This weekend marks the official 2014 Spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont! This is a very special weekend where artists around the state open their studios to the public. Southern Vermont is home to some incredibly talented artists, so if you’re planning your Memorial Day trip to Vermont– this is a destination that cannot be missed. I’d suggest watching the video above to see just how unique this open studio weekend is, as further explained by the Vermont Crafts Council in this heartfelt statement:

“Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.”

While you’re on your studio tour of Southern Vermont, we’d love to invite you to visit us as well. Our showroom is home to a handful of one of a kind artisan furniture designs from world class craftsmen from around Vermont. Their furniture designs are true works of art, and are never replicated. Our friendly staff will be here all weekend to welcome guests & answer any questions about these unique artisan pieces.

If you’d like more information about Spring Open Studio Weekend, visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

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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The Vermont Woods Studios sales team shares what they are most looking forward to now that Spring has arrived.

Though my daffodils were covered in 3″ of snow last week, according to the calendar Spring has arrived. I took an informal survey of my coworkers here in the Sales Department at Vermont Woods Studios to see what they were most looking forward to now that warmer days lie ahead. To make it a bit more interesting, I thought I’d leave out the names. Instead visit our Green Team page and see if you can find the clues you need to figure out the answers to “Who Said It? Sales Edition.”

  • This person puts a lot of miles on their little car traveling to various agricultural events. Their favorite part of Spring? Two words…Red Sox!
  • One of the original Green Team members, this person is a native Vermonter. What did Spring have in store for them? Finding a new home in time to plant recently purchased flower bulbs.
  • When asked about what they were most excited about with the warmer weather, our next candidate said, “I am looking forward to walking to work again!”
  • Though a world-traveler, swimming in lakes and going to yard sales was this salesperson’s idea of a fun-filled Spring/Summer.
  • Not surprising to those of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, this next individual said that barbecuing is what they will be doing now that warmer weather is here to stay.

We all agreed one of the best parts of Spring at Stonehurst is getting to have our meetings outside while relaxing on our POLYWOOD® furniture.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the sales team a little bit better. If you still can’t figure out “Who Said It?,” give us a call. We’d be happy to give you some more clues. And stay tuned for “Who Said It? Marketing/Web/Founder Edition.”

 

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.

Earth Hour 2014 | WWF

This Saturday March 29th from 8:30-9:30pm is Earth Hour, the largest environmental movement in history. Be a part of it by turning your lights off to symbolize your support for Mother Nature.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is the largest environmental movement in history and it’s sponsored annually by the World Wide Fund WWF.  It’s purpose is to bring people from around the world together for 1 hour in solidarity and support of Mother Nature.  The event has grown to include over 7000 cities and towns worldwide that participate by turning their lights off from 8:30-9:30pm (local time) as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

Why Do We Care?

I started Vermont Woods Studios in 2005 as my personal attempt to be part of the solution to environmental care, especially in the area of forest and wildlife conservation.  Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to find a small cadre of brilliant professionals, willing to work long hours in an effort to get this sustainable furniture company up and running.  Today I can say we’re making great strides and much of that is attributed to our commitment to a mission that we believe in.  Earth hour symbolizes that mission.

How Can You Participate?

It’s easy and fun to be a part of Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29th at 8:30pm.   Check out WWF’s Earth Hour website for things to do while the lights are out.  Candlelight dinners, star-gazing, nighttime bike rides, moonlit picnics and more.

Curious about what others in your city are doing for Earth Hour?  Here’s a map showing various celebrations across America and a list of cities, buildings and businesses that are participating.  Around New England you’ll find dozens of activities including dramatic displays in New York City’s Times Square and the Empire State Building and dimming of the lights in locations all around Boston.  If you add your name to the movement this Saturday, share photos with us at Vermont Woods Studios (Twitter and Facebook #earthhour).  Together we can make a difference!

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.

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.

Check out this WebRoom created using some Vermont Woods Studios furniture. Can you spot what pieces are ours? Hint: They include some of our more unique Vermont made artisan pieces.

So what is MyWebRoom all about?

MyWebRoom is a digital platform where you can organize your life in a visually beautiful and interesting way. You can organize & interact with your favorite products, websites, and friends!

In the same way that you might organize a room in real life– a television for your entertainment, books for reference, notebooks for writing, etc… you organize your digital life with MyWebRoom. For example, do you see the cute little puppy standing on the yellow rug? In your WebRoom, you can click on the puppy and be brought to a page with tons of great pet websites. Many of the pages are auto-suggested but you  have the option to add your own favorite sites too!

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Click this photo for more information on putting pets in your WebRoom!

The pet option is just one small feature of MyWebRoom and all of its greatness. You’ll find that practically any type of site you can imagine, can be organized in your WebRoom. Plus, you have the option to choose from hundreds of great decor pieces to make your room look as stylish as you like it! So head on over to MyWebRoom and get to organizing your digital space today! 

If you want to learn more about this website and the people behind it, find them on social:

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.

Boston Design Week

For all our interior design friends in around New England, here is a new event you won’t want to miss.  It’s the first annual Boston Design Week, a 10-day citywide design festival starting tomorrow and running March 20-30, 2014.  Boston design organizations, schools, businesses, sponsors and individual designers have over 80 design events, exhibitions, speakers, receptions, behind-the-scene tours, and other activities to spring you into a creative mood.   Better yet, most activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Festivities are designed to “encourage the public to explore architecture, environmental and landscape design, urban design, interior design, fashion, graphic design, photography, product and industrial design, studio design, furniture design, decorative arts, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and more.”

Here are just a few design events you might like to check out:

  • Boston Architectural College presents This Old House, “About the Process: The Production and Design Process of the TV Series, This Old House,” March 25 @ 6:00 pm at “The Beehive” in the BAC Hall, 951 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
  • Restoration Resources presents “Designing & Decorating with Salvage” by Joanne Palmisano March 29 @ 11:00 am & again at 1:00 pm at 1946 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118
  • Beth Bourque Design Studio presents “Insight into Furniture Design” March 26 @ 6:00 pm Masterpiece Woodworks Inc, 65 Bodwell St. Avon, MA 02322

Not able to get to Boston this Spring?  Well, how ’bout making a visit to our new fine furniture and home decor showroom at Stonehurst in Vernon, VT?  We’re collecting Vermont’s finest home decor brands (Simon Pearce glass ware, Hubbardton Forge lighting, Laura Zindel ceramics, Anichini linens…) to offer you at this beautiful 17th century farmhouse showroom.  You’ll have easy access to the best of Vermont’s furniture and interior design items all under one roof.  Shop our new to the trade program for interior designers, decorators and specifiers today.

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.