One of the things you do have to be careful about when you have a mix of children, animals and decent solid wood around the home is that all can live compatably together. I have now got wonderful hand finished oak furnishings throughout most of my house. I have invested in good quality craftsmanship in recent years and the joy it gives me whenever I look at my sideboard or bedroom cabinets is beyond compare! I used to have the bulk standard flat pack furniture when I first moved in to my lovely comfortable family home. That suited my purposes then. Family running amok, dogs, cats and other odd ball visitors constantly moving in and out meant the vacuum cleaner ad floor mops were on the go – a lot Nothing ruins good furniture more than being banged around the edges with a careless vacuum cleaner in the hands of someone who couldn’t care less!