We’re trucking right along in our quest to transform Stonehurst from a private residence to a fine furniture and art gallery that showcases Vermont made sustainable home decor products. There are a whole host of finishing touches still in progress but I thought I’d share some before and after pictures of spaces where the renovation is pretty well complete. First up: the kitchen, my personal favorite part of the transformation. The “before” kitchen was functional but the layout didn’t provide much opportunity for windows to overlook the spectacular view out back.
Since the kitchen is the entry into the building, we wanted to treat our customers to a cheerful space where they could relax and unwind after a long trip up from the city (customers usually travel from Boston, New York, Washington DC and beyond). The wall of windows we installed puts Vermont’s green mountains and meadows front and center when customers step inside. It’s pretty clear: you’re in Vermont now. Time to slow down and enjoy nature at it’s finest.
Where Does Wood furniture Come From?
With sustainable forestry being at the heart of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios, one of the main things we’re trying to do with Stonehurst is raise awareness about where your furniture comes from. So the view of Vermont’s Green Mountain Forest often opens up a conversation about legally, sustainably harvested wood. Loryn is working on an educational display which will be installed on the sunroom wall to tell the story of how our furniture gets from sustainably-managed forests to your home.
Kudos to Our Design and Construction Team
I can’t start showing before and after photos without recognizing and thanking our architect, Jeremy Coleman of Brattleboro, VT and builder, Bob Furlone of American Construction. They have done a tremendous job, especially in facing all the realities involved in transforming and modernizing a 200+ year old farmhouse. They’ve also been really knowledgeable in helping us select all Vermont made materials whenever possible. The wall of windows shown above was custom made by Green Mountain Window in Rutland VT and the slate floor was mined locally by Vermont Slate Company.
Let me know what you think of the transformation in the comments section below or on Facebook. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll post before and after photos of the:
barn–now a dining room showroom
boarding house– now a bedroom showroom
kids bedroom– now a kitchenette for our staff
several bedrooms– now administrative offices”
exterior paint color– from red to white, and
the parlor– which is still a parlor
I hope you’ll be as excited about this new Vermont fine furniture and art gallery as we are. Come and visit us to see it all up close and personal! Be sure to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch so you can sit out back and enjoy the view.
If you work a full time desk job, you are sitting down for approximately 2,400 minutes a week. Now, I think that if you’re going to be sitting for that long, you might as well sit in an office chair that is chic and comfortable. The Cherry Windsor office chair features traditional continuous arm styling on a rolling metal base. It’s wheel base spokes are capped with cherry accent pieces, and like a modern office chair, this one also swivels and has both height & tilt adjustments for the perfect fit. The Windsor style chair isn’t just comfortable. It lends a high end, sophisticated look to the home office, whether it’s modern, traditional, or Shaker style.
Worried about sitting on an solid wood chair seat all day? Well, the seat is scooped out for a comfy fit but if that’s not enough cush, the Vermont Country Store has a pretty good selection of chair cushions that are sure to do the trick.
This farmhouse style Vermont Tavern Bench is part of a new line of furniture we’re making. It’s a unique signature collection, available only at Vermont Woods Studios. Traditionally crafted, this 2-tone bench features a 1 inch thick solid cherry wood seat, with a durable maple wood base painted with black lacquer.
Vermont farmhouse furniture is adapted from William and Mary style furniture that was popular in England around 1700 after the reign of King William and Queen Mary. These pieces are reproductions of the classic English tavern table and bench you’ll see in inns throughout the UK and New England (a few of Southern Vermont’s favorites are the Grafton Inn, Ye Olde Tavern, The Hermitage Inn).
Besides being a durable, heirloom piece– the Vermont Tavern Bench is sleek and stylish. The contrast between the traditional Cherry wood and the deep black lacquer base creates a truly unique piece that would make a great furniture addition for anyone looking to add a little flair to their dining area. Stop by our fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst and check it out!
If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than a nice glass of wine after a long day at work. This is why I think our newest product addition is just wonderful. It’s a beautiful hardwood wine cabinet, the perfect fine furniture piece for the wine enthusiast. Not only does it have space for you to store your favorite bottles (the ones you don’t drink within 24 hours of purchase), but it also has room for your most precious glasses. The cabinet can hold 16 wine bottles, and 12-16 glasses– but if you don’t need room for glasses, the top shelf is adjustable and can easily be made to hold even more bottles of wine! This piece comes in Cherry, Maple, and Walnut (additional cost for walnut).
Shaker furniture is known for being practical and simple down to the very last detail. Originally made by followers of a religious group, the furniture was designed entirely for its functionality and practicality. Fast forward a few hundred years and Shaker furniture has become an increasingly popular style for the home. This might leave some people asking, “why?”
With how rushed, cluttered, and busy our lives can get– when we go home, we are looking for simplicity too. And simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of style… its quite the opposite. Simplicity is style, and Shaker furniture does it right. Shaker furniture is made using the traditional techniques of the past, creating simple, chic pieces that are timeless and won’t “go out of style” in the future.
Starting today, Vermont Woods Studios is running our Summer Shaker Sale where you can save up to 20% on our Shaker furniture. Our Shaker furniture is available for every room in the home, in cherry, maple, and walnut woods. Enjoy savings of 10% on 1 piece, 15% on 2 pieces, and 20% on 3 or more pieces. Plus free shipping and lifetime guarantee!