A slow-growing tree with hard, dense wood, the acacia is common in dry, tropical regions. People around the world have used the tree for a variety of purposes and it is especially prized for its strong and durable wood which features a warm appearance. Particularly fragrant species of acacia are used for incense and perfume, and in some cultures, smoke from the acacia bark is thought to put the gods in a good mood. It is even said that the Bible describes the Ark of the Covenant being built from acacia wood and that this is the burning bush Moses encountered in the Book of Exodus. For these reasons, some consider the acacia the "tree of life." Other cultures believe this because the hardy tree offers shade and food within vast expanses of desert. Because of the spines seen on some species, other names for the tree are thorntrees, whistling thorns and wattles.
Asian Rubber Wood:
Found mainly in Thailand and some regions of Malaysia, rubber wood was traditionally grown as a source of latex. In the past, trees would be burned after they ceased to produce the sap-like latex extract at about 25-30 years old. Today, the wood is used for a variety of furniture items, toys and cutting boards.
From a tree with a variety of uses, eucalyptus oil can be used for cleaning and is said to ward off insects. The leaves are a main food source for koalas while the fast-growing tropical hardwood is also ideal for creating durable furniture. Resistant to moisture, pieces made from eucalyptus provide long-lasting fashion, even when placed outside.
Mango wood products are made from the same trees that produce the popular tropical mango fruit. When a mango tree reaches 20 to 30 years of age, the fruits are no longer suitable for commercial use. These older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that sustains the mango forests, provides indefinite fruit and employment for the mango growers and ensures a continual supply of the very best wood for the craftsmen that produce mango wood products.
A tropical hardwood from the mint family, teak is renowned for its weather resistance, making it the perfect wood for outdoor furniture and boat decks. The wood's natural oils make it durable without applying oil or varnish. The inherent grain and texture of the wood also makes it a stylish option for any item.
Style at Home with Margie
The Style at Home Collection by Margie Commerford features distinctive global decor and home accents. The collection includes items such as rugs, furniture, floor screens and stained glass panels and lighting. Each item is carefully chosen to ensure high quality and exceptional style.
The lighting pieces offered by Margie are designed by some of the most innovative artists in the world of stained glass. Each is made using the highest quality materials and utilizing the copper foil technique, which is an authentic glass assembly method developed more than 100 years ago.
Many of the home decor items are made by traditional methods that have been passed down for generations in parts of the world such as India and Asia. Villages are often dependent upon these crafts for work, and it helps promote the continuation of beautiful goods.The Style at Home Collection was developed to provide exotic, high quality pieces at affordable prices. Each item offers a timeless beauty that is meant to be shared for years to come.
About Margie Commerford
Margie Commerford, the renowned “lamp lady” from Style at Home has been in the retail business with her husband for several decades. Margie explains, “We started our business from simple beginnings, selling stuffed animals from the back of our van in Miami. What a journey it has been!”
Eventually their business grew into one of the leading importers of stained glass lighting in the country. For years, she has been on EVINE Live offering magnificent stained glass lighting, exotic hand-carved furniture and home accents.
Margie works closely with her husband, Terry, who travels extensively to India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Together they hand-pick every item to ensure the quality and style is something to be cherished. Margie enjoys finding “treasures” from their travels to present on-air. She says, “Each piece I offer has a story to tell. I love to provide customers with these stories so they too can understand how special each item is.”When Margie isn’t working, she enjoys biking and spending time with her family and friends. She has two children, Rachel and Darrin, who she absolutely adores, so her schedule is always jam-packed. “I like to make sure that whatever I’m doing, work or play, I’m purely enjoying myself. That’s what life is about.”