A Beautiful Gift

On Christmas morning, my husband asked me to close my eyes for my gift.  He scrambled off to the garage and placed this handmade beauty in front of me.

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My husband rarely gets time off.  He spent hours of his time off leading up to Christmas making me this stunning side table (he also was working on some amazing projects with my daughters that I will share later this week).

Last fall, we spent our anniversary in Lake Placid and I fell in love with the whole Adirondack region, especially the incredible craftsmanship of their handmade items and furniture.

There was a magical, get away from it all, feeling in the whole area.

I decided I wanted to capture that in our guest room, both for our guests, and also, maybe, from time to time, we could “vacation” in our guest room as well.

So, this beautiful table is now in our guest room…

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I am only showing a peak since I am still tweaking the details of this room.  Please ignore the horrid shade on the cute lamp, one of the details to be fixed.

Here are few more shots to see the details. I absolutely love the saw marks.

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We will probably have to sand it a little bit to allow things to lie flat, but still keep the character.  We also are not exactly sure what will happen to the bark overtime.  I am sure there is a method for sealing it to keep the bark from flaking off.  I will let you know if I figure something out.  Or feel free to pass on some knowledge if you know any tricks.

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I will be sharing this project at some of the parties in my sidebar this week.  I know, I didn’t make it, but my better half did.  At least his name is on the business paperwork!

If you would like to see where it is now, visit here.

Have a great one!

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25 thoughts on “A Beautiful Gift”


  1. i think it's awesome and to think it was made just for you and in time can be passed down to a child….i have so many things from parents to my great great grandparents that mean more then anything i have ever bought.

  2. What a beautiful gift and how talented is he! I just adore it in your guest room like that! What a wonderful hubby you have! 🙂

  3. What a sweet gift! I love raw wood in a room. If I remember correctly you had a bunch of pieces of wood disk in trays at Christmas and I loved that. Hubby deserves a big pat on the back!

  4. Hi I have just found your blog and am now a happy follower, I also have a blog so please visit sometime and maybe you too can follow me and i'll send inspiration your way. Love the gift your husband made, and how good does it look in your guest room. Have a great week!

  5. I love it! What a lovely gift from your husband and I think it looks fantastic it your guest room. Even with your shade, the whole look is very put together and calming.

  6. I LOVE it! I like it better that it's not perfectly flat, too, if you can use it.

    I just asked my husband to cut me a side table from and old stump we have had sitting around for ages, but your husband made legs and everything? What a wonderful gift!

  7. This fantastic!!! And not only handmade but homemade!! Such a special gift!! 🙂 You're a lucky lady!! 🙂

  8. What a lovely gift and made by your husband! Very special. I really like rustic, too.

    My opinion is you will not have a problem with the bark falling off because it is not outside. I have a part of a birch tree log in my home and the bark has stayed on for many years now.


  9. that is amazing. although i usually like a more modern aesthetic, there is something about items made from branches, etc, that i adore! it looks gorgeous in your guestroom!

  10. What an amazing gift! Your hubby is not only thoughtful, but talented too. I love rustic Adirondack or northwoods/cabin style.