Small Apartment Decorating
Small Apartment Decorating 101: The Dominion Storage Bed is my first pick!

Within the past few years, studies have shown that the average home size is decreasing. Towards the end of the 20th century, new homes were all about being bigger and better. Now, new homes are all about efficiency and economics. Homeowners want homes that are efficient in space and energy so they can save a bundle on their bills. While people are still buying bigger homes, trends show that as people move closer to cities for work, average home size will continue to go down as people purchase small apartments and condos. Here are a few furniture tips if you are looking for modest furniture for your modest space.

Decorating a Small Bedroom

Lacking space or storage in your bedroom? Not a problem! I suggest investing in a luxurious storage bed. While you may be thinking that a storage bed is big and heavy, which are two things you don’t want in a small apartment, think of it as one less chest or dresser that you’ll have to make room for! Store clothes, linens or other items that you want out of the way and save yourself the space in your closet. I’d also pick up some of our large wall mirrors to hang in your bedroom space. Mirrors give the illusion that your space is bigger!

 

Decorating a Small Dining Room

Check out my blog from a few weeks ago on dining table shape to see what kind of tables would fit best in your room. For most dining rooms, I’d go with an extension table. It saves space when you’re not using it, and expands when you have guests over. If you have an eat-in kitchen, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the average apartment, go for a bar height table and some bar stools.

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Decorating a Small Living Room

Even though our homes are getting smaller, the number of electronic devices we have is, unfortunately, still getting bigger! I’d choose a low TV console to store all of your gadgets. This way, it will hold everything it should, but still leave room for a TV to sit on top or for you to mount a flat screen TV above it. You also might want to grab a storage box ottoman from our living room seating collection. Secret storage is always the answer for small space solutions.

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Decorating a Small Office

Skip the home office and make a DIY closet office! Also, use strategically placed custom bookcases throughout your home to hold all of your books, papers, knick-knacks or childrens toys. Our bookcases can be customized to fit any space perfectly.

 

Small Apartment Decorating

Small apartment decorating can be tricky, but if you stick to the basics, you can have a luxurious space with all the storage you need. Let us know how you decorate your smaller spaces here on the blog or on our Facebook.

 

 

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.

Quality Furniture

 

If high quality furniture is important to you, there are some things you should know before you shop!

Quality furniture might not on the top of your priority list if you are in you’re early twenties or thirties, but as you get older and start building a home you really treasure, finding quality furniture is an important step. Sleeping on hand-me-down mattresses and buying the cheapest furniture you can find, whether it be on Craigslist or at a yard sale or at a discount furniture store, at some point becomes unthinkable. And the hunt for real, high quality furniture becomes an important challenge.

So if you’re in the market for a new bed and maybe a new dresser or chest, or some new pieces for your dining room, how can you find pieces that are not only fairly priced, but built with quality as well? Well, with some research and years of experience in the furniture industry, we’ve come up with 3 steps to ensuring you are getting good quality furniture!

1. Know your wood types

If you are on the market for good quality wood furniture, it’s essential to know the difference between the different types of wood. Wood furniture typically falls into three different categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board.

Quality solid wood furniture is usually more expensive than the other types, and for good reason. It’s sturdy, beautiful, and more natural in look and feel. It’s important to take care of your solid wood furniture, however, because they can sometimes be susceptible to wear and tear like scratches and water rings. Cherry, Oak, and Maple are always good choices for wood furniture as they all look lovely and are strong, solid woods.

Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by thin layers of better quality wood. The cheaper core means it’s less costly than a true solid wood piece.  While veneers are less high quality than true solid wood, that doesn’t mean it is “bad” for furniture, though it is important to find a real veneer. Cheap, low quality furniture usually features a MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) with laminate coating on the sides that have the wood grain printed on it. 

Particle Board is made from a combination of compressed woodchips and resin, often coated or veneered for furniture. It’s basically the scraps of the furniture world, making it the cheapest type of wood furniture. While it can look decent, it will not hold up for long and is not a great choice for anyone looking for true, long lasting quality.

Quality Furniture Featuring Dovetail Joints

2.  Check the Joinery

Drawers and Doors provide perhaps the quickest and easiest quality check on craftsmanship.  Make sure they are well fitted and adjusted properly.  Drawers and doors should close easily and be flush with the cabinet front.  The hardware should be substantial and adjustable in case of jostling during shipping and moving processes be sure to have your delivery crew make any necessary adjustments before they leave your home).

Dovetails: Dovetails are strong, attractive, joints that slide into one another and are noted for resistance to being pulled apart. Dovetail joints are commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners. Dovetails are harder to cut than most joints, so they are usually seen on top quality furniture pieces.  This type of joinery is so strong because of it’s unique shape, making it extremely difficult to pull them apart. It’s this incredible strength that makes them a staple of many top quality solid wood furniture pieces.

Mortise & Tenon: Simple and strong, mortise and tenon joinery has been used for millenia by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, usually when the pieces are at a 90° angle. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it in place. By inserting one element of wood into another, a mortise-and-tenon joint provides unshakable strength.

3. Make sure it’s made in the USA 

Besides the fact that American made furniture has a centuries old heritage & reputation for incredible craftsmanship, furniture that’s hand made in America gets an immediate gold star for integrity, just for the fact that the wood is legally and sustainably harvested (this is often not the case with imported furniture).  You  can also feel good that USA made furniture is creating American jobs and sustainable economies.  Another benefit: no worries about toxic finishes and glues (common in imported furniture) that might offgas in your home or be ingested by small children.

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.

So you’re interested in finishing up the bedroom of your dreams… Perhaps you have your brand new bed, new dressers, chests, and armoire but something seems to be missing. The beauty of your new wood furniture isn’t translating to the walls, making the space seem a little unfinished. This is where our beautiful, Vermont crafted wood framed mirrors come in. We have a great selection of hardwood mirrors, built with the same quality and integrity that you can expect in the rest of our furniture. Each of them is versatile, chic, and made from sustainably harvested wood. They are great complementary pieces to the rest of your wood furniture and make great accessories for practically every room in your home. If you aren’t sure what to choose, take a look at our handpicked selection of mirrors that you’re sure to love!

Our 5 Favorite Wood Framed Mirrors:

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1. The Cherry Moon Wood Framed Mirror: This handcrafted large Cherry Moon Mirror Horizontal features a beautiful arched hardwood frame. Makes a great dresser mirror, or accent mirror over your hutch or console table. All of our premium fine furniture is made in Vermont using sustainably harvested solid wood. It’s simplistic, beautiful, and versatile enough to switch around to any room. This wood framed mirror is a classic piece and a true must have! 

 

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2.  The Contemporary Craftsman Wood Framed Mirror: Our Contemporary Craftsman Large Accent Mirror features a beautiful solid wood frame with a gentle arch and fine detailing.  It’s elegant and versatile, bringing a touch of Craftsman flare to your home. This unique mirror is built with sustainably harvested natural cherry and a walnut top.

 

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3. The Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror:  This Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. Hang either vertically or horizontally to complement your furniture. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror. This piece is classic and contemporary, and could fit any home whether it is ultra modern or comfortable and traditional. It’s solidly crafted in Vermont, making it a durable and long lasting piece.

 

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4. Modern Framed Cherry Wall Mirror: Our Modern Copeland Cherry Framed Wall Mirror is handmade in Vermont of solid cherry wood. The artistic contemporary design can be customized online with your choice of 5 shades of cherry.  This piece has a sleek geometric look and would look great in any modern styled home.

 

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5. Modern Shaker Wall Mirror: This Modern Shaker Wall Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror, perfect to hang over a dresser, buffet or accent table. Hang vertically or horizontally. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. For styling, hang the mirror on the wall or keep it leaned up on it for a more laid back, “Wabi Sabi” look!

Love the mirrors I mentioned in this blog? Visit our online store to see the rest of our Vermont crafted wood framed mirror collection!

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.

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

Creating Your Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

Mid-Century Modern design is all about fusing the nostalgic look of the 1950s with exceptional craftsmanship and style. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Mad Men, then you’ve seen Mid-Century Modern design at work. It’s elegant and classy with a twist of vintage to make it a fun and functional look for any room in your home. We love the look when it is done carefully and tastefully, especially in the dining room. So if you are hoping to achieve a mid-century modern dining room, take these steps to design your space in a way that is purposeful and not too kitschy:

1) Choose Timeless Furniture & Decor:  According to Design*Sponge, “Midcentury” oftentimes connotes thoughtfully designed Modernist homes and furniture, but the fact of the matter is that there was a ton of really ugly stuff in the mid-twentieth century.”  So the first step in creating your Mid-Century Modern Dining Room is to pick out high quality items that are built to withstand the test of time, both in craftsmanship and style.  If you do a Google search or Pinterest search on Mid-Century Modern Dining Room style, a lot of what you will find is low quality, plastic furniture that will eventually go out of style (and is bad for the environment anyways).  Wood furniture with clean and crisp features makes the perfect base for your Mid-Century Modern dining room. Buffets and Sideboards are a staple of the Mid-Century Modern Dining Room, especially when crafted with clean lines and angles. Choose sleek, simplistic dining tables and geometric dining chairs for a subtly beautiful midcentury look. 

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

2) Embrace Subtlety. You don’t need to transform your entire space into an exact replica of a Mid-Century Dining Room from the past. Just add touches of Mid-Century to your current design and slowly integrate them until you have the perfectly designed blend! A great way to do this is to pay attention to the Mid-Century Modern color palette and add splashes of these colors throughout the decor.  Here’s our interpretation of the typical color palette used for a Mid-Century Modern Dining Room:

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

3. Choose your wood Wisely. The wood you choose can effect the entire mood of your Mid-Century Modern Dining Room. Cherry wood furniture is a bit casual and can bring a sense of brightness to the room, while Walnut creates a refined, sleek space. Reflect on how you’d like your space to feel, and shop accordingly!

4. Take inspiration from around the web. We’ve created two Pinterest boards especially for Mid-Century Modern Furniture & Decor, we recommend browsing them and others to create a look that is perfect for you and your home!

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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Take Part in the Vermont Cider Revival!

As if you needed more reasons to visit Vermont, we’ve found another great one for you. When you aren’t busy exploring farm to plate restaurants and forest to table furniture studios, we think you’d enjoy making some time for “from orchard to glass” hard cider celebrations! This weekend kicks off the first annual Vermont Cider Week, and we’re excited to see it flourish around the state! For an entire week, the state of Vermont will be in full Cider mode–with fun events at restaraunts, bars, and Cideries in a handful of great towns and cities.

Vermont has not failed to impress with it’s selection of craft beers, handcrafted furniture, or delicious local food and I expect Vermont’s cider to live up to that reputation of being the best!

Learn more about Vermont Cider Week here, or check them out on Twitter.

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.