Arts and Crafts bedroom furniture from Vermont
This Arts and Crafts bedroom furniture set is part of our Vermont made Cherry Moon collection.  It’s in stock (along with this similar bedroom set) and on sale for 25% off!  Ready to ship or pick up today.

What is Arts & Crafts Furniture?

Simple, graceful, and handmade: that’s the essence of the American Arts & Crafts furniture style.  The Arts & Crafts (or Craftsman) philosophy, which became popular over a century ago, grew out of a rejection of complicated Victorian era designs produced by industrial processes.  People were rediscovering an appreciation for simpler, functional, handmade wooden furniture crafted by skilled artisans.

Brandon arts and crafts style bedroom set
This Brandon arts and crafts style bedroom set is on display (and on sale) at our Stonehurst showroom today. We love it’s clean lines, gentle curves and timeless elegance.

Today’s Craftsman Community in Vermont

Although the Arts & Crafts movement began at the turn of the 20th century, it’s still going strong today in Vermont!  The Green Mountain State (Fine Furniture Capital of America) is increasingly recognized as our country’s leader in high quality, handmade wooden furniture, boasting over 1000 small furniture companies plus 2000 independent woodworkers operating out of studios, barns and garages.

Contemporary Craftsman bedroom set
Another arts and crafts bedroom set in our showroom is this Contemporary Craftsman set.  Skillfully crafted of natural cherry wood, it features clean, smooth lines with just a hint of curve.

Psst… It’s on Sale for 25% Off at Stonehurst!

Vermont craftsmen produce a diverse collection of high quality wooden furniture which has earned them a world-wide reputation for integrity, authenticity and green design.  Stop by our quintessential Vermont furniture and home decor showroom at Stonehurst and save 25% on these arts & crafts bedroom furniture sets today.  We’re in a 200 year old, lovingly restored farmhouse, perched atop a lost ski area in Vernon, Vermont.  See photos of our unique destination shopping experience on Facebook and come celebrate natural, handmade arts & crafts furniture with us at Stonehurst.

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.

Shaker Dining Room Furniture

Admiring Shaker Dining Room Furniture

Shaker Dining Room Furniture is beautiful in it’s simplicity. Not only is it world renowned for it’s modestly elegant style, but it is also adored for it’s exquisite craftsmanship and usability. Shaker Dining Room Furniture can be used to complement existing decor and furniture, or if used alone, makes a beautifully harmonious dining space.

1. Form Follows Function.

One of the hallmarks of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is it’s unfussy, simplistic design. The Shakers believed that showiness was a sin, so they created furniture completely with functionality and usability in mind. The end result, however, was beyond utilitarian. Shaker furniture’s modest styling is unintentionally beautiful and perfect for the modern dining space.

2. Versatility.

The humble styling of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is gives it a widely versatile appeal. Shaker Dining Furniture can be mixed and matched with other styles and blend in quite well. The unfussy design makes it perfect for just adding in a piece or two as you slowly grow your Shaker collection, or for creating an entire new Shaker space with existing decor.

3. Sustainability.

The original Shakers had an inherent respect for the land and used as much local materials as possible. Our beautiful, solid wood furniture is built to order with sustainably harvested woods and non-toxic finishes, much like the way America’s first Shakers built their furniture over eight generations ago.

There is so much to love about Shaker Dining Room Furniture, and we hope you appreciate it’s beauty and simplicity as much as we do. At our store you will find hundreds of handcrafted pieces of Shaker Furniture, built to be usable, versatile, and naturally sustainable.

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.

dining room furniture sale

Great Savings with our Pre-Spring Dining Room Furniture Sale

Did you know that the average person spends almost six and a half years of their lifetime eating food? If we’re spending that much time eating, we might as well be eating on beautiful dining room furniture!  Save up to 20% on all of the Vermont made hardwood dining room furniture you have been wishing for. Order today and receive 10% off one piece, 15% on two pieces or 20% savings when you buy 3 or more pieces! (Plus Free Delivery!)

Our top quality dining furniture is skillfully crafted in Vermont from real hardwoods. Our talented furniture makers build with style, function, and generations of use in mind, giving you the comfort of knowing that you’ve invested in a piece that will truly last. Your new dining furniture can be made from natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods. So whether you’re shopping for a single piece to complement an existing dining room set or starting afresh, browse through hundreds of pieces of our handmade dining room furniture and you’re sure to find something you love.

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. Hurry! This Dining Room Furniture Sale ends at midnight on March 5thth.

*Excludes Copeland, Artisan, POLYWOOD, Clearance, and home decor.

 

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.

Bookcases | Real Solid Walnut Wood | Shaker Style | USA Made
Bookcases | Real Solid Walnut Wood | Shaker Style | USA Made

Getting Organized with Custom Bookcases

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list, but think about it.  Whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013.  Not to mention more beautiful.

At Vermont Woods Studios our biggest month for crafting bookcases and other organizers is January.  Could it have to do with New Year’s resolutions?  Must be, but we’re getting inquiries almost every day lately.  I think customers are realizing that there is a 1-3 month lead time for ordering custom bookcases.  So if you’re one of those people I thought I’d offer up some tips and advice about how to choose the right set of bookshelves for your home or office.

Glass Doors, Wooden Doors or No Doors

Are you really going to use those books or movies or vases?  Or will they just sit in the bookcase and collect dust?  Are they beautiful?  Part of your decor?  Or just obligatory (someone gave them to you and you can’t seem to throw them away) and you don’t necessarily want to see them?  Do you put things back neatly?  Or are you always in a hurry?  These are the kinds of weighty issues you’ll need to unravel before you decide whether or not to add doors to your custom bookcases.  Oh… and should the doors be glass to show off your chotskies or wooden to hide the mess?

Custom Bookcases, Bookshelves, Glass Doors, Wood Doors, No Doors

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list. But whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013. Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

One Big Bookshelf or a Couple Small Ones?

Once you’ve decided what kind of doors are best for your bookshelves, you’ll want to measure your space and get the cabinets to fit perfectly into it.  Some people love the integrated design of one big bookcase unit like the Modern Shaker Home Office Center Cabinet above (make sure you can fit something this big up the stairs and into your room!).  Other people like the versatility of combining several small bookcases in different ways.  One thing we always mention to customers is: if you’re getting a series of bookcases that you may want to place flush up next to each other, be sure you specify “no overhang”.  That means any molding along the top will be eliminated either on one or both sides, depending on how you want to configure the bookcases.

Measure Twice and Cut Once

We try to make it easy to customize your bookcase online, but it really is a good idea to give us a call or stop by the showroom to order custom bookcases, especially if they’re over-sized or designed to sit flush against each other.  We’ll help you get all the measurements right for your space so they’ll be no surprises when your furniture arrives.

Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

 

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.

50-shades-of-cherry
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.