Do you dislike having your television as the centerpiece of your living room? If so, we’ve got a solution for you!

Retractable Pop Up TV

 Presenting the coolest piece of furniture you have ever seen.  No, it is not an ejection seat on a Bond-mobile or bed that rocks you to sleep, but, I can assure you, it is both stealthy and pleasurable.  I’m talking about our Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center… the easiest and most stylish way to hide your TV.

Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center 85" - CLEARANCE

 

Attach a Flat Screen TV up to 42″W to the hardware inside the media center and, with the click of a button, watch it rise of the entertainment center when you want to watch TV and then slowly descend back into it when you’re done! This now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t inspired media center features 85″ of pure media storage space or, for the smaller home, is also available as a 44″wide cabinet or bookshelf.  In Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut, this unit is slick enough for any man-cave and classic enough for the most traditional home.

If you’re not in the neighborhood or unavailable to see, touch and smell (if that’s your thing) the piece yourself, take a look at this exciting video which expertly captures the Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center’s allure:

 

 

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.

Hardwood Blanket Chests for Storing Winter Clothes

If you are anything like me, winter time usually means an excess of clutter! Call me a hoarder, but my things give me comfort through the chilly winter nights. My jackets, scarves, mittens, boots, heavy knit sweaters, wool socks and handmade hats can usually be found scattered throughout my bedroom & closet throughout the colder months– but finally, we’re starting to see signs of springtime. And finally, I can start to pack up. As I started packing away some of my winter clothes this past weekend, I realized that I didn’t really have a good place to keep everything. Do I just stuff them into a drawer or into my closet? Should I shove it all under my bed and dig it out again come next winter? None of these solutions really worked for me, as someone who favors style and organization. After lots of deliberation, I found my solution: Blanket Chests!

Hardwood blanket chests are a great solution for storing your excess winter clothes! They look beautiful & are actually very versatile. While the images shown in this blog feature blanket chests used at the bottom of the bed, they can also be used as a coffee table or large side table1

My picks for 3 hardwood blanket chests that are perfect for packing away your winter clothes and blankets in style:

 

Contemporary Craftsmen Hardwood Blanket Chest
Quick Tip:  Rotate between seasons and store your bathing suits, flipflops and shorts during the winter, and your wintery attire during spring and summer!

1. Contemporary Craftsmen Blanket Chest: Our premium quality solid wood Contemporary Craftsman Blanket Chest, with it’s gentle curves and graceful lines is the perfect complement to your contemporary bedroom. Perfect for those thick winter blankets or extra sheets. All our luxury Contemporary Craftsman collection is handcrafted to order by Vermont furniture makers in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

Quick Tip: Add your favorite decorative pillows or cushions to your blanket chest for a chic and comfortable look.

2. American Mission Blanket Chest: The wood for our American Mission Blanket Chest is sustainably harvested right here in America. Store all your comforters in this stylish solid wood blanket chest. A very high end piece of mission bedroom furniture that will become a future heirloom in your family.

Quick Tip: To stay organized, use smaller containers for your items that need to stay in pairs (heavy socks, mittens, etc) and keep that container inside of the blanket chest!

 3. Vermont Made Shaker Blanket Chest: This luxury Vermont-Made Shaker Blanket Chest lifts open smoothly to store all your blankets and necessities in style. Each chest is eco-friendly, made from sustainably harvested woods and handmade to be heirloom quality. Ceder lined bottom and the lid stays where you leave it up.

Are blanket chests part of your spring cleaning and decluttering routine? If not, what do you use to store your winter excess? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section of this blog! As always, we look forward to hearing your opinions. Stay warm and good luck with your spring cleaning, friends!

 

|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.|

 

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.

Sustainable Eco Friendly Furniture from Vermont
With yet another snowstorm on it’s way to Vermont, my mind is longing for Spring. How about you? Perhaps a few images of green grass and the birds and the bees (courtesy of Polyvore) will hurry things along?

In Vermont the seasons are still tied to production of wood furniture.  Winter provides the best opportunity for careful logging because frozen ground is less susceptible to damage.  And Spring begins a new cycle for forest stewardship planning– a process that ensures availability of wood for future generations.  At Vermont Woods Studios that process is led by Lynn Levine (our professional forester) who helps manage the 100 acre woodland that Stonehurst sits upon.  A woodland we’re using to help people understand where their furniture comes from:  trees that are sustainably harvested.

What is Sustainable, Eco Friendly Furniture?

Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs | Recycled plastic milk jugs
These eco friendly Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs are made of recycled plastic milk jugs.  Other marks of sustainability include green certifications, local responsibly harvested wood and use of non-toxic materials.

I just googled “sustainable eco friendly furniture” and came up with everything from IKEA (who was recently suspended from the Forest Stewardship Council FSC for illegally clear cutting 600 year old trees in Russia) to Pottery Barn (well known for  greenwashing campaigns like their eco chic collection). At Vermont Woods Studios  we’ve written a lot about sustainable furniture and how it’s defined.   Because we sell mainly wooden furniture we focus on responsible sourcing, green certification of wood, advantages of local and American made furniture, and the importance of recycled  and handmade furniture.  For examples of a wider variety of eco friendly furniture, check out the latest green furniture articles on Inhabitat.

Why Buy Sustainable Furniture?

“Every dollar you spend or don’t spend is a vote you cast for the world you want.” – L.N. Smith

A couple other reasons that come to mind include:

  • better health for your family (no exposure to the flammables, lead and toxic coatings that are often present in furniture)
  • less investment in furniture over the long run (sustainable furniture is built to last a lifetime so no replacements are necessary) and
  • support for local communities that produce sustainable furniture

Have some reasons of your own?  Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section below.

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.

 

Rustic Barnwood Furniture
This This Rustic Barnwood Sideboard with Ceramic Sink, rich with history and character, is created from high quality, reclaimed and recycled doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of New England’s historic barns. Organic, live-edge buffet top.

Furniture is more than just something we sit on, sleep on, and eat on; our furniture becomes a part of our life story. It’s an integral piece of what makes a house a home. But for the chemically sensitive, or for those who are just serious about not bringing harsh chemicals into their homes, finding the right furniture can seem like an impossible task.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re dedicated to providing furniture that is good for your health, home, and the environment.

Our Wood Furniture

All of our furniture (with the exception of our Outdoor line, which is made from recycled milk jugs) is handcrafted in Vermont using real, natural hardwoods. We do not work with inferior substrates like Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), particle board, or flimsy faux wood veneers.

We work mostly with cherrymapleoak and walnut. Each board in your furniture is selected by hand, and inspected for quality, strength, straightness, grain and color. When requested, we use FSC green-certified lumber, although there is still a premium for FSC certified wood. Sometimes our artisans harvest lumber from the woods on their own property, a sustainable approach that adds another dimension to the story of your furniture!

Toxin Free Finishes

Many of our furniture makers continue to use traditional oil and wax based finishes, but even those that use more modern finishes ensure that they are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free and eco-friendly with little or no Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs).

As concern over indoor air quality continues to grow, many of our furniture makers are moving towards water based finishes. Conventional petroleum based solvents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the atmosphere. While most of these VOCs are released at the time of manufacturing, a small amount remains on the product and can off-gas in the home. Many of our collections can now be requested in a non-emitting water-based finish.

Shopping for Organic Furniture Online

Questions to ask when making decisions on your organic wood furniture:

  • What type of wood is used?
  • Where does the wood come from?
  • How is the wood processed?  Are chemicals used in processing?  What kind of chemicals?
  • What type of finish and/or stain is used?  Is it a low VOC or no VOC finish-stain?  Can you supply an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the finish?
  • What type of glue is used?  Is it non-toxic?  Does it contain formaldehyde?  MSDS available?
  • Where is the furniture made and by whom?
  • How is the furniture packaged for shipment?

If you have any questions or want to discuss the issues of natural, non-toxic furniture, give us a call or email us at Vermont Woods Studios.  We’ll be glad to help!

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.

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.

The Renaissance of Handmade Wooden Furniture
Even though there’s still snow on the ground we’re thinking Spring at Vermont Woods Studios.  So in anticipation of the rebirth of our green landscape it seems like a good time to talk about the renaissance of handmade wooden furniture.

Last month I took a trip to Manhattan to meet with leaders in the world of home decor and interior design.  We talked about the fact that the past several years have been dominated by modern, contemporary decor with lots of metal, glass, upholstery and synthetics.  Very little wood.  But in 2014 the pendulum is swinging back to home decor that is much more connected to our natural world.  Check out Architectural Digest’s latest interiors page and you’ll find the richness of handmade wood furniture, flooring and accessories throughout.

Handcrafted Custom Reclaimed Wood and Metal Coffee and Sofa Tables
These occasional tables are handcrafted of reclaimed wood and metal by Dan Mosheim and his sons in Dorset, Vermont.  They can be customized online, in our showroom or… take a ride up to Dorset and work directly with Dan in his studio.

In 2014, interior designers and homeowners are looking to be refreshed by the authenticity and organic nature of real wood in their home decor. Reclaimed wood and metal are perhaps the most popular combination for furniture styles we’ve seen this year. The beautiful occasional tables above (handcrafted by Dan Mosheim and his sons) are a great example.

Modern Handmade Wooden Furniture
Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection is a great example of modern, contemporary wood furniture.  It’s handmade in Bradford, Vermont of sustainably harvested American black walnut wood.

Here’s another example of handmade wooden furniture that’s trending up this Spring.  It’s Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Furniture Collection– proving that modern and wood are not an oxymoron when it comes to furniture!

Need more inspiration on how to refresh your home with the beauty of handmade wooden furniture this Spring?  Visit the Architectural Digest annual Home Show in Manhattan, March 20-23.  Or make a trip to beautiful Vermont and enjoy the bounty of nature inside our fine furniture showroom and outside on our scenic woodland trails.

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.

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.