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.

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Many thanks to Tama Swan, Associate Editor for Central New Jersey's beautiful Solutions at Home Magazine.  Tama was writing an article on Awesome Armoires and found the many wardrobes and armoires Vermont Woods Studios offers to be stand-outs.  She writes: The Vermont Cabot Cottage Armoire from Vermont Woods Studios possesses all
the charm and cottage chicness you’d expect from home goods giant Pottery
Barn, but each piece is custom made by artisans using sustainable Vermont
wood. Nine color options (shown here in Vermont green), customizable door
fronts and an array of knobs and pulls guarantee uniqueness. From $1,572;
www.vermontwoods.com)
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Tama notes that armoires began as corrals for armor and weaponry (armoire means “armor” in
French) but soon became decorative symbols of young brides’ wealth, traveling
with them and containing their dowries.  Eventually armoires moved to the kitchen,
where they were used to store and display glassware, linens and, in some cases,
food, then to the bedroom, where they protected Sunday clothes from wrinkles
and creases.

Today they’re frequently used to disguise televisions and
other electronics.  Stop by our website and check out the many customizable amoires and wardrobes you can use to organize your home and beautify your clutter!

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.

I wish I meant me, but alas it's our Vermont Woods Studios furniture that is traveling to Greece.  A customer, Melissa S. called last week in a bit of panic.  She was moving to the Greek Isles in 6 weeks and needed help in getting luxury furnishings for her new home.   She had had a disastrous experience with Direct Buy and was desperate to make up for lost time.  She was shopping for a high-end, solid wood dining room set.  She was excited when she found our website but was worried about the time.  Typically it takes us 6-10 weeks to build handcrafted furniture. 

Fortunately, we have a couple different options for this type of situation.  I suggested that Melissa leave the rushing to us, while she relaxed by the pool.    We have the following RUSH options to get our beautiful handcrafted furniture order to you very quickly:

  • The first option is our FAST Build program where you can order from about 25-30 of our most popular items.  Since we're making these items often, we can complete them within 2 weeks of order processing.  There is no extra charge for FAST Ship items and in fact, they are often on sale.
  • The second option is our RUSH 10-15 program.  Any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 10 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 15%.
  • The third option is our RUSH 25-10 program where any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 25 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 10%.

Melissa chose the RUSH 10-15 program and also decided to go with our FREE EXPRESS shipping service which takes only 2-10 days for shipping and delivery.  She'll have her order within about 3 weeks of order processing, which I think, is about as good as it gets for handcrafted, sustainable furniture, made to order in the USA. 

We wish Melissa all the best during her move and subsequent stay in Greece.  If you need additional furniture while there, I may just have to deliver it personally!

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.

On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  This is a long overdue but important step, not only in protecting the world’s most charismatic animals who risk extinction, but also in fighting global warming.  Scientists estimate that fully 20% of global warming is due to deforestation.  And a significant portion of that deforestation results from illegal harvesting of the rainforest to produce cheap lumber for flooring and furniture.  Read more about it in the Washington Post.  The bottom line is that if you are purchasing teak, mahogany or any other tropical wood furniture or flooring and it’s not FSC certified, there is a very high likelihood that it has been illegally harvested through clear-cutting of the rainforest.

Vermont Woods Studios was founded on the principle of sustainable forestry and the promotion of forest stewardship around the world.  We use locally harvested wood for our natural, handcrafted furniture whenever possible.  When customers ask for tropical rainforest woods like mahogany or teak, we make sure we purchase only sustainably harvested wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s gold standard for sustainable forestry.  Our goal is to ensure that both our furniture and the forests it came from will be around for generations to come.

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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Russ Rocknak is the Art Director at NEW ENGLAND HOME magazine out of Newton, MA.  He’s been an admirer of our work at Vermont Woods Studios for awhile and has included quite a few of our high end, custom furniture pieces in his editorial sections.  Last week he wrote to me asking about Steve Holman’s fabulous lime green fainting couch.  Thanks to Russ, this ultra luxurious recamier sofa will be featured in all its green glory in the July/August 08 issue of new England Home.  Thanks Russ!  And thanks to Steve for making our world a little more green…and elegant!

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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I wrote several weeks ago about our Customer, Rudie who lives in Norway.  Rudie purchased a beautiful custom Coat Tree made of tree saplings by artisan, David Holzapfel.  You can imagine that it might be very nerve wracking to order an expensive piece of artwork/furniture from a small company half a world away.  But Rudie and I used email and a couple phone calls to establish a mutual trust and confidence…and friendship.  Yesterday, Rudie received his Coat Tree and I have to share his comments with you:

"Peggy, Peggy, Peggy . . . The coat tree arrived in the afternoon and it is beautiful !!!  I am very happy… it is like jewelry in my house. Tomorrow afternoon I go on a short holiday but when I am back I will send you photos.  My mother will come next week and she also is dying to see the coat tree. For sure that she loves it.  I will enjoy looking at it for a lifetime, and with me many others that will visit my house as familie and friends and colleagues from work.  Thank you very much for everything and of course please also thank David for his beautiful piece of work. You can tell him that his coat tree has found a good home.  The coat tree was very well packed in the crate, good job.  I will keep watching your gallery.  Again thank you very much for everything.  My very best regards,  Rudie"

Another happy customer.  This is what we live for here at Vermont Woods Studios.  Life is good.

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.