“Tiny House Nation” is a television program that features innovative Tiny Homes from across the United States. Renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America to explore creative small spaces and the imaginative folks who occupy them. They also help new families design and construct their own dream tiny homes! Houses can be no larger than 500 square feet, and include anything from micro-NYC apartments to caboose cars turned mini-roadtripping home. This series celebrates the Tiny House movement and its explosive growth in the United States!
We’re excited to announce that we have provided some POLYWOOD® outdoor dining furniture to the tiny home! Sustainable Living is a major part of our company, so when we saw that there was going to be an episode shot in Vermont we knew we had to get involved. Douglas and Dennis made the trip up to Montpelier to hand deliver the furniture and meet the crew. We had been waiting in anticipation to see the show on air, and we were thrilled to see the Vermont tiny home in action last night on the FYI Television network!
What do you think, could you survive life in a home less than 500 square feet?
If you’re starting to notice an influx of fine furniture photography, you’re paying attention to the work of Nina, our Photographer & Merchandising Assistant! Nina & Dennis have been travelling around Southern Vermont finding great places to set up our furniture & take new photos for the site. Most recently, they’ve been working on a project at George’s Mill in Vernon where they are building a photo studio from scratch!
The original George’s Mill was reconstructed in 1974 by Nicholas George, and the 2nd building (the post office) was built in 1985 by Eli N. George. This location is actually where our previous office and headquarters were, before making the move to Stonehurst.
Take a Behind the Scenes Look at George’s Mill Progress:
The team has made great progress at George’s Mill and they aren’t done yet! Nina, however, has already used the space for the backdrop of a new bedroom collection photo! The fusion of Photoshop and a little elbow grease comes to life with our new Holland Collection.
The 19th of August is International Orangutan Day, a day put aside to recognize the extreme dangers facing the palm oil industry’s most recognized victim. Once widespread throughout the forests of Asia, Orangutans are now found on just two islands, Sumatra and Borneo (Indonesia). On the brink of extinction, there are now only about 6,600 of them left in the wild. Orangutan’s are beautiful, intelligent creatures that share 97% of human DNA. They are complex, curious, and they need our help. We cannot let Orangutan’s become the first great ape species to go extinct in the wild, as experts suggest may happen if action is not taken now.
Why Orangutans are Endangered:
Habitat Loss- The loss of Orangutan habitat has been devastating, as Sumatra has lost more than HALF of it’s forests in the last 25 years. “The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival. The expansion of farmlands and the building of new roads opens up the forest, making it easier for hunters and poachers to capture orangutans and other protected wildlife.” (1) This factor is one of the driving forces behind our mission, as we work to provide a source for beautiful wood furniture that does not contribute to mass deforestation.
Illegal Trade- While Orangutan’s have been protected by law since 1931, the illegal trade of Orangutans has continued to decimate populations. They are often captured for use as an exotic pet or for entertainment purposes, as commonly seen in the circus.
What We Can Do To Help:
Avoid Palm Oil- Palm oil is causing mass deforestation of Orangutan habitats, leaving them with no place to live and raise their babies. As they search far distances for a new home, they have to look further and further apart often times ending up in palm oil fields. When this occurs they are unknowingly tresspassing, and palm oil farmers are legally able to kill them right on spot to protect their crops. Orangutans are left with little to no food or resources, and when deforestation from fires occur there are many slow moving Orangutans that are burned alive in the process. By Boycotting palm oil, you are doing a small part to keep these majestic creatures safe.
Boycott circuses that use Orangutans as entertainment, and write to your local government to keep these circuses from your community.
Write to your local legislators and The President. Ask them not to explore palm oil as a biofuel option.
Write your favorite companies that use palm oil and ask them to use sustainable sources for their ingredients
Support companies who do not use palm oil in their products or support the palm oil industry
As passionate environmental advocates, we are happy to help spread awareness about Orangutan’s today. If you’d like to learn more about World Orangutan Day, check out the #OrangutanDay hashtag on Twitter or Facebook!
The Andover Collection: A Sleek & Traditional Bedroom Suite
The Andover Collection is a classic, with timeless design and appeal that works for any American home. It’s sleek and features clean lines and edges, but is matched with a balanced and comfortable design making it the practical choice for anyone looking for a beautiful, traditional bedroom suite.
The understated styling gives it a both feminine and masculine feeling, with beauty in the details. The lines, the drawer pulls, the smooth Cherry wood…this bedroom suite is breathtaking and each piece blends in seamlessly with most aesthetic tastes.
The centerpiece of the suite is the Andover Incline Bed which is available in 3 sizes. Perfectly matching nightstands with one, two or three drawers are available as well as 7 configurations of chests and dressers making this suite easy to fit your storage needs and bedroom space.
All of the pieces in this collection are traditionally made using eco-friendly sustainable harvested American Black Cherry and available in natural cherry or one of 6 stains over cherry. Topped with an extremely durable, low maintenance lacquer finish and backed by our lifetime guarantee.
Shaker style furniture is one of our most adored styles at Vermont Woods Studios. People love it because its versatile, naturally beautiful, and built to last. Shaker furniture has a rich history and is world renowned for its modest elegance and durability. We love it for all of these reasons and more, which is why we’re excited to announce our Summer Shaker sale–where you can save up to 20% on Shaker Style furniture plus free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.
Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, and 20% off three or more pieces of Shaker Style furniture. Plus, receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.
You can shop securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. Or, if you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or to discuss your questions about our Vermont Made Shaker furniture. Hurry! This sale ends at midnight on August 28th.
*Excludes Copeland, POLYWOOD, Barnwood, Artisan, and Clearance pieces.