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Google image search results for ‘real cherry wood”. Half of these are NOT cherry wood.  Many are illegal rainforest woods, brought to you by organized crime which has taken root in the global timber industry.

Cherry Wood: Will The Real Color Please Stand Up?

We have conversations with customers every day about the color of real cherry wood furniture.  It’s no wonder!  When I just googled “real cherry wood” these well over 50 shades of cherry came up.  Quite a variation, isn’t it?

First of all, half of these images are NOT of cherry wood.  When the big American furniture companies started off-shoring their furniture to China over 30 years ago they found it cheaper to use rainforest woods (rather than import cherry from North America and then export it back to North America as furniture). So they stained these cheaper woods and gave them various trade names containing “cherry”.  For example Makore, an increasingly rare African wood being illegally logged in Sierra Leone and Gabon has been sold under the trade name Cherry Mahogany, though Makore is not closely related to either cherry or mahogany.  Worse yet,  it is listed as an endangered species due to illegal logging and exploitation by organized crime which has taken root in the global timber industry.

Many times customers come to us looking to buy real cherry furniture that matches existing cherry pieces in their homes.  After discussions and emailing pictures back and forth they are shocked to find that their “cherry” furniture from Bassett, Broyhill, Ethan Allen, Thomasville, Drexel, Lane or other big “American” companies is not cherry at all but rubberwood, poplar or some kind of engineered hardwood.

At Vermont Woods Studios, our cherry furniture is indeed made out of real, solid North American Black Cherry wood.  The color starts out as a light pink and slowly ripens to a rich reddish brown over time, depending on how much light the furniture is exposed to.  See various colors of cherry wood as it changes colors.

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’ve never done this before…but we’re excited about it! Copeland Bedroom Furniture is going on sale! 

Our President’s Day furniture sale will start this Friday and I have some good news for Copeland Furniture fans. For the first time (and possible the only time) we are able to offer a discount on Copeland bedroom furniture! The Copeland President’s Day sale starts Feb 13 and continues for over 2 weeks until March 1, 2015.

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Our Copeland bedroom furniture sale includes FREE shipping plus a 10% discount on this beautiful Berkeley collection (and all your other favorite bedroom pieces from this iconic Vermont furniture brand).

If you’re looking to purchase Copeland furniture, like all shoppers you’re looking for the best price, right?  You’ve noticed that all retailers are charging essentially the same price for Copeland.  What’s up with that?  Well as the Internet becomes a larger venue for shopping, more and more furniture manufacturers are setting a minimum price that we retailers must abide by.  In Copeland’s case it’s a fair price that’s commensurate with the value of their furniture.  It’s meant to help keep Copeland’s retailers from going out of business, declaring bankruptcy and damaging the Vermont furniture industry.  Thus in the past, you haven’t seen lower Copeland prices unless they were for a floor model or a scratch and ding sample.

Copeland Dominion bedroom furniture
Copeland’s Dominion bedroom furniture is also on sale with a 10% discount from Feb 13 – Mar 1, 2015.

But now, for President’s Day Copeland has announced their first ever bedroom furniture sale.  All your favorite Copeland bedroom collections will be discounted by 10%.  That’s huge because Copeland’s everyday pricing is a great value and very competitive with similar high end brands.  This sale is a true bargain!

Love mid century modern design?  This Copeland bedroom furniture sale features the Catalina collection, a beautiful expression of MCM style.
Love mid century modern furniture design? This Copeland bedroom furniture sale features the Catalina collection, a beautiful expression of MCM style.

Here’s a run down on what our President’s Day sale includes for Copeland bedroom furniture collections:

Check out our website for details and give us a call, visit us at our beautiful Stonehurst showroom or order online at your convenience.  We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

 

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.

Solid Wood Side Tables

When it comes to decorating your living room, there are so many options to consider! Do you want your home to have an elegant, traditional feeling or are you looking for a more organic flare? Maybe a mix of both? With our Classic Shaker End Table, you get the best of classic furniture styling, and with our Live Edge Accent Table, you get a unique fusion of wood and metal making a eclectically stylish space. Here’s a brief rundown on both so you can make the best decision for your living room:

A)  Classic Shaker End Table

Our handcrafted, solid wood Classic Shaker Side Table will add luxury and functionality to your shaker style living room, den, library or bedroom. It’s simplistic look makes it a great table to decorate around, and while it certainly has a presence, it won’t demand the attention of the room.

B) Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Table

If you love one-of-a-kind furniture then you will love our Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Side Table. Carefully selected and hand-made from Vermont Sugar Maples, these tables are crafted to preserve the natural beauty of the wood. The color varitations appearing in the center of the table top and radiate out showing decades of maple sap tapping. These details are further highlighted by the natural steel hairpin legs, which offer a beautiful contrast to the rustic appearance of the wood itself. With its smooth finish, live-edge style and unique imperfections, this accent side table provides a great conversation starter to any home, as well as a sliver of vermont history.

Both of these pieces are finely handcrafted in Vermont and made to order. Which of them is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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.

Enjoy the Game in American Made Style with  a Hardwood Media Center

Today’s the big day, the Super Bowl! While it might be too late to get a new hardwood media center for today’s game, browse our selection of beautiful Vermont made entertainment centers and find something perfect for your next big party or sports event. We have media centers in a variety of different styles, and you’re sure to find something to fit the aesthetic of your space. Whether you’re renovating your current family room or den, or planning out the living room of your new home–we’d love to help you find a style you can proudly show to your friends.

The 6 picks shown above are great media center choices, all made from local Vermont woodworkers! So grab an ice cold heady topper and have fun browsing this selection of real hardwood entertainment furniture:

1)   Berkeley 8 Drawer Dresser with TV Organizer

Berkeley Hardwood Media Center
Enjoy the big game from bed with the Berkeley 8 Drawer dresser & TV organizer! This handmade TV stand has an American Craftsman style fused with modern Asian design. Customize online in your choice of wood color. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. 

 

2)  Modern Rounded Entertainment Center

Modern Rounded Wood Entertainment Center
The solid cherry Vermont Modern Entertainment Console adds designer style to the modern living room. It features a unique curved shape and plenty of space to store all your DVD’s, media equipment and more! This beautiful, solid cherry wood media cabinet will be the topic of many conversations.

 

3) New York Contemporary TV Stand 

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Our New York Contemporary TV Stand #3 is perfect for housing flat screen TV’s and all your other media equipment. It has a simple, modern design that will blend in perfectly in any contemporary living room.

4) Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Console

Contemporary Craftsmen Solid Wood Media Center
Styled for the contemporary living space, the Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Center features versatility as well as flair and elegance. Constructed from eco-friendly maple, cherry or maple hardwoods, our luxury room furniture is built to last for generations. This pieces is completely customizable to fit your furnishing needs.

5) Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center

Retractable TV Media Center
Our Retractable, Flat Screen Pop-Up Media Center is the perfect storage solution for any room. Attach a Flat Screen TV up to 42″W to the hardware inside the media center and watch it rise automatically out of the entertainment center when you want to watch TV and then slowly descend back into it when you’re done! Your friends and family will be amazed!

6) Catalina Walnut TV and Media Center

Catalina Walnut TV & Media Center
The Catalina Walnut TV & Media Wall Unit is 3 piece set (1 center media unit and 2 tall narrow tower bookcases) handmade in Vermont of solid natural walnut wood. Customize online in large or small size and in natural walnut. Designed with versatile wire management openings in the back for easy access and configuration of your home entertainment equipment. Made to order using solid black walnut wood, this high end, TV & Media Wall Unit features modern, mid-century American design.

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.

 

Hardwood barstools can bring sleekness and elegance to your dining space. Whether it’s to complement your bistro table or dining bar, our luxurious barstools are heirloom quality and guaranteed for life. Our selection of eco-friendly barstools includes:

 

Screenshot_1Style 1- Contemporary WindsorComfortable, durable and stylish, these high-end Contemporary Windsor Swivel Bar Stools will add charm and beauty to your counter height table, cafe table, breakfast bar or cocktail bar. Rugged and sturdily built by experienced craftsman from fine, natural hardwoods, customize them today to match your home! Available only in natural cherry hardwood.

Style 2- Country Windsor:   With a streamlined design, this high end, handcrafted Country Windsor Barstool will add charm and class to your counter height, cafe or bistro table setting.

 

Screenshot_5Mission Style Barstools in Style 1 & Style #2: Our high-end, handcrafted American Mission Bar Stool’s are perfect for your breakfast bar, counter-height table, or cocktail bar. Order today and enjoy the comfort and natural beauty of solid hardwood barstools in your home! Available only in natural cherry hardwood .

 

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A unique lattice design on the backs of these high-end Natural Cherry Lattice Back Barstools gives them a delicate appearance of understated elegance. Available in natural cherry or oak hardwoods.

 

Screenshot_4Our luxury Classic Shaker Barstools will add sophistication and charm to your breakfast bar, counter-height table or cocktail bar. Natural hardwood and your choice of fabric allow you to customize these high-end barstools to match your home.

 

Screenshot_6Our cherry wood Sheaf Back Barstools feature and simple, sheaf back and traditional windsor style. Each barstool is crafted using sustainably harvested solid wood, very eco-friendly and perfect for any bar height table or counter! Available only in natural cherry hardwood.

 

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section or send us a tweet!

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.