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A Visit to Simon Pearce Glassware

February 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Simon Pearce | Handblown Glassware | Made in Vermont

Luxury home decor aficionados:  do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home?  Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever?  Well Vermont has a treat for you.  Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other.  I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company.  Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.

Simon Pearce Glassware

With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware.  Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.

Simon Pearce | Glass Blower | Watch it Being Made in Windsor and Quechee Vermont

Simon Pearce high quality glass bowls, goblets and vases are hand blown by skilled artisans and designed to last a lifetime.  I took this picture in Windsor, VT but you can also see glassblowing (and pottery making) at their beautiful facility in Quechee, VT.

Simon Pearce Pottery

Simon Pearce Pottery and Stoneware

The Simon Pearce pottery and stoneware collection includes table lamps, vases, pitchers, dinnerware and gifts.  Watch it being made in Windsor and/or Quechee, VT.

Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website.  Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit!  You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.

Restaurant at Simon Pearce

It takes a ton of energy to make glass so Simon Pearce located his facility on a falls and installed hydro power.  Be sure to call for reservations if you’d like to dine at that beautiful restaurant that juts out over the falls. Both food and view are spectacular.

The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of?  Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board.  Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.


Vermont Life Magazine to Feature Stonehurst

October 27th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

A Visit from Jim Westphalen and Vermont Life Magazine

Last week professional photographer, Jim Westphalen spent a day at Stonehurst on behalf of Vermont Life Magazine.  Our fine furniture and home decor showcase will be featured in the magazine’s Fall 2014 issue.

I received a call from Jim Westphalen last Wednesday, explaining that he’d been tasked by Vermont Life Magazine to photograph Stonehurst.  Woohoo!  Vermont Life is the premier advocator of our state’s culture and creative economy.  It’s considered one of America’s premier regional magazines featuring “the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer”.

So this is pretty terrific news for us!  Back in June we attended a Pitch Party sponsored by Vermont Life and Luke Stafford at Mondo Media Works in downtown Brattleboro.  Such a cool idea:  Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan and her staff were traveling around Vermont inviting people to pitch their artwork, businesses, personal stories and such– for future articles.  So we pitched our Stonehurst Fine Furniture and Art Gallery story and apparently they liked it.

Vermont Life Magazine to Feature Stonehurst Fine Furniture and Art Gallery

A subscription to Vermont Life Magazine would make a thoughtful Christmas present!  You can also buy beautiful Vermont Life calendars, and posters on their website.

We’re grateful to Jim Westphalen and Mary Hegarty Nowlan for their support of our green mission at Stonehurst.   We’re honored that they feel it fits into Vermont Life’s mission which “celebrates the unique heritage, countryside, traditions and people of Vermont and explores issues of contemporary interest to Vermonters and visitors to the state.”

Can’t wait till the article comes out next Fall!


Admiring Vermont’s Newest Furniture Store

October 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

When you think of a furniture store, a certain image might come to mind. You might imagine a busy strip mall full of people rushing in and out to make their purchase and move on with the day, or a giant warehouse showroom full of basic furniture pieces. At Stonehurst, however, what you will see is much different than that. Vermont’s newest furniture store is unique in its ability to capture the spirit of Vermont in its warmth and simplicity– as well as the breathtaking natural area that surrounds it. We invite you to view these photos of Stonehurst and see for yourself some of the small details that make Stonehurst more than your average furniture showroom. (Click on the small photos to start a slideshow!)

Vermont Furniture Store

If you like what you see, we’d love for you to visit us. We’re open 9-5, Monday through Saturday. Stop on by to check out our furniture and see this unique shopping experience for yourself. See you soon!


Vermont Style: Wood Bowls

October 8th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Wood Bowls by JK Adams

Our Harvest Cherry Wood Bowl

Vermont is known for its lush forests and beautiful natural areas– so its no surprise that decorating your home with Vermont Style involves taking beautiful, natural elements and making them centerpieces of your home design. This cherry wood bowl by JK Adams does just that, serving as the perfect tabletop decor as well as a functional dining room piece. Wooden bowls are super versatile, and can be used to highlight the natural beauty of wood in practically any room in the home. 

We use these bowls as part of our Vermont Style decor at Stonehurst because they accent our fine wood furniture beautifully and effortlessly!