2014 was a great year for us at Vermont Woods Studios.  Through lots of trial and error and experimentation, we ended up in a great place and look forward to another year of growth! We’ve learned so much that we couldn’t possibly list it all, but here are 10 wonderful things we learned this year:

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1. How to transform a lost ski area into a beautiful showcase for Vermont made furniture, artwork and home decor.  It was our first full year at Stonehurst, the marvelous property we call home. We couldn’t be happier with how well it was received by our guests, and we eagerly await even more visitors in 2015!

 

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2. How to build a set to take professional photos of our furniture. Nina & Dennis spent a great amount of time and energy getting crafty and making sets for photoshoots. With Nina’s photoshop wizardry, dusty old storage areas and garages transform into quaint living spaces perfect for furniture photos!

 

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3. How to keep woodchucks out of our flower garden using aluminum pie plates. As you can see in the photo above, our showroom sees frequent visitors from the forest! Unfortunately, they are big fans of our gardens so we’ve learned creative ways of humanely keeping them at a safe distance!

 

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Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Interns: busy stacking 40 cords of firewood

4. How to harvest wood to sustainably heat our showroom. Our student interns (Douglas & Peggy’s kids) had a busy summer stacking 40 cords of firewood sourced from fallen trees around Stonehurst!

 

monarch-45. Never lose hope. We were a little disheartened about not seeing any Monarchs in our butterfly garden this year, but just as we started planning our 2015 Monarch conservation efforts, a symbol of hope arrived! We worked together to plant and share milkweed throughout our community and are excited to continue with this project through the new year.

 

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6. Handcrafted wood furniture deserves beautiful decor accessories to go with it. Our natural wood furniture is simple and beautiful on it’s own, but handcrafted Vermont made decor adds another layer of richness that we can’t help but love.

 

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7.  Our furniture looks great in big houses and “tiny houses” alike! Earlier in the year we provided a POLYWOOD La Casa Dining Set to Tiny House Nation, a show that celebrates the innovation and creativity of Tiny Houses and the people who inhabit them!

 

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8.  Nothing feels better than giving back to the community. We made it a priority to give back to our community this year– from donating food for a community Thanksgiving dinner, to participating in Vermont’s ‘Green up Day’ and more! Our whole team took part in our charitable activities and look forward to another great year of giving.

 

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9. Nature makes a great backdrop for photos. Our previous ‘our team‘ page featured each of us on white backgrounds, making us look like our heads were floating in space! We learned that we look much better in a natural setting, surrounded by things we cherish (trees!)

 

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10Appreciate the seasons while they last. We are lucky to live in New England, a place where each season is bold, beautiful, and transformative! The freshness of Spring, the relaxed nature of Summer, the crisp air of the Fall, and the reflective state of Winter are things we’ve grown to love. At Stonehurst, we get to see the uniqueness of each season as the year passes and we have learned to love and appreciate all of them while they are here.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the things we learned in 2014, and we look forward to another great year ahead! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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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Dear friends,

From all of us at Vermont Woods Studios, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a new year filled with health, prosperity, and happiness! Thank you so much for your continued support of our business and our mission! It’s been a great year!

In gratitude,

Peggy, Ken, Douglas, Dennis, Neville, Rebecca, Michelle, Loryn, Sean, Martin, Kelsey, and Nina.

 

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 holidays are upon us and gifting is probably on the back of your mind. Gifting can be tricky, especially if you wait until last minute, but we have a great solution for you. Our Vermont Woods Studios gift certificates are the perfect present for the eccentric fine furniture lover or Vermont home decor aficionado! Gift Certificates start at $100 and can easily be purchased online.

How to buy your gift certificate

Gift Certificates are purchased just like any other item in our store. You can pay for them using the store’s standard payment method(s). Once your payment has cleared, we will send the Gift Certificate by mail to the Shipping Address entered during checkout.

How to shop with your gift certificate

With the funds from your gift certificate account you can shop hundreds of items in our store!  At the checkout stage, an extra box will appear. Simply enter the amount to apply from the funds in your Gift Certificate Account. Please note: you will still have to select another payment method if there is not enough in your Gift Certificate Account to cover the entire cost of your purchase. If you have more funds in your Gift Certificate Account than the total cost of your purchase, the balance will be left in your Gift Certificate Account for future use! See more information on our gift certificates here.

Gift certificates are a great way to take the guesswork out of giving, and a wonderful way to make sure that the people you care about will be getting a gift that they will love and cherish. For any questions regarding the Gift Certificate System, please contact us by email at info@vermontwoodsstudios.com!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Vermont Woods Studios! We hope that your holiday is safe, cozy, and spent in the company of close friends and relatives. Enjoy your turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing–and that wonderful afternoon nap! Here’s a little bit about what our Thanksgiving plans are this year:

_DSC0102This Thanksgiving, Ken is headed up north to see “grandma” and to meet up with Peggy! He is thankful for every day of good health!

_DSC0103Michelle is travelling to her brother-in-law’s house in Tyngsboro, Mass (and tending to the boiler here at Stonehurst in Ken’s absence!) She’s is thankful that on a snowy day like today, that she lives walking distance from work!

 

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Douglas is staying local this Thanksgiving and having a big feast with his family and friends. He’s thankful for health, success, and happiness!

 

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Loryn is having a quiet Thanksgiving this year with her neighbor. She is thankful for the wonderful community she lives in!

 

 

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Rebecca is spending Thanksgiving at her mom’s house and is thankful for her beautiful 3 year old daughter!

 

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Nina is having a cozy Thanksgiving at home with her family and she’s thankful for all that she has been given in life!

 

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Kelsey is travelling to New Hampshire to spend time with her grandma, aunt, and other family members this Thanksgiving. She’s thankful for the opportunity to live with her best friends and her dog!

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.