GreenBuild is an international conference of the world’s leading green building experts who gather together annually to
share insights on the green building movement and its diverse
specialties, including green furniture.  The Expo has been rapidly gaining steam since it’s debut in 2002 and Vermont Woods Studios is proud to be a part of it this year as it rolls into Boston, November 19-21, 2008.

If you’re going to be in Boston during that time, please consider visiting the Expo to see all the new and exciting progress that industry leaders are making in green energy, landscaping, interior design, furnishings and much more.  Vermont Woods Studios will be featured in a multi-media presentation about Vermont’s unique status as a provider of high-end green furnishings from premium, affordable catalog furniture to ultra-luxury custom artisan works.  We congratulate our artisans and craftspeople for their fine achievements and this extraordinary measure of international recognition.  See you in Boston!

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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Every time I look at our web statistics I’m amazed at how many people from exotic and distant lands manage to find us at VermontWoodsStudios.com and browse through our beautiful handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Last week we were contacted by
Magdalena Mąka, a journalist in Poland who was working on an article about ultra-luxury gifts for the LuxClub publication.  Magdelena loved our specialty, custom, artisan furniture, especially Steve’s Fabulous Fainting Couch and asked for permission to feature several pieces in the online and print versions of LuxClub this Fall.  We love to see our artisans get international acclaim for their work.  For a small state like Vermont, it’s surprising to see the broad, global reach of our talented furniture-makers.  We applaud them all!
  If you are a journalist and would like to feature our artisans, please feel free to contact us for photos and information.

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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This is a case where the truth hurts.  Once you’ve made a decision to invest in US-made, handcrafted, heirloom quality furniture, you’re excited and want to see it in your home as soon as possible. But you’re a patient person, so waiting 8-10 weeks to have furniture specially made for you is tolerable. Adding another 1-5 weeks for white-glove shipping may be asking a bit too much, right?

At Vermont Woods Studios, we have two shipping options:

  • FREE, full-service, white-glove shipping and delivery by the finest, award-winning shipper in the country (this shipper is the one most often chosen to ship antiques for Sothebys and Christies auction services). We recommend this blanket wrap shipping option for four reasons.  First, our customers have great praise for the high level of personal service they receive with this method.  The delivery team brings your furniture into your home, sets it up wherever you like and waits while you inspect it for any possible shipping damage.  Second, the furniture is blanket wrapped and there is no packaging material to dispose of, so the environmental benefit is substantial.   Third, in all of our blanket wrapped shipment history, we have had only one incident of damage and that was very minimal and was quickly repaired to the customers complete satisfaction.  And fourth, it’s FREE!  The downside of blanket wrapping is the time frame involved, 1-5 weeks, depending on your location and the timing of your order relative to other orders in your area.

  • Express Shipping (10% upcharge).  With express shipping you will receive your furniture within 2-10 days of completion. It will be wrapped and boxed in cartons and shipped via an express delivery service.  The delivery crew will bring your furniture to your doorstep and at that time you will need to unpackage your furniture and carefully inspect each piece to be sure that no damage has occurred during shipping.  Customers must be sure to do this while the shipper waits and BEFORE they sign the waybill.  The truth is that Express shippers are often in a hurry and quite honestly, there is slightly greater risk of damage when using this option.  Damage is dealt with by repair or replacement, but we hate to see our customers have to go through the disappointment of shipping damage.  One thing we always stress, particularly with Express shipping is that customers must note any damage no matter how small, on the shipper’s waybill and contact Vermont Woods Studios as soon as possible.

Whether you’re buying furniture or any other large item that must be shipped to your doorstep, these considerations will apply.  Although we’re always looking for ways to improve our shipping time and quality, one fact remains indisputable:  Speed has its price.

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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Many thanks to Tama Swan, Associate Editor for Central New Jersey's beautiful Solutions at Home Magazine.  Tama was writing an article on Awesome Armoires and found the many wardrobes and armoires Vermont Woods Studios offers to be stand-outs.  She writes: The Vermont Cabot Cottage Armoire from Vermont Woods Studios possesses all
the charm and cottage chicness you’d expect from home goods giant Pottery
Barn, but each piece is custom made by artisans using sustainable Vermont
wood. Nine color options (shown here in Vermont green), customizable door
fronts and an array of knobs and pulls guarantee uniqueness. From $1,572;
www.vermontwoods.com)
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Tama notes that armoires began as corrals for armor and weaponry (armoire means “armor” in
French) but soon became decorative symbols of young brides’ wealth, traveling
with them and containing their dowries.  Eventually armoires moved to the kitchen,
where they were used to store and display glassware, linens and, in some cases,
food, then to the bedroom, where they protected Sunday clothes from wrinkles
and creases.

Today they’re frequently used to disguise televisions and
other electronics.  Stop by our website and check out the many customizable amoires and wardrobes you can use to organize your home and beautify your clutter!

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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We received an interesting request for proposal this week, on our commercial side (that’s also me ;).  Alda Naha of Purchasing Management International, a purchaser for hotel, resort and casino furnishing worldwide, had seen our sustainable furniture at a resort, Stowe Mountain Lodge, in Stowe Vermont and was interested in receiving a bid to furnish a couple areas of a new Ritz Carlton in Tuscon, AZ.

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Alda was looking for a large conference table that measured 5′ wide  x14′ long for a Board Room and a similar large dining table for the Wine room.

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The project was a terrific match for Vermont Woods Studios since our artisans are often working on massive tables like this for hotels, colleges, and government offices all around the Northeast.  We have not made our way out West much, however, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to bid.  The designer who was working on spec’ing the project had guayubira wood in mind for the project, but since that is a rare and endangered wood, we proposed to use either reclaimed chestnut or walnut.  We are hoping PMI will consider this green alternative for the present project and also keep us in mind for future eco-friendly, luxury furniture needs.

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.