decorating your dining room
Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Cherry and Walnut

Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!

You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?

I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.


  1. Dining Bench- It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
  2. Sideboard or Hunt Board- More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
  3. Mirror- I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
  4. Statement Chandelier- There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
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Our Classic Shaker Hunt Board and our Modern Shaker Long Sideboard both shown in Cherry.

If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.

Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.

Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.

decorating your dining room
Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Walnut and Hubbardton Forge Flora #2 Chandelier

 

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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American Mission Coffee Table and End Table both in Cherry

Liven Up Your Living Room

With the long New England Winter in full force, I’ve been spending more and more time in my family’s living room. Easily the warmest in the house, we all cuddle around in it reading, watching a movie or coloring in our favorite new adult coloring books.

I’ve noticed recently though that while the couch and love-seat match, the rest of the furniture doesn’t. The end table is all that’s left of a living room set my parents got when my sister and I were children, the coffee table is a (very) small wooden chest and the TV console is a hand-me-down from my grandmother (so probably bought at a big-box store) that now has a couple corners nibbled out from our always hungry black lab.

Needless to say, our living room is in desperate need of an upgrade. If you’re living room is well loved like my family’s and has seen better days or if you’re looking to update to it, then why not think about the occasional tables? (Assuming your couch isn’t in need of replacing)

The most used and most visible table is the coffee table, and I’d start there. Sometimes you can get away with a unique coffee table that you found antiquing or re-purpose an old trunk but you want to be careful and make sure it blends with the theme of your room.

Knowing my mom has a penchant for Old New England style furniture, I would choose the Classic Shaker Flare Oval Coffee Table. The flared legs elevate the tables look and give it an air of sophistication, while the sleek lines and simple design will never go out of trend. The round design also gives off a feeling a openness and inclusion.

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Classic Shaker Flare Oval Coffee Table in Cherry

Once settled on a coffee table, I would move next to the end tables. To match the coffee table, I would choose our Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round End Table. I would get two, one for each side of the couch. What I like about this table in particular is its size. The table top is just big enough for a table lamp and maybe your remotes…it doesn’t allow for clutter to accumulate.

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Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round End Table shown in Cherry

Lastly, I would get the Classic Shaker Flare Leg Sofa Table to complete the set. The great thing about sofa tables is their versatility. I wouldn’t use it in the traditional way you’d think to use a sofa table. I would use it as a side table to complement a large black and white picture of the Chrysler Tower hanging on one wall in our living room.

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Classic Shaker Flare Leg Sofa Table in Cherry

Just as a piece of jewelry or an accessory can make or break an outfit, your accent tables can do the same for your room. Right now my family’s living room is a hodge podge of pieces that don’t really work cohesively. We need to scrap the mismatched furniture and start over.

If you’re feeling the same way about your living room, then maybe it is time to get new accent tables. All of our occasional tables are available in Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut woods and are handmade by local craftspeople. Dress your room in the finest wood furniture Vermont has to offer.

Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have about our furniture. You can contact us toll free at (888) 390-5571 or by visiting our historic Showroom in Vernon, Vermont.

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.

Copeland Wave Collection
The Copeland Wave Collection in Parchment Maple

Riding The Sleep Waves

Picture this: You’re laying out in the sun at a beach. You’re the only person there. All you hear are the waves calmly crashing on the shore and the tall grass behind you shaking in the ocean breeze, maybe a distant sea bird cooing. The sun is warming you like a light blanket as you sway slowly in a hammock. You gently outstretch your fingertips and skim them through the warm, soft sand as you move.

Did you feel relaxed imagining that scene? And, are you someone who has trouble falling asleep at night? If you answered yes to the latter question then you’ve probably tried many different techniques to help get you to sleep. One strategy I use, is a technique in which you build a relaxing place in your mind until you fall asleep. Envisioning the beach scene as I described above always works for me!

Another way to help calm your mind is to create a relaxing bedroom environment. You’ve probably read design blogs that recommend soothing or muted wall colors, bedding free of busy designs and so on.

But have you thought about using your bedroom furniture as a way to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere for yourself?

Our new Copeland Wave Collection can help you do just that. The collection highlights a sleek, minimalist design that showcases innovative three dimensional carved faces on the case pieces and headboard of the beds. The carvings mimic the rippling effects of soft waves in water and are accentuated with metal hairpin legs or round tapered wood legs giving the contemporary design, an essence of mid century modern flair. The collection is handmade from maple hardwood and is available with two finish options.

Copeland Wave Collection
Wave 5-Drawer Chest, Wave Maple 1-Drawer Nightstand, Wave Maple Bed, 3-Drawer Chest and 6-Drawer Dresser all in Parchment Maple

Taking on conventional design, this collection offers you a unique bedroom set, that will not only help create a calming atmosphere but also give you a chance to showcase your creative side. Create the atmosphere you’ve been dreaming of (literally) and wake up feeling rested in our Copeland Wave Collection.

You can shop this bedroom collection securely and conveniently from the comfort of your own home, call us toll free at (888) 390-5571 or stop into our Vernon, VT Showroom. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to help with any questions you may have.

 

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.

Shaker Furniture
New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs

Making Shaker Furniture Your Own

I recently wrote about how Shaker furniture is known for its simplicity…that the design is rooted in the Shaker religion’s founding principles. And while I went into detail about its very traditional design, that doesn’t mean you have to have to stick to that specific style when using Shaker furniture and I’ll show you how!

I decided to choose one of our Shaker dining tables to show how just changing the chairs paired with the table can completely transform the atmosphere in your dining space. I decided to use our New Traditions Round Pedestal Table as a starting point. It’s a simple, sturdy design and beautiful all on its own. From there I chose four of our dining chairs that encompass the majority of our dining collections.

Here are my picks:

Contemporary: So you want the look of Shaker but you don’t want your space to feel out of date and that’s okay. Our Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs instantly update any space they’re in. With its unique full length slat back, this chair takes on conventionally designed chairs. Both the top and the bottom of the back are accented with an angled cut to the frame, giving the chair an avant garde design. It’s available in both side and arm chair designs and can come with or without upholstered seats.

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Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chair

Formal: If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated with Shaker furniture then you already know you won’t find designs with inlays or carvings. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a chair that will elevate your space to the level you’re looking for. To dress up the New Traditions table, I chose our Round Back Chair. It’s curved back automatically compliments the round table top but it also adds an element of delicacy and elegance not typically seen in a traditional Shaker dining chair. This chair is available upholstered, with or without arms.

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Round Back Chair in Cherry with Black Upholstery

Country: Looking for a more traditional take on Shaker furniture? Added to the New Traditions table, our Country Windsor Chair will transform your space into that perfect country cabin feel you’ve been longing for. With its high spindle back and scooped seat the Country Windsor Chair offers not only a classic look, but comfort. Its curved top gives it a subtle contemporary flair. It’s available with or without arms and six Finish options.

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Country Windsor Chair in Natural Cherry

Arts & Crafts: Designed with the classic Mission Craftsman style in mind, our Grand Mission Chair offers a modern and simple style of chair. Added to our New Traditions table it will instantly give the room a sense of sophistication. With its almost industrial design, it’s the perfect chair for someone who likes to change the theme of their home decor as its design will compliment almost any style. It comes upholstered and is available with or without arms.

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Grand Mission Cherry Dining Chair in Off-White Fabric Upholstery

If you’re someone who has to stick to a specific style guideline, we do have options for you, as well. But, if like me you like to mix and match furniture to fit your style, I hope these ideas help.

If you have any questions in regards to the styles and designs of our furniture, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to assist you at (888) 390-5571. You can shop these products and more conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop into our Stonehurst, Showroom in beautiful Vernon, Vermont.

*During our Shaker Furniture Sale going on now through January 28th, save up to 20% off our Shaker Furniture Collection.

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.

Classic Shaker Dining Table
(Our Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Windsor-Style Guest Chair both shown in Cherry)

When Versatility, Functionality and Simplicity Come Together the Result Can Be Beautiful.

Living in what I consider a “Tiny House” (900 sq ft), I’ve come to appreciate furniture that both serves its functional purpose and offers added bonuses (space saving or storage). I like pieces that are simple in design and neutral in style. I use artwork, paint and home decor to tie my personality into each room’s theme.

One space I’ve never really focused on is my dining space. I’m always on the go so when I have time to sit down and eat my meal at the kitchen table, I often have my laptop in front of me and my phone next to me. I don’t take the time to appreciate the space.

As we’ve rolled out our Holiday Dining Furniture Sale, I’ve been thinking more and more about my dining space and how it needs more of my attention. Through my time working on the current sale, I came across our Classic Shaker Dining Tables and found the table I never knew I was missing: the Classic Shaker Square Dining Table.

I love the simplicity of its design. The tapered legs give it an airy feeling and the design allows it to fit into almost any space. I can already imagine myself enjoying meals at it and decorating it with flowers and candle centerpieces.

Not wanting to forfeit more square footage than necessary, I love that it comes with different size options from 30 x 30 (perfect for me) up to 60 x 60 (for someone with more space to host). Offering versatility it comes with either a solid or extension top and comes with an array of Finish options. You can also choose from beveled or eased edges on the table top.

If you’re not as excited about squares as I am, or if you want a little more fluidity from the design, the table comes with round table top options and flared leg options.

Classic Shaker Dining Table
(From left to right: Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round Dining Table, Classic Shaker Flare Leg Square Dining Table, Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Classic Shaker Square Dining Table)

For a chair pairing, I gravitate towards the traditional Windsor Style chairs, in particular the Windsor-Style Guest Chairs. The style is classic and the spindle back gives it an open and light feeling.

Windsor Style Chair
(Windsor-Style Guest Chair)

If you have more space to work with and are not looking for a square or round table, you might be interested in our Classic Shaker Dining Table. It evokes the same sense of style but is rectangular and is available in sizes from 30 x 48 to 48 x 108.

Working with a small space can be tricky, but here at Vermont Woods Studios we do have options for you. You don’t need to compromise your style because of the size of your space.

During our Holiday Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can save on these tables, chairs and more! Save 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three or more pieces.

Our friendly sales team is always here to assist you with any questions you may have. You can call us toll free at 888-390-5571 or visit us at our Vernon, VT Showroom.

 

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.