-purposed to create something new and wonderful. Those old rulers could have ended up in a dump somewhere, but luckily someone had enough creativity to see them as something else. Well done!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Black Diamond Ski Chairs

The air is chilly, but you are kept warm by the feeling of exhilaration from flying down the black diamond ski trail. Grab a seat in the lodge with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. 

Or... you can hang out in one of these chair and always have a piece of the slopes with you. If you are an avid skier these are a must have. They would also make a cool addition for a man cave, home gym, or a boys sports themed room.  

Now go get ém!

Thursday, January 3, 2013