September 26th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
There’s been a lot of buzz from Vermonters about apples lately. Probably because A) they’re delicious B) they’re perfect for fall and C) they have a long history in the state of Vermont! Well, we love these sweet natural treats just as much as any other Vermonter–so, lets talk apples!
If you loved these apple facts as much as we do, take a minute to check out Vermont Apples, a website with tons of information and history about apples, including more facts, orchard listings, and apple news! And for brilliant, tasty apple recipes… take a look at The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, a 300+ page book containing 100 magnificent apple recipes!
And let us know what your favorite apple recipes are & your favorite places around New England to apple pick in the comments section or on Facebook!
September 19th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
If you’re looking for unique, modern dining room furniture, The Kyoto Collection is for you. The Kyoto Dining Room Furniture Collection by Copeland takes a traditional Japanese furniture design and fuses it with a Modern Western aesthetic…creating a truly extraordinary dining set. The broad surfaces, simple geometric shapes, and real walnut wood create a naturally complex beauty. This dining set is defined by its asymmetry and natural features.
The Kyoto collection includes both a solid top and extension top table in 2 sizes providing dining for up to 10. Eclectic but perfectly matching dining chairs are available in both arm & side styles. If you’re looking for more storage, you can round out your new dining set by adding the versatile Kyoto buffet which is available in 9 different configurations.
This collection is hand crafted to order in Vermont, using solid American black walnut hardwood, and is finished with a durable, low sheen top coat.
September 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Seems like there’s a national week for everything nowadays, and this time i’m not complaining. As a total houseplant fan, I think that celebrating earths natural air cleaners is great! House plants have numerous benefits to your health and home, from air purification to easy breathing, and not to mention they add lots of style to your space. National indoor plant week is a nation wide effort to increase awareness of the value of plants, and to spark enthusiasm for them! I’m already excited!
Feeling inspired? Participation in National Indoor Plant week is free, and can be as grand or miniscule as you like. For example, Interior Tropical Gardens of Union Illinois set up 7 street locations and handed out 2,000+ small peace lilies and info on the value of indoor plants. But even something as simple as gifting a houseplant to your coworkers is enough! Sounds pretty easy to me.
Vermont Woods Studios is a pretty festive workplace sometimes, and we’re always down to bring a little bit of nature into the office! So we’re celebrating indoor plants by bringing in a potted plant for each office at Stonehurst! Woo hoo, naturally clean air for everyone!
Loryn wrote an awesome post about why indoor plants are great for your house and home, so I’d encourage you to check it out and see for yourself all of the reasons why you should love houseplants and why National Indoor Plant Week rocks!
September 11th, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
I love a good bargain. Being a family on a budget with two fashion-conscious daughters, it can be tough to be budget-smart and keep up with fashion trends. Enter the women at Jessica’s Closet in Wilmington, VT and their lovely dresses available for rent. I first heard of this gem when Douglas’ daughter found her prom dress there. Our turn came when we were invited to a wedding this summer at the Harvard Club in Boston. None of the women of the family was happy with the dresses she already had. We made the journey to Wilmington and were very impressed with the boutique we found there. More than 1200 dresses, long and short, in any color imaginable…and all the accessories to go with them. The cost? A donation of $10 is suggested to cover dry cleaning costs.
Jessica, daughter of founder, Debbie Bolognani, was an active young woman “with a smile that could light more than a room.” She died in a tragic accident in 2010. “She LOVED to dress up and was always willing to share her closet with others.” In her honor Debbie and her friends established Jessica’s Closet as well as a a scholarship fund and Jessica’s Locker which is dedicated to providing sports equipment to the youth of their community.
The mission of Jessica’s Closet is to build confidence and self-esteem in young women. They provide formal and semi-formal dresses to those who otherwise would not be able to attend homecoming, prom or other special events. If you have gently worn formal wear—donations of dresses, purses, shoes, and accessories are welcome!
My daughters and I spent about an hour at Jessica’s Closet. We had our own “stylist” and every dress was beautiful. It was difficult to make a decision and in the end, we took home more than we needed. The price was so reasonable and we didn’t buy dresses that may never be worn again. That is true sustainability.
While Vermont Woods Studios is known for beautiful, American-made furniture crafted from carefully harvested wood, we also believe in recognizing other individuals and organizations who have a mission and make a difference in their community. Debbie and her friends have done an amazing job of fulfilling Jessica’s legacy for helping others …because every girl deserves to feel like a Princess.
September 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
There is so much to love about Southern Vermont. Especially the way that the towns are surrounded by mountains and rich expanses of trees, making them even more beautiful in that brief autumn period where the leaves are multicolored and bright. These 5 southern Vermont towns are each unique, and vary in size and culture. But all of them are rich in artistry, with diverse communities of independent artists, performance arts, and theater.
These 5 communities thrive with quaint downtown areas, promising lots of food and plenty of shopping! Antique stores, one of a kind book stores, eccentric decor shops, galleries, and much more are what make these towns so special and true to Vermont.
All of these towns are less than an hour away from us at Stonehurst, and we’d encourage you to visit them to see all of the wonderful things they have to offer!
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.
August 26th, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
What do pizza delivery people, airport shuttle drivers, hotel room maids and Vermont Woods Studios furniture shippers have in common? All involve people in the service industry making your dining, travel or purchase experience less stressful and as comfortable as possible.
We at Vermont Woods Studios do not have our own drivers, but we have taken great care in selecting shipping companies that we trust. We like to think that our drivers treat the American-made, fine hardwood furniture our customers order as if it were their own!
Prior to working here I had never thought about the fact that, while our shippers are paid by Vermont Woods Studios, they frequently go above and beyond when it comes to making sure our customer’s fine wood furniture orders are delivered in perfect condition. “White Glove Shipping” was a new term for me. Did you know that before they leave our craftsmen’s shops, our shippers personally inspect each piece, then blanket-wrap it and upon delivery place it in the room of the customer’s choice? They also do whatever assembly is necessary and remove any residual packaging… leaving no work left for the customer!
Here’s a question. Do you give a gratuity to the pizza delivery person? What about your airport shuttle driver? Hotel maids? Why not consider your furniture delivery person? By no means should you feel obligated, it really just comes down to your comfort level. One person I know uses the price of a nice dinner for each delivery person as her guide for what she feels is appropriate. Gratuity is greatly appreciated—it’s a way of saying thanks for a job well done!
August 4th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Did you know that the average person spends almost six and a half years of their lifetime eating food? If we’re spending that much time eating, we might as well be eating on beautiful dining room furniture! Save up to 20% on all of the Vermont made hardwood dining room furniture you’ve been wishing for. Order today and receive 10% off one piece, 15% on two pieces or 20% savings when you buy 3 or more pieces! (Plus Free Delivery!)
Our heirloom quality dining furniture is skillfully crafted in Vermont from real hardwoods. Our talented furniture makers build with style, function, and generations of use in mind, giving you the comfort of knowing that you’ve invested in a piece that will truly last. Your new dining furniture can be made from natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods. So whether you’re shopping for a single piece to complement an existing dining room set or starting afresh, browse through hundreds of pieces of our handmade dining room furniture and you’re sure to find something you love. Please note that that most of these pieces can be customized to fit your specific space or needs, so don’t hesitate to ask us for help on what you are looking for!
Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online store. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture. Hurry! Our Summer Dining Room Furniture Sale ends at midnight on August 15th.
*Excludes Copeland, Artisan, and Polywood.
August 2nd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Vermont’s most popular summer art and craft festival begins today! We’re proud of Vermont for its amazing support of its craftsman and artists, which is why we are super excited about the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival. The festival had been hosted in Manchester for 30 years, but the 2013 festival will be held in Bennington, Vermont! This provides advantages because its in a more southern region of Vermont, which will hopefully bring in a larger turnout than in previous years! The festival will host over 160 talented artists who will display and sell their one of a kind artwork, as well as traditional and contemporary crafts, and pottery!
From Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th, this three day event will run in conjunction with the town wide Bennington Arts Festival Weekend. The festival is put on by a variety of community arts organizations and venues, so expect a jam packed weekend with live music, art, and activities ranging from art walks, open studios and receptions, live entertainers, and a historical architecture exhibit! As always, you can expect lots of kid friendly activities, local food vendors, ice cream,craft beer, and more!
If you don’t have plans for the weekend, why not add the Southern Vermont Art and Craft festival to your agenda and find some inspiration in the work of talented Vermont artists!