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Truly Green Furnishings: Chemical Free, Organic Furniture

March 11th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Rustic Barnwood Furniture

This This Rustic Barnwood Sideboard with Ceramic Sink, rich with history and character, is created from high quality, reclaimed and recycled doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of New England’s historic barns. Organic, live-edge buffet top.

Furniture is more than just something we sit on, sleep on, and eat on; our furniture becomes a part of our life story. It’s an integral piece of what makes a house a home. But for the chemically sensitive, or for those who are just serious about not bringing harsh chemicals into their homes, finding the right furniture can seem like an impossible task.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re dedicated to providing furniture that is good for your health, home, and the environment.

Our Wood Furniture

All of our furniture (with the exception of our Outdoor line, which is made from recycled milk jugs) is handcrafted in Vermont using real, natural hardwoods. We do not work with inferior substrates like Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), particle board, or flimsy faux wood veneers.

We work mostly with cherrymapleoak and walnut. Each board in your furniture is selected by hand, and inspected for quality, strength, straightness, grain and color. When requested, we use FSC green-certified lumber, although there is still a premium for FSC certified wood. Sometimes our artisans harvest lumber from the woods on their own property, a sustainable approach that adds another dimension to the story of your furniture!

Toxin Free Finishes

Many of our furniture makers continue to use traditional oil and wax based finishes, but even those that use more modern finishes ensure that they are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free and eco-friendly with little or no Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs).

As concern over indoor air quality continues to grow, many of our furniture makers are moving towards water based finishes. Conventional petroleum based solvents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the atmosphere. While most of these VOCs are released at the time of manufacturing, a small amount remains on the product and can off-gas in the home. Many of our collections can now be requested in a non-emitting water-based finish.

Shopping for Organic Furniture Online

Questions to ask when making decisions on your organic wood furniture:

  • What type of wood is used?
  • Where does the wood come from?
  • How is the wood processed?  Are chemicals used in processing?  What kind of chemicals?
  • What type of finish and/or stain is used?  Is it a low VOC or no VOC finish-stain?  Can you supply an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the finish?
  • What type of glue is used?  Is it non-toxic?  Does it contain formaldehyde?  MSDS available?
  • Where is the furniture made and by whom?
  • How is the furniture packaged for shipment?

If you have any questions or want to discuss the issues of natural, non-toxic furniture, give us a call or email us at Vermont Woods Studios.  We’ll be glad to help!

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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The Renaissance of Handmade Wooden Furniture

March 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

The Renaissance of Handmade Wooden Furniture

Even though there’s still snow on the ground we’re thinking Spring at Vermont Woods Studios.  So in anticipation of the rebirth of our green landscape it seems like a good time to talk about the renaissance of handmade wooden furniture.

Last month I took a trip to Manhattan to meet with leaders in the world of home decor and interior design.  We talked about the fact that the past several years have been dominated by modern, contemporary decor with lots of metal, glass, upholstery and synthetics.  Very little wood.  But in 2014 the pendulum is swinging back to home decor that is much more connected to our natural world.  Check out Architectural Digest’s latest interiors page and you’ll find the richness of handmade wood furniture, flooring and accessories throughout.

Handcrafted Custom Reclaimed Wood and Metal Coffee and Sofa Tables

These occasional tables are handcrafted of reclaimed wood and metal by Dan Mosheim and his sons in Dorset, Vermont.  They can be customized online, in our showroom or… take a ride up to Dorset and work directly with Dan in his studio.

In 2014, interior designers and homeowners are looking to be refreshed by the authenticity and organic nature of real wood in their home decor. Reclaimed wood and metal are perhaps the most popular combination for furniture styles we’ve seen this year. The beautiful occasional tables above (handcrafted by Dan Mosheim and his sons) are a great example.

Modern Handmade Wooden Furniture

Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection is a great example of modern, contemporary wood furniture.  It’s handmade in Bradford, Vermont of sustainably harvested American black walnut wood.

Here’s another example of handmade wooden furniture that’s trending up this Spring.  It’s Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection– proving that modern and wood are not an oxymoron when it comes to furniture!

Need more inspiration on how to refresh your home with the beauty of handmade wooden furniture this Spring?  Visit the Architectural Digest annual Home Show in Manhattan, March 20-23.  Or make a trip to beautiful Vermont and enjoy the bounty of nature inside our fine furniture showroom and outside on our scenic woodland trails.

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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Hardwood Dining Room Furniture Sale: Pre-Spring Savings

March 8th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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Buying heirloom quality dining room furniture online is easy at Vermont Woods Studios. With dozens of timeless Vermont made furniture styles, our dining room furniture sale event is the perfect opportunity to buy!

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 heirloom 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.  Please note that that most of these pieces can be customized to fit your specific space or needs, so don’t hesitate to ask us for help on what you are looking for!

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! Our Summer Dining Room Furniture Sale ends at midnight on March 20th.

*Excludes Copeland, Artisan, Polywood, and Clearance.

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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Slanted Headboards: Trending in Comfort and Style

March 3rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Beds with slanted headboards are a book lovers dream! They provide maximum comfort as the naturally smooth headboard aligns with the curve of your back (or just gives you enough room to put your pillow against it and really relax)! While most of our Vermont made beds are made with traditional headboards, we have a couple of beautiful pieces that feature this headboard style. If you really love a bed but wish it could have a slanted headboard, contact one of our fine furniture experts and they will let you know your options for a custom furniture piece!

Here are 3 of our favorite beds with Slanted Headboards

1) Custom Incline Storage Bed

Custom Bed with Slanted Headboard

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. This piece is sold, but you can contact one of our friendly sales members if you’d love one like it!

 2. Modern Incline Bed

Modern Incline Bed

This simple, high-end, solid wood Modern Incline Bed features an inclined headboard for supreme comfort. The subtle angle (10%) of this headboard makes reading or watching TV in bed more comfy and ergonomic. Expert craftsmanship. Built to last for generations. Designed as an ultra comfortable platform bed so there is no need for a box spring.

 3.  Classic Sleigh Bed

Classic Sleigh Bed

The elegance of this solid wood, Classic Sleigh Bed adds sophistication and charm to your upscale bedroom. Expert craftsmanship and Vermont-made quality ensure that you can count on this heirloom for generations to come.

 

| 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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Sink Into a Quilted Rocking Chair

February 26th, 2014 by Liz Francese

Visitors to our new showroom often remark how wonderful it must be to come here every day for work. The beautiful views and hiking trails paired with the cozy interior and friendly faces of the VWS staff are true tonics for the hard work we grind on from nine to five.  And let’s not forget how nice it is to gather by the stove after work, open a bottle of wine and sink into a Custom Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair.

Ahh… the quilted rocker.

Handmade Vermont Rocking Chair

The understated simplicity of design only makes this rocking chair more ingenious.  Everyone from new mothers to grandfathers can appreciate the comfort of a rocking chair from time to time, but these handmade rockers are undoubtedly the best seat in the house. The wood panels comprising the back and seat are held together with a durable, yet flexible, rope which enables them to conform to the user’s body.  The feeling is more akin to a cloud than a piece of wood.

Quilted Walnut Rocking Chair

Quilted Rocking Chair in Black Walnut

The quilted rockers are a main attraction in the Vermont Woods Studios showroom—this is mainly because our sales staff can’t help but direct visitors to them.  Whether coming to look at beds or explore the forestry at Stonehurst, a visitor is almost always stopped and asked, “Have you sat in our quilted rocking chairs?”.  A picture of the Vermont-made rocking chair or simply admiring it in person does not convey the associated experience.  We even created this video in hopes of bringing our distant viewers a bit closer to the real thing:

The rocker comes in several lovely woods—Cherry, Oak, Birdseye Maple and Walnut—and in two different sizes.  Whatever the look, there is no more unique or comfortable rocking chair out there.

 

| 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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3 Hardwood Filing Cabinets to Help You Organize Your Space

February 25th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Filing Cabinets

Store letter and legal files in these solid wood, built to last filing cabinets. Your clients, friends and family will be impressed to see the intricate details and subtleties in the grain and wood of these Hardwood Filing Cabinets.

 

1. 2 Drawer Lateral Filing Cabinet. This beautiful hardwood filing cabinet is handmade using premium cherry wood and is crafted to last a lifetime. It’s traditional design makes it a great choice for your professional or home office! Shown with a Shaker base, you also have to option for a mission style or contemporary base. The brushed nickle drawer pulls give this office furniture piece a feeling of sophistication & subtlety.

Solid Wood Filing Cabinet

Love this 2 Drawer Wood Filing Cabinet? Check out matching items in our New England Shaker Furniture Collection.

 

2. Modern Shaker File Credenza. This large, luxurious modern shaker file credenza is handmade using solid hardwood. It features 3 accessory drawers, 2 cupboards, and 2 file drawers giving you lots of storage space for all of your important work documents. This piece also makes an excellent place to store and organize your personal/family records that can sometimes end up lost throughout the home. The eco-friendly, non toxic oil finish protects and enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

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If you love this piece and want to see more like it, check out our Modern Shaker furniture collection.

3.  Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet. Our Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet fuses American Arts & Crafts Style with modern Asian design. Customize this piece with wood colors to suit your decor aesthetic– choices include natural cherry, windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smokey cherry. The design shown features natural cherry with black walnut drawer pulls. This piece makes an excellent accent to the well-styled office, giving you the traditional build with eccentric detailing.

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See our Copeland Modern Berkeley Collection for complementary furniture pieces.

 

These three Hardwood Filing Cabinets are great choices for the traditional furniture enthusiast– and those who love simply designed homes. They aren’t over the top with intricate detailing, but find their uniqueness in the natural beauty of the wood & individual customization options.

 

| 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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The Estelle Chair: Beyond Dining Room Seating

February 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Estelle Midcentury Modern Chair

The Estelle chair is an ultra modern, geometrical chair that highlights the minimalist beauty and style of mid-century modern furniture. Sculpted in solid American Walnut wood, this side chair has a slender, vertically split back and finely sculpted seat for the ultimate in comfort. Rounded, angular tapered legs complete the stunning contemporary design. 

The Estelle chair is unique in it’s versatility– making any room instantly more chic and well styled. This elegant chair has made its rounds on Polyvore, with dozens of people creating  stunning sets using it as an accent to their dream rooms & decor. What struck me is how these sets really bring out the ways in which the Estelle chair can be used, and the variety of rooms it will fit in.

Some of our favorite Polyvore sets featuring the Estelle chair include:

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Can you imagine this beautiful midcentury modern chair in your home?  Register for Polyvore and start making your sets now! You’ll find the Estelle chair on Polyvore here. Create other cool Polyvore sets and share them with us! Post your set to our Facebook page, the comments section of this blog, or email them to kelsey.eaton@vermontwoodsstudios.com

 

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

 

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2 Day Benefit Sale for WCHS!

February 22nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Contemporary Craftsman Furniture On sale

Roofus loves the Contemporary Craftsman low footboard bed he’s sitting on, and wants to let you know that its on sale!

While you might have noticed that we’re currently holding a bedroom sale, we’re also doing a special weekend benefit sale for the Windham County Humane Society! This weekend only, $50 from every sale will go towards this great cause. The Windham County Humane Society is a non profit organization that helps animals in unfortunate situations find loving homes.  This organization advocates for animals and we’re always happy to support that!

Browse our collections of American made furniture and feel good knowing that if you purchase this weekend, not only are you supporting a small American business– you’re also helping keep an animal safe, happy, and well fed!

 Want to learn more about WCHS ? Learn more at their 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

February 21st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

Love the pieces featured in this photo? Shop the Brandon collection for timelessly beautiful bedroom furniture pieces.

American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

Our American made bedroom furniture sale begins today! This is an excellent opportunity to save and refresh your bedroom with up to 20% savings on real, handcrafted wooden furniture made right here in Vermont.  I’m sure you’re used to seeing bedroom furniture sales that advertise 40 or 60 or 80% off when you’re shopping at the big box stores, but those companies have to mark up everyday prices in order to mark down for sales.  We don’t like that kind of gimmick!

Value is About More Than Price

At Vermont Woods Studios we work very hard to price our furniture accurately and make sure that everyone involved in the purchase has a win:  the customer, the craftsman, the forester and logger who sustainably harvest the wood and of course, the environment.   We realize that in the age of the Internet, price comparison often rules above all else.  So we have  a competitive pricing policy to ensure you get the best price available for the quality, shipping and service we offer.  And we guarantee our  100% American made furniture for a lifetime of service to you and your family.

When you place a piece of our Vermont made furniture in your home we want you to feel good knowing that you have paid a fair price and obtained a great value.   You can see customer comments about price and value as well as customer photos of our furniture on Facebook or in our testimonials page.  Want to join the conversation?  Comment below, on our Facebook!

 

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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Asian Style Furniture: A Customer Review

February 19th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Asian Style Dresser & Chest

The Monterey 5 Drawer Chest is a traditional piece of Asian Style furniture in it’s simplistic yet stylish detailing, like the beautiful zen style drawer pulls. Featured in cherry wood, this piece brings the calm of the natural world right into your bedroom.

Asian style furniture has clean lines & edges with understated detailing– it makes any room feel more relaxed, organic, and comfortably chic. Another commonly used term for Asian style decor and furniture is Wabi Sabi Style, a style that embraces harmonious imperfection.

Earlier this week we received a great customer review and photo from our dear customer, Veronica K., who fell in love with her new zen style dresser chest. Here’s what Veronica had to say:

“I was looking for a new dresser with clean lines and an Asian feel and found the perfect piece in the Monterey Five Drawer Chest. The wood is beautiful and the dresser is very well crafted. The details are what make the piece so great right down to the drawers that glide like a dream. I like that it’s made in the United States and when I spoke to the people at the store to ask questions they were very friendly and courteous. The dresser arrived without a scratch and my entire experience with Vermont Woods Studios was great! Thanks, Veronica.”

We’re so happy that we could provide the perfect Asian style piece to accentuate Veronica’s zen-like bedroom space! If you’re looking for your own oriental influenced bedroom furniture, browse our Astrid & Monterey bedroom collections to find something you love!
| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |
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