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Kelsey Eaton

Kelsey is a Green Mountain College alumni, currently pursuing her Masters degree in Internet Marketing at Full Sail University. She is skilled in graphic design, social media, content creation, and photography! Friends might call her a marketing maven by day, and a tribal bellydancer by night!

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March Make a Set Sale: 20% Off Custom Wood Furniture

March 22nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Make a set sale details

Get creative, make a set! Mix & Match between rooms & styles!

Our Make a Set Sale is back! Whether you’re looking to add some fine furniture pieces to complete a few rooms in your home, or you’re trying out the ever popular mix-and-match interior decor style, the Make a Set Sale is one of our fan favorites! The great part is that you get to decide whats on sale! All you have to do is select 3 different qualifying furniture pieces, and the 20% discount is yours! Not sure what qualifies? Any piece of furniture besides Copeland, Artisan, Polywood and Clearance!

Furniture Made Just For You

All of our Eco-friendly hardwood furniture is made to order, which means that your furniture isn’t just sitting in a warehouse somewhere in Timbuktu, ready to be dusted off and shipped out as soon as you make your purchase.

This is great because your furniture is truly made for you, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not you can find something to fit your space. Besides the fact that we have hundreds of pieces for you to choose from, most of our furniture can be customized to suit your needs, and all of our talented craftsman have the skills to create the perfect piece to fit your home. Plus, you can feel secure knowing that all of our furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee. Every member of our wonderful sales staff is here to make your experience with us as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions!

Hurry, this sale ends at midnight on March 27th!

Shop by Room or Shop by Style now to enjoy this great sale!

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International Day of Forests 2014

March 21st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

International Day of Forests is held anually on March 21st as a way to raise awareness for sustainable forest management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of our planet and for current and future generations.

Why Raising Awareness about our Forests is Important

Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Forests also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations.

They play a key role in our battle against climate change. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. They protect watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, we are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” (UN)

Participating in International Day of Forests

Forests are a vital part of our local and international ecosystem. At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re proud to make our commitment to sustainable forestry the driving force behind our mission. We hope that by promoting sustainable wood products, our audience will become more aware of where their wood furniture comes from & choose not to support companies who practice unsustainable logging practices. We celebrate trees & forests each and every single day.

 For International Day of Forests, countries across the globe will celebrate trees and forests with a variety activities spanning from community level activities like film showings and tree plantings, to national and international campaigns through art, photography & social media. What are you doing to celebrate International Day of Forests? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook!

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85 Vermont Sugar Houses in 2 Days: Is it possible?

March 20th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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Did you know that maple sugaring is sustainable? Tapping doesn’t hurt the tree in any way — studies have shown that the trees that are tapped year after year live just as long, and just grow ever-so-slightly most slowly than their un-harvested counterparts.

This weekend is Vermont’s Maple Syrup open house weekend! This is exciting for two reasons: 1) Maple syrup is delicious and 2) this officially marks the first weekend of Spring! Open House Weekend is your opportunity to get a first-hand look at how Vermont’s sugar makers are able to take the sap from maple trees and craft something as delicious as pure Vermont maple syrup! 85 sugar houses around Vermont will be open for touring!

The weather is up in the air, but we’re hoping for another weekend of sunshine! So make it a trip, take a visit to Vermont– and visit us at Stonehurst while you’re here!

Visit VermontMaple.Org for an interactive map with all of the different maple syrup locations in Vermont & for more information on this great weekend event!

 

|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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Everyone at Stonehurst!

March 17th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Stained Glass Window from St. Patricks Church

This Stained Glass Window, handcrafted in the 1800′s for St Patrick’s Church in Jaffrey NH, was donated to our Stonehurst Gallery by Annette Roydon.

Our Vermont furniture showroom, Stonehurst, has a lot of interesting history. Besides it’s own history as a former girls boarding house, farm house, and lost ski resort–Stonehurst is also unique in it’s details. We used re-purposed and reclaimed materials as much as we could during the renovation, resulting in a space that is imperfectly beautiful and charming. This stained glass window is an example of just that. Given to us by Peggy’s friend Annette, this window has a great story.

St Patricks Church

St. Patrick’s Church, the original home of our prized stained glass window.

St. Patrick Parish in Jaffrey, NH is set in the foothills of Mt. Monadnock.  It’s a picturesque stone Catholic church built with farmers field-stones at the turn of the century, and still stands today. This stained glass window and three others were removed from St Patrick’s church back in the days when the Catholic Church was modernizing and updating their decor. Annette’s father happened to drive by and saw the windows in a dumpster, and got permission to salvage them.  

6 years ago on Christmas eve Annette’s 1814 farmhouse burned down, and this window was one of the few things that she was able to save. Eventually, she gifted it to Stonehurst and we were ecstatic to make this historic piece a part of our showroom.

This antique handcrafted stained glass window currently sits in our public restroom at Stonehurst. Seems like a funny spot to keep such a special window, but visitors to Stonehurst agree, it’s a great fit for this artistic glass work!

We’d love to invite you to Stonehurst to get a glimpse of this lovely window yourself! Plus, many other little decor details that make Stonehurst much more than just a furniture showroom.

Happy St.Patricks Day!

 |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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IKEA Cuts Down 600 Year Old Trees, Suspended From FSC

March 13th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Intact old-growth forest on land leased by IKEA/Swedwood in Russian

Intact old-growth forest on land leased by IKEA/Swedwood in Russian Karelia. Photo © Robert Svensson, Protect the Forest 2011.

 IKEA: A Trusted Sustainable Furniture Source? Not so quick.

While furniture giant IKEA has been leading campaigns for their use of sustainably sourced cotton, and promoting LED lighting & solar panels in their stores– they apparently made the mistake of not paying attention to where their wood comes from. Already criticized for their staggering wood usage (IKEA uses a whopping 1% of the entire earths forests for their furniture), they are  now facing harsh criticism for cutting down old growth trees in Karelia, Russia.

Swedwood, IKEA’s forestry subsidiary, was given lease to log 700,000 acres of Russian forest as long as they avoided old growth trees and trees in specified protected areas. A recent audit done by the Forest Stewardship Council revealed “major deviations” from regulations, including cutting down 600+ year old trees.

Environmental organizations had been voicing their concern about IKEA’s logging practices in Karelia for years– PFS (Protect the Forest, Sweden) apparently handed Swedwood over 180,000 signatures and a joint statement with criticisms of their forestry practices and demands to transform their habits to protect the valuable old growth forests over a year ago.

 

Protestors with a sign in Swedish that reads: "Hello, our furniture is made of old-growth forests. At IKEA you get low prices at any cost." Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0530-hance-ikea-fsc-logging.html#eUSKYJMi98gOhYLu.99

Protestors with a sign in Swedish that reads: “Hello, our furniture is made of old-growth forests. At IKEA you get low prices at any cost.”

IKEA’s infraction resulted in the Forest Stewardship Council temporarily stripping them of their certification. Despite the withdrawal of IKEA’s FSC certification for their illegal logging, insufficient dialogue, lack of environmental consideration and work environment issues– many believe that FSC is not addressing key issues.

According to Linda Ellegaard Nordstrom, “The report raises several deficiencies, but does not describe the main problem, which is that pioneer exploitation, with fragmenting and breaking into the last intact forest landscapes and tracts, does not fit to FSC’s principles and criteria. Thus we believe that the FSC label is still far from being a guarantee for sustainable forestry, Together with Russian environmental organizations we have suggested to IKEA that they, as an influential multinational corporation, should set a good example by announcing that they will no longer log or buy timber from intact old-growth forests, whether the forests are certified or not.”

An Ikea spokeswoman told The Sunday Times: “We see the suspension of the certificate as highly temporary. The deviations mainly cover issues related to facilities and equipment for our co-workers, forestry management as well as training of our forestry co-workers,” claiming that they have already corrected most of the violations.

While IKEA announced plans to stop operations in Karelia in 2014, it’s important for consumers to be critical of all businesses claiming to practice sustainability. IKEA is a leader in the furniture industry, using resources unimaginable to a small  business like Vermont Woods Studios. We would love to see them take true accountability for their actions.

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Destroyed old-growth forest with piles of timber on land leased by IKEA/Swedwood in Russian Karelia. Photo © Robert Svensson, Protect the Forest 2011. Retrieved from MongaBay.

 

 

 

Responsible forest management is at the heart of our mission as the devastating loss of these old trees is irreversible, and we can only hope that more furniture companies will take note of the criticism that IKEA is facing and take steps towards sustainable forestry. It’s up to consumers to make informed decisions about where they buy the products that ends up in their homes. If certification can’t stop this type of thing from happening, then people must be more careful than ever in picking a company that they care about and trust.

What are your thoughts? Leave us a note in the comments section, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter!

[Sources: Green Retail Decisions, Sustainable Brands, Triple Pundit]

 

 

|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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Truly Green Furnishings: Chemical Free, Organic Furniture

March 11th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Rustic Barnwood Furniture

This This Rustic Barnwood Sideboard with Ceramic Sink, rich with history and character, is created from high quality, reclaimed and recycled doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of New England’s historic barns. Organic, live-edge buffet top.

Furniture is more than just something we sit on, sleep on, and eat on; our furniture becomes a part of our life story. It’s an integral piece of what makes a house a home. But for the chemically sensitive, or for those who are just serious about not bringing harsh chemicals into their homes, finding the right furniture can seem like an impossible task.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re dedicated to providing furniture that is good for your health, home, and the environment.

Our Wood Furniture

All of our furniture (with the exception of our Outdoor line, which is made from recycled milk jugs) is handcrafted in Vermont using real, natural hardwoods. We do not work with inferior substrates like Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), particle board, or flimsy faux wood veneers.

We work mostly with cherrymapleoak and walnut. Each board in your furniture is selected by hand, and inspected for quality, strength, straightness, grain and color. When requested, we use FSC green-certified lumber, although there is still a premium for FSC certified wood. Sometimes our artisans harvest lumber from the woods on their own property, a sustainable approach that adds another dimension to the story of your furniture!

Toxin Free Finishes

Many of our furniture makers continue to use traditional oil and wax based finishes, but even those that use more modern finishes ensure that they are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free and eco-friendly with little or no Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs).

As concern over indoor air quality continues to grow, many of our furniture makers are moving towards water based finishes. Conventional petroleum based solvents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the atmosphere. While most of these VOCs are released at the time of manufacturing, a small amount remains on the product and can off-gas in the home. Many of our collections can now be requested in a non-emitting water-based finish.

Shopping for Organic Furniture Online

Questions to ask when making decisions on your organic wood furniture:

  • What type of wood is used?
  • Where does the wood come from?
  • How is the wood processed?  Are chemicals used in processing?  What kind of chemicals?
  • What type of finish and/or stain is used?  Is it a low VOC or no VOC finish-stain?  Can you supply an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the finish?
  • What type of glue is used?  Is it non-toxic?  Does it contain formaldehyde?  MSDS available?
  • Where is the furniture made and by whom?
  • How is the furniture packaged for shipment?

If you have any questions or want to discuss the issues of natural, non-toxic furniture, give us a call or email us at Vermont Woods Studios.  We’ll be glad to help!

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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Hardwood Dining Room Furniture Sale: Pre-Spring Savings

March 8th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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Buying heirloom quality dining room furniture online is easy at Vermont Woods Studios. With dozens of timeless Vermont made furniture styles, our dining room furniture sale event is the perfect opportunity to buy!

Did you know that the average person spends almost six and a half years of their lifetime eating food? If we’re spending that much time eating, we might as well be eating on beautiful dining room furniture!  Save up to 20% on all of the Vermont made hardwood dining room furniture you have been wishing for. Order today and receive 10% off one piece, 15% on two pieces or 20% savings when you buy 3 or more pieces! (Plus Free Delivery!)

Our heirloom quality dining furniture is skillfully crafted in Vermont from real hardwoods. Our talented furniture makers build with style, function, and generations of use in mind, giving you the comfort of knowing that you’ve invested in a piece that will truly last. Your new dining furniture can be made from natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods. So whether you’re shopping for a single piece to complement an existing dining room set or starting afresh, browse through hundreds of pieces of our handmade dining room furniture and you’re sure to find something you love.  Please note that that most of these pieces can be customized to fit your specific space or needs, so don’t hesitate to ask us for help on what you are looking for!

Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online store. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture. Hurry! Our Summer Dining Room Furniture Sale ends at midnight on March 20th.

*Excludes Copeland, Artisan, Polywood, and Clearance.

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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VT Mini Vacation Destination: Annual Vermont Chili Festival!

March 7th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Chili Festival

The crowd gathers at last years VT Chili Festival! Photo via: Farrell Distributing Company.

If there’s one thing that gets people coming from all over the Northeast to Vermont, it’s food. Well, food & beer… and furniture, because we’re fantastic at all creating the best of all three. But this blog isn’t about furniture, it’s about chili, and an entire festival dedicated to this wondrous, tasty concoction.

This weekend marks the 6th annual Vermont Chili Festival! Named one of the top 10 Winter events for the past 4 years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great VT mini vacation destination because Middlebury is beautiful in and of itself, and the festival has lots to do for the whole family.

There will be activities for the kids, AWARD WINNING CHILI (I repeat, some of this chili is so good it has won awards), live music, face painters, performers, and a beverage tent for the grownups! This whole event will take place on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury. Restaraunts and caterers from around the state have been fine-tuning their chili recepies all year to show it off at this festival, so it’s one not to be missed.

Chili contest starts on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 beginning at 1:00pm! Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 8 are free!

An estimated five-thousand people attended last year’s festival, with even more expected to turn out this year – I wouldn’t miss this one!

Purchase your tickets at their EventBrite page.

PS. To help keep this event as eco-friendly as possible, bring your own spoon to avoid having to use the plastic ones that will end up in a landfill!

 

| 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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5 Simple Things That Will Make Your Bedroom Feel New Again

March 5th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Accessory Furniture Pieces

Make your room feel new again, by adding one or all of these great accessories!

 

To make your bedroom feel new again, you don’t need to hire a designer and do a total makeover. There are several fun and simplistic things you can do to give your bedroom that freshness you’ve been craving!

1. Decorative pillows: Prices can range from super high end to nice and affordable. My favorite place to shop for new decorative pillows is the local thrift store. Mix & match for an eclectic look, sure to bring new life into your space.

2: Plants: Literally bring life into your bedroom! When things are feeling a little dull and uninspiring, introduce your favorite houseplant to your bedroom. They’re nice to look at, and many are super good for your health!

3. Accessorize with wood furniture: There’s a lot of wood furniture than can be used in a variety of different ways. This beautiful Copeland dining chair is very versatile, and would nicely complement your bedroom furniture! Put a pillow on top of it or leave it on its own, the beauty of this chair speaks for itself and makes a truly stylish accent piece.

4. Change your hardware: Are you currently using regular, cheap hardware for your windows & etc? Switch over to something a little more stylish! There are many options for high quality curtain rods & accessories.

5. Temporary Wallpaper. From bold and daring to modest and traditional, there is a temporary wallpaper for you. Add a statement wall or use it all across the entire bedroom to give you a totally new look without much cost or effort!

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Slanted Headboards: Trending in Comfort and Style

March 3rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Beds with slanted headboards are a book lovers dream! They provide maximum comfort as the naturally smooth headboard aligns with the curve of your back (or just gives you enough room to put your pillow against it and really relax)! While most of our Vermont made beds are made with traditional headboards, we have a couple of beautiful pieces that feature this headboard style. If you really love a bed but wish it could have a slanted headboard, contact one of our fine furniture experts and they will let you know your options for a custom furniture piece!

Here are 3 of our favorite beds with Slanted Headboards

1) Custom Incline Storage Bed

Custom Bed with Slanted Headboard

This beautiful cherry storage bed* is a customized version of our Modern Incline Bed and our Cherry Moon Dressers. It’s handcrafted in a small workshop in Montpelier, VT using solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, all coated with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. This piece is sold, but you can contact one of our friendly sales members if you’d love one like it!

 2. Modern Incline Bed

Modern Incline Bed

This simple, high-end, solid wood Modern Incline Bed features an inclined headboard for supreme comfort. The subtle angle (10%) of this headboard makes reading or watching TV in bed more comfy and ergonomic. Expert craftsmanship. Built to last for generations. Designed as an ultra comfortable platform bed so there is no need for a box spring.

 3.  Classic Sleigh Bed

Classic Sleigh Bed

The elegance of this solid wood, Classic Sleigh Bed adds sophistication and charm to your upscale bedroom. Expert craftsmanship and Vermont-made quality ensure that you can count on this heirloom for generations to come.

 

| 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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