About Kelsey Eaton

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!

 

home design idea website
Pinterest has become one of the top 2 social media websites for home design ideas. The other top website is Houzz.

Websites For Home Design Ideas

2012 has been the year for finding home design ideas on the Internet. With social media sites like Pinterest and Houzz, it has become extremely easy to find interior design ideas, even if you’re not ready to refurnish your home. These websites have developed a way to virtually keep all of your home design ideas in one place, in an organized manner. The days of subscribing to home decor magazines, clipping out the pages, and scrapbooking what you like is over. These social media inspiration websites have paved the way for consumers and businesses to connect in an informal way. This opportunity allows businesses to share their work and knowledge to the consumers who are actively seeking their guidance. Not only can the consumers interact with home improvement professionals, but they can also share their home design ideas with their friends on the social media site. Pinterest and Houzz make it easy for home remodelers to share their ideas with their circle of friends, and get their feedback.

Today, I will discuss how Pinterest has changed the way we organize our remodeling ideas, and tomorrow I will introduce you to Houzz.

Pinterest

Inspiration board on Pinterest
Pinterest allows you to create several boards to store your home design ideas.

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it is a virtual “Pinboard.” Imagine cutting out your favorite furniture pieces from a magazine, and tacking it to a cork board. Pinterest is essentially the electronic version of that. There are three ways to pin: You can find images on the Pinterest website, and “repin” them to one of your Pinterest boards. You can also save images you like from other websites by using the “Pin It” button commonly found on websites (you will see Pin It buttons on our products in 2013). Another way to pin images you like is to install the Pin It button to your favorite browser. Then, when you find an image you like, all you have to do is hit “Pin It” from your browser, and it will prompt you to save the image to Pinterest.

Pin It button to save design ideas
The Pin It button appears on many business websites, allowing you to easily save images to your inspiration boards. Vermont Woods Studios will be getting Pin It buttons in 2013!

Pinterest makes it easy to redecorate your home!

Vermont Woods Studios is on Pinterest. We pin our furniture to organized boards, so that it is easy for you to find them and repin them! We have a variety of boards to help inspire you. We have boards ranging from Bedroom Furniture to Shaker Furniture to Cherry Wood Furniture, and everything in between. All of our images easily click through to our website so when the time comes, you know exactly where to purchase it!

Are you using inspiration boards yet?  Let us know what your favorite websites are for saving all of your home design ideas! Come back to our blog tomorrow to learn about Houzz!

Follow us on Pinterest and on Houzz. Every Saturday we share our most popular pin of the week on our Facebook page.

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Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge
Vermont Woods Studios and Vernon community members were featured on ABC World News last year for our efforts in having an American made holiday.

Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge

What a difference a year makes! When we initiated our Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge last year, it was our hope that a large scale movement would begin. We hoped to get our message out in our community, and if it reached out further, all the better. A nationwide movement seemed like a long-shot dream, until ABC World News got wind of our concept. They liked the message, and helped spread it across the nation. Unfortunately, the segment aired only 5 days away from Christmas, so it left little time to participate, but at least the tradition began.

Fast forward to this fall: we have seen many new websites, blogs, and Facebook pages jump on the bandwagon helping to promote American made goods for the holidays. This figure went viral: the average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts, totaling more than $465 billion. If we spend just $64 on American made goods, 200,000 new jobs could be created. Americans were shocked by the figure, and eagerly wanted to join in on the challenge.  ABC World News had people young and old across the country yelling, “We’re in,” and a full fledged, nationwide movement was created.

One question we kept hearing through out the various American made holiday campaigns was, “where do I find American made goods?”

This is where we came in.  We searched the internet and our local stores to find you a variety of American made gift ideas. We pinned these gift ideas, put them on Facebook, and blogged about them. We did just about everything except parade down Main Street to make you aware of the vast amount of products that are made in America.

American Made Gift Ideas on Facebook

Here is our final wrap up of the products we featured on Facebook:

1. Crane & Co. holiday greeting cards

2. VZ Wraps reusable gift bags

3. Simon Pearce ornaments

4. DODOCASE electroic covers

5. Vermont Teddy Bear teddy bears

6. Alex and Ani bangles

7. Channellock tools

8. Vermont Flannel clothing (for dogs too)

9. Laura Zindel ceramic goods

10. Sprinbok puzzles

11. Maple Landmark Woodcraft toys

12. Warby Parker eyewear

13. Nordic Ware baking pans

14. Green Toys children toys

15. Lake Champlain Chocolates delicious treats

16. KitchenAid mixers

17. Leatherman tools

18. Tittle Tikes riding toys

19. Turtle Fur hats

20. Dogeared jewelry

21. Darn Tough socks

22. Way Out Wax candles

23. Zipfy snow sleds

24. Tervis tumblers

 

Thank you for joining us on this American made journey this season. We are ecstatic that our dream last year has turned into a movement supported by the whole country. We hope that this will be encouraging enough for you to continue buying American made products through out the entire year! Make 2013 the year to buy American made.

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Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge: 5 Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last minute shopping is inevitable, especially during the holiday season.  The last few months of the year seem to fly by. One day you’re eating Thanksgiving dinner with your family, and the next day you wake up and it’s Christmas Eve.  How did that happen?! Don’t panic, I have compiled a list of five last minute gift ideas or “go to” gift ideas for when your timing is a little too close for comfort.

Whether time has slipped away, a friend invited you to their holiday party last minute, or you need a gift for a co-worker you don’t know well, there is something on this list that will work for any person in a pinch.

1. Wine

Wine is the perfect go-to gift during the holiday season. Hosts love when you bring a gift that they can share with their guests during the party. It’s something that is useful, and won’t end up collecting dust on a shelf. Not only do most people enjoy a good bottle of wine, it only takes a few minutes to pick it up at the store. If you want to make the wine more meaningful, try to remember if you have heard them talk about their favorite type. If not, pick out your favorite kind and introduce it to them! Try to buy from a local winery whenever possible (this is, afterall, a Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge). Wine from Vermont’s Putney Mountain Winery and Shelburne Vineyard would make great holiday gifts.

2. Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate is a great last minute gift idea for everyone! Many chocolate companies have already helped you out by festively decorating their packages, so you won’t even have to wrap the gift. Take a look at Lake Champlain Chocolates‘ seasonal assortments. This Vermont based company makes their delicious chocolates without preservatives, and you can taste the freshness! Also, go to your local food co-op to see what your area has to offer. You may be surprised to find you have a hidden chocolate gem in your state too!

3. Candles

The winter season is a popular time to have candles lit around your home. Many people like having scented candles this time of year to get into the holiday spirit. The extra light on a dark winter evening also gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling. To avoid making your candle look a little generic and like a last minute gift, buy it locally. People like knowing the source of their gifts, and knowing that it was made close to home is an added bonus. Many local artisans create candles that can be personalized, or come with American made accessories to jazz up the gift. If you’re looking for a Vermont based company, Carved Solutions ships their candles out within 48 hours. Vermont Soap & Candle and Way Out Wax have a variety of scents and candle styles to choose from as well.

4. Ornament

An ornament is a great gift for the holidays. Ornaments are easy to find (check the label for made in USA) and they are something that people will keep for years. They come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. This gift is great for someone you know really well, because you can get something based on an interest or hobby.  Or, it can be good for someone you don’ t know well because you can get something a little more seasonally related, like a snowflake, that will be an addition to their decorations annually. Ornaments are also versatile-not only are they hung on Christmas trees, but they can be hung on an office cubicle wall or placed in windows! Danforth Pewter, a Vermont based company, handcrafts beautiful holiday ornaments that would make a special gift.

5. Gift Certificates

A gift certificate to a local business is an excellent gift; last minute or not. No one will think any less of your creativity because going to a free movie, or getting a free meal is welcomed by everyone. You can get a gift certificate to the person’s favorite local store, a bookstore, a coffee shop they frequent daily, a nice restaurant, the movie theater,  a museum, a fitness class…the options are endless! When we purchase a gift certificate we are supporting local business, and helping the local economy.

 

Now that you have five last minute gift ideas, get off the computer and get to a store– you’re running out of time! Let us know in the comments if you have any last minute gift ideas, or share them on our Facebook.

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real wood home office furniture
We have a large variety of solid wood desks to fit all your home office needs. Whether you need a lot of storage, or you like the minimalistic look, we have the real hardwood office furniture you’re looking for.

Slimmed down technology is rapidly changing the sizing and functional needs of furniture. The rooms that are most impacted by this change is the living room and home office, because these rooms are home to most of our electronic devices.

Real Wood Home Office Furniture

When you trade in your large desktop computer for a sleek laptop, you will probably find yourself trading in your large computer armoire for a writing desk. Trading in your clunky old computer desk means that you can finally get rid of the cheap particle board desk! It’s time for you to treat yourself to real wood home office furniture. This furniture, unlike your electronics, will stay in style and will last forever.

Despite how small our electronics have become, we have found that people really enjoy having a little storage space in their real wood home office furniture- even if it’s just one small center drawer. We offer a variety of storage options with our home office furniture, because we know how much a difference it can make. If you like the new minimalist look of desks, a desktop organizer, or a hutch (shown in the image above) can be a great option. It provides you with enough space to hide away your chargers and cords, but doesn’t take up too much additional space. Small wood filing cabinets are another option for storage in your home office. Our two-drawer filing cabinets are small enough that they can nest right under your desk.

Solid Wood Living Room Furniture
Media consoles come in many sizes and varieties. Flat screen TVs mounted on our living room walls have cut back the need for a large TV stand to hold our electronic devices.

Solid Wood Living Room Furniture

It is common for a contemporary living room to have a flat screen TV mounted on the wall, or set on a small media console. This cuts down on the space we use in our living rooms, allowing more space for a nice rocking chair. Similarly to the home office, our new electronic devices assist our decisions in furniture. Many people are looking for a small, simple wood media console that holds their cable box, Blu-Ray player, and sound system. In our online gallery you will find a variety of media consoles that store these devices in a number of ways. Some of our tv stands have glass doors to display the contents. Others have solid wood doors, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your cords always look neat and organized. For those of you who still enjoy a large piece of furniture to use as a focal point, we have a variety of wood entertainment centers. Our entertainment centers offer more storage space for your living room.

Sale

With our Home Office & Living Room Sale, you can save up to 20% on your new, slimmed-down or traditional wood furniture. Start shopping our Vermont made furniture today. You can conveniently shop 24 hours a day from our online gallery. If you perfer to order by phone, or have any questions about our furniture, you can contact us at 888-390-5571. This sale ends on December 18th.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer traditional style home office and living room furniture, or the new minimalist designs? Share your thoughts in the comments section, or start a conversation on Facebook.

 

 

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Copeland Moduluxe Collection
Copeland 29″ Moduluxe Collection shown in natural cherry wood with upholstered headboard.

We recently added a large bedroom collection to our online gallery called the Moduluxe Collection. This collection is made by Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont. The Moduluxe Collection is comprised of almost 40 pieces of bedroom furniture that is highly customizable. The pieces within this collection can be paired together as stand alone pieces, or can be configured as sectional bedroom furniture for a semi-built in look. Every piece of furniture in this collection is available in your choice of natural maple, walnut, or cherry hardwood, and can be customized with 12 stain options.

The Moduluxe Collection is broken down into three series on our website: Copeland 29″ Moduluxe Collection, Copeland 35″ Moduluxe Collection, and Copeland Moduluxe Storage Bed Collection. The reason they are broken down into three different series is because of their configurability. In order to join the pieces together, they must be the same height (either 29″ or 35″), and therefore, in the same series.

 

Bed with Storage - Moduluxe Collection
Beds are available in 3 headboard options: panel (shown), clapboard, or upholstered. Available as a platform bed or bed with storage (as shown).

Moduluxe Beds

The 29″ and 35″ Series each have 3 modern platform beds. These beds feature a deeply set plinth base for a dramatic floating motif. The beds are available in three headboard types: a panel headboard, a clapboard headboard, and an upholstered headboard (available in leather or microfiber). The height of the headboard depends on the series, it will either be 29″ high or 35″ high.

If you’re looking for a bed with storage, the Moduluxe Storage Bed Collection has storage beds available in 3 different headboards. The headboard choices are the same as the 29″ and 35″ series: panel, clapboard, or upholstered headboards. The storage bed is always 35″ high to accommodate the under bed storage. The storage beds feature 4, eight inch deep, sub-mounted drawers. This provides inconspicuous storage, freeing up extra space in your bedroom. The storage bed is a perfect option for a small bedroom or studio apartment.

Copeland Moduluxe Collection with platform bed & integrated nightstands
35″ platform bed with clapboard headboard shown with integrated nightstands.

Moduluxe Nightstands

There are two types of integrated nightstands that are compatible with the beds in each of the Moduluxe series. Each of the nightstand types are classified as “integrated nightstands” because they must be connected to a bed and cannot stand alone. Nightstands are available with one drawer or with a shelf, and available in two width sizes: 18″w or 24″w.

Moduluxe Case Goods

Within each series, you will find a large variety of wood chests and dressers that will fit any storage needs. A unique thing about the Moduluxe Collection is that it has corner cabinets and chests, which allow you to wrap your furniture around your bedroom, saving space. The corner bedroom pieces are intended to be configured with other dressers and chests within the series for a semi-built in feel. The rest of the chests and dressers can also be configured with other pieces in the collection; however, they also look stylish standing alone.

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