About Peggy Farabaugh

Peggy Farabaugh
She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

Monarch Butterfly Workshop at Nature Camp in Hinesburg, Vermont
Eileen Ashe invited me to teach about monarchs at Nature Camp, sponsored by the United Church of Hinesburg, VT last week. Students made seed balls out of potting soil, clay and water.  We put milkweed and flower seeds in each ball and rolled them into sunny meadows where they’ll grow to produce habitat & food for monarchs next year.

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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.

Stop by our Stonehurst showroom and say hello to Leanne Drouin, our new sales and customer service professional.
Stop by our Stonehurst showroom and say hello to Leanne Drouin, our new sales and customer service professional.

We have a new Sales & Customer Service professional at Vermont Woods Studios!  Please help me welcome Leanne Drouin to our Vermont furniture family.  Lee is working alongside Sean Henry to serve our customers in person at Stonehurst as well as via phone, email and live chat. Here’s a little inside scoop on Lee so you can surprise her when you call or stop by— she’s a woman of many interests.

Daughter of a Woodworker

We interviewed many excellent candidates for the position but Lee was outstanding in her knowledge of the different wood species we use in our furniture.  She was quick to point out all the woods we have in the showroom as she spoke of helping her dad in his woodworking shop.  A knowledge of design, dovetails and wood movement also came through and that will surely serve customers well at Vermont Woods Studios.

Animal Lover, Musician & Fellow Nature Nut

Lee grew up in Phillipston, a small town in Massachusetts. She is a huge fan of the outdoors, where she’s often spending time with her two children and best friend (a 4 year old boxer named “Cooper”). When she’s not playing the guitar you can find Lee fishing alongside the river or hiking with her dog on the local trails. She is proactive in protecting and preserving wildlife for future generations. She loves nature and animals.

Leanne Drouin | Sales & Design Consultant | Vermont Woods Studios
Lee loves animals.  She was a horse rehabilitator in a former life.  When you call, ask her about her fire breathing career too!

Horse Whisperer & Fire Breather

Horses have been her first love since Lee was a small girl. As she grew older her favorite equine projects were rehabilitating “problematic” horses.  Lee taught them to trust again as she built better relationships between humans and horses through trick training.

Lee is happy to be able to combine all of her life experiences and love of the outdoors to help us furnish a greener world at Vermont Woods Studios.  We feel very fortunate to have her on our team!

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Vermont Style Home Decor | Hubbardton Forge Lamps
Hubbardton Forge lamps are lighting up our showroom.  When you put them together with Vermont made furniture it starts to add up to a unique Vermont style of home decor.  From left to right:  the floor lamp is the Almost Infinity, the Simple Lines Table Lamp is in the middle and on the right is the Metra Quad Table Lamp.

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Maple Corner Woodworks | Handmade Bedroom Furniture
The Andover Modern bedroom set is a newer addition to Maple Corner Woodwork’s catalog but it’s quickly gaining popularity.  Andover fuses traditional Shaker and modern design.

The Best Kept Secret in Vermont’s Furniture World

Tucked away in Central Vermont’s rolling hills is a quintessential New England furniture studio called Maple Corner Woodworks.  Our friend, Robin Chase started Maple Corner Furniture in 1982 when he built a woodworking studio adjacent to his home in Calais, Vermont. Robin wanted to provide people with beautiful, elegantly designed wooden furniture that would last a lifetime.
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Monarchs Rebounding | 2017 | Vermont Woods Studios
We’ve seen dozens of monarchs this year at our Stonehurst showroom in Vernon, Vermont.  It’s exciting because last year we saw only a handful. On this World Nature Conservation Day it’s nice to report that things are on the upswing.

It’s Working!

Nature nuts and monarch lovers: your hard work of planting milkweed & nectar flowers is paying off.  Butterfly populations seem to be bouncing back this year after decades of decline.  It’s too soon to declare victory but many encouraging signs are out there.  We’ll have to wait for the official reports from Monarch Joint Venture but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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