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 If you're like most Americans, you'll be spending more time relaxing and enjoying your home during the coming months and years.  It's a place where we can take refuge from a stressful world of economic instability and find solace and comfort in each other and in our soothing cocoon.  Happily, we can report that one of the main elements of the growing green home design movement is wood.  Natural, renewable, enduring and recyclable wood is coming back into vogue in the form of wood furniture, flooring, paneling, and architectural millwork such as fireplace mantles and molding.

Even as longtime wood advocates, we found it surprising to look at the statistics of how much more environmentally benign wood is when compared to other home building materials such as steel and concrete. Research shows that in terms of energy use, production of greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, production of solid waste and overall ecological resource, wood is  up to 1900% greener than steel or concrete!

Amazing not just for its natural beauty, wood is also incredibly versatile in its ability to be carved, shaped, bent or molded into an endless variety of shapes and designs.  And anyone who collects antiques knows that wood furniture, properly cared for, can last hundreds and even thousands of years.

When selecting wood for your home decor projects and furniture, be sure it has been sustainably harvested.  Ask you vendor where the wood originated and if it has been green-certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative SFI, the American Tree Farm System or equivalent.

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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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Many thanks to our customers, friends and colleagues who stopped by to see us in our booth at the Boston GreenBuild conference last week.  We were inspired to join you, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who delivered the keynote address, and over 800 green companies and 28,000 attendees, all working towards a the vision of a greener planet. 

It was an honor for us at Vermont Woods Studios to be representing our state's finest furniture makers alongside Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association and Bruce Wilkie of Lyndon furniture. 

We appreciate the warm greetings and compliments we received regarding our fine, handcrafted, solid wood furniture display and we look forward to working with many of you in the near future.

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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As we start picking up the pieces of our broken economy and trying to sort through them, what kinds of changes will we make to avoid another meltdown?  We've unwittingly become such ravenous consumers, that we've gotten accustomed to forsaking quality in our purchases for instant gratification at the expense of frequent disposal and replacement.

We hear people say things like, "I like to freshen up my home and replace my furniture every few years to stay up with the trends."  In the furniture business, we call those disposable purchases curbside furniture.

If
you're lucky enough to have antiques and heirlooms that have been
handed down to you through the generations, I'll bet that even after
50-100 or more years, you'll find the quality of those items to be
superior to that of today's equivalent.

Rebuilding the economy on a green foundation is going to involve a cultural shift away from cheap, imported, transitory goods in favor of high-quality, long-lasting, timeless items that are crafted from sustainable resources and sold near the source with a minimum of transportation and fuel costs.  Green American furniture companies are leading the way toward this kind of a paradigm shift.  We have the sustainable resources, the talent, the facilities and the will to make it happen.  Visit the Sustainable Furniture Council to learn more.

Vermont Woods Studios.

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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If watching your money's wild ride on the stock market's roller coaster is giving you heartburn, we have a suggestion for a fail-safe investment: US made
, handcrafted, solid wood, eco friendly furniture.  Really! 

Did you know that a Chippendale armoire-desk, circa 1770 recently sold at Christie's for over $12,000,000.  A small carved mahogany tea table from the same era fetched nearly $7,000,000. 

OK, that's a couple hundred years for appreciation but 20th century pieces are routinely selling for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars at leading auction houses, Sothebys and Christies.

So whether you purchase an ultra-luxury, fine, handcrafted, custom furniture piece like a modern day Chippendale or an affordable handmade standard piece like those in the Vermont Woods Studios Classic Shaker furniture collection, you are making a wise and safe investment decision.

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And while furniture makers can't guarantee that their furniture will increase in value at any predictable rate, they do often guarantee against flaws in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner. 

The best part about investing in fine furniture, however is the enjoyment you and your family will have, sharing meals, conversation and laughter around it for many years and even generations to come. 

We say, "Cheers" to an investment that is- for a change, heart-warming instead of heart-burning.

Vermont Woods Studios

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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Many thanks to newspaperman extraordinaire, Bob Audette at our hometown newspaper the Brattleboro Reformer who wrote a very informative article about Vermont Woods Studios eco friendly furniture and the artisans who make it.
  Bob placed us right on the front page of the local news section, highlighted the award we received for Best Furniture Website of the Year and included interviews with Jan Bennett, Barb Ackemann of  IrisLines Designs and Tina DuBosque of E-tegrity SEO Consultants.  We appreciate your coverage of our small business and the many people who work to make it the very best place to shop for unique, handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Thanks Bob!

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.