Tipping your white glove shipper-gratuity
Another happy customer enjoying her beautiful maple bedroom set.

What do pizza delivery people, airport shuttle drivers, hotel room maids and Vermont Woods Studios furniture shippers have in common? All involve people in the service industry making your dining, travel or purchase experience less stressful and as comfortable as possible.

We at Vermont Woods Studios do not have our own drivers, but we have taken great care in selecting shipping companies that we trust. We like to think that our drivers treat the American-made, fine hardwood furniture our customers order as if it were their own!

Prior to working here I had never thought about the fact that, while our shippers are paid by Vermont Woods Studios, they frequently go above and beyond when it comes to making sure our customer’s fine wood furniture orders are delivered in perfect condition. “White Glove Shipping” was a new term for me. Did you know that before they leave our craftsmen’s shops, our shippers personally inspect each piece, then blanket-wrap it and upon delivery place it in the room of the customer’s choice? They also do whatever assembly is necessary and remove any residual packaging… leaving no work left for the customer!

Here’s a question. Do you give a gratuity to the pizza delivery person? What about your airport shuttle driver? Hotel maids? Why not consider your furniture delivery person? By no means should you feel obligated, it really just comes down to your comfort level. One person I know uses the price of a nice dinner for each delivery person as her guide for what she feels is appropriate. Gratuity is greatly appreciated—it’s a way of saying thanks for a job well done!

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 Rocking Chairs | Polywood | Recycled Plastic | USA Made
Katie B recently received her POLYWOOD Presidential Outdoor Rocking Chairs:  “Our deck in the mountains of western NC faces the morning sun and is uncovered. Thusly, our need for strong, durable porch rockers. They are so comfortable and look amazing!!  Thanks, Vermont Woods Studios!”   Thanks for your feedback, Katie.  What a beautiful outdoor space you have!

We love getting customer comments, feedback and suggestions about our American made furniture, especially when the reviews come with photos attached.  Today we’re sending our thanks out to Katie B who recently received her POLYWOOD Presidential Outdoor Rocking Chairs:

“Our deck in the mountains of western NC faces the morning sun and is uncovered. Thusly, our need for strong, durable porch rockers. They are so comfortable and look amazing!!  Thanks, Vermont Woods Studios!”        Katie B

Here’s a little information on these durable outdoor rockers.  They’re a green product, made in America from recycled plastic milk jugs.  We guarantee them to last a lifetime (a little known benefit I don’t think you’ll find at any other furniture store). The porch rockers come in 12 traditional and bright colors.   They’re built in Indiana with maintenance-free recycled plastic lumber and premium stainless steel hardware.  The seats and backs are contoured for extra comfort, plus comfortable elbow support and big armrests make it easy to get up.  Optional seat cushions are available and our price includes free shipping.

Oh and there’s no need to store these outdoor rockers during winter months – leave them outside! POLYWOOD is weather resistant and fade resistant.  The color isn’t just on the surface of POLYWOOD, it’s all throughout the plastic lumber so there’s no painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping or resurfacing needed.  It’s a product you will never have to replace.

Give Liz or Sean a call if you’re interested in learning more or need a sample of POLYWOOD in one or more of the many colors available (blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba, slate grey or white).

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 Woods Studios All Bedroom Furniture Sale
Click the banner to browse bedroom furniture!

Having just moved into a new home, I realize how important the bedroom is when re-decorating and re-designing a space,which is why I think that the All Bedroom Furniture Sale is so great! You can save up to 20% on our premium quality, American made furniture, and feel good about supporting local craftsmen while you save. Take 10% off if you buy one piece, 15% off with two pieces, and 20% off of three or more pieces!

We offer hundreds of hardwood bedroom furniture pieces in our online gallery, from contemporary designs to more traditional & Shaker style furniture. Mix and match to create a beautiful, eclectic bedroom set that’s perfect for your style. Each piece is built to order, and can be crafted in your choice of natural cherry, oak, maple, or walnut wood!

Your new bed, nightstand, chest, or dresser is waiting for you! Go ahead and start shopping easily and conveniently in our online store. Or, if you prefer a more personal shopping experience, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or to discuss your questions about our bedroom furniture sale! Hurry This sale ends at midnight on August 29th! :)

 

*Excludes Copeland, Barnwood, and Artisan 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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Walnut Dining Furniture | Tables | Chairs | Buffets | Sideboards | China Cabinets
We just received several new walnut dining furniture pieces, including this Bistro Table, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 and the American Mission Chair. Natural dark heartwood walnut is so beautiful, nothing compares. Come see for yourself at Stonehurst, Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery.

Our friends (and shipping partners) Anthony, Tony and Henry brought in two truckloads of Vermont handmade furniture for Stonehurst today and most of it is in walnut and cherry wood. We now have several walnut dining furniture pieces, including this Bistro Table, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 and the American Mission Chair.

Have you noticed that real, solid black walnut dining furniture is becoming rare? If you’ve been shopping and find yourself unimpressed with what you see, there’s a reason for that. Disease and global warming are taking their toll on American black walnut trees, as we’ve described in previous walnut blog posts. Much of the walnut you’ll see in mainstream furniture stores is either imported wood that’s stained dark or walnut sapwood that’s steamed to look like heartwood. Our craftsman, Robin captured my feelings exactly: “natural dark heartwood walnut is so beautiful, nothing compares”.

Fortunately for those searching for real walnut furniture, our craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios specialize in finding high quality, natural wood that’s been sustainably harvested. The flip side of course is that, because of the relative rarity of walnut, there is a price premium which can be anywhere from 15%-30% per piece.

Learn more about walnut wood on our website and give Liz and Sean a call with your questions.

Almost every piece of furniture on our website can be custom made in walnut, even if the feature photos show cherry, oak or maple wood.  Browse through walnut wood furniture photos here.

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.

Wooden Dining Chairs | The 4 Hardwoods That Will Last Forever
From left: Modern High Back Dining Chair in Cherry WoodAmerican Mission Long Back Wave Chair in Oak Wood, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 in Walnut Wood and the Classic Shaker Chair #1 in Maple Wood.  Which wood would look best in your dining room?

Vermont is known for the quality, variety and style of it’s handmade solid wood dining chairs.  As we fill our new Stonehurst showroom up with furniture, Douglas is trying to provide lots of different examples of chair styles and woods.  We have 37 different dining chairs on our website and most of them are available in a couple different types of hardwood.  The best sellers are available for you to sit in and check for comfort and style.

I snapped this photo because it shows the 4 most popular hardwoods for dining chairs and customers often ask for advice on how to choose the best one.  From left, the chairs are the:

You can see that the cherry wood chair (far left) has a deep, rich reddish tone whereas the darker walnut chair  (3rd from left) is chocolate brown in color.  The oak chair (2nd from left) is a lighter wood but it still has lots of grain pattern in it.  The maple chair (far right) is the lightest wood, with minimal grain variation.

So how to choose the right wood color for your kitchen or dining room?  Well, of course you’re going to want to consider what your dining table is made of.  And how the chairs will fit into the rest of your dining area.  But don’t feel you have to match the chairs to the type of wood in your dining table or on your floor.  Here’s an example of mixing woods that interior designer, Susan Jay put together with our Modern High Back Dining Chairs.  Susan used 2 different woods (cherry and walnut) for her chairs and she customized them by sending us a bold, vibrant fabric to upholster them with.

Check out Houzz and Pinterest for more ideas on how to choose the hardwood that best suits your style for dining chairs.

Are you looking for a special color or stain for your wooden dining chairs?  Well as a general rule, Vermont craftsman are going to try and persuade you to love and accept the unique beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed upon her different wood species.  They (and we) will tend to recommend natural, clear wood finishes that allow the beauty of the wood to express itself.  We do however, understand the need for custom stains and finishes and can often accommodate special requests.  Try browsing through our dining chairs — many have a pull down menu of stain options.  If you don’t find what you want, give Liz or Sean for help.  They’re experts at helping customers get exactly what they’re looking 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.