5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture Designs
There’s something striking about reclaimed and live edge furniture—it’s imperfect but refined, aggressive but complementary. Perfect additions to any space needing a pop of organic style. Adored for its rustic charm and adaptability, reclaimed and live edge furniture has been a major trend in 2014.

 

1. Reclaimed Barnwood Farm Table With Tapered Legs

5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture Designs

Our Reclaimed Barn Wood Farm Table is handcrafted in Vermont. With its traditional tapered legs this one-of-a kind farm table is a country home treasure! Table top is custom made in Vermont from high quality antique white pine or chestnut from reclaimed and recycled antique doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of historic New England barns.

 

2.  Sutton Platform Bed with Reclaimed Headboard

5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture Designs

Our Sutton Platform Bed with a Reclaimed Wood Headboard is a unique new addition to our line of handmade, solid wood beds. Each bed is built to order in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods.Contemporary clean lines and a platform base make this antique looking bed stylish for any bedroom. This bed is also available with a live edge head board or a regular solid wood headboard.

 

3. Classic Country Buffet in Reclaimed Wood

5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture DesignsHistorical romance embodies our Classic Country Buffet in reclaimed white pine or chestnut wood. Classic American country features blend with modern styling to make for a wonderful addition to any country home. This heirloom quality buffet is handcrafted from rare recycled antique doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of New England’s historic barns & wood structures. Reclaimed wood (either White Pine or Chestnut) is used for the top, drawer fronts and door panels, while the rest of the piece can be in your choice of Cherry, Maple or Oak.

 

4. Natural Live Edge Bench

5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture Designs

 

Our Natural Live Edge Bench brings the beauty of the forest into your home. The base of this natural, eco-friendly bench is made from vertical slabs of whole trees. This process leaves virtually no waste. Handcrafted in Vermont, this live edge furniture piece is sure to make a subtle statement in any home. 

 

5.  Metropolitan Dining Table – Live Edge

5 Best Reclaimed & Live Edge Furniture Designs

Our Metropolitan Dining Table features a clear, powder-coated steel base and a live edge table top. Rectangular live edge table tops available in cherry or walnut wood. Each coffee table is crafted in Vermont by skilled craftspeople. Natural finish protects and enhances the natural beauty and grain of the wood. The metal base paired with the organic piece of live edge wood creates a modern industrial style.

 

Which piece of reclaimed or live edge furniture  is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section! If you’re feeling inspired, feel free to browse our collections of reclaimed barnwood 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.

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Which dining chair is best for your space? This is usually one of the first questions a person asks when re-furnishing and redesigning their dining room. While there are literally hundreds of different chair styles to choose from, the Windsor Style Chair and Modern Shaker Style are some of our favorites. Both of them are simplistic and stylish in their own right, and they are both staples of American history!

Lets start with the history behind the classic Windsor Chair:

According to ‘Past and Present: Windsor Chair History’ by Design*Sponge, “In North America, the Windsor chair form was first used in Philadelphia where the chair became hugely popular around the time of the Revolution. The chairs were such an important part of the life in the new country that Thomas Jefferson was said to have written the Declaration of Independence in one of these chairs and Martha Washington had needlework cushions made for her bow-back Windsor chairs.”

Wow, who knew? Even better, here’s some historical photos of these classic American chairs:

 

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“Images above, from top: This ca. 1739 drawing by Jacques Rigaud shows a lord and lady being wheeled through the garden in Windsor chairs (from The Metropolitan Museum of Art). The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress by Edward Savage (from the Library of Congress).” (Photos retrieved from Design*Sponge)

What about Shaker Chairs in history?

According to ArtComplex.org, “The common New England slat-back chair, fashioned by the hands of a Shaker woodworker, has become an icon of American furniture design. Shaker craftsman were familiar with that furniture form. It was found in almost every eighteenth and nineteenth century rural New england home. Converts brought these chairs with them as they joined shaker communities. Shaker craftsmen produced these chairs, refining that vernacular form and creating a distinctive , well-built chair that ultimately earned them considerable renown. Chairs were made in nearly every Shaker village for use within their shops and dwellings. Some chairs were sold to outsiders. Mount Lebanon, New York, the only community to mass produce chairs for sale, sold tens of thousands to individuals, families and businesses”

Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space.  Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.
Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space. Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.

While chair B isn’t a traditional slat back as mentioned and pictured, it still represents the simplicity of design and exquisite craftsmanship represented in Shaker style!

So, have you made up your mind yet? Both chairs have an impressive history and even more impressive design. If you don’t want to have to chose one or the other, why not both? Mix & Match for a look that is not only stylish, but has a great story.

Let us know which chair you love in the comments section of this blog, or send us a tweet!

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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Want this look for your dining room? Take a peek at our artisan furniture & our home decor section to find these beautiful Americana style pieces.

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Furniture has gained a lot of popularity among traditional Americana lovers and vintage furniture fans across the globe. Adored for its charming country style and farm house feel– this furniture style is sure to make you feel “at home” whether you live in the country or the city.

Handmade Vermont farmhouse tables are a good reflection of the creative and frugal nature of New England’s most passionate Yankee craftsmen.  If you’ve driven through rural New England lately you’ve probably noticed the sad demise of some of our historic barns, homes, and buildings.  Over 200 years of wind, rain, and snow have left these antique treasures in desperate need of rebirth.

Lucky for them (and us), Vermont has many talented craftsmen who’ve taken on the mission of reclaiming these old barnwood boards and timbers and milling them into beautiful rustic farmhouse dining furniture pieces!

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Tables: Stronger & More Stylish With Age

Can you imagine the amazing qualities of wood that make it as beautiful, strong and durable today as it was 200 years ago?  And even after standing out in the rain and snow all that time?

Much of this vintage barn wood comes from original stands of America’s old growth forests and, as a result it has incredible architectural quality that could only be crafted by nature. Boards are extra wide with lush color and rich patinas. The beauty, density and stability of the wood, not to mention the unique character it attains after decades or even centuries of service in an old barn, factory or warehouse is captivating.

Not surprisingly, these early American reproduction furniture pieces are exploding in popularity, not only in New England but all across America.   Many artisans working throughout Vermont specialize in reclaiming and rejuvenating antique barnwood and transforming it into rustic farmhouse dining tables, coffee tables, extension tables, cupboards, buffets… even beds.  The result is unique, custom made furniture filled with warmth, charm and American history.

And farmhouse furniture isn’t just for country decor.  Interior designers and home owners are discovering the authenticity that real American barnwood brings to modern metropolitan homes in Manhattan, Boston, Washington, DC and even as far away as Los Angeles.

What’s your take on Rustic Farmhouse Dining style? Let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet!

 

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.

Custom Bedroom Burniture Sets
The Contemporary Craftsman bedroom set is shown above in solid natural cherry wood with walnut pulls. Customize it for free with maple wood like in the customer photo below.

Custom Bedroom Furniture

Have you looked around for ages trying to find the perfect bedroom set? If you’re picky about what you want (like we are) maybe it hasn’t been easy finding just the right style to match your vision. And the right woods to catch the light streaming through your shutters. And the right dimensions to fit perfectly into your space. And the right price to meet your budget. Well all that’s about to change!

Maple Custom Bedroom Furniture
This is the same Contemporary Craftsman bedroom set shown above but the customer changed the wood from cherry to maple (swapping out maple for cherry wood is free although major changes have an upcharge).

At Vermont Woods Studios custom, made to order furniture is our specialty and we’re here to make it easy (and fun) for you to get exactly what you want. Check out these bedroom furniture sets that you can customize online or in our showroom.

Two Tone Hardwood Combinations

Custom bedroom furniture designed with 2 tone wood combinations, walnut and maple
This version of the SoHo bedroom set is designed with a 2 tone hardwood combination of walnut and maple. Many other variations are available to customize online or in our showroom (see examples below).

Vermont furniture makers often combine 2 or more hardwoods to enhance the design of a bedroom set. The SoHo collection in the photo above can be customized online with many different combinations of walnut, maple and cherry wood. The SoHo beds below are shown in all walnut wood (far left), walnut and maple wood (middle) and walnut and cherry wood (far right) combinations.

Custom Wood Beds
Copeland Furniture’s SoHo bedroom furniture set can be customized online or in our showroom.  Choose from walnut, maple and cherry wood combinations.

Customizable Modular Bedroom Furniture

 

Copeland Moduluxe Custom Bedroom Furniture in Walnut
Sectional Copeland Moduluxe Custom Bedroom Furniture is customized with your choice of dressers, chests, nightstands, bed and desk (shown in walnut, 35″ high).

If you’re looking to customize more than the selection of hardwoods, check out Copeland’s Moduluxe Furniture Collection.  It’s modern sectional design allows you to put together a unique combination of chests, dressers, night stands, desk and bed that fits into your space and looks built in.  This bedroom furniture set is very popular in contemporary apartments and condos.  It can be ordered in a low 29″H set, perfect for loft or attic bedrooms that are “vertically challenged” or in a slightly taller set that’s 35″H.  There’s even a Moduluxe storage bed collection.  You can customize the hardwood in maple, cherry, walnut or a combination of 2 or 3 woods. Many different stain options are also available ranging from a dark espresso to whitewashed maple– all at no extra charge.

Copeland Moduluxe Custom Bedroom Furniture in  Cherry

Here’s another arrangement of Copeland’s Moduluxe Custom Bedroom Furniture in cherry wood.  Corner sectional pieces make it look built in.

Custom bedroom furniture’s too expensive? I don’t think so. Check out the many affordable options Vermont furniture makers have for your bedroom 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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

All Weather Adirondack Chairs by Polywood

Today was the first day of 2014 that was warm enough (for me, anyway) to eat lunch outside on the porch.  Hallelujah, Spring is finally here!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the snow has melted off our stoic all weather Adirondack chairs.  Yes we callously left them outside all winter long to endure the frigid temperatures, frost, ice and snow that only Vermont skiers can appreciate.

Long Island Adirondack Chairs | Made in America by Polywood | Recycled Plastic

But when we sat down on our Classic Adirondack chairs chairs today they looked and felt like new.  That’s because they’re made using an innovative new technology that takes recycled plastic drink containers and transforms them into plastic lumber that’s more durable than real wood.  A company called POLYWOOD Inc, in Syracuse Indiana produces the furniture.  To tell the truth, we were looking for something Vermont made when we decided to start carrying high quality outdoor patio furniture.  But, after doing the research we fell in love with POLYWOOD for many reasons:

  • POLYWOOD is stylish, comfortable,  durable and environmentally friendly
  • The many colors (red, green, blue, yellow, orange, white, black and more) of POLYWOOD are imbued throughout the recycled plastic lumber (RPL) which means scratches don’t show up and no painting or maintenance is required
  • POLYWOOD has coated stainless steel hardware that’s rust resistant so the furniture can be left outside all year long
  • POLYWOOD reduces the amount of plastic in landfills and helps preserve rare tropical rainforest woods that would otherwise be used for patio furniture
  • More reasons to love POLYWOOD here
Kids All Weather Adirondack Chairs
Parents love POLYWOOD kids furniture because of it’s high safety rating and compliance with American manufacturing standards.  No worries about sharp corners,  lead paint or other toxins found in imported furniture.  Read more about child safety and outdoor furniture on our website.

Learn more about this versatile all weather Adirondack furniture on our website.  Customize POLYWOOD online in the styles and fade-resistant colors that match the decor of your porch, patio, poolside, deck or beach front.  Then rest comfortably all year long, knowing your American made outdoor furniture meets the high quality standards of our lifetime guarantee.

 

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.