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3 Hardwood Blanket Chests Perfect for Storing Winter Clothes!

March 24th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Blanket Chests for Storing Winter Clothes

If you are anything like me, winter time usually means an excess of clutter! Call me a hoarder, but my things give me comfort through the chilly winter nights. My jackets, scarves, mittens, boots, heavy knit sweaters, wool socks and handmade hats can usually be found scattered throughout my bedroom & closet throughout the colder months– but finally, we’re starting to see signs of springtime. And finally, I can start to pack up. As I started packing away some of my winter clothes this past weekend, I realized that I didn’t really have a good place to keep everything. Do I just stuff them into a drawer or into my closet? Should I shove it all under my bed and dig it out again come next winter? None of these solutions really worked for me, as someone who favors style and organization. After lots of deliberation, I found my solution: Blanket Chests!

Hardwood blanket chests are a great solution for storing your excess winter clothes! They look beautiful & are actually very versatile. While the images shown in this blog feature blanket chests used at the bottom of the bed, they can also be used as a coffee table or large side table1

My picks for 3 hardwood blanket chests that are perfect for packing away your winter clothes and blankets in style:

 

Contemporary Craftsmen Hardwood Blanket Chest

Quick Tip:  Rotate between seasons and store your bathing suits, flipflops and shorts during the winter, and your wintery attire during spring and summer!

1. Contemporary Craftsmen Blanket Chest: Our premium quality solid wood Contemporary Craftsman Blanket Chest, with it’s gentle curves and graceful lines is the perfect complement to your contemporary bedroom. Perfect for those thick winter blankets or extra sheets. All our luxury Contemporary Craftsman collection is handcrafted to order by Vermont furniture makers in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

Quick Tip: Add your favorite decorative pillows or cushions to your blanket chest for a chic and comfortable look.

2. American Mission Blanket Chest: The wood for our American Mission Blanket Chest is sustainably harvested right here in America. Store all your comforters in this stylish solid wood blanket chest. A very high end piece of mission bedroom furniture that will become a future heirloom in your family.

Quick Tip: To stay organized, use smaller containers for your items that need to stay in pairs (heavy socks, mittens, etc) and keep that container inside of the blanket chest!

 3. Vermont Made Shaker Blanket Chest: This luxury Vermont-Made Shaker Blanket Chest lifts open smoothly to store all your blankets and necessities in style. Each chest is eco-friendly, made from sustainably harvested woods and handmade to be heirloom quality. Ceder lined bottom and the lid stays where you leave it up.

Are blanket chests part of your spring cleaning and decluttering routine? If not, what do you use to store your winter excess? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section of this blog! As always, we look forward to hearing your opinions. Stay warm and good luck with your spring cleaning, friends!

 

|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 Renaissance of Handmade Wooden Furniture

March 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

The Renaissance of Handmade Wooden Furniture

Even though there’s still snow on the ground we’re thinking Spring at Vermont Woods Studios.  So in anticipation of the rebirth of our green landscape it seems like a good time to talk about the renaissance of handmade wooden furniture.

Last month I took a trip to Manhattan to meet with leaders in the world of home decor and interior design.  We talked about the fact that the past several years have been dominated by modern, contemporary decor with lots of metal, glass, upholstery and synthetics.  Very little wood.  But in 2014 the pendulum is swinging back to home decor that is much more connected to our natural world.  Check out Architectural Digest’s latest interiors page and you’ll find the richness of handmade wood furniture, flooring and accessories throughout.

Handcrafted Custom Reclaimed Wood and Metal Coffee and Sofa Tables

These occasional tables are handcrafted of reclaimed wood and metal by Dan Mosheim and his sons in Dorset, Vermont.  They can be customized online, in our showroom or… take a ride up to Dorset and work directly with Dan in his studio.

In 2014, interior designers and homeowners are looking to be refreshed by the authenticity and organic nature of real wood in their home decor. Reclaimed wood and metal are perhaps the most popular combination for furniture styles we’ve seen this year. The beautiful occasional tables above (handcrafted by Dan Mosheim and his sons) are a great example.

Modern Handmade Wooden Furniture

Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection is a great example of modern, contemporary wood furniture.  It’s handmade in Bradford, Vermont of sustainably harvested American black walnut wood.

Here’s another example of handmade wooden furniture that’s trending up this Spring.  It’s Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection– proving that modern and wood are not an oxymoron when it comes to furniture!

Need more inspiration on how to refresh your home with the beauty of handmade wooden furniture this Spring?  Visit the Architectural Digest annual Home Show in Manhattan, March 20-23.  Or make a trip to beautiful Vermont and enjoy the bounty of nature inside our fine furniture showroom and outside on our scenic woodland trails.

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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5 Simple Things That Will Make Your Bedroom Feel New Again

March 5th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Accessory Furniture Pieces

Make your room feel new again, by adding one or all of these great accessories!

 

To make your bedroom feel new again, you don’t need to hire a designer and do a total makeover. There are several fun and simplistic things you can do to give your bedroom that freshness you’ve been craving!

1. Decorative pillows: Prices can range from super high end to nice and affordable. My favorite place to shop for new decorative pillows is the local thrift store. Mix & match for an eclectic look, sure to bring new life into your space.

2: Plants: Literally bring life into your bedroom! When things are feeling a little dull and uninspiring, introduce your favorite houseplant to your bedroom. They’re nice to look at, and many are super good for your health!

3. Accessorize with wood furniture: There’s a lot of wood furniture than can be used in a variety of different ways. This beautiful Copeland dining chair is very versatile, and would nicely complement your bedroom furniture! Put a pillow on top of it or leave it on its own, the beauty of this chair speaks for itself and makes a truly stylish accent piece.

4. Change your hardware: Are you currently using regular, cheap hardware for your windows & etc? Switch over to something a little more stylish! There are many options for high quality curtain rods & accessories.

5. Temporary Wallpaper. From bold and daring to modest and traditional, there is a temporary wallpaper for you. Add a statement wall or use it all across the entire bedroom to give you a totally new look without much cost or effort!

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Vermont’s Luxury Linen Store: Anichini Inc.

February 24th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Anichini | Textiles and Linens | Luxury Home Decor from Vermont

“Think sublime style, unstinting details, old-world craftsmanship. The charm of classic lines and modern style. Sensuous textures and saturated colors that dress your home, your life. This is the essence of ANICHINI.”  Check out their new design center in Quechee, VT where I took this snapshot.  Every direction you look is more charming than the last!

No tour of Vermont’s luxury home decor brands would be complete without a visit to Anichini, Inc.  The Green Mountain State is home to this mecca for high end interior designers who feather the nests of the rich and famous.  The company, founded 26 years ago by Susan Dollenmaier, has become the “most prestigious brand of luxury textiles and home furnishings”.  It is a full spectrum textile company specializing in rare and handcrafted fabrics and products.  I visited Anichini’s new design center in Quechee, VT last week while on my tour of Vermont’s top luxury home decor brands.  May I just say right here and now that I have never seen a collection of such beautiful and luxurious fabrics in all my life?  What an indulgence for the senses.  All of them… not just sight…  so many different textures and subtle fragrances of linens, cottons, wool, cashmere and other fibers.  Wow.

How would these luxurious Anichini linens, fabrics and textiles look in your home?

“In an era where the word “luxury” is used to describe everything from a bus ride to a bottle of shampoo, ANICHINI has raised the bar on the definition of “luxury” with textiles that are the ultimate in opulence and craftsmanship.”  How would these luxurious Anichini linens, fabrics and textiles look in your home?

Anichini Inc. imports fabrics (Muga silks from Assam, Tibetan cashmere woven in Nepal,  Ottoman inspired velvets and tapestries from Turkey,  Renaissance replications from Umbria, Linen from Lithuania,  Woven silks from Morocco) because they are simply unavailable in the USA.  However, as shown in this video (The Craftsmanship of Rural Women) those fabrics are sewn here in Vermont by a group of talented seamstresses in Turnbridge.

Anichini Luxury Bedding | Made in Vermont

Found in the linen closets of royal palaces and celebrities around the world, Anichini fabrics round out Vermont’s luxury home decor brand portfolio.  They are future heirlooms that celebrate the “extraordinary designs, rare materials, and traditional techniques that are soon to be lost. ”  Come see them for yourself!  We hope to be featuring a nice selection of Anichini linens at Stonehurst, which will soon be your launch pad into the world of Vermont’s authentic, handcrafted home furnishings.

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 Estelle Chair: Beyond Dining Room Seating

February 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Estelle Midcentury Modern Chair

The Estelle chair is an ultra modern, geometrical chair that highlights the minimalist beauty and style of mid-century modern furniture. Sculpted in solid American Walnut wood, this side chair has a slender, vertically split back and finely sculpted seat for the ultimate in comfort. Rounded, angular tapered legs complete the stunning contemporary design. 

The Estelle chair is unique in it’s versatility– making any room instantly more chic and well styled. This elegant chair has made its rounds on Polyvore, with dozens of people creating  stunning sets using it as an accent to their dream rooms & decor. What struck me is how these sets really bring out the ways in which the Estelle chair can be used, and the variety of rooms it will fit in.

Some of our favorite Polyvore sets featuring the Estelle chair include:

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Can you imagine this beautiful midcentury modern chair in your home?  Register for Polyvore and start making your sets now! You’ll find the Estelle chair on Polyvore here. Create other cool Polyvore sets and share them with us! Post your set to our Facebook page, the comments section of this blog, or email them to kelsey.eaton@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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

 

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A Visit to Simon Pearce Glassware

February 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Simon Pearce | Handblown Glassware | Made in Vermont

Luxury home decor aficionados:  do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home?  Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever?  Well Vermont has a treat for you.  Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other.  I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company.  Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.

Simon Pearce Glassware

With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware.  Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.

Simon Pearce | Glass Blower | Watch it Being Made in Windsor and Quechee Vermont

Simon Pearce high quality glass bowls, goblets and vases are hand blown by skilled artisans and designed to last a lifetime.  I took this picture in Windsor, VT but you can also see glassblowing (and pottery making) at their beautiful facility in Quechee, VT.

Simon Pearce Pottery

Simon Pearce Pottery and Stoneware

The Simon Pearce pottery and stoneware collection includes table lamps, vases, pitchers, dinnerware and gifts.  Watch it being made in Windsor and/or Quechee, VT.

Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website.  Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit!  You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.

Restaurant at Simon Pearce

It takes a ton of energy to make glass so Simon Pearce located his facility on a falls and installed hydro power.  Be sure to call for reservations if you’d like to dine at that beautiful restaurant that juts out over the falls. Both food and view are spectacular.

The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of?  Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board.  Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Touring Vermont’s Luxury Home Decor Brands

February 8th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Luxury Home Decor from Vermont

Vermont is home to these luxury home decor brands:  Anichini linens, Simon Pearce glassware, Shackleton Thomas furniture and pottery and Hubbardton Forge lighting.  We look forward to offering them all in one place at Stonehurst.

Last week I managed to escape from the office and take a road trip.  The excuse (er… purpose) was to visit Vermont’s top luxury home decor businesses.  Maybe this won’t surprise you — it turns out that in addition to being the fine furniture capital of America, Vermont is second to none in many other types of authentic, handmade home decor.  The Green Mountain State hosts hand blown glass blower Simon Pearce, hand forged lighting manufacturer, Hubbardton Forge, hand loomed artisanal fabrics maker, Anichini and handcrafted furniture and pottery maker, Shackleton Thomas.

We felt these companies should be featured at Stonehurst, making it a complete showroom for Vermont’s best, high quality, handcrafted home goods.  So I was chosen as the lucky one to make the rounds and pitch the idea.  I was met with nothing but kindness and enthusiasm.  Wendy Fannin at Hubbardton Forge, Heather Carey at Anichini, Maria Parrado at Simon Pearce, Charlie Shackleton and Miranda Thomas were all very supportive of our plans (thanks guys!).

Over the next few months we’ll be hard at work, adding these new products to our showroom.  A nice selection of items will also be added to our online store.  Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!

Related posts: A visit to Shackleton Thomas    A visit to Simon Pearce

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Mid Century Modern Furniture: Vintage Style for your Home

January 28th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Mid Century Modern Style Furniture

These  furniture designs in Walnut wood are classically Mid Century Modern . The geometric shapes and simplistic styling make them a favorite for the everyday modernist. Featured in this photo is the Estelle Chair with selections from the Catalina Collection.

Mid Century Modern, A Furniture Revolution.

Mid Century Modern Furniture is a furniture style characterized by clean simplicity and the integration of nature into the home. Gaining its popularity in the 1950s, Mid Century style was frequently used in residential/suburban areas with the goal of introducing modernism into the post-war American home.

The mid 20th century (1934-65 approximately) saw an extreme out-pour of creativity in graphic design, architecture, and furniture design– with styles unlike any before it.  In the book “Mid Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s,” author Carla Greenberg officially cemented the term “mid century modern” into the interior design world, referring to the dramatic style of furniture, art, decor, and architecture borne in this period of American history.

World renowned for its innovative design and contribution to the American interior design and architectural world, Mid Century Style is still adored to this day. In the article Midcentury Furniture + Grandkid Nostalgia = Modern Trend,” author Andrea Hsu of NPR notes “Open a design magazine or turn on a home decorating show these days, and it’s clear: Midcentury modern is hot.”

So, if Mid Century Modern style is so hot– what exactly is it that people love?

Mid Century Modern Furniture

This beautiful hardwood Mid-Century Modern Bed is available in our online showroom. With smooth lines, and a simplistic style– The Soho Bed highlights essential elements of Mid-Century Modern Style.

Characteristics of Mid Century Modern Furniture

Lines: Ever watched an episode of Mad Men? Mid Century furniture is a lot like that. Clean, simple lines and smooth edges giving it a dramatically simplistic and sleek look. Before the 1950s, most furniture was intricately decorated with elaborate, complicated lines and adornments. But mid century furniture designers were modernists, they valued simplicity and created their furniture in accordance.

Color: Besides the variety of wood furniture used, other mid Century modern furniture makes use of beautifully vivid colors such as orange, red, yellow, and green paired with neutrals like tan, black or white.

Wood: Popular wood choices were walnut for its extraordinarily modern look, and cherry for its versatility.

Quality: Mid Century modern furniture is known for being expertly crafted by the best furniture designers. While this style of furniture is not as grand or bulky as popular furniture styles before it, it’s lightness in no way takes away from it’s quality or worth.

Many Vermont Woods Studios customers love  Mid Century Style– just this week we received a lovely customer photo from a client in New York who’s furniture exemplified the Mid Century simplicity. If you’re unfamiliar with our designs, feel free to browse dozens of modern furniture designs on our online 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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Unexpected Dinner Guests? Sturdy Wooden Benches to the Rescue

January 26th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry wood benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests

Wooden benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests.  These modern American benches are handcrafted in Vermont from solid natural cherry wood.  Which do you prefer… modern, mission or shaker benches (below)?

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor.  Hide them under the table when not in use. But voila, they are at your service when you need them (Shaker benches shown in reclaimed barnwood and natural cherry woodMission style dining bench shown in natural cherry wood).

Have you ever sat down to eat just as the doorbell starts to ring?  You look outside hoping it’s a quick UPS delivery but instead it’s your son’s best friend or your neighbor who’s locked out of the house.  No fear– you can warmly welcome your unexpected guest by simply pulling out the wooden bench that sits humbly and discreetly under the table.

Sturdy, solid wood dining benches are perfect for small kitchens, breakfast nooks and dinner parties with lots of guests! Each wooden bench shown is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted to provide you and your guests with a comfortable dining experience.  Handcrafted in Vermont using real, solid woods that are sustainably harvested, they are carefully crafted to serve your family and guests for many years to come!

Need a custom size bench?  That’s easy!  Our high quality wooden benches are made to order to so we’re happy to modify the dimensions to meet your exact needs.  Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook and we’ll get started 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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Winter Decorating – After the holidays

January 10th, 2014 by Michelle Rooks

Embrace the ice! Bring the outdoors in with black and white photos (thank you to my very talented friend Kathleen Johnson), a clever string
of lights with mirrored garland, bare branches in jars of sand, silver and white throw pillows or ornaments in the same hues in glass jars.

If you’re like me there’s a little feeling of sadness as the holidays wind down. You’ve put away the decorations and it’s too cold to really enjoy the outdoors. What to do…

Rather than cursing the winter frost, why not embrace it? While the old saying is “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” the same doesn’t need to hold true for your home décor. Try these simple and inexpensive ideas to bring a touch of frost to your home.

  • Treat yourself to beautiful white flowers in containers throughout the house. Intersperse them with sprigs of pine or twigs painted white and silver. If you really want that frosty feel, add some glitter to the arrangement.
  • Get yourself some white sand, pour it into a tall glass container and place some small bare branches in it. Or, replace the branches with white candles…Wintry and romantic.
  • Keep one or two strings of white lights out when packing away the holiday decorations. Place them in large jars or old lanterns on mantles or shelves. You could add white and silver ornaments to the jar as well.
  • Take crystals or inexpensive dangly rhinestone earrings and hang them from your sconces or the chandelier in your dining room. You can also add them to the twigs or arrangements.
  • Buy or make yourself throw pillows in shades of light gray, winter white and silver and place them on chairs, couches and beds.
  • Get outside and channel your inner Ansel Adams. It’s amazing what a different look you can get with photos simply by converting them from color to grayscale. If you don’t think you have what it takes, every community has a photographer or two in their midst that would love to help you. A black and white photo with a nice white mat and black frame can feel wintry even if the image isn’t snow-covered.

Many of these ideas are a great way to reuse and recycle. You can be a trend-setter… and green! Here’s another thought. If you were to order Vermont-made hardwood furniture now, about the time you’ve had just about enough of the snow and ice, you could be enjoying your new table or bed.

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