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.
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?).
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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.
What’s on your menu for Easter dinner? Have you ever thought about where that food comes from? Vermont, being an agricultural state filled with innovative farmers, has become the leader in the locavore and “farm to plate” movements. The idea is to source your food close to home. For me personally the main advantage of buying locally is knowing that my food was sustainably grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that harm the environment. But there are lots of other advantages to the eating local food such as:
Local food is fresher. It’s picked when ripe (not when convenient for cross-country trucking) so it tastes better and it’s more nutritious
Local food supports local farmers. Here in Vermont we’re struggling to make sure our landscape stays rural and pastoral so supporting farms and farm families is critical
Local food supports the local economy and helps create jobs and sustainable communities
Farmer’s Markets, CSAs and The Wild Carrot Farm
In Vermont, most grocery stores have a decent selection of local foods but the real action is at our farmer’s markets and our CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). Last week Annette asked Ken and me to split a share of locally grown food from the Wild Carrot Farm, a local CSA in Brattleboro, VT. After meeting with Jesse Kayan who operates the farm we were hooked and decided to give it a try. For about $500 we get a generous share of freshly picked vegetables each week throughout the entire harvest season- plus a variety of PYO (pick your own) flowers and veggies. If you’d like to learn more about buying a share, give Jesse a call. CSAs have a limited number of shares they can sell each year, depending on the size of their farms. Like other CSAs in our area, the Wild Carrot Farm will be sold out soon.
How About Having Easter Dinner in Vermont– at a Country Inn?
If you don’t have time to gather local foods together in time for Easter- treat yourself and your family to dinner out. People come from all over New England to enjoy Easter dinner at our many farm to plate restaurants. This photo is from the restaurant at the Windham Hill Inn in Townshend, VT– one of the prettiest rural inns in the Green Mountains. Check out the Vermont Fresh Network to find the place that’s perfect for your family.
Get excited about Spring cleaning! It’s time to tear open the shutters and throw up the sash (as Clement Clarke Moore would say). Somehow inhaling all that fresh Spring air must get people thinking about re-organizing their living rooms because we always have a high demand for custom bookcases during this season.
Big Huge Bookcases with Glass Doors
Livin large? Then you need a huge bookcase to safely store your books, media, artwork and other valuables. The cases shown above are made in America (right here in Vermont) of real solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed oil and wax. You can customize them online with your choice of hardwood and edge profile (straight edge for a mission furniture style or rounded as shown above). Or visit us at Stonehurst, our beautiful southern Vermont showroom for help with customization.
Shaker, Mission, Craftsman and Contemporary Bookcases
Shaker bookcases typically have a tapered leg. Mission style: straight legs. Craftsman and arts and crafts style legs vary in edge profile. Modern contemporary styles often have a straight kick-board between the legs. The tops of these bookcases have standard edge profiles consistent with the leg styles but tops can also be customized online, by phone or in the showroom.
Short, Tall, Glass Doors, Wooden Doors, No Doors…
What do you need to store in your new bookcase? Books, movies, CDs? Fragile collectibles? Artwork? Junk that you can’t bear to get rid of? Some of each? Depending on your needs you might want glass or wooden doors, or maybe doors on just the bottom half of the bookcase. Customize to your heart’s content! Our bookcases are all made to order (from natural hardwoods: cherry, walnut, maple or oak) and you can modify them to meet the needs and decor of your home.
Contemporary, Shaker, Mission, Craftsman, Mid Century Modern and transitional styles
Short, medium and tall sizes
Cherry, walnut, maple and oak hardwoods
Open ladder style or with sides and backs
Glass doors, no doors, wood doors, half-size doors
Standard dimensions or custom dimension
Over the years we’ve become the go-to-guys for real solid hardwood bookcases of all sorts. You name it – we’ve got it. And it’s all on sale for up to 20% off! So what kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning a snap?