New flash: the stock market’s volatile and the price of gold just took another tumble. Here’s an idea… invest a portion of your money in something you can literally appreciate every day: handmade Craftsman Furniture! I was looking on the Stickley Museum website this morning and noticed that Gustav Stickley’s “Columbus Ave Sideboard” which he crafted in 1900 for his own home was sold by Stickley’s heirs to Barbara Streisand in 1988 for $363,000. Eleven years later, Barbara re-sold the sideboard to an un-named buyer at a Christie’s auction for $596,500. $233,500 in appreciation just over 10 years– that’s not a bad rate of appreciation is it?
The Stickley museum website highlights other antique arts & crafts, mission and craftsman furniture pieces that have shown tremendous appreciation in value, including:
Now… original antique furniture is not for everyone. Most of us would probably prefer to have beautiful, high quality furniture that we’re not afraid to use. Which brings me to Vermont. It is America’s last great bastion of consummate craftsmanship. The Green Mountain state boasts over 2000 small furniture making companies. The cream of the crop are members of an elite association of master level furniture makers, The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Tomorrow’s antiques can be commissioned from Guild members today, with a good bit of certainty that their value will increase over time. Check out The Guild’s website and visit one of their shows or tour their workshops for an up close and personal view of truly fine craftsmanship.
When you invest your money in tomorrow’s Vermont made antiques, you are also investing in American jobs and in the future of American craft. What other kind of investment could give you this kind of appreciation?
Also known as extension tables, butterfly leaf tables are helpful solutions for small kitchens and dining rooms. Traditional dining room tables can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t have the dining space adequate for that size table, tables with self storing leaves are the perfect choice. Rather than settling for a tiny table, where you couldn’t accommodate guests on holidays or special occasions, you can use a butterfly leaf table to allow for more seating whenever you need it!
Now there’s really no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house. Just pull out the extra leaf! Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement. But today’s tables with self storing leaves let you neatly and conveniently tuck them away under the table top. It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
So how do tables with self storing leaves work?
For a visual demonstration, take a look at the video above and see how easy it is to use a butterfly leaf table. They have a section in the center that can be self stored when not in use at large gatherings. The tables open easily with a single self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds!
Where can I find butterfly leaf extension tables?
We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. Browse a selection of our favorites below:
If you’ve made your way to this post, chance are you’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to find real cherry wood furniture. Why do you suppose real cherry is so hard to find? Well, it’s kind of like trying to find real American made furniture right? Both are relatively rare in this age of cheap imports and they can easily get obscured by the mass marketing of knock-offs.
Real Cherry Furniture 101
Real honest cherry furniture is still being handcrafted in Vermont and in fact, it is the wood of choice for over half of our customers. As such we get asked a lot of questions about it. The curiosity of our customers has made us experts in cherry wood and cherry furniture & we’re happy to share everything we’ve learned. Here are a few articles you might be interested in:
Don’t be fooled by the plethora of stores that sell faux cherry knock offs and label them as “real cherry wood”. What you’re buying at those stores is actually rubber wood, poplar, alder or any number of fast-growing wood alternatives. They are often illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like cherry. Why would companies like Wayfair, Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, Macy’s, JC Penny’s risk their reputations by engaging in such false advertising? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook.
Our Modern Shaker Furniture Collection is an ultra customizable collection featuring several different options for your home office. With a handful of desk options, we’ve chosen two of our favorites that we feel define the look of a professional Vermont style office.
Our Modern Shaker Desks are handcrafted to last a lifetime. One is sleek & simple, the other sturdy and grand… which fits your style?
The Modern Shaker Campaign Desk & Modern Shaker Office Desk. The Modern Shaker Campaign desk is sleek and simple, shown in ultra-modern walnut wood. This desk leaves plenty of open space under the desk for you to move around or to place file cabinets. This solid wood Modern Shaker Style Campaign Writing Desk will impress clients and friends who visit your home or office. Organize everything at your fingertips in its two accessory drawers and built-in pencil drawer.
The Modern Shaker Executive Desk is a bold but transitional piece perfect for your executive office. It’s sturdy design makes it the ideal piece for an office that gets a lot of foot traffic and a lot of use! Shown in cherry wood, this classic American made desk is a great choice for a simplistic & stylish professional office. This fine luxury furniture is crafted using premium solid wood and is designed and built to last a lifetime. Organize everything at your fingertips in its two accessory drawers and 2 file drawers (standard or legal size). Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. This solidly built Shaker desk is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a natural, eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.
Let us know which one of these Modern Shaker Desks you love in the comments, or check out more of our hardwood desks online!
Shaker end tables have worldwide appeal, both as valued collectibles and as beautiful, unfussy pieces of furniture that go with anything in the home.
Introduced over 200 years ago by the Shaker religious sect, this unfrilly furniture style has a truly timeless quality that makes sense for any style of home. Shaker end tables can accent your couch or other living room furniture with chic simplicity, and while they are not bold furniture designs, they make the perfect complementary pieces for your rustic or modern living room. Place your books, artwork, and most prized family photos atop your Shaker end table for a stylish, comfortable look. Mix and match your shaker end tables for a more eclectic aesthetic.
Shaker end tables are light and airy, evoking a warm, country feel in any space they occupy. Traditionally, “country” style decor and furniture is sometimes seen as overly cluttered. The modern minimalism of Shaker end tables, however, is far from cluttered! Shaker style furniture is charactarized by its clean build, unassuming lines, and tapered leg shape. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and in its rich centuries old heritage.
Shaker end tables are some of the most versatile styles for your living room. So if you don’t feel comfortable committing to a certain style, this is the perfect type for you. Switch your styles around as much as you like and your Shaker end table will still look just as wonderful beside your couch or comfy living room chair.
What do you think, would you add a Shaker end table to your living room space? If not, what style do you like better?