December 4th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
A few days ago, one of our customers sent us these great photos of his new Maple Shaker furniture in his bedroom. Staying true to Shaker sensibilities, the room has an uncluttered and simplistic look; using his American Shaker bedroom furniture to accent the darkness of his walls and highlight the maple flooring. I love it!
These photos inspired me to write a bit about why Maple Wood furniture is great, and the ways it can be used to enhance your own bedroom or other home space!
Maple Wood furniture has a much more informal l look to it than say, Walnut wood, which is typically associated with bold & modern decor styles. The lightness of this wood helps to give your space a relaxed and comfortable vibe– creating an understated interior design style that fits well with traditional Shaker aesthetic.
If you don’t know much about what Shaker Furniture Style encompasses, I’ll give you an overview:
1) Its clean, simple, and unfussy
2) Its practical
3) It features smooth lines and edges
4) Historically, it wasn’t made for “prettiness,” but for use; throughout the years, however, its understated aesthetic has become one of the most popular wood furniture styles!
As you can see from these customer photos, Shaker Furniture in Maple wood is simplistic and elegant; fitting for both a feminine or masculine bedroom. Whats so great about that? Well, It’s ideal for a shared bedroom, keeping both the husband and wife happy! Doesn’t get much better than that!
Lastly, Shaker furniture made in maple wood is great because it really is beautiful and usable in practically any room in the home. Its simplicity gives it a charm that has made it a favorite of furniture lovers for decades.
If you enjoyed this brief overview of Maple Shaker furniture and all of its characteristics; stay tuned for another blog coming soon, on how to pair maple furniture with the appropriate decor! And if you think you’re friends might like this post too… feel free to share it on Facebook or on Twitter! You’ll find our social media icons at the bottom of this post.
December 1st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
The large Cherry Moon Storage Bed you’re looking at is a one-of-a-kind custom creation*. As with much of our furniture, this bed is a customized version of other pieces. In this case our Modern Incline Bed has been combined with our 8 Drawer Cherry Moon Dresser. The resulting storage bed was handcrafted in a small workshop just north of here in Montpelier, VT. Robin and his craftspeople used all solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, and coated it with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. The bed headboard has a nice, gentle incline which makes reading or watching TV in bed super comfy.
Large storage beds have become popular with our Manhattan, Boston and Washington DC based clientele. They are a real space saver in urban apartments and townhomes. Worried about getting it up the elevator? No problem! Free shipping and white glove delivery is included in the price. And of course, Robin built this storage bed so it’s easily disassembled and reassembled when moving is necessary.
I think this is the Ultimate Cherry Storage Bed– it has 8 large drawers for storage! And unlike most of our furniture that is made to order, this bed is currently in our showroom and ready to be shipped to your home immediately. I daresay if you’re in New England, you could be sleeping on it for Christmas. You’d better hurry though because there’s only one of these babies and it’s on sale for 30% off. Here’s an idea: if you want it and think you might get in trouble for indulging, you could do what Ken always does to me… give it to your partner as a gift, right? Something to think about…
But we could make another one just like it, if you’re willing to wait for the customization. Give us a call to get things started!
November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shaker beds have been a specialty of Vermont furniture makers for over 200 years and they remain popular today. I was helping a customer work through the process of finding the perfect Shaker bed yesterday and realized it’s not so easy. We have almost 20 different shaker beds in our online furniture store. All are top quality, 100% American made (handcrafted right here in Vermont) using responsibly harvested, real solid wood.
After looking at our Top 10 Shaker beds and all the different variations in design, we came up with a few subcategories that might make shopping easier for those looking for a particular style:
You’ve probably noticed that these beds are all shown in solid cherry wood, which has a rich reddish brown color (once it has “ripened” after exposure to light). Cherry is by far the most popular wood for our customers when ordering Shaker furniture. However all of our Shaker beds are also available in three other woods: maple, walnut and oak. Some customers even like to mix two woods together like the Sarah Shaker beds below (shown in maple and walnut).
Hopefully this makes shopping for your new Shaker bedroom furniture a little easier. Questions? Come visit us at Stonehurst our new fine furniture and art gallery or contact us through our live chat, email, Facebook or phone.
November 20th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Neville and Martin have been working with Dennis and Kelsey to create a new Furniture Clearance Sale section for our website. This beautiful Vermont Farm Table, Tavern Bench and Ladderback Chair Set is currently housed there– and it’s the best deal in our store. So if there’s anyone out there like me… perhaps with a spouse who “occasionally” gripes about the price of things you NEED for your home– here’s your big chance!
The Vermont Tavern Table Dining Set is priced at just $3999, after a 40% discount from our regular price (a savings of $2500). The design of the dining set has been modified– this set has been discontinued and will no longer be offered exactly as you see it here.
So, if you love early American design, give this bargain some serious consideration. The table is handcrafted with a thick, solid cherry wood top and a maple wood base that’s finished with durable black paint. The base is traditionally crafted with large turned William & Mary style legs (legs are removable to make moving the table easier). The table top is finished with a satin, durable GREENGUARD® certified eco-friendly varnish that stands up well to everyday wear and tear.
Unlike most of our furniture which is made to order, this Vermont farm table is already in our showroom and available immediately. Shipping usually takes a few weeks, but if you pick it up at Stonehurst, you could have it in your home for Thanksgiving dinner! Some lucky family is going to be enjoying turkey and apple pie around this beautiful table– why not make it yours?
November 18th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Looking for the best fine furniture sale this Cyber Monday? We polled our customers to find out what topped their wish list in fine furniture sales this year. The Top 5 Fine Furniture Features are listed below. Naturally we’ve put them all on sale! We’re offering a full 20% off* (plus free shipping) which is our best discount and lowest price ever. So if you’re finally ready to invest in the fine furniture you’ve always dreamed of, take a serious look. All of our real wood furniture is 100% American made, built to order right here in Vermont and guaranteed for a lifetime of service to your family.
Our customers’ favorite Vermont made Craftsman Style Furniture is the Cherry Moon Collection. It’s contemporary Asian design has a light but grounded appearance. Reverse-tapered legs, posts and an intricate cove under the tops round out the design to give any room a comforting and natural feeling. Rich black walnut, half-moon drawer pulls complete the design of these natural cherry, maple, and walnut hardwood pieces.
Traditionally mission style furniture is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery. It’s typically made with oak wood and given a medium or dark stain. Drawer pulls are often simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle. But today’s Vermont made mission style furniture incorporates modern contemporary design features and is often crafted of cherry, walnut and maple wood. You can customize it online to get whichever traditional and contemporary features you like.
Vermont craftspeople have mastered the art of simple elegance in their many variations of American Shaker style furniture, ranging from a strict interpretation of the original Shaker pieces to creative versions with modern functionalities, curves and hardware. Simple aesthetics and sturdy design remain at the heart of today’s Vermont Shaker style furniture.
Natural Cherry Wood is a favorite among our customers as it develops a lustrous, rich reddish brown patina over the years. Premium quality real cherry wood furniture is hard to find and often imitated (poorly) so don’t be fooled by the imports sporting cherry trade names. Vermont is well established as the “go to” place to purchase real natural cherry wood furniture.
American Black Walnut Wood is the only really dark North American wood. Like cherry it’s a prized, premium hardwood that carries a commensurate price tag. Vermont woodworkers are specialists in black walnut furniture, handcrafting it from top quality solid walnut wood.
So there you have it, our customer’s Top 5 Fine Furniture Sale categories for Cyber Monday 2013. Is there something here for you? Let us know what you’re shopping for this Cyber Monday on our Facebook.
November 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Perhaps the most rewarding part of our fine furniture business (or any business, I would imagine) is when a customer becomes a friend. This is a story about a friendship that developed between our staff and a family who lives in Alaska.
The truth is… the process of ordering handcrafted, made to order furniture is a (relatively) long one. Sometimes it takes 8 weeks or more for crafting a dining room set. After that shipping can take a couple additional weeks (depending on a customer’s distance from our workshops in Vermont) because “faster is not always better” when it comes to moving fine furniture.
So during this period we get to know our customers pretty well. We communicate back and forth regularly about our progress and about the schedule and logistics for delivery. Occasionally our conversations about logistics include personal details and once in a while this leads to a special friendship which develops unexpectedly. Such was the case with the family of Jeff F who recently sent us this kind note:
We recently purchased a dining room table and chairs from Vermont Woods Studios. We looked around before we made our selection, both online and in local stores. Although we had not made a purchase previously from Vermont Woods Studios, we made a leap of faith and ordered from them, as they seemed to offer the materials, design, and craftsmanship we were looking for.
It’s not often these days that people exceed your expectations, but ours were exceeded in all respects. The staff at Vermont Woods Studios was informative, knowledgeable, and responsive. Communications, estimated ship dates, and follow up all were timely and accurate. When the furniture pieces arrived, they were just as we had hoped. Each piece was extremely well-crafted. Joints were flawless. The cherry wood was gorgeous and the grain was very well-matched. The finish was nearly luminescent.
We found the people at Vermont Woods Studios wonderful to work with, and our experience could not have been more positive. They went out of their way to help and accommodate us at every turn. We have recommended them to friends without any hesitation, and I’m certain that we’ll be ordering additional pieces of furniture for our home.”–Jeff F.
Thanks, Jeff. Your letter made our day and reminded us what our jobs are all about. Cheers– to many happy moments shared together around your Vermont made dining furniture!
November 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
When I was a kid, eating dinner around the table was an everyday thing. We didnt go our separate ways and eat dinner on the couch, we made it a habit to spend this quality time together just chatting and enjoying our food around the table. This tradition of my families has made me an advocate for spending time making sure that the dining room is a comfortable, well designed space.
Our Mid Fall Dining Room sale is the perfect time to purchase American Made dining furniture for your dream dining room. With dozens of styles and collections, we’re sure to have furniture pieces that your family would absolutely love to spend time around.
From November 15th to November 25th, you can save up to 20% on our handcrafted dining room furniture. Buy one piece and save 10%, buy two pieces and save 15%, or buy three or more pieces and save 20%! Plus, free shipping and lifetime guarantee!
Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online store. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture.
*Sale does not include Copeland, Polywood, or Artisan furniture!
November 4th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Cherry furniture is enjoying the top spot on our customer’s list of favorite wood species again this year. It’s been the trend for several years and no doubt 2014 will be another banner year for cherry wood. Most Vermont woodworkers are set up to offer customers a choice of at least the Top 4 American Hardwoods used in fine furniture making, that is: cherry, maple, walnut and oak. But cherry has always been the favorite as far back as I can remember.
In responding to customer preferences as well as the availability of high quality, sustainably harvested cherry wood, Vermont furniture makers have become America’s authority on fine cherry furniture. We work right alongside them at Vermont Woods Studios and have been sharing their knowledge on our website, in our blog and in a variety of articles. As we head into the furniture buying season, I thought I’d compile some of these resources and publish them as The Ultimate Buyers Guide for Cherry Furniture.
Check it out and let us know on Facebook, if you have additional questions we can add to the Guide.
November 3rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Leaf peepers traveling through Vermont at this time of year often notice the sad demise of some of our historic barns and buildings. In some cases, over 200 years of wind, rain and snow have left these antique treasures in desperate need of rebirth. Fortunately, Vermont has many talented craftsmen who’ve taken on the mission of reclaiming the old boards, hand-hewn beams and timbers from these vintage barns. They recapture, de-nail and mill them into beautiful farmhouse tables. “Old wood – new life!” as reclaimed barnwood craftsman, Raphael Groton says.
Some of the common types of wood reclaimed are: oak, pine, elm, cherry, chestnut, walnut, hickory, maple, and quartersawn oak. Much of this vintage barn wood comes from original stands of America’s old growth forests and, as a result it has incredible architectural quality that could only be crafted by nature. Boards are extra wide with lush color and rich patinas. The beauty, density and stability of the wood, not to mention the unique character it attains after decades or even centuries of service in an old barn, factory or warehouse is captivating.
Can you name any other natural, renewable resource that’s as beautiful, strong and durable today as it was 200 years ago? Make a visit to Stonehurst, Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery to see how Vermont farm tables can lend a touch of authenticity to both traditional and modern home decor.
November 2nd, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
One of the most unique pieces of furniture we have in our showroom and one that gets a lot of attention at the Vermont Welcome Center is the Custom Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair. This is really a chair that needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. It is available on our web site in Natural Cherry, Birdseye Maple or Natural Walnut.
The first time I saw it I was reminded of the child’s toy Jacob’s Ladder. The Quilted Rocker is made up of dozens of smooth wood pieces strung together with nylon rope. The look is unique but the comfort is amazing. I had a knitter friend come to visit the showroom and her eyes lit up when she sat in it. “I could see myself doing a lot of knitting in this chair!”
Well, she wasn’t alone. On Halloween we had a visitor stop by just at closing time. “Gene Simmons” was equally impressed though he doesn’t really strike me as a knitter. Actually, that’s my usually mild-mannered husband, Chris, in one of his favorite costumes. And yes, he made it himself…er, the costume, not the chair.
Stop by and try the Custom Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair for yourself. We think you’ll agree it’s not only a conversation piece, it’s a place of comfort.