THE PLACE: When Country Charmfirst opened in November of 1996, the location − a whimsical, renovated shed south of Owen Sound − showcased pedestal and farmhouse-style harvest tables, pine four-poster beds and elegant, curved sleigh beds. A few years later, they moved and expanded to a century-old barn, and opened a new showroom in the heart of Streetsville in Mississauga, a location as charming and unique as the furniture.
THE SERVICE: Every piece tells a story. When visitors first step inside, they’re enveloped by the natural beauty of the unique, solid-wood pieces created by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. The showroom brims with tables, chairs, cabinets, office and bedroom furniture and more. Country Charm also designs and installs built-in furniture, from wall units to mudrooms and kitchens. Whether clients want a timeless silhouette or something edgy and contemporary, each piece can be custom-crafted for beauty and functionality that will last a lifetime.
THE WOOD: Wood is sourced from local sawmills as often as possible, and owner Wayne Datema likes to pick the unique, beautiful live-edge pieces himself. “We have only used domestic woods because we can verify it has been sustainably cut,” says Wayne. “We feature many pieces made with reclaimed lumber from old barns. We even have tables made from Douglas fir salvaged from the Welland Canal, showing the dark water stains and oversize holes where it was bolted to the walls of the canal.”
FAVOURITES: One of Wayne’s favourites is spalted maple, wood from a maple tree that has died and is beginning to rot. “The rot lines make incredible patterns on the furniture,” he says. “The trick is to retrieve these trees before they get too punky.” Another favourite is butternut, a tree that can only be cut by permit as it is now on the endangered list. “We only use the ones that have already died,” says Wayne. Walnut with rich, beautiful colours, oak, and reclaimed hemlock are also favourites. “We even made a beautiful piece from iron wood, one of our hardest domestic woods. It can easily cause sparks when cutting it.”