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

Websites for Interior Design Ideas

Yesterday, I acquainted you with the new trend of using social media websites for your interior design ideas. Click here to read my post about Pinterest. If you are new to the blog, here is a brief introduction on websites for interior 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.

Yesterday, I discussed the virtual pinboard website, Pinterest. Today, I would like to introduce you to Houzz.

Houzz

Website For Interior Design Ideas

What is Houzz? Their website states, “Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish- online or from a mobile device.” Houzz is similar to Pinterest in the way that you can save images you like to “Ideabooks.” Houzz makes it easy to search for specific interior design ideas and network with other design enthusiasts. Houzz is unique because it also allows you to geographically search for interior designers, architectures, and home furnishing businesses. These local professionals are sharing their “Projects” and “Ideabooks” to inspire you.

Houzz makes it easy to narrow your home design searches, by eliminating the need for a search engine like Google or Bing. The search function on Houzz brings you right to products that match your search. You will be connected right away with an image to match your design idea.

Vermont Woods Studios currently has a handful of Ideabooks on Houzz. We have organized the Ideabooks by room and style, so that you can easily save one of our images to your Ideabooks, too. Additionally, each of our images have image tags with a brief description of the piece of furniture you’re looking at, and a link of where to find it. This function helps separate and name every piece of furniture listed in the photo, and a direct way to find that piece of furniture in our online gallery.

 

Are you using inspiration boards yet?  Let us know what your favorite websites are for saving all of your home design ideas!

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

real hardwood furniture sale

Storewide Hardwood Furniture Sale

Storewide year-end sales are commonly associated with large clearance discounts because the products do not pass a necessary quality check. Another reason stores have sales at the end of the year is because they need to clear out their merchandise to make room for next year’s style.

The Vermont Woods Studios Winter Holiday Storewide Sale is a little different from your average year end sale. We are not putting our furniture on sale because they are “seconds.” From January 1 to December 31 each year, we sell heirloom quality wood furniture that is crafted to last for generations of use (backed by a lifetime guarantee). That being said, we also aren’t trying to make room in a warehouse for next years style. We actually don’t have a warehouse, because each piece of furniture you buy is crafted just for you! As for style, Vermont fine furniture is timeless. It is naturally beautiful, and will never go out of style.

Discounts, Discounts, Discounts

As our holiday gift to you, we are giving you 12 days to save on our solid hardwood furniture. You work hard all year long, and this is the time to treat yourself to the furniture you’ve been longing for. Save up to 20% on your purchase during our Winter Holiday Sale. This is a storewide sale, so you can find furniture for your bedroom, dining room, living room, or home office! Whether you are buying just one piece of wood furniture, or furnishing an entire room, you are getting a great deal. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, or 20% off three or more pieces of our real wood furniture (plus free shipping)!

Your new hardwood furniture is crafted right here in Vermont just for you, so your furniture can be crafted in your choice of natural Cherry, Walnut, Maple, or Oak woods. Customize your furniture to fit your needs by using the drop down options in our online gallery.

You can securely, easily, and conveniently shop our online gallery 24 hours a day, but don’t wait until the last minute! This discount is only offered for 12 days!

If you need any assistance during our Winter Holiday Storewide Sale, our Vermont fine furniture specialists are available to help. You can contact them by phone (888-390-5571), by email, or by live chat (located in the top right corner of our gallery).

This sale ends on Sunday, December 30th at midnight!

*Copeland Furniture and POLYWOOD Outdoor Furniture pieces are not included in this sale, but they do carry a low-price guarantee. Custom artisan and reclaimed barnwood items are also excluded. 

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.

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.

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.