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We just received the furniture today and are over the moon. We were so nervous about ordering online sight unseen but the dresser and nightstands are beautiful. Many thanks and please thanks the craftsman as well.” -V. Defrancis  

If you are feeling unsure about ordering furniture sight unseen, you aren’t the only one. Many of our customers take major leaps of faith when shopping for furniture online, and we’re always happy to see these nervous customers satisfied in the end. We get countless emails from our customers expressing gratitude for a quality product and great service, and we are proud to be a company people can really trust. We know that purchasing quality furniture is an investment, and we want our customers to feel confident that their investment is a wise one. If you are shopping around between different furniture companies, all offering furniture sight unseen, there are several things you should look for to make sure you can really trust the product and the company behind it.

5 Ways to Know if you can Trust an Online Furniture Company:

1. Ability to visit and see the quality of the furniture in person. Even if you can’t to go to the showroom and see the furniture yourself for distance reasons, having a showroom is a sign of confidence that the quality of furniture is most likely consistent with what the company promises online.

2. Transparency about the people behind the company. Can you meet the people who work there–from the owners to the customer service members? Can you atleast read and learn about them on the company website? Learning about the people who work at the company is a great way to get to know the company you are working with. If a company doesn’t tell you about who they are, how can you be sure they are people you can trust? You want to know that real people are there to handle your order and guide you through the process.

3. Quality testimonials. Check the website for a testimonials page, this should give you an accurate picture of the quality of their service and their product. Sites like sitejabber are a good resource as well.

4. Accessibility. Does the company offer you many different ways to reach and interact with their customer service team? Is it easy to contact them if a problem were to arise? Are they quick to respond? A trustworthy company won’t make it hard for you to reach them by phone, live chat, email, or in person.

5.  Lifetime guarantee. A company that is worthy of your trust is one that will stand by their product 100%. A lifetime guarantee should give you the confidence that what you are buying is top quality and crafted with care.

What else do you look for when shopping online for furniture sight unseen? Let us know in the comments!

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.

Finally, a deep seating outdoor furniture collection that is as lush and comfortable as it is stylish. 

polywood-harbour-cat-1The Harbour Collection by POLYWOOD is the perfect furniture to create your summery outdoor retreat. Imagine spending long afternoons relaxing by the pool with a good book and a fruity drink, or warm summer nights enjoying lively conversation with your closest friends and family…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? No matter the occasion, the Harbour Collection will inspire feelings of ultimate luxury and relaxation all summer long.

Less Maintenance, More Relaxation

American Made Deep Seating Outdoor FurnitureWhy waste precious time trying to maintain flimsy & faded outdoor furniture? With the Harbour Collection, there is hardly any maintenance, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy the sun! This low-maintenance deep seating outdoor furniture collection is constructed using high quality POLYWOOD recycled plastic lumber combined with premium stainless steel hardware ensuring extreme durability all year round.  Each chair, settee, sofa and ottoman is made complete with newly designed Sunbrella waterproof fabric cushions, specifically designed for the highest quality of comfort. The fabrics are durable and weather resistant, giving you four seasons of enjoyment. Available in Black with Granite cushions, Slate Grey with Natural cushions, Teak with Antique cushions, or White with Air Blue, each style is sophisticated and modern.

Shop Now & Avoid Being Left with an Empty Patio!

American Made Outdoor FurnitureSure, it’s only April now but before you know it you are going to wake up one morning and realize that A) It’s the middle of July and B) your patio is completely empty. How will you entertain your friends? Where will you relax? Our advice is to start shopping now, or at least start planning for the perfect patio. You deserve an oasis of fun and relaxation, and our Harbour deep seating outdoor furniture collection will give you just that.

What do you think of the Harbour Collection? Would you use it to beautify your space? If you love it, shop it now!

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.

Modern Craftsman furniture, handmade in Vermont. Quality USA made!
Vermont is America’s last great bastion of consummate craftsmanship. The Green Mountain state boasts over 2000 small furniture making companies. They’re keeping the spirit of American craft alive! Commission Vermont made furniture from one of the masters in The Guild and you’ll enjoy your investment everyday as it’s value appreciates over time.

New flash: the stock market’s volatile and the price of gold just took another tumble.  Here’s an idea… invest a portion of your money in something you can literally appreciate every day:  handmade Craftsman Furniture!  I was looking on the Stickley Museum website this morning and noticed that Gustav Stickley’s “Columbus Ave Sideboard” which he crafted in 1900 for his own home was sold by Stickley’s heirs to Barbara Streisand in 1988 for $363,000. Eleven years later, Barbara re-sold the sideboard to an un-named buyer at a Christie’s auction for $596,500.  $233,500 in appreciation just over 10 years– that’s not a bad rate of appreciation is it?

Bedroom furniture: Craftsman and Shaker style. Made in Vermont, USA
It’s not Gustav Stickley and it’s not going to sell for half a million dollars at Christies.  But it is high quality, solid cherry wood furniture, made in the USA by Vermont craftsmen and women.  And it’s guaranteed for a lifetime of service.

The Stickley museum website highlights other antique arts & crafts, mission and craftsman furniture pieces that have shown tremendous appreciation in value, including:

Now… original antique furniture is not for everyone.  Most of us would probably prefer to have beautiful, high quality furniture that we’re not afraid to use.  Which brings me to Vermont.  It is America’s last great bastion of consummate craftsmanship.  The Green Mountain state boasts over 2000 small furniture making companies.  The cream of the crop are members of an elite association of master level furniture makers, The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers.  Tomorrow’s antiques can be commissioned from Guild members today, with a good bit of certainty that their value will increase over time.  Check out The Guild’s website and visit one of their shows or tour their workshops for an up close and personal view of truly fine craftsmanship.

Mission Style Buffet Sideboard
This Vermont made Mission style buffet & sideboard, is handcrafted of real solid cherry wood and guaranteed to last a lifetime.

We have a selection of craftsman furniture for sale at Stonehurst, our furniture and home decor showroom and we can also help you map out a tour of Guild members studios, focusing on those best suited to the type of furniture you’re looking for.

When you invest your money in tomorrow’s Vermont made antiques, you are also investing in American jobs and in the future of American craft.  What other kind of investment could give you this kind of appreciation?

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.

cherry shaker furniture

Cherry Shaker Furniture is a Staple of the Traditional New England Home

In any traditionally inspired New England home you are sure to find handcrafted Cherry wood furniture. Shaker furniture in particular has been a favorite style for decades, and there’s no end to this trend in sight. The elegant look of Cherry wood combined with the simplicity of Shaker furniture creates a truly timeless match.  Cherry Shaker furniture is versatile, elegant, and the perfect addition to any traditional home. No matter where you live, this furniture style will give your space the feeling of a classic New England home.

Cherry Shaker Furniture for the living roomCherry Shaker furniture will work with any color scheme, and as seen in the photo above, looks marvelous with shades of green. No matter the color of your room, Shaker furniture in Cherry wood will help you create a look that is comfortable yet polished. Built for function but never lacking in chic Shaker style.

Cherry Shaker Bedroom FurnitureYour master bedroom will look charming and New England inspired with our finely crafted Cherry Shaker furniture. Unadorned and subtle, you could live in the city and still feel like you are waking up in a rural Vermont farmhouse.

reclaimed-barnwood-table-country-windsor-lifeShare meals with your closest friends and family around Vermont crafted Shaker tables and chairs that are inspired by a 200+ year heritage of Yankee woodworking. Cherry Shaker furniture is durable and makes the perfect base for your traditionally inspired dining space.

What do you think of Cherry Shaker furniture? Would you add it to your home? Let us know in the comments section!

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.

Mod Outdoor Furniture

Your porch or patio is a great place to entertain guests, dine, and relax with your friends and family.  Even a simple backyard can be transformed into a beautiful secondary living space when designed well! Simple upgrades in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and decor can turn your space from plain to inspiring in no time!

Here are some great outdoor furniture ideas to help you plan your space:

1. Think about what you use your space for, or what you want to use your space for the most in the future. Do you want it to be a relaxing place for your family? A place to entertain friends and host parties? A nice spot to spend time alone and read? Think about what you envision the space being. This will dictate the decisions you make about your outdoor furniture & decor.

2. Draw out your space. Measuring your space is imperative in buying outdoor furniture because you need to know the exact amount of space you have available before you start buying. Go out to your space and analyze what the typical traffic patterns will be. Do you need a lot of room for people to walk around? Take notes on highly trafficked areas you’d like to keep clear.

3. Browse Pinterest & other inspiration sites for all of the elements you’d like to see on your patio space. Think about food– do you need a grill, decorative wood serving bowls, or dining tables & chairs? How about your lighting–candles are always a great option for a romantic and dreamy outdoor space. Hanging string lights are festive and bring life into the space. Get a piece of paper, browse Pinterest & take note of all of the different things you love about porch and patio decor.

4. Consider the climate. Will your outdoor furniture & decor need to be weather resistant? If your patio furniture will be exposed to harsh heat, cold, winds, rain, etc… you might want to consider products that are maintenance free and can survive throughout even the most severe weather conditions! Do a little browsing online and you’ll find great outdoor rugs to keep the floor looking stylish and resistant to the weather too! If your furniture, rugs, etc, will be exposed to rain and wetness, don’t use any fabrics that will mold or decay over time!

Euro Modern Outdoor Furniture

5. Colors. Choose color schemes that bring out the personality of your space and your home! We love the bright blue of this ultra modern outdoor furniture set–accented by the blue water of the pool. Think about your space and the feeling you want your porch or patio to give your guests, and find colorful furniture and decor to match it! Browse Pinterest for inspiration.

Stay tuned for more updates on the perfect outdoor furniture style for you & your space!

 

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.