Rocky Hullette

We love getting to know farmers and “horse people” of all types. We recently met Joey McKay and heard about his family farm in the small town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Here, he shares tips on starting a farm, learning to ride and introducing your kids to the beautiful world of horses.

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Tell me about your farm.

My family and I live with my father and grandfather on the same property that my grandfather purchased over 60 years ago. I’ve lived on this property my whole life. It’s now 43 acres and we have six Quarter horses and three mules.

How did your farm get started?

My granddad developed a polo habit so that’s what led him to buy horses. He needed property, so he moved 15 miles outside of town. Leaving town to run a farm was a strange move to make in the 1950s!

My 79 year old GrandFather with my 1 year old son

Did your granddad’s interest in polo impact you?

Yes, definitely. I’ve been riding horses since before I can remember. I started playing polo when I was 13 and right after high school, I was hired to play polo professionally and train horses. I played professionally for 5 years. My granddad played longer – 58 years! He’s 79 now and still rides horses.

Do you have any tips for someone starting a horse farm?

First, take the time to think about what you really want and be honest with yourself about how often you want to ride. Your ability to get along with your horse is significantly impacted by the suitability of your match. If you’re mismatched, you may end up with a very athletic horse that may not be the most obedient. Remember that advanced riders make it look easy.

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What about riding tips?

Be light. People drive a horse with the reins, which are touching a very sensitive part of the horse’s mouth. It doesn’t take much muscle to get a horse to understand you.

I also recommend riding often and spending a lot of time with your horse. Even grooming helps you learn about each other. The more time you spend together, the better the experience will be for both of you.

You have a 2-year-old son. What are your tips for introducing kids to horses?

For young kids, the best thing you can do is to have them around you while you work with the horses. Of course, use some caution so they don’t put themselves in danger, but just have your kids out there. I have an old horse that was my granddad’s for about 30 years. I know her very well and can ride her with my son. If you want your kids to ride, you need to be on a horse you trust.

My son at 1 year old feeding a mule

Another great option for kids is mules. We purchased our mules to pull a wagon and riding together is a fun family activity. My wife, son, and myself all ride together and we love it.

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Thanks for speaking with us, Joey. We look forward to seeing what the next generation of McKay’s does with horses!

Nate Swanson

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s peak home selling season, which means you may be looking to enhance your curb appeal. Swapping out your old front door with a new one is a great way to create an inviting entryway. What more, installation is simple enough that you can do it yourself. But before you get carried away hauling off your old door, consider the following tips when choosing a new front door.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder 6 lite over 1 planked panel Craftsman door with matching sidelights.

Select a style

Before looking through a catalog of doors, make an assessment of your house to determine its unique style. Is it a colonial? Mid-century modern? Rustic farmhouse? Understanding your home’s character will help you narrow down the options and select a new door that fits. This helpful article on DIY Network breaks down some of the most popular styles on the market.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder planked panel door and sidelight with wide reed glass.

Know your species

Regardless of your style, you will need to choose a wood species for your front door. Our wood species guide is a great resource to determine which types are ideal for the paint, stain or finish you’re looking for.  

Woodgrain Doors Radiata Pine sash door; 9 lite over raised 2 panels with Delta Frost glass sidelights.

Get glass (or not)

Decorative glass is a beautiful option that fits many door styles. However, if you’re looking for maximum privacy, a full-glass front door may not fit your needs. Therefore, consider opaque, textured glass, a partial-glass door or sidelights. Similar to species, there are a wide variety of glass options. Check out our glass resource guide to see which glass option appeals to you.

Woodgrain Doors Maple 15 lite French doors.

Don’t get hung up

If your door frame is intact, there is no need to change it. Just buy a slab door whose dimensions will hang on your existing hinges. 

Woodgrain Doors Mahogany 6 lite over raised 2-panel Craftsman door.

Want more ways to spruce up your front door? Check out our tips for summer door decor or browse our photo gallery for inspiration. Good luck with your project!

 

 

 

Daniel Banks

June’s here, which means it’s peak season for homebuyers and sellers. If you’re the latter, here are some simple home improvements you can do to stand out amongst the competition without breaking the bank.

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First, Clean Up

Did you know that a clean home could actually boost your appraisal value? Check out this article to see what else appraisers consider when calculating the market value of your property.

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Getting rid of clutter and making your home “showroom ready” allows potential buyers to envision the space as their own.

Touch Up Your Paint

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Putting aside personal tastes to make your home appeal to any buyer is easy with a coat of fresh, neutral paint. Take a tour of your home with a realtor to get an unbiased look into where your home needs updating. Some quick dry wall putty and new paint patches up most dings on walls, and looks like new after a few minutes.

Install Moulding

According to The National Association of Homebuilders, homebuyers are looking for unique details, like crown moulding and chair rails. Whether your home is historic, a new build, or anything in between, moulding can add character and accentuate features.

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Choose which rooms are the star of your home and work from there. Check out this Houzz Article to see if installing crown moulding is a good option for your space.

Professional installation is a good option if you’re crunched for time and intend to install moulding in several rooms. However, if you’d like to cut labor costs, there are plenty of DIY moulding installation tutorials to guide you.

Beautiful example of Finished Elegance's impact in a family home

Using quality moulding—like our easy-to-install Finished Elegance—will simplify the installation process. Finished Elegance does not need to be painted so it is ready to install when purchased.

Dressing up your home is the perfect way to close your current chapter and move into a new one. Planning to put your home on the market soon? We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to make it open-house ready.

Heather Hastings

An inviting front door creates some serious curb appeal. Here are some simple suggestions that will help you dress up your exterior entryway.

Be Natural

Accenting your door with wreaths adorned with flowers, fruits or greenery is a fresh way to create an inviting ambiance.

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Nothing says summer like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. So, why not welcome guests with a zesty wreath made of lemons, like the one pictured here? Get crafty and make your own or check out Etsy if you’d rather buy instead of DIY. You can also incorporate other citrus varieties, using the wreath pictured below by celebrated floral designer Ariella Chezar as inspiration.

The Flower Workshop

If you prefer flowers, create a floral wreath from the annuals in your garden or assemble a gorgeous bouquet, like the one pictured below.

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In addition to wreaths and hanging door decor, you can adorn your entryway with potted plants, colorful flowers or even fruit trees!

Say Something

No need to roll out the welcome mat with this friendly decor. Say “hello” to this modern, yet playful boxwood wreath. Eucalyptus leaves also make a simple yet elegant backdrop for a DIY  message. Chalkboard gives you the option to customize your message and works beautifully when paired with a colorful floral arrangement.

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If you’re going for a bold look, put writing on the wall (literally). Blogger Start At Home Decor likes to change up her greeting seasonally.

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As always, look to Pinterest and you’re sure to be inspired by all the creative DIY projects.

Get Festive

Summer is the season to kick back with with a fruity drink donned with a cute umbrella. Get the party started from the minute you walk through the door with this adorable party umbrella wreath. It cost this blogger $10 and one hour of her time to create.

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Another easy, breezy idea for a wreath is to use pinwheels, like the one pictured below. We’ve compiled a few DIY options here, here and here that look simple enough to tackle on a rainy afternoon.

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We’d love to see how you’re dressing up your door this summer. Share your pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Rocky Hullette

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Since 1995, Mary Rigdon has been producing award-winning farmstead artisanal cheeses from Saanen goats on her land outside Atlanta, Georgia. Lovingly known as Farmer Mary, she started researching dairy goats and practicing making cheese with books from the library after a trip to England where she ate delicious cheese, milk and yogurt. Soon, she was making cheese for her family and buying land. What started as a 12.5-acre farm is now 40 acres and a thriving business that services some of the best markets and restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Farmer Mary took time out of her day with the goats to answer a few questions about her experience.

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What’s special about your goats?

They are a world-renowned Swiss breed called Saanen, known for their milk production and sweet disposition. The woman I purchased my first goats from was an excellent farmer. She had a healthy, accredited herd with great qualities. Recently, some folks from Saanen Valley in Switzerland came to Georgia and heard about our goats. They came for a tour and even wrote a feature about them to be distributed in their hometown!

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Pictured: Three new kids resting on Nature’s bedding, getting ready for a nap.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work?

The same things I found rewarding years ago are what I find fulfilling now. I love dairy farming – working each day to get a little bit more milk, a little straighter leg, or utilizing the land in the best fashion.

Part of the reason I started selling cheeses, rather than making cheese just for my family, was because so many people with allergies and digestion problems contacted me. We do our best to keep our cheese a pure product and many people find that goat’s milk is gentler on their digestive systems than cow’s milk.

I also love that people are using goat’s milk and goat products around the world. At the farm, we receive visitors from so many countries – most recently, from Venezuela and Bosnia. Goats are universal.

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Pictured: Two of Farmer Mary’s goats relaxing on a bed of Nature’s at a market.

Why do you choose Nature’s Bedding for your goats?

There’s a feed and supply store nearby that has been my go-to for over 25 years. Before I found Nature’s, the bales I bought from them were difficult to separate and use. One day, probably about 10 years ago, I went to another store and saw Nature’s. I gave it a try. I loved it so much that I asked my regular store to stock it. I’ve been using Nature’s ever since.

What I love about Nature’s is that it flakes easily and does a great job absorbing moisture. There are no heavy bales to separate. When my children want to help out, Nature’s chips are so manageable that they can spread them. And I like to stack the packs to create a playscape for our baby goats – they love jumping on and off them!

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Thank you Farmer Mary for sharing your experience and choosing Nature’s!

Heather Hastings

As the cycle of spring peaks, here’s a fresh idea: go green! Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, is a burst of springtime succulents that invite the beauty of the outdoors in. Check out this video to see Greenery in action.

Greenery’s lush hue makes it an excellent choice for accenting natural wood and crisp whites. We found plenty of inspiration to bring Greenery into any home. Check out some of our favorite designs and color schemes below!

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This design uses a grid scheme that plays well with the classic white judges paneling and trendy green color.

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The green here has two purposes: Accenting the crisp ceiling beams and elevating the room. This is a fun play on a classic design that really opens up the space.

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This design is a modern twist on a classic detailed chair rail. The chair rail was painted to match the tone of the walls, creating a subtle texture that allows the color to be the focus.

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Another green-centric take on a classic design, this room uses moulding to create interesting depth in monochrome walls and ceiling. The wood tones and cozy textures soften the bold color take-over.

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The large framed doorways in this room accent the green walls peeking out. This design is a subtle way to include a pop of color without overwhelming or compromising your home’s established character.

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Ready to freshen up your spring home improvement list by adding pops of green? Check out our Green-spiration Pinterest board for more ideas. Don’t forget to share your progress with us. We’d love to see your use of Greenery!

Heather Hastings

In our last blog post, we explored accent colors that complement crisp white moulding. This time, we flip the switch and look at the impact color can have when applied to the moulding itself. Before we go any further, let’s start with some basics.

Experimenting with moulding color creates a bold focal point; so keep your walls neutral. Just like you wouldn’t clash two bold colors or contrasting patterns within the same outfit, the same rule applies to moulding and wall color. It may be even more important in your home considering it is much more difficult, costly, and time consuming to change out.

Now that we’ve set the stage, let’s get down to the fun stuff—moulding color options!

Shades of gray

Warm taupes and cool grays are great if you want to color match moulding to your interior doors. Check out these examples that were featured on Houzz. These grays are anything but dull!

Bold black

These examples, also featured on Houzz, show that black moulding can actually open up a space. Additionally, it can create depth and accent architectural details such as floor patterns and windows.

Natural wood

Regardless of whether you opt for dark or light shades, or matte or glossy finishes, wood colored moulding creates a rustic look that complements modern farmhouse design. There are many creative ways to incorporate wood moulding. Wood can add architectural interest, like in this geometric design by renowned interior designer Steven Gambrel. Or, it can be used to add warmth to a picturesque reading nook, like in the example below.

Cool color

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If subtle is not your design preference, then make a statement with juicy colors such as tangerine, lemon and lime. Check out the transformation of this once-outdated playroom by interior designer Bailey McCarthy. Or, dress up a simple kitchen with a pop of sunny yellow, like in the example below.

We will continue to explore color on our blog, but for now, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on color moulding options in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

When you think about moulding, what color comes to mind? I bet it’s a classic, clean white. White is one of the most popular colors for moulding, and that’s why we chose it for Finished Elegance, Woodgrain’s premier interior moulding line that is easy to install and requires no painting.

If your moulding is white, you can select a color for your walls, or even ceiling, that creates a unique space. Are you painting the walls in a room with Finished Elegance already installed? Because of its unique coating, you can easily wipe any mistakes or spills on Finished Elegance right off!

Below are some examples of beautiful, stand-out rooms where the moulding and color really make an impact. Which one is your favorite?

Pinewold Cottage, Portland, Maine

The combination of moulding styles in this room makes the ceilings feel taller while simultaneously creating a cozy feel.

Casual Elegance Master Bedroom, New York

This room’s designer chose an understated blue for the wall color that emphasizes the dramatic white moulding beautifully.

Sonoma House, San Francisco, California

This designer utilizes different shades of tiger-eye to create a monochromatic color scheme that showcases moulding throughout the home.

If you want to experiment with bold color without painting an entire room, consider an accent. For inspiration, check out this blue strip between moulding in this cheerful dining room.

Remember, your ceiling can make an impact as well. This room showcases neutral walls, white moulding, and a deep blue ceiling for a contemporary feel.

For more inspiration to jumpstart ideas for your home, check out this gallery on Houzz. If you aren’t sure which color to pick for your walls or ceiling, consider Pantone’s color of the year as a starting place: Greenery

We would like to know where you stand on color. Please share your ideas with us in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

We at Woodgrain are committed to the environment. That’s why over 99% of the wood fiber we process is used as a product. This sustainable practice is often referred to as upcycling. The official definition: the process where you transform by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

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Our line of Nature’s horse bedding is a great example of upcycling. All Nature’s products are created from sawdust, fine shavings and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products. Another great example is Proof—an eyewear company started by descendants of the family who founded Woodgrain. Proof’s glasses are crafted from sustainable materials—including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and even repurposed skateboard decks.

Proof sunglasses from iwantproof.com

So now that you’re more familiar with upcycling, let’s bring it home. Take a look around your house. Surely there are items you want to donate or even trash. Can you think of some ways you can reuse those items? Here are some ideas to get you started:

This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers.

Repurpose an old dresser drawer into a new, custom piece of furniture. PopSugar has over 200 brilliant ideas for cool upcycling projects, but this chic dog bed by DIY Show Off is my absolute favorite. This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers. Genius!

I would have never guessed this headboard started off as a door.

How about that old door you’ve had in your storage shed for years? As you can see in this blog post, Remodelaholic looked at 100 different ways you can use your old door. Our favorite, add a little crown moulding to the top of an old door to create a classic headboard, like this one by DIY blogger Infarrantly Creative. Gorgeous!

Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn wood redwood.

If you’ve got an old door lying around, you may also have some random pieces of trim. We’ve found the perfect idea for moulding that can provide function and beauty in your home: The architectural moulding pedestal. If you’re lucky enough to have decorative moulding on hand, you can create an ornate work of art that doubles as a dining room table centerpiece. We love the craftsmanship on this piece from The Cultured Artisan. (Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn redwood.)

We will continue exploring upcycling ideas on our blog and would love to hear about some of your favorites. Show us an example of how you’ve upcycled doors and moulding in the comments below. We may even feature you in a future blog post. Happy upcycling!

 

Nate Swanson

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While classic styles will always remain popular, each year brings new trends in interior door preferences. These are the popular styles we’re seeing so far this year:

Sleek and modern. With minimalism gaining more and more ground, many people are turning to strong, functional materials, especially for common rooms and home offices. Primed shaker and flat panel doors will continue to be a popular design option.

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Bold neutrals. Crisp white is a timeless look for most interior styles, but adding colors like grey, espresso, or black creates beautiful contrast for natural wood accents and flooring. With design options ranging from 1-panel to 6-panel, Woodgrain shaker doors offer a variety of choices that will look good in virtually any color.

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Clean lines. This year, less is more when it comes to door styles. The trend toward a modern look means staying away from ornate details. Think minimal and stick to simple designs.

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Which door trends are you most drawn to? Click here to browse our full collection of door designs, and feel free to contact us with any questions.