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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.

Shaker Furniture Best Sellers
For every room in the house, our best selling furniture pieces are shaker style. Top: Vermont Shaker Moon Bed. Bottom: Vermont Made Shaker Custom Dining Table, Vermont Shaker Bookcase, Classic Shaker Writing Desk

What do our best selling pieces have in common? They’re all Shaker style! For every room in the house, our Shaker furniture pieces always come out on top. Our Shaker style furniture ranges from traditional styles featuring elegant straight lines to more modern shaker furniture that incorporate contemporary round lines into the design. Shaker furniture has been made since the 1700′s, and our craftsmen have dedicated themselves to keep the same simplistic, functional, and sturdy design in every piece of Shaker furniture they craft.

Shaker Bedroom Furniture

Our online gallery features almost 100 pieces of Shaker style bedroom pieces. Although it’s a close tie between pieces that are most popular, the Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is our best selling bed. The Vermont Shaker Moon Bed features traditional tapered legs and gorgeous arching curves in the headboard and footboard. Like most pieces of Shaker furniture, this bed is most popular in natural cherry wood.

Shaker Dining Furniture

It’s easy to see why the Vermont Made Shaker Custom Dining Table is most popular among our customers. It is simple in design, sturdily built for years of use, and is built to order so it can perfectly match your kitchen or dining room. Like it says in it’s name, this dining table is customizable. What does that mean? Customize your table size in 12 solid top sizes and 18 extension table sizes. Customize your table top shape to be rectangular, oval or boat shaped. Customize your table in natural cherry, maple or walnut wood.

Shaker Living Room Furniture

Shaker furniture, renowned for it’s sturdy design, is a perfect style for living room furniture. When putting your life collection of books or antique display plates on a bookshelf, it’s important to feel confident that it will remain sturdy. Our Shaker style hardwood bookcases are crafted to last a lifetime (guaranteed). They will remain strong for years to come, so you can feel certain that your precious belongings will be safe. Our most popular bookcase is the Vermont Shaker Bookcase. It is crafted in a small workshop near Vermont’s state capital, Montpelier, using sustainably harvested hardwoods with a non-toxic finish.

Shaker Home Office Furniture

The Classic Shaker Writing Desk is our most popular piece of home office furniture. It is available in three distinct leg styles: flair (shown as the product’s main image), tapered or mission style. You can see these three styles by clicking the gray question mark next to the leg style option. Further customize this piece by choosing from three sizes, and three drawer options. This shaker style desk is a great option for a home office or business.

Good News For You

All of our Shaker style furniture is on sale! You can buy our best selling pieces at a great price. The more you buy, the more you save. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, or 20% off three pieces. It’s the perfect excuse to buy a bed and nightstands; dining table and chairs; bookcase and end tables; or a desk with a few file cabinets. All of our furniture is handcrafted in Vermont with natural wood. Receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee during this sale! Copeland Furniture is an exception to this Shaker furniture sale; however, the Copeland Sarah Shaker Collection is always priced with a low price guarantee.

Start browsing our online gallery today. If you have any questions our fine furniture specialists are available by phone, live chat, or email.

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.

Bedroom Furniture by Copeland | Dominion Collection | American Made
Copeland’s Dominion Bedroom Furniture set was our best seller last week. Think maybe it’s because this picture is so cheerful?  Who wouldn’t want their bedroom to look like this, especially when coming out of a long winter — heading into Spring.

Copeland’s Dominion bedroom furniture set was our best seller last week.  I love this picture, but the cool thing about Dominion is that you can customize it online to look exactly like this (above) or give it a totally different style. The photo above shows this high end bedroom set in natural cherry wood, although you can change the color online and add one of 3  stains:  cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.  For example, here’s a photo of the same Dominion bedroom in saddle cherry, which is darker than natural cherry and looks similar to walnut wood.

 

Copeland Dominion Bedroom Furniture
You can modify Copeland’s Dominion chests with different style tops and drawer pulls.  Customize any dresser, chest or night stand to fit in with your existing Shaker style or modern contemporary bedroom furniture.

You can also customize the Dominion bedroom set by changing the shape of the top of each chest or dresser.  In the photo above the chest on the left has a top that’s flush with the sides of the case, whereas the chest on the right has an over-hanging top.  It creates a whole different look!

Furthermore, if you choose small, round mushroom shaped drawer pulls along with the flush top (shown left), you’ve got a variation of traditional Shaker style furniture.  But by selecting brushed nickle bars for drawer pulls and pairing them with the over-hanging top, you’ve created a much different, modern contemporary look for the same chest.

Dominion beds are also highly customizable.  Copeland offers 4 main bed styles: the regular Dominion Bed (with choice of 4 different headboards), a storage bed version of it, the Dominion Bed with Leather Headboard (choose ebony, coffee or white colored leather) and a storage bed version of it.

Check it out!  This is your chance to design your own bedroom furniture and have it handcrafted especially for you, by Vermont craftsmen.  Copeland furniture is affordable too and offers a great value for your money, plus we guarantee it for a lifetime.  So what are you waiting for?

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.

Vermont Furniture:  No Toxic Chemicals Here
These happy campers aren’t a bit worried about toxic chemicals in their furniture.  Lucky for them Vermont (a leader in product safety standards) banned the toxic flame retardant Deca from furniture and electronics in 2009 and there is a new bill in Monteplier seeking to ban other fire retardants, including Tris. Fire retardants are used in upholstered furniture but are not (and have never been) used in the natural wood furniture Vermont is famous for.

In 2009  legislators in Montpelier passed a bill banning toxic flame retardant chemicals in Vermont furniture.  Of course the natural wood furniture Vermont is so well known for, isn’t the target of this legislation as it has never had flame retardant chemicals applied to it.   It’s upholstered furniture, shipping pallets and baby mattresses that are of biggest concern right now.  Although we don’t make much upholstered furniture in Vermont, we need to guard our citizens against harmful substances in products brought in from other states and countries.

If you have babies or young children in your house, you might be interested in a recent study  by the Center for Environmental Health which found over 90% of children’s nap mats, such as those used at child care centers, contain toxic, potentially carcinogenic flame retardant chemicals (this study included nap mats from nationwide retailers, including a sample from Vermont).  Toxins from fire retardants move from nap mats and couches into dust and then into people’s bodies.  This is why toddlers who play on the floor and pets who groom their fur have such high levels of flame retardant chemicals in their bodies.

Vermonters who wish to support bill (S.81) to expand the state’s 2009 ban on toxic flame retardant chemicals can learn more about it here and contact their legislators to voice their opinions.

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.

Outdoor Furniture | Polywood Euro | Recycled Plastic | High End Patio Furniture
This year’s best selling outdoor furniture (so far) is the new Polywood Euro Dining Furniture Collection.  Its a customizable, high end pool and patio set made in America with recycled plastic lumber and a powder-coated aluminum frame.

In Vermont we still have plenty of snow on the ground, but judging from the sudden increase in outdoor furniture orders, other parts of the country must be starting to experience signs of Spring.  Lucky you!

This year’s best selling outdoor furniture (so far) is the new Polywood Euro Dining Furniture Collection.  Its a customizable, high end pool and patio set made in America with recycled plastic lumber and a powder-coated aluminum frame.

The Euro collection includes contemporary dining tables and chairs in three different sizes:  dining height, counter height and bar height.  You can customize the furniture with your choice of black, white or silver aluminum frames and bright vibrant colored polywood slats.  Choose from blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba, slate grey or white.  Something for everyone!

We’ll be using the Euro furniture and Polywood’s Adirondack furniture at Stonehurst this summer and are looking forward to getting them on display.  Besides the beauty and comfort, what we like best about Polywood outdoor furniture is that it’s really durable and weather-resistant.  No scraping and re-painting!  Plus, we can leave Polywood outside during the winter, so no more lugging inside and out.  And who wouldn’t want to sit down outside and capture a few rays of sun during a beautiful winter day in Vermont?

Have a look at this European style outdoor furniture for the patio and deck and let us know what you think in the comments section below or on our Facebook.  It’s part of a new generation of light-weight outdoor dining furniture and we think you’re going to love it.

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.