Underbed-2-drawer-storage We've had a number of customers contact us at Vermont Woods Studios this week from Manhattan, looking for furniture for small spaces.  Today, I wanted to show you an under bed storage unit we recently made as a custom unit, but will now begin to offer as an option for any of our Cherry Moon or Vermont Made Shaker beds.

 

Cherry-moon-dovetail-bed The unit in the photo has been customized to fit perfectly under the Cherry Moon Dovetail Bed.  It spans most of the length of the bed and half of the width.  You can fit 2 units under the bed (one on each side).  We haven't had a chance to update the website yet with this option, so please give us a call if you're interested in it.  888-390-5571.

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.

Custom-wine-cabinet
Many thanks to
Abe Abbas, resident
furniture expert at
About.com for his informative article on Customized, Hand Crafted Furniture from Vermont
Woods Studios
. Abe is one of the foremost furniture authorities on the
web. He's responsible for ingniting and maintaining the enthusiasm of a
large crowd of interior design and
furniture aficionados who meet, greet and
discuss the latest on his
blog, forum, newsletter and website.


On St. Patrick's Day, Abe published an article
highlighting our green mission at Vermont Woods Studios and showcasing many of
our handmade, custom and customized furniture pieces, including the:

He provides a picture gallery
of his favorite handmade furniture pieces from our collection. Check it out!

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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Natural, Green, American Furniture: who could argue with that, right?  Given similar prices, most people would rather buy this kind of eco-friendly furniture as opposed to foreign imports and here are just a few reasons why:

  • The use of sustainably-harvested, local wood helps preserve our forests and the biodiversity we rely on for our very existence
  • The avoidance of using illegally harvested tropical woods like mahogany and teak helps preserve the world's vanishing rainforests and the endangered species within them  (Twenty percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation).
  • Preservation of the art and tradition of American furniture making is important to us.
  • Preservation of high quality, green, American jobs is important to us.
  • The support for fair treatment of foreign workers, in terms of occupational safety and health and wages is important to us.

I recently read a well-researched series of articles in the Salt Lake Tribune titled, American Imports- Chinese Deaths about how Chinese workers are losing their lives producing goods for America.  Many Chinese workers are dying from cancers and other fatal occupational diseases caused by exposure to benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and more.  These chemicals are present in the paints, varnishes, glues and solvents that are pervasive in low-cost, imported furniture.  Several pages of the series were devoted to discussions of amputation and the loss of life and limb, due to worker exposure to unguarded machinery. 

These are the realities of  imported furniture and the reasons why Vermont Woods Studios customers "bother" to purchase natural, green, American furniture. They're concerned for the health and safety of the people who make our furniture as well as the health of their own families.  And acquiring beautiful, high quality furniture makes them feel good about their choices everytime they sit at the dining table or sleep soundly in their bedroom furniture.  Bravo to those consumers who value the benefits of natural, American made furniture!

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.

Cherry-moon-bed
As you might imagine at a furniture store, we spend a lot of time with our customers, getting to know their needs and preferences and budgets.  It used to be that needs and preferences came first in our discussion,  but in this time of recession, the budget is almost always the main thing on peoples’ minds.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’re responding to that and looking for all sorts of ways to add value to our product, while keeping the prices affordable.  Whenever we can, we’re placing items on our Furniture Sale page and leaving them there longer than planned, if customers request that.  We’ll talk about other ways we’re working with you to create the very best furniture value for your money in the next few posts.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re shopping on our sustainable furniture website and looking for ways to save.  We’re always happy to help.

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.

Modern-natural-cherry-table
Our talented craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios have been hard at work, designing creative, new eco friendly, green furniture for you in 2009.  We'll plan to showcase some of our new arrivals on our blog.  Each piece is handcrafted here in Vermont from green, environmentally friendly wood that has been sustainably harvested from local and regional forests employing responsible forest management plans.  Our handmade furniture features natural, non-toxic finishes and customers can choose from a water-based lacquer or a natural oil finish.  Most furniture pieces are made to order, so customers have the luxury of customizing their tables, chairs, beds and cabinets if needed.  Small customizations like adding-subtacting an inch or two to make a piece fit into your space, or changing the wood species or finish are often done free of charge. 

How do you like our new Modern Rectangular Dining-Conference Table and Chairs shown here in natural cherry wood?  It's a more contemporary look than much of our furniture that tends to be of a Shaker-type design, but I think it's beautiful.  I can't wait for someone to purchase the first set and send us a picture of it, all installed in their dining room.  We'll post it here on the blog, if they agree!

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.