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Wood + Metal = Beautiful Handmade Furniture

December 23rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Wood and Metal Furniture - Mixing Old and New for a Beautiful, Unique Home Style

Our Vermont made collection of reclaimed wood and steel coffee tables and sofa tables mixes old and new to achieve a beautiful, unique style.

There’s a new metal shop in town and it’s popularity is red hot.  These beautiful reclaimed wood and metal coffee tables are the result of a collaboration of three generations of the Mosheim family in Dorset, Vermont.  We’ve been working with Dan Mosheim and his fine furniture studio for many years.  He creates some of the most original and high quality furniture we’ve seen.

Earlier this year Dennis and I made a trip up to Dan’s shop to see his latest project.  He and sons Will and Sam have teamed up to build a series of unique occasional tables.  Dan and Will select and assemble reclaimed wood for the table tops, “toast it” with a torch to achieve rich color characteristics and hand-rub a clear, non-toxic durable finish to protect the wood.  Sam custom fabricates the steel base in a new metal shop he and his dad recently built next to their furniture studio.

We’ve had inquiries about the tables from customers living everywhere from urban loft apartments to rural country homesteads. The artful design manages to add warmth and character to any space.  Whether your style is rustic or refined you can enhance it by adding one of these unique, handcrafted reclaimed oak and metal coffee tables.  Come have a look for yourself at Stonehurst, our fine furniture showroom and art gallery.  And share your thoughts about wood and metal furniture designs on Facebook!

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American Made Furniture: Top 3 Styles in 2013

December 11th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

2013, our first year at Stonehurst gave us another reason to study and analyze what our customers’ favorite American made furniture styles are.  With limited space in our showroom, we wanted to display the very best selection of Vermont furniture, as defined by customer purchases.  After looking through the sales statistics, we found these Top 3 American Furniture styles, which we’ll be featuring often at Stonehurst:

Shaker Furniture was the top selling style in 2013

Shaker Style Furniture

This Vermont Shaker bed, nightstand and chest are pretty accurate reproductions of the original Shaker style furniture crafted by communities of the United Society of Believers starting in the late 1700′s.  Born here in the Northeast, this American furniture style is a simple, utilitarian design characterized by straight tapered legs and mushroom-shaped wooden knobs.  Vermont furniture makers have become today’s authority on Shaker furniture and customers seeking a simple elegant, solid wood design have grown to love their work.  It’s our top seller and customers are customizing it in their choice of cherry, walnut, maple and oak woods (preference is in that order).  Sometimes customers will choose two contrasting wood colors like cherry and walnut or maple and walnut to trick it out– if there is such a thing for “Shaker furniture”.

Craftsman style furniture, handmade in Vermont | Stonehurst Fine Furniture Gallery

Craftsman Style Furniture

This Contemporary Craftsman Bedroom Furniture collection is a modern rendition of the American craftsman and “arts and crafts” furniture that became popular in the late 19th century and remained prevalent through the 1930s.  It’s handmade of real solid cherry wood with contrasting drawer pulls in solid walnut wood and reflects the true craftsmanship of this period.  The finish on this collection is a traditional hand-rubbed oil and wax.  If you like this contemporary craftsman style furniture, learn more about the details and craftsmanship here.

Mission Style Furniture | American Made in Vermont | Real Solid Wood | Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple

Mission Style Furniture

This mission sofa table and mission dining chair have the rectilinear design and heavy proportion characteristic of Mission style furniture which became popular in the late 19 century. At Vermont Woods Studios we have a traditional American Mission Furniture collection and a Modern Mission Furniture collection, both constructed of real solid woods in your choice of traditional oak or cherry, walnut or maple woods.

Stop by our new fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst anytime to see what we’ve got on hand in our customers’ favorite furniture styles: Shaker, Craftsman and Mission furniture.

 

 

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Gentlemen Prefer Blonde: Admiring Maple Shaker Furniture

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 Furniture: For a Relaxed, Zen Style space.

Maple Wood FurnitureMaple 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Shaker Bedroom Furniture in Maple Wood

Maple Shaker Furniture: For the Gentleman & The Lady!

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.

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The Ultimate Cherry Storage Bed

December 1st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

The biggest, best cherry storage bed you'll ever find

This beautiful cherry storage bed* is  a customized version of our Modern Incline Bed and our Cherry Moon Dressers.  It’s handcrafted in a small workshop in Montpelier, VT using solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, all coated with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish.  Stop by our new fine furniture showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst to see it! 

Customized Furniture

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.

Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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.

Merry Christmas, Here’s Your New Bed!

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…

* Post Script – Sorry This Custom Storage Bed Did Indeed Sell Today

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!

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Shaker Beds: Our Top 10 American Made Designs

November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Shaker Beds | Handmade in Vermont | Solid Cherry Wood | High Quality

This is our American Shaker Panel Bed, a best loved design amongst our customers.  Like all Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture, it’s 100% American made, right here in Vermont.  Shown in natural solid cherry wood (also available in natural maple and natural walnut).

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:

Traditional Shaker Beds

 

Four Poster Shaker Beds

 

Shaker Panel Beds

   

Shaker Sleigh Beds

   

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).

Two Tone Shaker Beds

 

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.

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Vermont Farm Table Set: New Clearance Sale Item

November 20th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont Farm Table | Cherry Wood | Black Base

The Vermont Tavern Table Dining Set is priced at just $3999 after a 40% discount from our regular price (a savings of $2500).  The table is handcrafted with a thick, solid cherry wood top and a maple wood base that’s finished with durable black paint. It’s in our Stonehurst fine furniture showroom now and available immediately.

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?

 

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Cyber Monday Fine Furniture Sale: America’s Top 5 Design Choices

November 18th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cyber Monday Fine Furniture Sale

America’s Top 5 choices for our 2013 Cyber Monday Fine Furniture Sale.  Save 20% on your favorite designs storewide!

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.

Craftsman Style Furniture

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.

Mission Style Furniture

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.

Shaker Style Furniture

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 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.

Black Walnut 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.

 

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Cherry Dining Furniture: A Customer Review

November 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry Dining Furniture | Customer Review

Thanks to Jeff F in Alaska for sending this photo and review of his new Vermont made dining set.

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!

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Mid-Fall Dining Room Sale!

November 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

November Furniture Sale

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!

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Cherry Furniture: The Ultimate Buyers Guide

November 4th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

Cherry Furniture | Handmade in Vermont | Real Solid Hardwood

Dennis and Nina took this picture at Stonehurst, our new fine furniture showroom.  It’s our Vermont Shaker Moon bed, dresser and nightstands, handmade in Montpelier of natural cherry wood.

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.

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