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The Best Presidents Day Furniture Sale of 2014

February 12th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Presidents Day Furniture Sale

Right now you may be preoccupied placing your Edible Arrangement order or making dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, but some of the biggest sales events of the year are only a few days away. From February 14th-February 19th, you will see all of the big ticket items on your wish list discounted by 15% with our Presidents Day Furniture Sale. Presidents Day is a retail holiday only second to Black Friday (which is 9 months away).

Traditionally, many Americans take advantage of these discounts to make larger purchases like new cars, electronics and furniture. This is the first time that retailers will offer discounts on their new lines and designs. As a consumer, one of the questions you may ask yourself before you make a big purchase is, “how long will this last?” or “how long will I have this?” For many of your purchases, like a new top of the line television with a surround sound system, the answer is probably less than 5 years. Technology is rapidly changing and these types of items become obsolete almost as soon as we buy them.

Unlike cars and electronics that have new versions come out every year, the functionality and durability of hardwood furniture has remained the same for over 200 years. We know there are a lot of items to choose from this Presidents Day, but furniture is different from your other options because it is crafted to last a lifetime- it’s guaranteed. Our online gallery features dozens of fine wood furniture collections and 100′s of pieces in a variety of timeless styles. Each piece is crafted to order, so you can customize your furniture in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut wood. All of our furniture is 100% American made right here in Vermont.

During our Presidents Day Furniture Sale, you can save 15% storewide* plus free shipping! This is one of the deepest discounts that we can give our customers, so we only offer it a couple times a year. We are honoring this discount for 5 days only, but you can preview our bedroomdining roomliving room, and home officefurniture by visiting our website today. Bookmark what you like ahead of time, receive the savings this weekend

If you have any questions about our Vermont made wood furniture, feel free to contact our fine furniture specialists. They are available by live chat, phone (888-390-5571), or by email (info@vermontwoodsstudios.com).

*This storewide sale excludes Copeland, Polywood, Barnwood , Artisan and Clearance Furniture. Home Decor items are also excluded.

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Affordable American Made Furniture: Cherry Moon China Cabinet

February 10th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Cherry Wood China Cabinet and Sideboard

Behind the glass doors, display your favorite heirloom china pieces or local pottery. This photo highlights a sample of luxury ceramics made by local Vermont artist, Laura Zindel. Items are showcased at our southern Vermont showroom. 

Our Cherry Moon China Cabinet and Sideboard is now on clearance! This beautiful piece of furniture is perfect for the traditional home with Vermont style flair. Made with cherry wood and walnut knobs, this design is a high quality option for anyone looking for affordable American made furniture.

This real wood cabinet and sideboard was handcrafted by local Vermont woodworkers. Shop this piece online, or come and see it for yourself in our Vermont made furniture and decor showroom, Stonehurst.

Love this piece? Find more dining room furniture inspiration on our Pinterest boards, and keep updated with more new clearance items 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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Hardwood Media Centers for your Next Super Bowl Party

February 2nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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 

New York Contemporary TV Stand

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) Modern American TV Stand

Modern American TV Stand

Styled for the contemporary living space, the Modern American TV-Media Stand 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. |

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Hardwood Home Office & Living Room Furniture Sale

January 31st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Home Office and Living Room Furniture

With the weekend forecast bringing what looks like -5 degree weather in some parts of the country, you may just find yourself inside taking refuge in the living room.  And then while you’re sipping an ice cold, Vermont brewed Woodchuck Hard Cider (that’s my favorite) or a Long Trail (Dennis’ favorite) in front of the TV, you may start wishing you had a beautiful new entertainment center or media console.  Or a couple handcrafted cherry end tables to set your drink on.  Well if that happens, you’re in luck!  Living room furniture and home office furniture are on sale at Vermont Woods Studios today through June 13th.

Now’s your chance to update your living room or home office with real wood furniture and timeless Vermont styling that shows off the beauty of natural wood.  Take 10% off any single piece, 15% on two pieces, or 20% on three or more pieces of furniture*(plus free shipping).  Your new solid wood furniture will be crafted especially for you in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak woods.  Each piece of furniture is solidly built to last for generations and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

You can customize your new living room coffee table, TV stand, bookcase, desk, or wood filing cabinet online or if you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions.

As always, Copeland, Polywood, and Clearance furniture are excluded from the sale but that’s only because we have a low price guarantee on them every day. Artisan furniture is also excluded.

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Mid Century Modern Furniture: Vintage Style for your Home

January 28th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Mid Century Modern Style Furniture

These  furniture designs in Walnut wood are classically Mid Century Modern . The geometric shapes and simplistic styling make them a favorite for the everyday modernist. Featured in this photo is the Estelle Chair with selections from the Catalina Collection.

Mid Century Modern, A Furniture Revolution.

Mid Century Modern Furniture is a furniture style characterized by clean simplicity and the integration of nature into the home. Gaining its popularity in the 1950s, Mid Century style was frequently used in residential/suburban areas with the goal of introducing modernism into the post-war American home.

The mid 20th century (1934-65 approximately) saw an extreme out-pour of creativity in graphic design, architecture, and furniture design– with styles unlike any before it.  In the book “Mid Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s,” author Carla Greenberg officially cemented the term “mid century modern” into the interior design world, referring to the dramatic style of furniture, art, decor, and architecture borne in this period of American history.

World renowned for its innovative design and contribution to the American interior design and architectural world, Mid Century Style is still adored to this day. In the article Midcentury Furniture + Grandkid Nostalgia = Modern Trend,” author Andrea Hsu of NPR notes “Open a design magazine or turn on a home decorating show these days, and it’s clear: Midcentury modern is hot.”

So, if Mid Century Modern style is so hot– what exactly is it that people love?

Mid Century Modern Furniture

This beautiful hardwood Mid-Century Modern Bed is available in our online showroom. With smooth lines, and a simplistic style– The Soho Bed highlights essential elements of Mid-Century Modern Style.

Characteristics of Mid Century Modern Furniture

Lines: Ever watched an episode of Mad Men? Mid Century furniture is a lot like that. Clean, simple lines and smooth edges giving it a dramatically simplistic and sleek look. Before the 1950s, most furniture was intricately decorated with elaborate, complicated lines and adornments. But mid century furniture designers were modernists, they valued simplicity and created their furniture in accordance.

Color: Besides the variety of wood furniture used, other mid Century modern furniture makes use of beautifully vivid colors such as orange, red, yellow, and green paired with neutrals like tan, black or white.

Wood: Popular wood choices were walnut for its extraordinarily modern look, and cherry for its versatility.

Quality: Mid Century modern furniture is known for being expertly crafted by the best furniture designers. While this style of furniture is not as grand or bulky as popular furniture styles before it, it’s lightness in no way takes away from it’s quality or worth.

Many Vermont Woods Studios customers love  Mid Century Style– just this week we received a lovely customer photo from a client in New York who’s furniture exemplified the Mid Century simplicity. If you’re unfamiliar with our designs, feel free to browse dozens of modern furniture designs on our online showroom.

 

| 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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Unexpected Dinner Guests? Sturdy Wooden Benches to the Rescue

January 26th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry wood benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests

Wooden benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests.  These modern American benches are handcrafted in Vermont from solid natural cherry wood.  Which do you prefer… modern, mission or shaker benches (below)?

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor.  Hide them under the table when not in use. But voila, they are at your service when you need them (Shaker benches shown in reclaimed barnwood and natural cherry woodMission style dining bench shown in natural cherry wood).

Have you ever sat down to eat just as the doorbell starts to ring?  You look outside hoping it’s a quick UPS delivery but instead it’s your son’s best friend or your neighbor who’s locked out of the house.  No fear– you can warmly welcome your unexpected guest by simply pulling out the wooden bench that sits humbly and discreetly under the table.

Sturdy, solid wood dining benches are perfect for small kitchens, breakfast nooks and dinner parties with lots of guests! Each wooden bench shown is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted to provide you and your guests with a comfortable dining experience.  Handcrafted in Vermont using real, solid woods that are sustainably harvested, they are carefully crafted to serve your family and guests for many years to come!

Need a custom size bench?  That’s easy!  Our high quality wooden benches are made to order to so we’re happy to modify the dimensions to meet your exact needs.  Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook and we’ll get started today.

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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Furniture: Who Cares if it’s Really Made in the USA?

January 24th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

USA Made Furniture | Handcrafted in Vermont

American made furniture has a great reputation for high quality and compliance with proper environmental, safety and health standards.  Customers  acquire pieces (like this Woodland Table) they can pass down through generations, while also supporting the American worker and American communities.

Made in America Campaign

Remember that ABC World News series where Diane Sawyer and David Muir found a “typical American household” and inventoried everything in it to see what was made in the USA?  Turns out nothing… except the fresh flowers on the table.  Well that series inspired us to pour our energy into a Made in America campaign at Vermont Woods Studios.  We’ve sponsored the Great American Made Gift Challenge every Christmas season for the past several years and of course we put a high priority on promoting Vermont made hardwood furniture.

One reason is that customers often come to us in total frustration after shopping everywhere to find furniture that’s actually 100% made in the USA.  The companies we think of as quintessentially American (ie., Thomasville, Broyhill, Bassett, Ethan Allen, American Drew, Lane, Pennsylvania House, Drexel) aren’t so American anymore.  Often they outsource the majority of their production to China, Vietnam, Honduras, Mexico and other third world countries.  Then they import nearly finished furniture into the USA for a quick insertion of the final screw and call it “American made”.  The trend ebbs and flows with changes in foreign wages and the cost of oil to ship overseas.  When it’s cheaper to produce in the USA they come back, but there’s no long term commitment to the American worker or the American community.

Why Do Customers Care?

Here’s a recent illustration.  Dennis and Douglas and I made a visit to Gardner Massachusetts last month to see our pal Leonard Curcio at Chair City Wayside Furniture.  Gardner used to be “the furniture capital of New England” back in the 19th and 20th centuries.  According to the “Greater Gardner Furniture History Documentary project”, there were over 50 furniture companies in the area.  After over a century of furniture manufacturing, with nearly everyone in the community depending on the industry for support, many companies decided to move their operations overseas for cheaper production.  The community collapsed.  Families with several generations of skilled artisans and woodworkers were suddenly unemployed. Our friend Lenny was one of the few people able to salvage his business in a dying community but he is still suffering today, while trying to hang on.

Our customers want to support people like Lenny and acquire high quality, American made furniture that they will proudly cherish forever.  Supporting American workers and American communities matters to them.

How to Buy 100% American Made Products

If you’re looking for high quality furniture that really is 100% made in the USA, have a look at this excellent article by Mary Efron.  For American furniture and everything else that’s made in the USA, visit AmericansWorking.com or SourceMap .  And maybe stay away from (or at least be suspicious of) the big box stores that make splashy videos about their “American made furniture” but don’t have much to deliver when it comes down to specifics.

Does Pottery Barn Really Have Furniture that's Made in the USA?

I found a beautifully filmed video about American made furniture on Pottery Barn’s website.  But when I searched their website for “furniture made in America”  the result was:  zero products.  If you’re looking for 100% American made products, check out AmericansWorking.com or Vermont Woods Studios for fine hardwood furniture.

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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January Dining Room Sale

January 17th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Dining Furniture Sale

As the holidays are over and a new year begins, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much time we spend with our families in our dining rooms and kitchens. I traveled to several different homes from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New years–with most of the time being spent around a beautiful dining table with the people closest to me. It was interesting to see how the design of each room really made the space special, and how the furnishings were all so different and unique depending on who’s home it was. I loved seeing ways in which the interior decor and furnishings would match the personality of the home, and those who lived in it.

With dining room furniture, it’s important to buy something that you love. Whether its a long table with enough room for a hoard of hungry and excited guests, or a round table to bring everyone together for conversation; finding the perfect dining furniture is a great way to start out your new year fresh. If not solely for style, than for function too!

Imagine your ideal family dinner, and what kind of furnishings you would have in it. Maybe even browse Pinterest for a little inspiration!

If you’ve found a design or idea that you love, now is the perfect time to purchase your dream dining room furniture! With dozens of styles and collections, we’re sure to have pieces that you and your family would absolutely love to gather around!

From January 17th to January 30th, 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, enjoy free shipping and lifetime guarantee with our dining room sale!

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, Artisan, or Clearance furniture.

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Maintaining the Hand Rubbed Finish on Your Furniture

January 15th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

How to Maintain the Hand Rubbed Finish on Your Cherry Wood Furniture

The Vermont Shaker Moon bedroom set above is finished with hand rubbed linseed oil.  The craftsman recommends a few special care instructions to keep the wood soft and supple.

One of the hallmarks of Vermont furniture is the finely sanded wood and hand rubbed finish.  When you run your hands along the top of these chests or the foot board of this shaker bed, it almost feels like skin– very soft and smooth.  So we spend a lot of time talking with customers about how to maintain that beautiful finish after your furniture arrives at home.  Like a fine wine, a hand rubbed finish will improve with age.  Here are a few tips to care for it.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions for Re-oiling

First check with the furniture maker to see what oil was initially applied and what is recommended for maintenance.  For example, the Vermont Shaker Moon bedroom set above is finished with hand rubbed linseed oil.  The furniture maker recommends these special care instructions:

When you receive your furniture it may be tacky from the oil finish we have applied in the studio.  The entire piece should be wiped with a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth.  Do not use commercially available polishes or waxes.  Wood remains a live medium and can tend to dry out over time.  For maintenance– pure, non-toxic linseed oil (such as this Tried and True finish) or any high quality furniture oil (without petroleum dryers or thinners) should be applied immediately after delivery and again every 3-12 months*.  Regular oiling will deepen the hand rubbed finish while enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.  It will also restore the finish over scratches.  Good quality oil products are widely available in better hardware stores.  With minor care, this furniture will be enjoyed for years and likely generations to come. More furniture care instructions here.

Cherry Wood Dining Table | How to Maintain a Hand Rubbed Finish

This cherry wood dining table is finished with a blend of hand rubbed linseed oil and Poly gel. Regular cleaning is all that’s needed to maintain the finish.

Routine Cleaning

Whether your wood furniture has a hand rubbed oil finish, a lacquer or poly, routine cleaning will keep it looking good.  With an oil finish, it’s especially important to clean up spills quickly before the liquid penetrates into the fibers of the wood.  Learn more about dusting (damp cloth or dry?), polishing and cleaning up spills on our furniture care website.

Humidity and Lighting

Wood is sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.  This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.  Most furniture makers recommend conditions of around 70°F-72°F and a relative humidity of about 50-55% to keep your furniture looking good and lasting a long time.

Many woods, especially cherry are sensitive to light and will change colors when exposed to high intensity light or even sunlight for long periods of time.  Here are some tips for controlling light exposure and humidity on the furniture care page of our website.

* How often should you re-apply an oil finish?  The furniture aficionado’s rule of thumb is: once upon arrival into your home, then once/week for a month, then once/month for a year, then once per year thereafter.  Sounds like a lot of oiling but you’ll end up with the most beautiful patina you can imagine!

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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Vermont Furniture Photography: More Coming Soon!

January 12th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Furniture Photography

Nina & Dennis photograph a new live edge dining table, a recent showroom addition.

As you browse through our website, you might notice that some of our photos are a little less than spectacular. This is a problem for some people when buying furniture online because it doesn’t allow you to see how beautiful our wood furniture truly is. Luckily for us (and for our visitors), we now have Nina working with us to get as many beautiful photos as we can of any furniture design that passes through our showroom and when possible, many that go through our craftsman’s woodshops.

Some furniture pieces with new photography by Nina:

1)  Cherry Ladderback Bookcase

2) Vermont Tavern Dining Set

3) Contemporary Craftsmen 3-Drawer Nightstand

4) Wood & Steel Bridges Bench

5) Wood & Steel Sofa Table

 

Rest assured that we are making our best effort to provide top quality photography that accurately shows the handcrafted quality of our Vermont fine furniture. Keep your eyes on the blog and on our Facebook page for new photo and furniture updates. Interested in checking out more great Vermont Furniture Photography ? Browse through our Pinterest boards for endless inspiration!

 

 

 

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