December 10th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Christmas is the season for helping others in our communities. Here in Vernon and throughout Southeastern Vermont we have many great organizations that are looking for donations and support. Your gift of time, money, food or clothing could change someone’s life. Often it’s a matter of putting food on a family’s table or helping with heating expenses but it can also mean providing a little girl with the first warm coat she’s ever had.
A couple of our favorite local charities are Project Feed the Thousands, Toys for Tots and the Christmas Stocking sponsored by the Brattleboro Reformer. We have collection bins here at Stonehurst if you’re looking for a place to drop things off. We’ll be delivering items to the Vernon Police Department next Friday, December 20. By the way, if you haven’t checked out the PD’s Facebook page (“Ho ho ho from the Vernon PoPo“), it’s worth a look. Lots of good local information and weather-road conditions reported there.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas season with lots of giving and hopefully some receiving too!
December 9th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
I’m not sure how I didn’t catch this article sooner, but I’m glad I eventually did! This past August, the town of Brattleboro (our lively nextdoor neighbor) was featured in Real Food Travel as a great New England destination for foodies! Author AnneMarie wrote a lovely write-up about the town, noting that:
“Brattleboro, Vermont is a fascinating place. Set between the Connecticut and West Rivers at the foot of Mount Wantastiquet, Brattleboro’s beautiful scenery is the backdrop for a lively downtown full of funky shops, restaurants, and galleries. Brattleboro is known for its art scene, and it was named one of the top five best small art towns in the country. Vermont is the number one state on the Locavore Index, and Brattleboro offers lots of options for travelers looking for real food, from bakeries to restaurants to an amazing farmers’ market. Just 2 hours from the Boston area, Brattleboro is a great day trip or weekend getaway.”
Having explored the downtown area many times myself, I would have to agree that Brattleboro has a huge selection of amazing places to shop and go out to eat! From quirky sandwich shops to coffee, great pizza, and fine dining; “The One and Only Brattleboro” is truly a one of a kind place to visit (or live) for anyone who favors real local food and fresh New England Flavor.
We’d love for you to come and get to know our community and visit some of the awesome restaurant selections highlighted in the Real Food Travel blog, and while you’re here, why not take your lunch to go and visit our one of a kind fine furniture showroom!
Either way, we hope you find Brattleboro as unique and interesting as we do. See you soon!
December 8th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Friday was a festive day at Vermont Woods Studios. We had our 8th annual company Christmas party and gift exchange. I picked up our tree at Rotary’s, annual Christmas Tree Sale during my Thursday night shift (the Rotary Club I belong to sells Christmas trees to raise money for it’s Gateway Scholarship Foundation). Ken brought the tree back to Stonehurst in his Beverly Hillbillies-style trailer and Douglas and our star sales staff put it up and decorated it. Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?
Of course the tree is local (from Craftsbury, VT) and it’s decorated with memorabilia from Pine Top, the lost ski area that our fine furniture and art gallery now sits upon. That’s a “rope tow” you see stretching from the bottom to the top of the tree and there are a couple stylish 1950s era skiers ascending it, courtesy of my thoughtful sister, Ann. There are also some beautiful handcrafted decorations (painted by our friend Donna Scully) which can be purchased in the showroom.
In the afternoon we had a potluck lunch with lots of delicious treats, including the most decadent brownies I think I’ve ever tasted. Following that (with a little work squeezed in between) was a Yankee swap of American made gifts (somehow Neville managed to take home the most coveted gift– a bottle of Jack Daniels).
After work we all reconvened at Terrazza Restaurant at the Greenfield Country Club in Greenfield, MA to finish off the days festivities. Does it sound like we do a lot of partying at Vermont Woods Studios? Well, we try to. Work hard, play occasionally. That’s not a bad recipe for success is it? Let us know on Facebook, what you do to celebrate Christmas with your colleagues.
December 6th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
If you are thinking about re-designing and re-furnishing your bedroom, do you know where to start? Should you start with the furniture or with the decor? In my opinion, you should start by defining your bedroom style! With our bedroom furniture sale, we are offering discounts of up to 20% on hundreds of unique pieces from a variety of collections and styles. Furniture styles can range from traditional to ultra sleek and modern– so lets talk a little bit about the defining characteristics of 3 popular styles!
1) Modern- Clean lines, bold geometric shapes, dramatic in its simplicity. Perfect for an upscale modern home or city apartment. For modern bedroom furniture designs, try the Cherry Moon Platform Bed.
2) Organic- Natural, Reclaimed, and Live Edge are words you’d likely associate with an organic bedroom furniture style. This style allows you to bring a little piece of nature into your home, with a chic and eclectic look. These furniture pieces reveal the true beauty of the wood. Loving the sound of organic style? Check out the Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed and the Live Edge Bed!
Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, Organic Style.
3. Shaker- Shaker Furniture is one of the most popular styles of furniture. It’s known for its simplicity, usability, and exceptional craftsmanship. Shaker furniture is perfect for those who follow the belief that less is more! If you love Shaker furniture style, try the Renfrew, New England, or Classic Shaker furniture collections.
Modern Furniture, Organic or Live Edge Furniture, and Shaker Furniture are 3 very popular bedroom decor styles that frequent the pages of popular interior design and decor blogs around the web. These styles are adored for their timelessness and simple elegance.
If you’re feeling a particular style, now is the perfect time to buy! With our bedroom furniture sale, you can save up to 20% on beautiful heirloom quality furniture pieces! Save 10% if you buy one piece, 15% if you buy two pieces, and 20% if you buy three or more pieces. Plus, free shipping and a lifetime guarantee!
Hurry-sale ends December 19th!
Please note that Copeland, Barnwood, Artisan and Clearance pieces are not eligible for this sale.
December 5th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
We love our community of Facebook fans and friends, and we wanted to give back to them for being so supportive and engaged; so on Thanksgiving we posted a contest to win 1 of 3 J.K Adams kitchen accessories! Today, one week later– we’ve picked a winner! The winner is Mary Mariah! She wins the Shelburne Ash Wood Cutting Board! Congratulations Mary!
Want to stay in the loop for our next contest? Like us on Facebook!
December 4th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
A few days ago, one of our customers sent us these great photos of his new Maple Shaker furniture in his bedroom. Staying true to Shaker sensibilities, the room has an uncluttered and simplistic look; using his American Shaker bedroom furniture to accent the darkness of his walls and highlight the maple flooring. I love it!
These photos inspired me to write a bit about why Maple Wood furniture is great, and the ways it can be used to enhance your own bedroom or other home space!
Maple Wood furniture has a much more informal l look to it than say, Walnut wood, which is typically associated with bold & modern decor styles. The lightness of this wood helps to give your space a relaxed and comfortable vibe– creating an understated interior design style that fits well with traditional Shaker aesthetic.
If you don’t know much about what Shaker Furniture Style encompasses, I’ll give you an overview:
1) Its clean, simple, and unfussy
2) Its practical
3) It features smooth lines and edges
4) Historically, it wasn’t made for “prettiness,” but for use; throughout the years, however, its understated aesthetic has become one of the most popular wood furniture styles!
As you can see from these customer photos, Shaker Furniture in Maple wood is simplistic and elegant; fitting for both a feminine or masculine bedroom. Whats so great about that? Well, It’s ideal for a shared bedroom, keeping both the husband and wife happy! Doesn’t get much better than that!
Lastly, Shaker furniture made in maple wood is great because it really is beautiful and usable in practically any room in the home. Its simplicity gives it a charm that has made it a favorite of furniture lovers for decades.
If you enjoyed this brief overview of Maple Shaker furniture and all of its characteristics; stay tuned for another blog coming soon, on how to pair maple furniture with the appropriate decor! And if you think you’re friends might like this post too… feel free to share it on Facebook or on Twitter! You’ll find our social media icons at the bottom of this post.
December 3rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Yesterday we were excited to welcome Greg Worden of Vermont Artisans Designs to meet with us at Stonehurst. Greg’s art gallery on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro is one of Vermont’s best loved places to shop for high quality, handmade arts and crafts.
Currently Greg is featuring “Of Land & Local” an exhibit focusing on local and regional artists including Charlie Hunter, Deborah Lazar, Paul Stone, David Rohn, Jon Olsen, Steven Hileman and Alistair McCallum. These are well acclaimed artists and customers visiting from New York, Boston and beyond have come to know that regional art and specifically, Vermont art is offered here at great value.
At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re collaborating with Greg and other Brattleboro art galleries to help our customers (who travel considerable distances to Vermont to purchase high quality home decor) make the most of their trip. Those who visit Stonehurst are always delighted to learn they can acquire world-class original artwork just a few miles down the road at Vermont Artisans Designs.
Stay tuned to learn about other world class art galleries found in the one and only Brattleboro.
December 2nd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
What if we told you that you could get all of the same amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you can in stores, without having to leave your home? That you could avoid crowded furniture warehouses & department stores, and avoid the inevitable shove to the side while another aggressive shopper reaches for the last side table? Well, it’s true! Our Black Friday to Cyber Monday Furniture Sale is a storewide sale. You can shop conveniently from the couch while you enjoy your mild food coma!
We know that this is not only a shopping-packed weekend, but also a family-packed weekend, so we’re giving you 8 full days to save on our Vermont made, handcrafted wood furniture.
This sale begins the day before Thanksgiving and runs through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday– with a few extra days for good measure. From Wednesday, November 27th through Wednesday December 4th our online fine furniture gallery is open 24/7 making your new furniture shopping stress and hassle free. (For additional assistance and convenience our showroom and phone lines will be staffed from 9:00am – 5:00pm each day during the event with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, December 1st)
During this event, you’ll save 20%* on our real wood Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Home Office furniture all skillfully crafted by Vermont’s finest furniture workshops. Choose from real Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak woods. We can also customize your new furniture to exactly fit your space and needs. All of our furniture is traditionally built to last for generations and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
So, don’t worry about getting out of your PJs to get the best Black Friday furniture deals this year!
*Excludes Home Decor items, Copeland, Artisan and Outdoor Furniture
December 1st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
The large Cherry Moon Storage Bed you’re looking at is a one-of-a-kind custom creation*. As with much of our furniture, this bed is a customized version of other pieces. In this case our Modern Incline Bed has been combined with our 8 Drawer Cherry Moon Dresser. The resulting storage bed was handcrafted in a small workshop just north of here in Montpelier, VT. Robin and his craftspeople used all solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, and coated it with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. The bed headboard has a nice, gentle incline which makes reading or watching TV in bed super comfy.
Large storage beds have become popular with our Manhattan, Boston and Washington DC based clientele. They are a real space saver in urban apartments and townhomes. Worried about getting it up the elevator? No problem! Free shipping and white glove delivery is included in the price. And of course, Robin built this storage bed so it’s easily disassembled and reassembled when moving is necessary.
I think this is the Ultimate Cherry Storage Bed– it has 8 large drawers for storage! And unlike most of our furniture that is made to order, this bed is currently in our showroom and ready to be shipped to your home immediately. I daresay if you’re in New England, you could be sleeping on it for Christmas. You’d better hurry though because there’s only one of these babies and it’s on sale for 30% off. Here’s an idea: if you want it and think you might get in trouble for indulging, you could do what Ken always does to me… give it to your partner as a gift, right? Something to think about…
But we could make another one just like it, if you’re willing to wait for the customization. Give us a call to get things started!
November 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Michelle had a good reminder for us in her post earlier this week. Thanksgiving “was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales”. But I have to admit that Black Friday is the first time I think about buying holiday gifts. The reality for most of us is that when you have popular toys on your list or you’re shopping for something big (like appliances, cars, computers, furniture) you can’t ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
So, in contrast to all that holiday shopping madness, today we have Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to re-discover your local merchants and the character and richness they add to your community. They may not be able to beat the lowest prices you’ll find online but there’s an unmeasured value in their goods and services. How much is it worth to you to have a beautiful downtown? A local economy? Jobs for your friends and family? In Vermont it’s worth a lot. So we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally at your favorite downtown, mall or rural shopping outpost (like Stonehurst):
Have more of you own? Let us know on Facebook before you head downtown.