November 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Creatively Configurate with the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection – As seen in Dwell Magazine!
Your bedroom is far more than just a place where you sleep at night. It’s is a sanctuary where you often spend your most personal and reflective time, and it may even be a place where you are at your most productive. As such, the design of the furniture in your bedroom should be conducive to meeting your every need. In other words, it should be versatile.
The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection by Copeland Furniture is the definition of versatile, with the capability to be arranged as individual pieces that can stand alone, as one modular sectional for a semi-built configuration, or any version in between. Choose from platform bed or a high storage bed options for a roomier living environment, as well as cases and media units in a wide variety of configurations. There is even a desk option for those who enjoy working in the bedroom, or feel free to turn the desk into a vanity by adding a mirror above. Key to the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection are the numerous inconspicuous storage options, which make it ideal for rooms where storage space is at a premium.
The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection is crafted in solid maple, cherry or American black walnut hardwood and made-to-order in fifteen finishes with a variety of knob or pull options. The degree of attention paid to the space, style and function of the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection should comes as little surprise to those who are familiar with Copeland Furniture. Since the 1970’s, Copeland Furniture has been making furniture of classic proportion and modern simplicity from natural hardwoods. Copeland Furniture takes great pride in the quality of the environment and natural surrounding beauty, and uses sustainably harvested hardwoods from the American Northern Forest. The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection is yet another creative extension of the company’s commitment to good design, quality and value, as well as a strong desire to stay loyal to the New England tradition of quality craftsmanship.
For those who are seeking a bedroom collection that offers both unparalleled versatility and sensational style, the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection by Copeland Furniture will allow you to realize your vision.
November 7th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Today was a busy day at Stonehurst as we all prepare for our Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday. But we do have our priorities and today Kelsey’s birthday was at the top of the list. Please join us on Facebook in wishing marketing maven, Kelsey Eaton a healthy and Happy Birthday with many more to come!
November 6th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Last week I wrote about customizing your furniture by using unique drawer pulls. We have many different style (Shaker, Modern, Mission, Traditional, Wood and Metal) custom drawer pulls to choose from at Stonehurst (our new fine furniture and art gallery). But often customers want something very special and unique so we work with a variety of local artisans to serve as connectors when the need arises.
Coincidentally we had a visit yesterday from Donlin Foreman, owner of Horse Hill Handles a small business that makes custom leather, brass, bronze and iron drawer and door pulls. You may know Donlin as a professional dancer and co-founder of On Common Ground Dance Performance and Educational Products. He’s a “20-year veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed with Eliot Feld Company, Jacques d’Amboise National Dance Institute, and La Scala Ballet. He has staged works for NJ Ballet, Ice Theatre of NY, La Scala Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. As co-founder/director/choreographer of Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Donlin choreographed 25 ballets and presented six seasons in NYC at the Joyce Theater, two seasons at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the America Dancing series/Kennedy Center, the Melbourne International Festival and other international venues.
Donlin performed at the White House for President Reagan and holds numerous honors, with critical and professional acclaim. He served as Professor of Professional Practice in the Dance Department of Barnard College, Columbia University, has published a book of poetic writing, contributed to the Martha Graham issue of Choreography and Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines; and for two years chaired the Dance Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. Donlin now lives in Harrisville with his wife Jenny and their two young sons. He is on the staff at the New England Center for Circus Arts.”
After an illustrious career in dance, Donlin is developing a business making handcrafted custom drawer pulls of unique combinations of leather, brass, bronze and iron suitable for doors, cabinets, and furniture. You can find a selection of his work at Hanna Grimes Market Place in Keene or contact him directly through Facebook.
We wish you all the best of luck with your new venture, Donlin!
November 5th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Have you noticed that Black Friday Sales have expanded over the years? I remember when it actually used to be on the day after Thanksgiving. Now in 2013 it’s all of November at many stores.
With American made, handcrafted fine furniture– sales work a little differently than with electronics or clothing, though. Made to order furniture, crafted especially for you doesn’t offer much economy of scale during a big storewide sale. So without compromising on craftsmanship or premium quality sustainable lumber, we’ve had to figure out other ways to add value and give customers the best price.
That’s where buying fine furniture as a set comes in. Craftspeople add efficiency to their system when building sets rather than individual pieces. And at Vermont Woods Studios we add efficiency (and save money) when shipping multiple pieces to the same address.
We pass that savings on to you so every day we can offer 2013 Black Friday sale prices — if you buy your furniture in a set. Check out our handmade bedroom sets, solid wood dining furniture sets and living room (coffee, end and sofa) table sets. They are all value priced at 20% off year round. Don’t see exactly what you want? Give Liz or Sean a call and they’ll customize your set now with the pieces you want. And when Thanksgiving comes around, you can relax with your family. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
October 31st, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
The Green Team went all out this year with Halloween Costume preparation! From pirates, to goths, witches, bikers, 80s chicks, cowboys and dopplegangers–we all had a great time dressing up and enjoying a festive Halloween potluck! We even had a costume contest & a runway show, with winners in most original (Dennis), scariest (Douglas), funniest (Sean as Peggy), cutest (Liz) and overall best costume (Neville)! Days like today make all of the hard work we do at the office a lot more fun. Enjoy this mini-slideshow of our Halloween extravaganza! Happy Halloween!!
October 23rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
By Presidential proclamation, this week– October 20-26, 2013 is National Forest Products Week. It’s a time for us to recognize the beauty of our forests, the many products that come from our forests and the people who work in and manage our forests.
At Vermont Woods Studios, our company was founded on a mission of forest conservation. Through Vermont’s beautiful, eco-friendly wood furniture, we’re trying to help raise awareness about the importance of sustainable forestry. What’s so interesting or important about sustainable forestry? Check out some of these fun forest facts:
With our mission of sustainable forestry we hope to persuade people to buy eco-friendly, Vermont made wood furniture and avoid the purchase of imported furniture that’s made from wood that’s illegally clear cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests.
October 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Meals on Wheels in Vernon is looking for a volunteer to deliver lunch to seniors on Thursdays from 11am-noon. Is anybody out there game? It’s a lot of fun meeting with our seniors and chatting them up every week.
Know what the big secret about Meals on Wheels is? The volunteers are the real beneficiaries. It’s true! You make new friends, hear old stories and get connected into the community. Never mind that it just feels good to spend a little time each week helping others.
So if you’ve got a flexible schedule on Thursdays, give Chris McAvoy a call at 802-257-1236 and sign yourself up! Or you can email Chris (email@example.com) or drop by to see her in the Gibson Aiken Building at 207 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT.
Not able to commit to every single Thursday? That’s totally fine. We’ll take any help we can get. Maybe every other Thursday? Or just be on a list of substitutes who can be called when regular volunteers are sick or out of town. Thanks for giving it some consideration.
October 15th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
I got an email from Sean today, titled “I thought this was kinda funny”. Usually it’s annoying when junk mail slips through our spam filter but when this one made it’s way into Sean’s inbox, at least it gave us all a good laugh: “The Vernon Award Program has chosen Vermont Woods Studios for the 2013 Vernon Awards in the Furniture Stores classification”
Now although we do feel very deserving of this award, I have to say that we’re the only furniture store in town. In fact there are only a handful of businesses of any sort in Vernon (a booming metropolis of 2141 people, a couple stop signs, no red lights and a whole lot of corn and Holstein cows).
The email goes on to say: Each year, across the GREATER VERNON AREA, the Vernon Award Program chooses only the best local businesses… that exemplify excellence and lead through customer service and community involvement.
Anyway the point of the email is to get you to buy these phony plastic awards which you can click through to purchase. The sad thing is that when I was googling around to find out who was behind the scam, I did find lots of photos of elderly business owners proudly holding their awards in front of their establishments.
So in the interest of helping others avoid this fate, I’ll post a link to ScamBook which drops a dime on these dirtballs as well as thousands of other scammers you may one day need to research: “As the leading complaint resolution platform, Scambook’s primary purpose is to give consumers like you a voice. Whether you’re a victim of fraud or bad business practices, we aim to help share your story and even find a resolution. We are here to provide a platform where we can help you spread the word and fight against scammers, fraud, and bad business. ”
Now getting back to Sean… here is the message he sent to all of us at Vermont Woods Studios with his forward of the award:
“I can’t believe we won! Great job everyone!”
October 14th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
We always say that we think our customers are some of the best interior designers, because the furniture looks so wonderful when you can tell that someone is really using it and enjoying it. This is why we appreciated these photos that were sent in by one of our customers today so much! Cheryl L. shared the following 3 photos of our Vermont Made furniture in her home–The Modern Designer Coffee Table, The American Mission Barstools, and the Modern Designer Sofa Table.
Have you bought furniture from us before? Would you like your photos to be featured in a blog or on our fan photo Facebook album? If so, post your photos to our Facebook page or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org !
October 5th, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
I’m about to out myself as an old-timer. When I was in Junior High most girls took a class called Home Economics. We learned cooking and sewing skills and actually got tested on the proper way to set a table. I have never forgotten the basics of casual dining place setting: Fork on the napkin to the left of the plate, knife and spoon to the right of the plate, with the knife closest and its blade facing the plate. A drinking glass would be above and to the right of the dinner plate. I admit I don’t often practice these skills. In our house we pretty much grab a handful of knives and forks and divvy them up at the table. I picture the Vermont Tavern Table as the perfect place for the family to gather and talk about their day.
If you want to invite a couple of friends to join you for dinner, you may want to kick it up a notch. That brings us to the informal place setting. In addition to the items found in casual dining place setting you may find a bread plate, an additional glass, a salad fork, and possibly a soup spoon. I think the Cherry Moon dining table would be the just the thing for a gathering of close friends.
For a more formal gathering, place setting can be much more involved. There are water and wine glasses and, for truly elegant dinner parties, enough silverware to ready a small army. These can include fish, dinner, salad, cake and cocktail forks, dinner and butter knives, teaspoon, soup and dessert spoons. Add to all of that a charger (a decorative plate slightly larger than a dinner plate), dinner, salad and bread plates and you’re going to need a lot of real estate to hold it all. My choice would be the Vermont-Made Shaker with a boat top. It just gives a vibe of elegance to me.
Place setting has become a bit of an art form. While there are “standard” placements for items, these days you can be much more creative. Add a favor for each guest, create your own napkin rings and place cards or learn napkin folding techniques. Add different levels of candles and some flowers, gourds, or other seasonal items to make an aesthetically pleasing centerpiece. Your table should be a reflection of your own style.