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Blinded by the Light of Your Own Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/8/17 8:00 PM / by Hannah McLeaish posted in honest work, passion, designer, materials, lifestyle, sourcing

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An odd, yet common, phenomenon occurs while we inhabit the world around us. As humans, we adjust to our surroundings; accepting, or overlooking, the flaws around us. This intriguing concept can lead towards a static environment that hinders growth at all levels. Neglecting or ignoring the latest in function and style, it Is common for anybody to dip within the edges of complacency. Incapable of seeing our own faults, people often fall into a pattern of accepting the weaknesses that strike so near or dear. While the term Home Blindness indicates exclusivity to the home, it can also apply to any industry, academia, and beyond. There are many ways in which we make sense of life, the home is a starting point for many.

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Materials: Leather

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/25/17 8:00 PM / by Emma Lenhart posted in honest work, passion, designer, materials, lifestyle, sourcing

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Leather is a material that has been used for years in our American history. Leather can be made from a variety of different animals, including sheep, cattle, deer, elk, etc. Originally, leather was used as protection from the environment. However,it then became a textile for use in clothing, furniture, and more as it’s potential was discovered.

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The Extraordinary Life of Bourbon Barrels

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/11/17 8:16 PM / by Hannah McLeaish posted in honest work, passion, designer, materials, lifestyle, sourcing

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After imbibing a few, you might realize that bourbon is different from all other whiskeys, and different perhaps from any other liquid on earth. Why? What makes it unique when the same ingredients and distilling processes are used to make other spirits? 
The reason is due to the alchemical properties of wood. Over a minimum period of two years, sometimes decades, the bourbon in your glass sat in a barrel of Quercus Alba, American White Oak. It lingered there fermenting, converting sugar into ethanol, like other whiskeys do, but also absorbing the character of the wood. The components of the oak tree cells conspired to transform the bourbon’s color, nose, and taste.

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Chosen Species: Mahogany

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/17 8:16 PM / by Hannah McLeaish posted in honest work, passion, designer, materials, lifestyle, sourcing

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Mahogany's wide boards and rich color are as popular in today's custom furniture as they were in the Chippendale, Queen Anne and federal styles of yesteryear. Mahogany is easily one of the world's most stunning furniture mediums, and it is prized for its strength, its color –  rich shades of brown ranging from pale pink to deep red –  and its beautiful, uniform grain. The wood is easy to work with and perfect for ornate carvings. And while the mahogany used in furniture of the past could be prone to warping and splitting, modern environments regulate humidity, protecting the wood from moisture absorption. Therefore, modern mahogany pieces can maintain their beauty for decades or more.

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The Cold Allure of Concrete

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/13/17 8:16 PM / by Hannah McLeaish posted in honest work, passion, designer, materials, lifestyle, sourcing

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In relation to other building materials, concrete leaves much to be desired. We think of different types of wood as having a certain “character”; no one would ever say the same for concrete. Wood comes from verdant forests, while concrete is made from ugly factories that cough out grey steam. Unlike classical marble structures, whose columns are ornamented with flutes and volutes to make them appear less dense than they actually are (as if the structure was weightlessly defying gravity), concrete structures look heavy, dense. They seem to sink down into the earth.

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A Guide to Family Dinners

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/17 8:16 PM / by Hannah McLeaish posted in lifestyle, family

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A dinner table is a place where relationships are strengthened, problems are solved, and the future is forged. Sitting down to eat a meal is an expression of love, transcending the actual act itself. Much more than slinging mash potatoes and swapping stories, family dinners are an act that unites marvelously like none-other. Ranging from the humble spaghetti night to an extravagant Thanksgiving feast, this time is meant to be cherished with every bite. Bringing the entire family together can be a delicate, often tedious affair as the modern stresses of life bears down upon us. As fewer families take the time to sit down for meals, Armored Frog is here to help encourage the reemergence of this lost art. Whatever your ritual may be, it is important to propel this long-respected tradition. Skilled craftsmen are standing by to help you reach your goals as a household by creating a space for all to gather around. With the busy world spinning around you, it is time to start enjoying dinner alongside those that truly matter.

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Lowball (winter): Vieux Poire

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/16/17 8:16 PM / by Rebecca Middleton posted in passion, lifestyle, how-to, imbibe

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As these long and dark winter nights draw near to an end, it can be tempting to close out the season with your old favorite tipples, served year-to-year. The rich warmth of mulled wine, the chilly sparkle of champagne and the syrupy glow of sherry may be delightful classics that arouse a sense of nostalgia, but let's be honest -  they can get a little bit dull after an entire festive season of parties and gatherings. 

This year, we rang-in the new year by offering our guests a new kind of winter cocktail. Since so many wanted to know how to make it themselves, we decided to share it here. The Vieux Poire, created for us by Pensacola's favorite bartender extraordinaire, Patrick Bolster, is a simple recipe which offers a scrumptious profile of flavors and aromas, and has great seasonal appeal whether just getting started, or savoring the last few chilly evenings before spring. 

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Looking forward: Investing in quality

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/4/16 2:53 PM / by Emma Lenhart posted in lifestyle

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We believe that furniture is truly something special. Not just any furniture, though. We are talking about the type of furniture that demands attention in a room. It sparks conversation, and administers praise.

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