September 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Thanks to Neville, Martin and Kelsey we now have a new Stonehurst section on our website. It’s the place to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery. You’ll get a feel for the types of Vermont made furniture and art we showcase as well as some history regarding the 200 year old farmhouse we’ve restored.
When you visit, you’ll find more than furniture at Stonehurst. Douglas and his team have gathered all the finest in home decor that Vermont has to offer. Here you can purchase Vermont made stoneware, wooden kitchen accessories, luxury linens, VT slate cutting boards and coasters, Hubbardton Forge lighting and original artwork. All in a natural Vermont country setting that’s designed to inspire and give you a respite from the busy world around us.
Here are a few basics from the Stonehurst section of our site:
You’ll also find information on area attractions, shopping, restaurants and activities. Be sure to bring along a picnic basket and a bottle of wine when you come. We are situated on over 100 acres of lush green forest so if the weather is nice, you’ll want to sit out back and enjoy the view.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery!
September 29th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
In yesterday’s blog post we introduced the Jazz Art collection of original silk paintings by Vermont artist Linda Marcille. Today– a little more about how silk paintings are created, a short bio of the artist and information on how to acquire this remarkable collection at a “Vermont price”.
“Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form and it is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.
“Painting on silk is an incredibly time-consuming and unforgiving medium. Just one drop of misplaced dye, or a broken resist line, and days of painstaking work are ruined. As challenging as painting on silk is, however, it is also one of the most rewarding art forms because the two-hour steaming process joins the fiber-reactive dyes molecularly with the silk, so the dyes take on the silk’s iridescent sheen. It is because of this union that silk paintings are able to produce an awe-inspiring range of reflective color that no other medium is capable of creating,”
Linda’s paintings feature the highest quality steam set French dyes from Europe, the finest crepe de chine silks from China and a one of a kind resist made only in New Zealand. Linda’s work appears in many publications. Her Jazz series has been showcased by the Guild of Silk Painters and featured in the Spring 2010 issue of their Journal.
In 2012 Linda and her husband, Don, built a beautiful home and studio on 36 wooded acres in Westminster, Vermont where they are slowing down and living a more simplified life. The creative process has been a powerful healing force in Linda’s life, she strongly believes in the healing properties of art, both for the viewer and the creator. She feels that art must be made available to those with chronic & terminal illness as part of their treatment plan. Linda has been battling an autoimmune disease caused by advanced neurological Lyme disease since 2000.
Do you have the perfect spot in your home for this remarkable series of Jazz paintings on silk? We are proud to be able to offer them for purchase here at Stonehurst over the next couple months. These are the only jazz paintings Linda has done out of an extensive body of work over many years and she will not be creating more like them. They are an investment sure to increase in value.
The original paintings are priced at just $1200 each to the person or family who will cherish and care for them. We would prefer to sell them as a set or perhaps split them into two sets, if necessary. Dimensions are 29″W x 25″H, matted and framed (actual image approximately 20″W x 15″H). For additional information or to purchase please call Peggy, Liz or any of our sales team at Vermont Woods Studios. Looking to buy just one? We’ll talk.
This is an investment opportunity of a lifetime for jazz lovers and art collectors!
September 28th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
We’re feeling very lucky today. Our Stonehurst fine furniture and art gallery has been graced by the entire collection of Linda Eaton Marcille’s original New Orleans Jazz silk paintings.
You might not think of Vermont as being synonymous with Jazz but we actually have quite a respectable jazz and blues community here. Burlington has hosted the Discover Jazz Fest annually for the last 30 years, proudly featuring such jazz legends as Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall… I could go on but you can get the whole run down here on the Discover Jazz Fest website.
Just down the street, we have the Vermont Jazz Center at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT which is now in its 37th year. Founded by legendary guitarist Attila Zoller, the Center is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman and features a summer jazz workshop, monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, jazz art organizations and businesses.
It’s not surprising then, that some of America’s most beautiful (and quite possibly the only) jazz paintings on silk come from Vermont. They are the artistry of Linda Marcille, an award winning artist from Westminster, Vermont whose acclaimed artwork hangs in public and private collections, across the country and internationally. Now, for a limited time these beautiful and unique paintings on silk are available for purchase at Vermont Woods Studios.
Jazz lovers and art collectors: hurry to see these paintings at Stonehurst! I promise you will not be disappointed. This is world class art. Read about the interactive and unforgiving nature of the silk painting process in tomorrow’s blog post. Even at the hands of a master, silk paintings like these can take weeks or even months to complete. The images are created with French steam set dyes that shimmer on the charmeuse silk and the jewelry in each painting is created with a metallic resist called gutta that sparkles like real gold! This is an unbelievable opportunity to acquire a collection of original silk paintings of your favorite jazz masters at a Vermont price. This is an unbelievable opportunity to acquire a collection of original silk paintings of your favorite jazz masters at a Vermont price.
Who do you think the guitarist shown above most resembles? BB King, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Robert Johnson or Buddy Guy? How about the sax player? Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane? Give us a shout on Facebook and let us know what you think.
Stay tuned for more jazz paintings on silk tomorrow, including a mystery trumpeter and a female singer with quintet.
September 23rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Robin’s been crafting beautiful fine wooden furniture for over 25 years and it’s always fun to visit his workshop in pastoral Calais, Vermont. Besides seeing all of his works in progress we got to tour the Maple Corner campus and meet the furry sentinels that guard and patrol the grounds (see photo).
It was a very productive meeting and it didn’t hurt that it was in a setting of Robin and Annie’s herbal gardens and central Vermont’s rolling hills.
I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant,
refined and genuine. He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design. Check out his furniture creations on our website:
Each of Robin’s pieces is backed by the craftsman’s lifetime guarantee. Let us know which ones you like most on our Facebook or in the comments section below.
September 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Dear Governor Shumlin,
We know you’re busy with economic development, health insurance and other important issues. But we’re hoping you can break free and make a quick trip to Vernon on Tuesday October 22 at 3pm for our ribbon cutting ceremony at Stonehurst, Vermont Woods Studios‘ new fine furniture showroom and art gallery.
Now I realize one might ask why such a busy man would carve time out of an already ambitious schedule to visit a small Vermont furniture business? We’ve thought of many reasons, but here are the Top 10. At Stonehurst you can:
If that’s not enough to convince you, how about just sitting down to relax and enjoy the view? That alone makes Stonehurst worth the trip.
September 21st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Mary’s M’s cherry dining furniture (shown above) was made in Vermont (a relatively humid place, especially in the summer) and shipped to the desert of Arizona. Since we ship a lot of Vermont made wood furniture to desert locales in California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and elsewhere, I thought I’d post a few tips on humidity and climate control.
When wood is part of a living tree, water moves up the trunk, from the ground and through the pores and fibers of the wood, as it travels out to the leaves. After a tree is cut and sawn into lumber, water continues to move back and forth through the wood fibers until the wood’s moisture level reaches equilibrium with its environment.
The job of woodworkers is to design and build furniture with a thorough understanding of the characteristics of wood movement. But in spite of their advanced knowledge and skills, no woodworker is able to create wood furniture that is completely unresponsive to temperature and humidity in your home. So here are a few climate control tips from our Furniture Care section to ensure that your wood furniture will remain beautiful and structurally sound for generations of enjoyment.
Normally if you’re comfortable with the temperature and humidity in your home, your wood furniture will be comfortable as well. It’s designed to be durable and to accommodate normal changes in climate so most homeowners need not worry. Relax and enjoy it. Given reasonably good care your wood furniture will last for generations.
September 18th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
After a stressful day at the office who doesn’t want to come home and melt into a comfortable cradle, drifting off to sleep in style?
Copeland’s high end Monterey Bedroom Furniture Collection updates traditional Arts & Crafts style with a modern Japanese touch. The headboard is reminiscent of a Shinto shrine’s torii gate, an icon that represents the transition from the “profane to the sacred“. Such an appropriate analogy for the transition from your day of hard work into a night of peaceful slumber!
Handcrafted in real cherry hardwood, the Monterey Bedroom set is made to order and can be customized online in your choice of natural cherry, windsor cherry, autumn cherry, congnac cherry, saddle cherry and smoke cherry wood stain. The platform bed can also be customized with an upholstered headboard in your choice of 5 different microsuedes and 3 leathers.
Copeland also offers a Monterey platform storage bed which features four 8″ deep, under-bed storage drawers that provide plenty of stylish storage– now essential for small apartments. Nightstands are designed to allow easy access to the storage drawers– it’s great furniture for small spaces.
Learn more about the craftsmanship involved in building the Monterey bedroom collection in our construction details section.
September 13th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
We received a customer photo and review about our walnut bedroom furniture from Jim and Carol E of Fullerton, California:
Thank you for the beautiful, custom made King-size, Walnut Patti Smith wide slat bed. It was delivered to our home today by the top-notch staff (J.R. & Rick) of White Glove Delivery Service. We are appreciative that J.R. & Rick were quite helpful and took great care to not only the new bed but also our home as part of their delivery service. The mattress and box springs bed frame work perfectly with our new Ortho mattress.
Walnut is a huge trend in furniture this year and since so many customers are interested in it, I thought I’d post a few more photos and links to articles we’ve written.
A few previous blogs about walnut furniture:
Copeland’s Walnut Moduluxe Bedroom Furniture Collection is designed to look like built-in furniture, but it’s modular so it can be re-arranged to give you a fresh new look now and then.
Walnut lovers — you might also like to browse through articles on our favorite interior design sites:
If you have favorite photos of your own walnut bedroom furniture or perhaps some you’re lusting after, share them on our Facebook!
September 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
I love blogging about our customers and their comments, feedback and reviews of our furniture. B.R. of Westport, CT sent us this photo and testimonial:
We love our new white Adirondack furniture! Looks great and inviting and is EASY care! Makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the Cape when I look at it…. )
Furniture photos are always ten times better when the customer or their pets are in them, don’t you think? I want to write a blog post titled:
I’ll need more photos though so I’m reaching out to all you Polywood owners today. Surely some of you have dogs that qualify? The Polywood Adirondack furniture set above comes in 13 different colors (blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba, slate grey or white). Granted some of them won’t match your dog. But what color is your dog? I’m going to have a hard time believing you have a dog that doesn’t match one of these colors.
How about you post a photo of your dog and your outdoor furniture on our Facebook? Even if they don’t match we’ll send you a free copy of Rachel Carter’s Vermont Explorer’s Guide just for being such a good sport. And I’ll collect the photos and post them here on the blog. OK? Humor me. Please?
September 9th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
I don’t know who’s more excited– me or the Green Team at Vermont Woods Studios. Why are they so happy to see me go? Hmmm….
Well, nevertheless I’m off to parts unknown. The team has convinced me to stop thinking about work for a week and put everything into their very capable hands. I’m not to even bring a computer with me. I will have my iphone, but mainly just to take pictures. Everyone thinks I’m going to suffer from withdrawal. I’m not so sure about that.
While I’m gone the final phases of Stonehurst construction will be winding down. When I get back we’ll have a new roof (courtesy of Rohr Cook and associates of Chester VT), authentic Goshen stone walkways (inlaid by Torben Larsen and friends of Windham Growers), a new back deck (crafted by Ron DeLong of Organic Carpentry in Cambridgeport, VT) from our black locust trees and a beautiful entry garden designed by Gordon Hayward and planted by Torben Larsen. Sad that I’m going to be missing out on all that hard work, isn’t it?
During my absence this journal will be lovingly tended by the extraordinary band of writers we dubbed, Kelsey and The Bloggettes (Loryn and Michelle). Give them a shout out on Facebook and let them know what you want to hear about this week.
Oh and Green Team: enjoy your vacation.