Mike Jenkins is our new manager of sales, customer service & operations at Vermont Woods Studios
Mike Jenkins is our new manager of sales, customer service & operations at Vermont Woods Studios.  He has many years of experience in this role, plus he’s a super nice guy with a great smile!  Please help us make Mike feel at home in the world of Vermont made furniture.

Our New Sales & Operations Manager

We have a new manager at Vermont Woods Studios.  Please put your hands together and help me welcome Mike Jenkins to our humble abode here at Stonehurst.  Mike has taken a brave step into the world of Vermont made furniture as our Manager of Sales, Customer Service and Operations.  It’s a big job but he has already proven he’s up to the challenge!  He will be leading, supporting, mentoring and backing up Sean, Rebecca, Loryn & Michelle.  I think they’re pretty happy and relieved to have Mike’s help especially since I was filling that spot temporarily for a number of months.

World Traveler

In case you were wondering what type of experience might prepare someone for this multi-faceted role at Vermont Woods Studios, I asked Mike to share a little bit about his background.  Here’s what I got.

Mike was born in Japan. Guess which one of these adorable children is him?
Mike was born in Japan to American parents who traveled the globe as social workers.  Guess which child is Mike ;)

Mike was born in Japan to a set of wonderful parents who traveled the globe as social workers affiliated with the The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA).  He was raised in several countries including the USA, Japan, India, Peru, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.

An Enviable Career Path

Mike remembers his first job well: as a teenager, he and some friends opened a bar in the Canary Islands.  But only a very few lucky people get to be island bartenders forever.  So Mike eventually left the Canaries and moved to the USA where he met the love of his life and settled down in New England.  He began a career in retail with Crate and Barrel, a company he worked with for over 10 years, most recently in the role of Sales Manager at the Hartford store.

Mike % Juniper hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont
Mike & Juniper hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Doesn’t get any better than that!

The Family Man

Today Mike, his wife Anne and their adorable daughter Juniper are settling into their new home across the river in New Hampshire.  They love being near family and the Green Mountains of Vermont.   Mike looks forward to the many joys of rural living, especially hiking, baking bread, making jam, home brewing and playing video games.

He is eager to to get to know our customers, craftspeople, shippers, vendors and all the other friends who make Vermont Woods Studios a special place.  Welcome aboard, Mike!  May we share many years of success together.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Rectangular Turned Leg Dining Table in Cherry

Round, Rectangle, Oval or Square? We have some tips on choosing the table that’s right for you.

A dining table may just be the most important piece of furniture in your home. It sees family meals, celebrations, game nights and homework sessions. It’s where you laugh, bond and share memories. It will probably be the one piece of furniture that doesn’t change when it’s time to renovate.

Knowing that it’s a lasting investment and place that will function in multiple ways, it’s important to understand the different shapes of tabletops you can get, what each shape accomplishes and which one is right for you.

Rectangular- Easily the most popular and frequently chosen design, a rectangular table often symmetrically compliments the shape of a room. It gives a sense of structure and tradition. Long rectangular tables can help break up a large space while still remaining functional. And, knowing that rectangular tables are quite common, (not that it’s a bad thing!) the chairs and decor you choose to place around it are even more important.

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Our Woodland Custom Dining Table in Cherry

Round- Often seen in dinette sets, round dining tables are a nice alternative to a rectangular table. Round tables send a message of openness and inclusion. They can easily accommodate extra guests and as long as the chair size is taken into consideration, they are just as spacious as a rectangular table.

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Our Vermont Modern Pedestal Table in Cherry

Oval- A combination of both round and rectangular tables, an oval table can be both casual and sophisticated. Having rounded corners an oval table gives a sense of inclusion, similar to a round table, but its sleek, straight side edges lend itself to fine dining.

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Our Cherry Blossom Double Pedestal Table in Cherry

Square- A less common shape for a dining table, it can be either a small two person table or large enough to fit a holiday feast. A small square dining table is perfect for limited space or as a breakfast nook. A large square table, while less common, can be used to take up a large space. A square table can make reaching for food complicated at times and with everyone so spread out, can make it hard to hear everyone. But, we like square tables for their symmetry and modern twist on dining spaces.

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Our Hampton Square Pedestal Table in Cherry

Some other important factors to think about are:

-How often will you be using your dining table? Every meal? Only special occasions?

  • If it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear, it’s good to look for high quality and durable tables, whereas if it’s going to used seldomly, like formal events, a more ornate design may be appropriate.

-How many people will be sitting at it regularly? What about for special occasions?

  • This is where the size of your room, the table and the design of your dining chairs come into play. If you’re regularly hosting large gatherings a rectangle or oval shaped table may be more appropriate. If you’re room’s dimensions are more square in shape, a round table may fit in nicely.

-What about extension tops and drop-leaf tops?

  • Short on space? This type of top may be the best fit for you. It will allow you to save space on a regular basis, but will also allow you to host larger parties when you want.

No matter the theme of your dining space, we recommend considering functionality first. Look into what shapes and sizes will fit best in your dining space. Then move to size once you’ve determined how often and how many people will typically be hosted. After landing on the right table, we recommend moving to chairs. You don’t want choose a chair that ends up being too bulky around your table!

If you have any questions or other ideas we’d love to hear them! Add your comment below!

Interested in talking with someone? Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have at (888) 390-5571. If  you’re in the Vernon, VT area or passing through, we’d love to see you at our Stonehurst Showroom, open seven days week!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Part of the donation we dropped off at the Windham County Humane Society

With a staff full of animal lovers, when we heard the Humane Society was in need of food, donating was a no brainer.

According to the American Humane Association, every year about 3.7 million animals are euthanized and the ASPCA says that 5 in 10 dogs and 7 in 10 cats in shelters are euthanized because there is no one to adopt them.

So, the other day when we saw a post on Facebook from our local Humane Society (Windham County Humane Society) asking for donations of dog and cat food we knew we needed to help out.

We took a trip to the store, hunted down the animal food section and filled a cart overflowing with food. When we brought it all by the humane society, the look on the staffer’s face was priceless. We even got a chance to meet some of the cats looking for new homes.

While we’re unable to adopt a mascot for Vermont Woods Studios, we hope the donation will help the society be able to focus on helping even more animals in need of a loving home.

If you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, we recommend, (after careful consideration that you’ll be able to care for the animal its whole life) stopping by your local humane society to adopt.

I’ve included a few helpful links if you’re looking to adopt:

http://www.humanesociety.org/

https://www.aspca.org/

https://www.petfinder.com/

Here at Vermont Woods Studios, we are committed to staying active within the community around us. That is why each year we volunteer and donate as much as possible to organizations local to the Vernon, VT area.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

decorating your dining room
Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Cherry and Walnut

Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!

You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?

I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.


  1. Dining Bench- It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
  2. Sideboard or Hunt Board- More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
  3. Mirror- I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
  4. Statement Chandelier- There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
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Our Classic Shaker Hunt Board and our Modern Shaker Long Sideboard both shown in Cherry.

If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.

Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.

Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.

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Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Walnut and Hubbardton Forge Flora #2 Chandelier

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Enjoy Up to 20% Off Our Dining Furniture

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Money can’t buy you happiness.” To prove that so, a study 75 years in the making (The Harvard Study of Adult Development) found that overwhelmingly happiness comes from quality relationships with family, friends and community. And I couldn’t agree more.

So what does that have to do with our Winter Dining Furniture Sale?

I think one of the best ways to build quality relationships with your loved ones is sitting around the dining table. Maybe it’s a big dinner or the setting for a game night, maybe you’re quickly scarfing down your breakfast while letting your loved one know your plans for the day. Whatever the occasion, I think it’s safe to say a lot of bonding goes on around the dinner table. Here at Vermont Woods Studios, we even spend every Friday lunch together, sitting around a couple of tables sharing the highlights from our week.

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Our Classic Shaker Dining Table and Bistro Chairs both in Cherry

With all that love and bonding taking place, it’s important to have quality, comfortable dining furniture. That’s why we pride ourselves on our high-quality, Vermont made wood furniture. And, starting today, Friday, January 29th through Thursday, February 11th you can save 10% on one piece of dining furniture, 15% on two pieces and 20% on three or more pieces during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale. You can save on everything from dining tables and chairs to buffets and sideboards.

Our handmade solid wood dining furniture is locally made and comes with a Vermont Woods Studios lifetime guarantee. You can eat, drink, share stories and laughs around our handmade dining tables worry free knowing your furniture is made to last the trials of time.

If you have any questions about the Winter Dining Furniture Sale or any of our furniture, our friendly sales team is always available to answer any questions you may have at (888) 390-5571. You can shop with ease from the comfort of your own home at our online gallery or stop into our Vernon, Vermont Showroom.

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Our Country Windsor Chair in Cherry

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.