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.
September 8th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
One of the challenges of running an online fine furniture store is taking enough professional quality photos to be able to accurately portray your quality and craftsmanship on the web. At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve been collecting photos for many years but everyday there is a need for new ones.
Luckily, Stonehurst (our new fine furniture and art gallery) provides us with an ideal space for taking high quality pictures to post on our website. Above Dennis and consultant Nina Markiw of White Blossom Art are setting up for silhouette shots– this one is of the handmade Cherry Moon vertical mirror.
Soon they’ll be photographing fine furniture vignettes throughout Stonehurst– both indoors and out. Stay tuned for inspirations and ideas from these two creative photographers. Our goal is not just to convey our quality but also to bring the natural beauty and tranquility of Stonehurst into your home. And maybe even persuade you to make a trip to Vermont to see our handmade fine furniture in person.
Leaf peeping season’s not far away. Grab a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, maybe some Vermont artisan cheese and you’ll be in the all set club. Home decor shopping will never be the same after you’ve visited the fine furniture and art gallery at Stonehurst.
September 7th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
We’ve been showcasing exclusively Vermont made fine furniture for nearly 8 years. We’re very proud to be a part of the 200+ year old tradition Vermont’s craftspeople have earned. But a number of prestigious and talented craftsmen from beyond our Green Mountain borders have been asking to join the Vermont Woods Studios network of independent furniture makers. At the same time, our customer base is growing faster than our capacity within Vermont. So what do you think we should do?
Thus far we’ve declined to expand outside of Vermont. But in the last couple years we’ve been getting quite close to the craftspeople at a certain New Hampshire workshop that’s just a short distance across the state line. After much discussion we’ve made a decision to bring Peter and his group of talented craftsmen into our circle of fine woodworkers. Peter’s family has been making New England furniture for 6 generations– creating each piece of furniture one at a time and paying close attention to the details our customers look for. We are excited to bring them on board and looking forward to your feedback on their work.
Style-wise, you might call Peter’s Brandon furniture “transitional” as it blends traditional Shaker style with modern curves. The Brandon bed is shown above in natural solid cherry wood, although it’s also available in maple and walnut. Three choices of matching nightstands are available, as well as a 10 Drawer Dresser and a Gent’s Chest — all available in natural cherry, maple or walnut wood.
The Brandon bedroom set is the first New Hampshire furniture collection we’ve added and you will soon be able to see it showcased at Stonehurst. Stop by and let us know what you think or send us a comment on Facebook. Look for more fine furniture from New Hampshire coming in the next few weeks!
September 5th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Handmade wooden tables are a treasure we all try to take good care of. When you first get yours, you slowly run your hands over the beautiful, smooth finish and vow to never in a million years let it get damaged or scratched. But alas… life happens.
Wooden dining tables are made to eat off. Knives, forks, hot plates, serving dishes, wine glasses, wine– you know what I’m talking about. One customer called in distress because her grand daughter got into her nail polish and spilled it all over the new table top. Oops.
Well, as a rule there’s no need to panic. These things happen and they can be dealt with. The first thing to do is determine what type of finish is on your table. At Vermont Woods Studios we work with many different independent craftspeople throughout Vermont but their finishes all fall into these 3 categories:
Each piece of furniture comes with information about the finish and what to do if it gets damaged. My favorite trick though, and it works with all 3 of these finishes (for minor scratching) is the Tibet Almond Stick. which you can buy for $5 at your local hardware store or Rockler. You just open the little red tin can, peel off the wax paper and rub the oil-soaked felt tip of the stick along the scratch. Voila! It works for any type of wood, provided it’s not stained a dark color that’s very different from the real wood color.
Or if you happen to have a walnut handy, you could try rubbing that along the scratches. Our friends at Apartment Therapy swear by walnut — a similar but more natural approach.
Stay tuned for tips on repairing more serious damage (like nail polish spills) to wooden furniture in future posts. Have tricks of your own? Share them with us on Facebook!
September 4th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Our friend Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer’s Association VWMA is fond of the saying, “local wood = local good”. It captures Vermont’s passion for supporting small, local businesses that emphasize sustainable use of the working landscape: our forests and fields.
Consider for a minute, your impact on local economies when you buy American made furniture versus imported furniture (most furniture in America is imported from Asia). If, for example you buy Vermont made wood furniture, you are supporting the local land owner who grew the trees, the forester who manages the land for sustainability, the logger who falls the trees, the sawyer who slices and dices the wood, perhaps a wholesaler (and/or retailer) who inventory the wood, the furniture maker who builds your furniture and (unless you buy directly from the furniture maker) the retail store that sells you the new bedroom set. That’s why we say “local wood = local good”.
Here’s a typical Forest to Furniture scenario that happens routinely all over Vermont:
A local logging company or tree service harvests the trees.
Chuck Mayotte from Mayotte’s tree service in Guilford looks to find the highest and best use for the trees he removes. Sometimes trees will be used for firewood, but when Chuck comes across high quality logs or those with special character, he sells them to area furniture makers.
Local sawyers cut the lumber into planks or beams.
Vince Johnson is a local sawyer in Vernon with a portable sawmill that he drives to the woodlot at harvest time. He sawed black locust and norway spruce logs for us at Stonehurst, our new fine furniture gallery. They are currently being used to build a deck behind our showroom.
Local furniture makers transform the wood into fine furniture.
So… what do you think? Does the story (and the benefit to local economies) behind local wood furniture add enough value to sway your buying decision? Or is imported furniture just too darned affordable to pass up? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook!
September 3rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Just a quick plug for our local Vermont Farmers Markets today…
Like sweet corn and tomatoes, sunflower season (in the words of Dorothy) “comes and goes so quickly around here”. So I thought we might inspire you to run out to your local farm stand or farmers market to grab some while you can. Annette and I visited the Brattleboro Farmers Market this weekend, where half a dozen vendors had beautiful local flowers for sale. Don’t they look nice in front of our new indigo door at Stonehurst?
Here’s a link to Vermont Living‘s run down of Southern Vermont farmers markets and their hours of operation. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont has a great searchable directory for farmers markets throughout the Green Mountain state.
Now is the heart of harvest season… don’t let it slip away without a trip to see our farmers. You’ll be glad you did!
September 2nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Today we’re celebrating this 1000th blog at Vermont Woods Studios! And that’s only back as far as August of 2007. I started blogging in 2006 but on a different platform and at a time when I didn’t know how to transfer stories from Typepad to WordPress.
Haha… a lot has happened since then. We’ve gone from a 1 woman operation in the corner of a bedroom to a dozen of us firmly ensconced inside Vermont’s newest fine furniture showroom, at Stonehurst. And now instead of just reading my daily drivel, you get the inside scoop from other quirky VWS personalities like Dennis Shanoff, Loryn Dion, Liz Francese, Kelsey Eaton, Michelle Rooks and Sean Henry.
We’re always brainstorming ways to make our blog more interesting and useful for you. The hidden agenda is to get you excited about Vermont’s sustainable way of life and peak your interest enough to persuade you to join us in our mission. We report on green festivals and events in VT as well as the vibrant (not to mention affordable) arts and crafts scene. We take you inside the workshops of Vermont’s finest furniture makers and showcase the benefits of buying American made products that support local economies.
What else would you like to see on our blog? Let us know on Facebook and we’ll serve it up!