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.
Maple furniture is making a comeback! For many years, cherry has been our customers’ favorite hardwood but in 2014 we’re seeing that maple wood is giving cherry a run for the money. This is a welcome trend for those of us in the Vermont forestry community since maple is a hardwood that grows extremely well in the Green Mountain state (indeed maple is the Vermont state tree). It’s sustainably harvested nearby, making it a great choice for eco-friendly furniture.
Although maple furniture is beautiful on it’s own, many customers are dressing it up with walnut or cherry wood accents. One example of this design is in Copeland Furniture’s Modern SoHo bedroom furniture collection. The picture above shows SoHo in maple and walnut wood but it is made to order and can also be customized in all maple wood.
Nearly all of our furniture at Vermont Woods Studios can be customized in maple wood, regardless of the wood it’s shown in on our website. This photo was sent to us by Margot G in Knoxville, Tennessee. Margo created her own unique version of our Classic Shaker Hunt Board by choosing maple wood (rather than cherry) and accenting it with a walnut top and walnut drawer pulls. It’s beautiful, don’t you think?
Another example of modern maple furniture is the Astrid bedroom furniture collection (shown above). Astrid is dramatic and sophisticated. It’s been a favorite of contemporary urban dwellers from Manhattan to Los Angeles.
Check out our website for more examples of modern maple furniture. Use the drop-down menus to customize your wood choices online. If you don’t see exactly what you want, give us a call and we’ll talk about further customization. It’s more affordable than you might think.
The sad news is that Liz is leaving us. It’s been a great run and we’ve enjoyed her energy, wit, resourcefulness and determination. But alas it’s coming to an end this summer. Liz is heading off to graduate school to study all things literature and writing (a curriculum I would obviously fail). We’re all going to miss her wry sense of humor AND all the work she’s been doing. Reluctantly we’ll have to wish her well as she motors across the country into the halls of University of Washington and the arms of English professors eagerly awaiting her epigrammatic talents.
The good news though, is that now we have an opportunity for another superstar to join forces with us at Vermont Woods Studios! The job opening: a Sales & Customer Service Associate is posted on our website. Know anyone who’s smart, fun to work with, loves to learn new things and has a flair for interior design? Someone who enjoys helping people find exactly what they want– by listening and helping customers create beautiful, comfortable dream homes. OK, then send them our way!
The particulars for the job are posted on our website. The successful candidate will start out working with Liz, learning all about our company, our green mission, our furniture and our home decor products. Soon they’ll be helping customers in the showroom, answering phones, taking orders, creating displays and working with the rest of us to grow our company and demonstrate our mission.
Details and instructions on how to apply are posted here. We’ll be reviewing resumes and references over the next couple weeks. Interviews will start right after that and hopefully we’ll be selecting a candidate around the end of May for an early to mid-June start date. Let the search begin!
Have you ever wondered why Vermont is so clean, green and pristine? Well one reason is that since 1970, thousands of Vermonters have gotten outside on the first Saturday of May to collect tons of litter that would otherwise mar our state’s scenic beauty. The goal of “Green Up Day” is to “promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment”. So tomorrow May 3, volunteers will scour 13,000 miles of roads and collect 40,000 bags of trash.
Have you participated in Green Up day before? If not, how about giving it a try? Get your muck boots on and head outside for some fresh air, sunshine and the good feeling that comes from serving your community. Find out who’s coordinating Green Up day in your community here. They’ll have trash bags for you but more importantly they’ll probably throw a pizza party for all the local volunteers after the work is done.
Our Green Up efforts at Vermont Woods Studios took place yesterday as staff members had other obligations this weekend. Here are some photos of the work we did cleaning up the Vernon Pond and the Vernon Beach (bet you didn’t know we had a beach, did you?).
Please share your own Green Up Day photos with us on Facebook.
Have you looked around for ages trying to find the perfect bedroom set? If you’re picky about what you want (like we are) maybe it hasn’t been easy finding just the right style to match your vision. And the right woods to catch the light streaming through your shutters. And the right dimensions to fit perfectly into your space. And the right price to meet your budget. Well all that’s about to change!
At Vermont Woods Studios custom, made to order furniture is our specialty and we’re here to make it easy (and fun) for you to get exactly what you want. Check out these bedroom furniture sets that you can customize online or in our showroom.
Two Tone Hardwood Combinations
Vermont furniture makers often combine 2 or more hardwoods to enhance the design of a bedroom set. The SoHo collection in the photo above can be customized online with many different combinations of walnut, maple and cherry wood. The SoHo beds below are shown in all walnut wood (far left), walnut and maple wood (middle) and walnut and cherry wood (far right) combinations.
Customizable Modular Bedroom Furniture
If you’re looking to customize more than the selection of hardwoods, check out Copeland’s Moduluxe Furniture Collection. It’s modern sectional design allows you to put together a unique combination of chests, dressers, night stands, desk and bed that fits into your space and looks built in. This bedroom furniture set is very popular in contemporary apartments and condos. It can be ordered in a low 29″H set, perfect for loft or attic bedrooms that are “vertically challenged” or in a slightly taller set that’s 35″H. There’s even a Moduluxe storage bed collection. You can customize the hardwood in maple, cherry, walnut or a combination of 2 or 3 woods. Many different stain options are also available ranging from a dark espresso to whitewashed maple– all at no extra charge.
Custom bedroom furniture’s too expensive? I don’t think so. Check out the many affordable options Vermont furniture makers have for your bedroom today!
Today was the first day of 2014 that was warm enough (for me, anyway) to eat lunch outside on the porch. Hallelujah, Spring is finally here! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the snow has melted off our stoic all weather Adirondack chairs. Yes we callously left them outside all winter long to endure the frigid temperatures, frost, ice and snow that only Vermont skiers can appreciate.
But when we sat down on our Classic Adirondack chairs chairs today they looked and felt like new. That’s because they’re made using an innovative new technology that takes recycled plastic drink containers and transforms them into plastic lumber that’s more durable than real wood. A company called Polywood Inc, in Syracuse Indiana produces the furniture. To tell the truth, we were looking for something Vermont made when we decided to start carrying high quality outdoor patio furniture. But, after doing the research we fell in love with Polywood for many reasons:
Polywood is stylish, comfortable, durable and environmentally friendly
The many colors (red, green, blue, yellow, orange, white, black and more) of Polywood are imbued throughout the recycled plastic lumber (RPL) which means scratches don’t show up and no painting or maintenance is required
Polywood has coated stainless steel hardware that’s rust resistant so the furniture can be left outside all year long
Polywood reduces the amount of plastic in landfills and helps preserve rare tropical rainforest woods that would otherwise be used for patio furniture
Learn more about this versatile all weather Adirondack furniture on our website. Customize Polywood online in the styles and fade-resistant colors that match the decor of your porch, patio, poolside, deck or beach front. Then rest comfortably all year long, knowing your American made outdoor furniture meets the high quality standards of our lifetime guarantee.