December 3rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Yesterday we were excited to welcome Greg Worden of Vermont Artisans Designs to meet with us at Stonehurst. Greg’s art gallery on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro is one of Vermont’s best loved places to shop for high quality, handmade arts and crafts.
Currently Greg is featuring “Of Land & Local” an exhibit focusing on local and regional artists including Charlie Hunter, Deborah Lazar, Paul Stone, David Rohn, Jon Olsen, Steven Hileman and Alistair McCallum. These are well acclaimed artists and customers visiting from New York, Boston and beyond have come to know that regional art and specifically, Vermont art is offered here at great value.
At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re collaborating with Greg and other Brattleboro art galleries to help our customers (who travel considerable distances to Vermont to purchase high quality home decor) make the most of their trip. Those who visit Stonehurst are always delighted to learn they can acquire world-class original artwork just a few miles down the road at Vermont Artisans Designs.
Stay tuned to learn about other world class art galleries found in the one and only Brattleboro.
December 1st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
The large Cherry Moon Storage Bed you’re looking at is a one-of-a-kind custom creation*. As with much of our furniture, this bed is a customized version of other pieces. In this case our Modern Incline Bed has been combined with our 8 Drawer Cherry Moon Dresser. The resulting storage bed was handcrafted in a small workshop just north of here in Montpelier, VT. Robin and his craftspeople used all solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, and coated it with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. The bed headboard has a nice, gentle incline which makes reading or watching TV in bed super comfy.
Large storage beds have become popular with our Manhattan, Boston and Washington DC based clientele. They are a real space saver in urban apartments and townhomes. Worried about getting it up the elevator? No problem! Free shipping and white glove delivery is included in the price. And of course, Robin built this storage bed so it’s easily disassembled and reassembled when moving is necessary.
I think this is the Ultimate Cherry Storage Bed– it has 8 large drawers for storage! And unlike most of our furniture that is made to order, this bed is currently in our showroom and ready to be shipped to your home immediately. I daresay if you’re in New England, you could be sleeping on it for Christmas. You’d better hurry though because there’s only one of these babies and it’s on sale for 30% off. Here’s an idea: if you want it and think you might get in trouble for indulging, you could do what Ken always does to me… give it to your partner as a gift, right? Something to think about…
But we could make another one just like it, if you’re willing to wait for the customization. Give us a call to get things started!
November 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Michelle had a good reminder for us in her post earlier this week. Thanksgiving “was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales”. But I have to admit that Black Friday is the first time I think about buying holiday gifts. The reality for most of us is that when you have popular toys on your list or you’re shopping for something big (like appliances, cars, computers, furniture) you can’t ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
So, in contrast to all that holiday shopping madness, today we have Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to re-discover your local merchants and the character and richness they add to your community. They may not be able to beat the lowest prices you’ll find online but there’s an unmeasured value in their goods and services. How much is it worth to you to have a beautiful downtown? A local economy? Jobs for your friends and family? In Vermont it’s worth a lot. So we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally at your favorite downtown, mall or rural shopping outpost (like Stonehurst):
Have more of you own? Let us know on Facebook before you head downtown.
November 28th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
From all of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, we wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving! Safe travels as you journey to Grandmother’s house or wherever the holiday may find you and your loved ones.
We have much to be thankful for in 2013… Michelle shared the details here.
November 24th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
It’s Black Friday season and everyone shopping for fine furniture is looking for the best deals and lowest discount prices. We hear you! Neville has recently added a Furniture Deals page to our website. It breaks down into:
This week our current sale is on fine furniture for your dining room. As always, you save more when you buy more with a discount of 20% if you purchase 3 or more items.
The new furniture coupon section shows all our active coupons in one place. Hooray! No more searching through RetailMeNot.com, FatWallet and Coupons.com for old, outdated coupons that don’t work. Save time and money by using this updated coupon page instead.
The furniture clearance page contains items we no longer have room for in our showroom. Clearance furniture includes “scratch and dent” and discontinued items that are marked down– sometimes 50% or more.
November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shaker beds have been a specialty of Vermont furniture makers for over 200 years and they remain popular today. I was helping a customer work through the process of finding the perfect Shaker bed yesterday and realized it’s not so easy. We have almost 20 different shaker beds in our online furniture store. All are top quality, 100% American made (handcrafted right here in Vermont) using responsibly harvested, real solid wood.
After looking at our Top 10 Shaker beds and all the different variations in design, we came up with a few subcategories that might make shopping easier for those looking for a particular style:
You’ve probably noticed that these beds are all shown in solid cherry wood, which has a rich reddish brown color (once it has “ripened” after exposure to light). Cherry is by far the most popular wood for our customers when ordering Shaker furniture. However all of our Shaker beds are also available in three other woods: maple, walnut and oak. Some customers even like to mix two woods together like the Sarah Shaker beds below (shown in maple and walnut).
Hopefully this makes shopping for your new Shaker bedroom furniture a little easier. Questions? Come visit us at Stonehurst our new fine furniture and art gallery or contact us through our live chat, email, Facebook or phone.
November 21st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Tomb KV 63, is the first Egyptian tomb to be discovered in Luxor, since King Tut’s tomb in 1922. A major event in history and it was recorded by Brattlboro’s own, artist Susan Osgood. We’ve highlighted Susan’s work before but now we wanted to let you know that she’s currently being celebrated at the University of Porto’s exhibition galleries, in Porto, Portugal through December 20, 2013. Here’s your excuse for a holiday trip to Europe!
First jump on over to Susan’s new Facebook page to see behind the scenes details of the exhibition. Susan has been working in Luxor at the KV 63 tomb site on and off for several years, drawing the coffins “under remains of workmen’s huts, down a 20-foot shaft, in a rock cut chamber along with two gilded coffinettes and 28 large sealed ceramic storage jars”. Her drawing process begins at the temple wall, penciling over hieroglyphs and figures on a large black and white photograph of the scene. Often the work is completed in Vermont at Susan’s Brattleboro studio which, fortunately for us, is quite close to our fine furniture and art gallery in Vernon, VT. So if you can’t make the trip to Portugal, come see Susan Osgood’s original artwork at Stonehurst! It’s a great opportunity to see (and purchase) world class art in your own backyard.
November 20th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Neville and Martin have been working with Dennis and Kelsey to create a new Furniture Clearance Sale section for our website. This beautiful Vermont Farm Table, Tavern Bench and Ladderback Chair Set is currently housed there– and it’s the best deal in our store. So if there’s anyone out there like me… perhaps with a spouse who “occasionally” gripes about the price of things you NEED for your home– here’s your big chance!
The Vermont Tavern Table Dining Set is priced at just $3999, after a 40% discount from our regular price (a savings of $2500). The design of the dining set has been modified– this set has been discontinued and will no longer be offered exactly as you see it here.
So, if you love early American design, give this bargain some serious consideration. The table is handcrafted with a thick, solid cherry wood top and a maple wood base that’s finished with durable black paint. The base is traditionally crafted with large turned William & Mary style legs (legs are removable to make moving the table easier). The table top is finished with a satin, durable GREENGUARD® certified eco-friendly varnish that stands up well to everyday wear and tear.
Unlike most of our furniture which is made to order, this Vermont farm table is already in our showroom and available immediately. Shipping usually takes a few weeks, but if you pick it up at Stonehurst, you could have it in your home for Thanksgiving dinner! Some lucky family is going to be enjoying turkey and apple pie around this beautiful table– why not make it yours?
November 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Sorry, I know I’m remiss. It’s been over a week since we officially opened our Stonehurst Fine Furniture Showroom and Art Gallery and you all have been very forgiving about my lapse in coming forward with a record of the event. Well, finally I’ve recruited Kelsey to help me round up some photos to happily share with you here. The ribbon cutting ceremony was by all accounts a success. Granted we never did persuade the governor to attend (I guess he does have other pressing matters) but we did have several VIPs (in our opinion) stop by including family, friends, neighbors, customers, furniture makers, artisans and other well wishers. Nina Markiw was kind enough to capture much of the activity in the images below so I’ll let them speak for themselves.
We want to thank everyone who participated, especially the good people at the Vermont Working Lands Initiative and our staff who worked so hard to pull the event off. It was not an easy feat but everything seemed to run like clockwork– even the early November weather. Let’s hope it’s a sign for the future of Stonehurst. Thanks Everyone!
November 18th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Looking for the best fine furniture sale this Cyber Monday? We polled our customers to find out what topped their wish list in fine furniture sales this year. The Top 5 Fine Furniture Features are listed below. Naturally we’ve put them all on sale! We’re offering a full 20% off* (plus free shipping) which is our best discount and lowest price ever. So if you’re finally ready to invest in the fine furniture you’ve always dreamed of, take a serious look. All of our real wood furniture is 100% American made, built to order right here in Vermont and guaranteed for a lifetime of service to your family.
Our customers’ favorite Vermont made Craftsman Style Furniture is the Cherry Moon Collection. It’s contemporary Asian design has a light but grounded appearance. Reverse-tapered legs, posts and an intricate cove under the tops round out the design to give any room a comforting and natural feeling. Rich black walnut, half-moon drawer pulls complete the design of these natural cherry, maple, and walnut hardwood pieces.
Traditionally mission style furniture is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery. It’s typically made with oak wood and given a medium or dark stain. Drawer pulls are often simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle. But today’s Vermont made mission style furniture incorporates modern contemporary design features and is often crafted of cherry, walnut and maple wood. You can customize it online to get whichever traditional and contemporary features you like.
Vermont craftspeople have mastered the art of simple elegance in their many variations of American Shaker style furniture, ranging from a strict interpretation of the original Shaker pieces to creative versions with modern functionalities, curves and hardware. Simple aesthetics and sturdy design remain at the heart of today’s Vermont Shaker style furniture.
Natural Cherry Wood is a favorite among our customers as it develops a lustrous, rich reddish brown patina over the years. Premium quality real cherry wood furniture is hard to find and often imitated (poorly) so don’t be fooled by the imports sporting cherry trade names. Vermont is well established as the “go to” place to purchase real natural cherry wood furniture.
American Black Walnut Wood is the only really dark North American wood. Like cherry it’s a prized, premium hardwood that carries a commensurate price tag. Vermont woodworkers are specialists in black walnut furniture, handcrafting it from top quality solid walnut wood.
So there you have it, our customer’s Top 5 Fine Furniture Sale categories for Cyber Monday 2013. Is there something here for you? Let us know what you’re shopping for this Cyber Monday on our Facebook.