About 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.

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Because so many of our artisan friends have opened up their studios to include a small showroom, we have not felt the need to, and have focused our energy on serving the online marketplace… sending Vermont’s beautiful green furniture to faraway places.  But it seems every week we get a couple calls from folks who want to come visit us and "see what we’ve got."  So we are working on a plan to install a small, cozy showroom adjacent to our administrative offices in hopes that if you are visiting our area, you will stop by, say hello and see, feel and enjoy our furniture.  The showroom will feature mainly our Lyndon collection, as we do not want to compete with our artisans nearby.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress, but we expect to be open before Spring.  Keep us in mind as you are passing by on your way to the slopes!

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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When I was a
kid, Santa always brought us pajamas and underwear for Christmas–all wrapped up
beautifully and placed under the tree.  There were a few other things, of
course, but I guess Mom and Dad wanted to get a little extra mileage out of the
necessities of life.  And we loved having the extra presents to unwrap.

Well, that
memory sort of led me to the idea of offering
Furniture Gift
Certificates
.  I mean–
furniture is a necessity too, and its one that’s an expensive investment.
Sometimes we don’t get around to it for years, possibly because we’re more
“obligated” to buy holiday gifts and such.  So why not increase our mileage when
buying furniture– and feed two birds with one seed, so to speak?  You can
buy a
furniture gift certificate for the amount of your choice
, have it wrapped up in a beautiful (complimentary) handcrafted,
inalid marquetry box, and FedEx’d to your doorstop in a matter of days.  You’ve
got something fabulous and exquisite under the tree and your recipient can apply
the gift certificate to any item we sell at Vermont Woods Studios at a later
date–
Lyndon Furniture, Luxury Custom Furniture, FSC Certified Outdoor
Furniture
or
Recycled, Reclaimed Barnwood Furniture.  No pressure.  No time constraints.  No fine print.

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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One of our customers mentioned that he would be calling next Friday to place his furniture order.  Do you know why?  It’s Black Friday…the biggest shopping day of the year.  I didn’t realize people would be shopping for furniture that day…I’m pleasantly surprised.  Why not…shop online and avoid the crowds?

I have a couple other suggestions if you’re wanting to shop in peace.  One is of course, to buy a  Furniture Gift Certificate from Vermont Woods Studios.  That way, you can have a beautiful gift box under the tree, and your recipient can take their time picking out their furniture whenever it’s convenient.  More on that later.

But what I really had in mind was a gift from Heifer International.  Have you heard of Heifer?  Similar to the World Wildlife Fund’s Endangered Species Adoption Certificate Program, the Heifer gift program lets you give the gift of life.  Children and families all over the world who are suffering from poverty, war and starvation benefit from this program.  Heifer started 60 years ago as an effort to end world hunger by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.  The idea is to give a family a heifer and teach them how to care for it and make it a part of their family and their livlihood. The program has been widely acclaimed and has achieved wonderful success.  Now you can give heifers, goats, chickens and all sorts of other animals to help families make a living…and do that in the name of your friends and family.  Heifer will send you a beautiful card and donation certificate that you can give as a gift.  Check it out.  Giving the gift of life will make you feel so much better than giving another tie or pair of slippers.  And your gift recipients will be touched by your thoughtfulness.  Did you know that 55% of the people on this earth are suffering from hunger…getting nothing more than a  small bit of rice and water to eat every day?  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  But it’s true.  You can help.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we will donate a portion of the proceeds of each sale during this holiday season to Heifer International to support their war against hunger.

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.

As Thanksgiving draws near, we at Vermont Woods Studios pause to reflect and realize how much progress our small community of nature lovers has made towards conserving one of the world's greatest resources, its forests.  True, after just two years in business we are still in our infancy, but we are hard at work everyday introducing our customers to furniture options that are not only sustainable, but also incredibly beautiful, handcrafted, durably designed for generations to come and competitively priced.  We wish to thank each and every one of you who has purchased our furniture, read our blog or just visited our site.  You are the heart of our business and together we are making a difference.  In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Thanks!

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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The other day a customer contacted us about a custom bed.  She had seen a similar style in the movie When Harry Met Sally many years ago and has had it on her mind ever since.  What a great excuse for me to watch an old movie!  I stopped by Blockbuster and rented the movie …what a cool bed design!  I contacted Dan Mosheim, a wonderful custom furniture maker, who has made similar beds and asked him to watch the movie too, and get back to our customer with ideas. 

Dan shared with me a photo of a desk that he built, based on the movie Ruthless People, with Bette Midler and Danny DeVito. Pretty interesting isn’t it?

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.