Recycled Plastic Outdoor Furniture for Patio, Porch and Pool Deck
Athletes are taught to visualize great performances and theoretically their thoughts will come true.  So I’m thinking summer and seeing myself lounging in this comfy Polywood deep seating outdoor furniture, wine cooler in hand.  Think that will hurry warm weather along?

For awhile I thought we might sneak through March without our annual Spring snowstorm, but obviously I was wrong.  The good news is that today is just one of those spectacularly beautiful, crisp winter days where the fresh snow is glistening in the sunshine, against a blue sky background. Not to be ungrateful, but it’s just that I’m kinda over winter at this point.

I keep seeing photos of our new POLYWOOD recycled plastic outdoor furniture coming across my desk.  Check out the Club Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture pictured above.  Can you picture yourself relaxing on them this summer?  They can be customized online in white, black, green, teak, sand or mahogany recycled plastic “POLYWOOD”.  Cushions can be chosen from a selection of 14 different Sunbrella outdoor fabrics.

Deep seating furniture is typically selected for a covered outdoor space but if you’re looking for all weather furniture to place on an open patio, deck or poolside, maybe have a look at POLYWOOD’s new Captain’s Collection.

Signature Captain Chair Bistro Set | High End Recycled Plastic Outdoor Furniture by Polywood
POLYWOOD’s high end Captain’s Collection includes their Signature Bistro Set along with dining tables and chairs for round, square and rectangular seating.

There are dozens of other outdoor furniture pieces on our website to get you thinking about lounging around or entertaining outdoors this summer.  Have a look and let us know which ones you like best 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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Recently my fellow office inhabitant, Sean Henry, began spear-heading our mission to obtain more customer photos or ‘real life’ images of our furniture.  His unbroken concentration certainly lends much, sometimes unnecessary, dedication to his projects- so, as the more vocally inclined, I’ve taken it upon myself to help spread the word via VWS blog.  This word is not just a want for more customer photos but the undying effort of our sales team to obtain these images.

Why customer photos?  Well, the long and short of it is best told visually.  This is a bedroom set:

Cherry Moon Bedroom Set
Cherry Moon Bedroom Set

And this is a bedroom set:

Cherry Moon Bedroom Set- Customer Photo
Cherry Moon Bedroom Set- Customer Photo

Which do you want more?  And it isn’t even just the marketing power behind these inviting images but more the representational power of them.  These handcrafted works of art are meant to please your eye and provide restful sleep or feed your family or hold your cable box- they’re meant for your home!

Fresh eyed and bushy tailed, Sean joined our crew only a few months ago, eager to make his mark and share his ideas (or “i-dears”, as he calls them).  Though he’s tossed quite a few light bulbs around, it is really his re-kindling of the long forgotten ‘obtain customer photos’ mission that’s become his baby.  Our white glove delivery crew might have barely made it out the door before the proud new furniture owner receives an email from Sean, adorned with this thoughtfully designed marquee:

Customer Photos

So, if you’re a perspective buyer or just a handmade furniture fan- take a look at our customer photos album on Facebook or the Testimonials page on our website.  If you already own a piece of Vermont Woods Studios furniture, well heck- we’d love to see it!  Do it for Sean, at least.

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.

 

Create Your Own Set Sale
Buy any 3 items during our Create Your Own Set Sale and receive 20% off plus free shipping + lifetime guarantee!

Have you done your annual spring cleaning? Did it include recycling your particle board desk, donating the metal frame that came with your mattress, or getting rid of your plastic file cabinet? Now is the time to replace those furniture pieces that you need in your home. With our Create Your Own Set Sale we’re letting you decide what’s on sale!

Our sales are often guided by room or style, but this time we’re giving you free range. This is a mix and match event. You can buy anything you want on our website, and as long as you have three items in your cart you will receive 20% off. We want you to customize this sale to fit your needs. Different styles, different rooms, different wood, different collections, anything goes! This is a perfect opportunity to receive a great discount and purchase some miscellaneous items. Buy the matching accent tables you wanted when you bought your coffee table, add a bookcase to your home office, and spoil yourself by finally buying the solid wood bed you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Our American made furniture can be crafted in your choice of real cherry, maple, oak, or walnut wood. Plus, there are additional customizable options on each product page. Our furniture is built to last and is backed by a lifetime guarantee. Start shopping our sale today!

Okay, there are a few exceptions to this sale. The discount does not include Copeland Furniture or POLYWOOD, but only because we hold a low price guarantee on these products 365 days a year.

Benefit Furniture Sale For The Dion Family

Benefit Furniture Sale
We are having a benefit sale for the Dion Family to help them recover from a house fire.

Today is also the day of our benefit sale for the Dion Family! For every sale (whether it’s part of the Create Your Own Set or not) we have today, Friday, March 22, we will donate $50 to the Dion Family. Loryn Dion is our webmaster at Vermont Woods Studios, and her family, who reside in Fall River, MA, recently had a fire at their home. Our donations will help her family recover from the severe damages to their home. If you would like to learn more about the benefit sale, please read our Benefit Sale For The Dions blog post.

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 Furniture:  The wood of choice is cherry
Back in the 19 century, the original Shakers built their furniture with woods harvested from their own land, including maple, walnut, oak, cherry, beech, poplar and ash.  What’s your favorite wood species for Shaker style furniture?

We’re in the middle of a Shaker furniture sale and I can’t help but notice that almost all the pieces customers have bought have been of a single wood species.  We offer a choice of four woods on most of our furniture:  maple, cherry, oak and walnut.  Which one do you think is the favorite?

Back in the 19 century, the original Shakers built their furniture with woods harvested from their own land.  According to Nancy Fischer of BuildDirectBlog, “In the east, this included pine, maple, ash, birch, cherry, hickory and butternut. In the west, walnut, cherry, beech and poplar were used”.

Today’s most popular wood (amongst our customers, anyway) for Shaker furniture is indeed one of those nine woods used 150 years ago.  Hint:  it’s the wood shown in the photo.  OK, it’s cherry wood.  I’m not sure why cherry has stormed itself to the top of the best seller list so forcefully but it is a beautiful wood.  Woodworkers love it because it’s easy to work with, stains and finishes well with natural oil, and ages beautifully.

Customers love cherry’s  clean grain and reddish-brown color that develops a rich patina over time.  The fact that cherry wood lasts forever (as demonstrated by some of the valuable antique Shaker furniture originating in Vermont and New England) doesn’t hurt either.

Which wood do you like best for Shaker style furniture?  Let us know on our Facebook or comment below.

 

 

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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One can only assume when I popped out, kid number 5, over 22 years ago, my mother rationalized, “That’s probably enough- one of them will keep me out of a nursing home.”  Well, the results aren’t in for that prospect yet (the sanity clock miraculously ticks on), though she does occasionally reap the benefits of breeding an army.  One of them- awesome Christmas presents.  When we get our pockets together, the Francese kids can really rev up the opportunity to give back; this Christmas, Mom was blessed with a new coffee table.

Mom’s New Coffee Table

A second-hand store enthusiast, Mom has an eclectic array of furnishings sprinkled through out her home.  When it came to designing this beauty, she had a few goals in mind.  First it had to match a very unique, sofa-table-esque piece she must have found at the corner of Lost and Forgotten.  Of course, the sofa-table thing undeniably brings the room together but it is a one of a kind in terms of build and style. Second, it had to be large enough for five grandchildren to simultaneously play, color and read.  Third, it had to withstand the sticky, smearing, careless hands of those same five grandchildren (with the inevitability of more to come).

Mom’s Small Army

We threw all that into the Vermont Woods Studios custom furniture crock pot and, in due time, served the beauty now resting front and center in the family room.  The top is a natural Cherry with a rustic finish to match the antiquated look Mom loves so much.  The base is Maple, painted black.  I chose Maple for its durability and light color.  Overtime, the Cherry will darken and serve a smooth transition from bottom to top.  And finally the finish-a non-toxic, kid friendly and kid resistant, lacquer.

Mom is thrilled with her new coffee table and the results her small army is yielding. And next year?  Her outdoor coffee table won’t last for long- why not some POLYWOOD furniture that will last a lifetime!

 

Christmas 2013?

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.