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We don’t typically re-share articles from others, but when I read  “The First American Modernists” by Lance Esplund, I knew I had to share it with our community of Shaker furniture lovers. Lance provides a thoughtful, interesting look at the Shakers and Shaker furniture, as inspired by an art exhibit at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. The exhibition, titled “The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World,”  provided a historical overview of the Shakers and their simplistic, spiritual lifestyle; focusing on the craft of their now world recognized furniture.

While Shaker communities were once vibrant and thriving, there are now only 3 Shakers left. Brother Arnold Hadd and his two elderly sisters practice their faith at Sabbathday Lake’s Shaker Village in New Glouster Maine. It’s the worlds last active Shaker Community. Brother Arnold Spoke at the exhibit & covered topics such as the concept of “Shaker Style” (which he claims does not exist) and the inspiration behind their modest furniture design. According to Esplund, the exhibit was full of Shaker Furniture. He goes on to explain:

 “That “classic” Shaker style is well represented here in strong, unassuming cupboards, tables, desks and chests of drawers; delicately crafted oval wooden nesting boxes; inviting, wide-mouthed wooden bowls; tightly woven rugs and baskets; and sprightly, no-nonsense ladder-back chairs. Made of chestnut, walnut, flame birch and bird’s-eye maple, these lightweight, sturdy chairs have rhythmically dynamic woven cane and checkerboard tape seats. They could be easily hung on wall pegs to allow for the ecstatic “shaking” dancing prayers for which the “Believers” became commonly known.”

While I haven’t had the opportunity to see the exhibit first hand, I have a deep appreciation for Shaker Furniture and it’s honest, unassuming design. Rich with history, Shaker Furniture has a legacy and heritage that we are proud to represent here at Vermont Woods Studios. If you’re interested in learning more about this Shaker exhibition, Esplund’s article is full of practical insight on the history and inspiration behind their 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.

Tiny Tables

Our friends at House Beautiful Magazine did a round up of their top 101 Tiny Tables, so we figured we would go ahead and do one of our own! All of our tiny tables (end tables, side tables, smaller than usual tables) are expertly handcrafted in Vermont and guaranteed for life. These aren’t style of the moment tables, they are timeless tiny tables that are guaranteed for life and will never go out of style. Whether you use them as a side table in your living room, a bedside table, a plant stand, or simply as an accent or accessory in any room– these 5 tables are sure to please.

1. The Classic Shaker Round End Table is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested wood. It is an eco-friendly piece that can be customized to meet your exact needs. The subtle arches in the legs give it a whimsical feel that can bring a feeling of elegance and femininity to any space! 

2. This Cherry Moon end table is made to the highest standards, and meticulously handcrafted by skilled furniture makers. Shown in walnut wood, this ultra modern piece is versatile enough to fit practically any space. The unique styling and shape of the legs give it an eclectic charm. It’s the perfect tiny table for a craftsman style furniture lover. 

3. Our modern Metropolitan End Table features a clear powder coated steel metal base, the result is a beautiful, solid wood end table perfect for a loft or city apartment. A modern, clean and simple design that looks great in any setting. This fusion of wood and metal makes it the most industrial of the tiny tables on this list. 

4. This Modern Shaker Lamp Table can be used in almost any corner of your home or office. Use as an end table, cocktail table, lamp table, plant stand or to showcase that special work of art. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish.

5.  Our French Country Round End Table is ultra curvaceous, making it the most luxurious looking of the tiny tables on the list. It’s subtle, chic, and makes the perfect accent to any french country home. 

Which of these tables do you like the best? 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.

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Shopping for Quality Wood Furniture?

It’s not that easy anymore, especially if you’re shopping online.  I just googled the phrase “top quality wood furniture” and came up with products like a 5 piece dining set for $356 at Target and a twin bed complete with underbed storage at Walmart for $139.  Those are not products that most of us would call “high quality”.

Checking Quality in the Showroom

At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve been working for 9 years to be able to provide a showroom (Stonehurst) where customers can come and experience the beauty and honesty of true high quality wood furniture.  I’ve noticed that when customers visit us, often they split up in the store.  One person chats with us about their needs and the style of their home, while the other person inspects the quality of our furniture.  He/she opens drawers, looks underneath table tops, moves dressers around to see how the backs are attached and so on.  This is an important part of the purchase process.  But what if you’re shopping online?

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How to Gauge Quality when Shopping Online

Online fine furniture stores must provide enough detail via photos and articles to enable customers to judge their quality.  On our website, for example we post a “Construction Details” page for every furniture collection we offer.  Here you’ll find details ranging from the natural characteristics of the wood, to the type of joinery used, to instructions for care & maintenance (which are dependent on the type of wood and finish selected).

Find more tips and advice on buying fine furniture here: Top Quality Wood Furniture: A Buyers Guide.

 

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.

If you share your bedroom with your spouse, space can get tight quite easily. Especially when it comes to dresser space. While one option is to get separate dressers all together (although that might end up taking up more of your bedroom space) there are several dresser options that can accommodate your storage needs! We’ve hand picked five 10-Drawer dressers that are ideal for sharing, or if you’re anything like me, perfect for storing your never ending collection of clothes. These solid wood 10-drawer dressers are all expertly handcrafted in Vermont, from sustainably harvested wood.

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1) Our large his and hers Modern American 10-Drawer Dresser #2 features smooth clean contemporary lines. This dresser shown has a two-tone look with natural cherry hardwood with black walnut accents. It’s a perfect piece for sharing, with enough storage space for everyone! The unique styling of the drawer pulls gives this 10-drawer dresser a chic, zen style look– a must have for the asian furniture lover. What’s even better about this piece is that it can fit both a masculine or feminine space, keeping everyone happy.

 

10-Drawer Dressers2) Our Contemporary Cable 10-Drawer Dresser features solid hardwood construction and traditional joinery. Unique cable pulls complement the Contemporary Cable Platform Bed. It’s unique styling makes it the perfect dresser for the modern or contemporary designed bedroom. The 4 smaller drawers at the top are large enough to store your socks & undergarments, while the remaining 8 drawers provide an ample amount of storage for your clothes!

 

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3) Our high quality solid wood Modern Shaker 10-Drawer Dresser is the ultimate in bedroom storage. This shaker dresser features a modern twist on shaker style, and is versatile enough to match the decor of any bedroom.

 

10-Drawer Dressers4) Copeland’s large, luxurious, cherry wood, Monterey 10 Drawer Dresser fuses American Art’s & Crafts style with modern Japanese and Asian design. Handmade with natural cherry wood, this large, high end dresser can be customized online with your choice of 5 shades of cherry. It’s sleek styling makes it a must have for those looking to save bedroom space.

 

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5) This solid wood Contemporary Craftsman 10-Drawer Dresser features floating panel sides with gentle arches. It’s sturdy, handcrafted, and absolutely stunning. The 10 large drawers make it a great choice for the clothes collector who can never get enough 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.

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

If you live in an area where the weather can be a severe and unpredictable, then you’ve likely seen outdoor furniture ruined or tarnished by the rain, snow, wind, or intense heat. Maybe the wood began to mold or crack from too much time spent outside in wet weather, or perhaps it started to fade– whatever the problem, you won’t have it with our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar set. Our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set furniture is made from recycled plastic lumber, meaning that hundreds of discarded milk jugs were re-purposed to create this stylish outdoor furniture! It’s ultra sturdy, built to resist all weather conditions, and comes in dozens of fade resistant colors.

Our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set is beautiful, sustainable, and built to last (so we’ve backed it with a lifetime guarantee).

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

If you’re going to create the perfect Adirondack Bar Set, you have two great options for seating. A) Our Adirondack Bar Height Chair, or B) The Adirondack Counter Chair. They both come in 7 earthy colors and come with lots of great features including:

  • Made from eco-friendly POLYWOOD® HDPE recycled plastic lumber and maintenance free
  • Best All Weather furniture solution, leave outside year round
  • Resists heat, below freezing cold, salt air, and corrosive chemicals
  • Premium stainless steel hardware, 18-8 commercial grade with protective xylan coating
  • 7 Fade resistant frame colors with UV protection
  • No mold, mildew, weathering, cracking or warping
  • No painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping or resurfacing
  • Great value! This is a product you will never have to replace
  • Perfect for both residential and commercial outdoor use
  • Made in the USA

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

Complete your “set” with one of our bar height tables. Our Outdoor Bars and Counter Tables are super durable, maintenance free and available in many modern styles and colors! Voted best quality outdoor pool and patio bar furniture, our POLYWOOD® outdoor furniture collection brings super durable outdoor entertainment furniture that not only looks beautiful but is made to last and give you years of maintenance-free enjoyment. Pick one of these tables to accent your new Adirondack Bar Chairs, and you’ll have the elegant and eco friendly faux wood Adirondack bar set of your dreams!

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.