Vermont Woods Studios Handmade Furniture

Our Green Mission: Walking the Talk

April 3rd, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Stonehurst: A Sustainable Furniture Store with a Green Mission

Our sustainable furniture showroom at Stonehurst sits on a 100 acre wooded parcel in Vernon, Vermont.  This is the view out our back windows– also a place for weekly meetings (weather permitting) and a backdrop for forest conservation projects.

Ken and I founded Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture store almost nine years ago.  As a woodworker, Ken’s interest was in earning a living by promoting the tradition of high quality Vermont made wood furniture.  For me, the project was about forest conservation and my desire to help protect forest habitat and wildlife for future generations*.   Over the years it’s been a challenge managing this yin-yang pair of objectives but I think we’ve been able to maintain a pretty good balance.

Stonehurst Opens Up New Opportunities for Forest Conservation

This year we have a chance to bring a whole new dimension to our forest conservation mission through our newly acquired property at Stonehurst.  The farmhouse we purchased and renovated into a Vermont made furniture gallery sits on 100 wooded acres in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest.  In the past our environmental mission was largely fulfilled by donating to like-minded non-profits**, but now we can also also partner with them by providing forest habitat for various conservation projects.

Join Us!

Below are a few conservation activities we’re supporting for 2014:

  • Woodlands for Wildlife – Vermont Coverts educates landowners in sound forest management practices and the principles of stewardship for the enhancement of wildlife.  Ken and I are attending their 3-day seminar on forest and wildlife management this spring to learn how to improve wildlife habitat and provide better conditions for native deer, turkeys, moose, bear, birds, bob cats, chipmunks, squirrels and other species that may be living at Stonehurst.
  • MonarchWatch - When Kendall and Riley were in elementary school we used to capture monarch caterpillars, watch their metamorphosis and tag the butterflies before waving them off on their epic migration to Mexico every fall.  But for the past several years I haven’t seen even a single monarch.  So this year we’ll support Chip Taylor at MonarchWatch by planting butterfly gardens (including milkweed) and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Vermont Center for Eco Studies- VCE is a group of Vermont’s foremost conservation scientists who inspire citizen volunteers across Vermont and around the world.  We’ve been supporting them for years and are excited about being able to use Stonehurst as a place to gather data for their many programs including:
    • Vernal pool mapping
    • VT reptile and amphibian atlas
    • VT breeding bird survey
  • Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center – BEEC’s annual Salamander Soiree is this Saturday April 5th from 6-8:30pm in Brattleboro at the River Garden on Main Street.  We’ll be there to help recruit crossing guards for this year’s annual amphibian migration.

If you’re in our neighborhood and share similar interests, please stop by Stonehurst, give us a call or connect with us on Facebook.  Let us know what you’re working on and how we can help.  As the southern most corner of Vermont, Vernon can play a significant role in our state’s conservation efforts.  Let’s make it happen!

* We are losing the worlds forests at a rate of > 1 acre/second.  A major factor in deforestation is widespread illegal logging for timber that’s used to make cheap furniture sold by IKEA, Home Depot and other big-box stores.  Our goal at Vermont Woods Studios is to help raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and persuade people to buy sustainable furniture made from legally harvested wood.

** The non-profits we’ve supported include the World Wildlife Fund WWF, The Nature Conservancy TNC, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC, Vermont Center for Ecostudies VCE and others working to conserve forests and wildlife.

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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4 Major Announcements from Your Favorite Vermont Furniture Store!

April 2nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

With the start of spring just behind us, we’re excited to reveal some “spring cleaning” of our own! Here are some great changes you’ll find at Vermont Woods Studios: 

 

New Mobile-Friendly Website

We’ve refreshed our old website with a new design, more detailed content, an easier-to-navigate layout, and a mobile-friendly platform! Now it is easier than ever to browse through our collections of Vermont made fine furniture from your tablet or mobile phone. Our web wizards, Neville & Martin, have been hard at work for months re-touching our website to make it faster and more usable, so we hope you like the great changes they’ve made! Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming blog explaining the upgrades more closely! 

New Showroom Hours at Stonehurst

Our beautiful Vermont furniture store & decor showroom has gotten a lot of foot traffic in the last few months! Customers have traveled from all around the Northeast to get a look at our handcrafted fine furniture and the unique showroom it’s displayed in. The feedback has been so great that we’ve decided to stay open for longer hours, seven days a week! You can now visit Stonehurst Monday-Saturday from 9am-6pm, and on Sunday from 12pm-5pm!  Our showroom is full of great furniture pieces, decor, and Vermont made lighting– we’d love for you to visit us

Introducing Laura Zindel Dishware at Stonehurst & Our Online Store

Since 1997 Laura Zindel has been creating these functional and durable pieces of artwork using a method inspired by both the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century and the “Cabinets of Curiosities” encyclopedic collections of the Victorian era. These unique Laura Zindel pieces are a beautiful accessory to our fine furniture as they live up to the handcrafted quality that Vermont artistry is known for. You can find Laura Zindel’s work both online and at Stonehurst.

Introducing Hubbardton Forge Lighting at Stonehurst

Our luxury Vermont furniture and decor showroom is fuller than ever, and we are beyond excited to reveal that we are now carrying a selection of beautiful handcrafted Hubbardton Forge lighting pieces! Hubbardton Forge lighting is heirloom quality, making it the perfect accent to our handcrafted fine furniture. Hubbardton Forge takes great pride in the products they create, and only produces pieces that achieve the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. We hope that you’ll take the time to visit us and see these incredible works of art up close!

 

Whew! Well that’s just about it for now. Are you as excited about the changes as we are? We hope so! To keep up with us and all of our new products, sales, and showroom news, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter!

 

PS. Look forward to more blogs explaining each of these changes in greater detail!

 

|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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The Most Stylish Way to Hide your TV: Our Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center

March 31st, 2014 by Liz Francese

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:

 

 

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Buy Affordable Shaker Furniture Online with our Shaker Sale!

March 28th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Affordable Shaker Furniture Online

The northeast is the birthplace of Shaker style furniture in the United States. For over two centuries the Shaker style has been admired for it’s simplistic aesthetics and sturdy design. It has become an inspiration to many contemporary furniture designs, and has become our most popular style.

Vermont Woods Studios offers six Shaker furniture collections to include over 200 pieces of Shaker influenced furniture, ranging from traditional designs to Shaker style furniture with a modern flair. Our traditional Shaker style furniture can be found in the New England Shaker Furniture,Classic Shaker Furniture, and Renfrew Shaker Furniture collections, while our more modern designs are included in the Modern Shaker FurnitureVermont Shaker Furniture, and American Shaker Furniturecollections. However, all of the furniture features simple, clean lines similar to the original pieces in the late 1700′s.

Our early spring Shaker Sale starts now, so its your chance to buy affordable shaker furniture online! Save 10% on one piece, 15% on two pieces, and 20% on three or more pieces (plus free shipping)! Your fine wood furniture will also be backed by a lifetime guarantee! Start shopping today conveniently from our online gallery. This sale ends April 10th at midnight!

 

| 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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Earth Hour 2014: Be a Part Of It!

March 26th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Earth Hour 2014 | WWF

This Saturday March 29th from 8:30-9:30pm is Earth Hour, the largest environmental movement in history. Be a part of it by turning your lights off to symbolize your support for Mother Nature.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is the largest environmental movement in history and it’s sponsored annually by the World Wide Fund WWF.  It’s purpose is to bring people from around the world together for 1 hour in solidarity and support of Mother Nature.  The event has grown to include over 7000 cities and towns worldwide that participate by turning their lights off from 8:30-9:30pm (local time) as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

Why Do We Care?

I started Vermont Woods Studios in 2005 as my personal attempt to be part of the solution to environmental care, especially in the area of forest and wildlife conservation.  Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to find a small cadre of brilliant professionals, willing to work long hours in an effort to get this sustainable furniture company up and running.  Today I can say we’re making great strides and much of that is attributed to our commitment to a mission that we believe in.  Earth hour symbolizes that mission.

How Can You Participate?

It’s easy and fun to be a part of Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29th at 8:30pm.   Check out WWF’s Earth Hour website for things to do while the lights are out.  Candlelight dinners, star-gazing, nighttime bike rides, moonlit picnics and more.

Curious about what others in your city are doing for Earth Hour?  Here’s a map showing various celebrations across America and a list of cities, buildings and businesses that are participating.  Around New England you’ll find dozens of activities including dramatic displays in New York City’s Times Square and the Empire State Building and dimming of the lights in locations all around Boston.  If you add your name to the movement this Saturday, share photos with us at Vermont Woods Studios (Twitter and Facebook #earthhour).  Together we can make a difference!

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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3 Hardwood Blanket Chests Perfect for Storing Winter Clothes!

March 24th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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.|

 

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MyWebRoom: Virtual Interior Design to Organize your Life

March 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Check out this WebRoom created using some Vermont Woods Studios furniture. Can you spot what pieces are ours? Hint: They include some of our more unique Vermont made artisan pieces.

So what is MyWebRoom all about?

MyWebRoom is a digital platform where you can organize your life in a visually beautiful and interesting way. You can organize & interact with your favorite products, websites, and friends!

In the same way that you might organize a room in real life– a television for your entertainment, books for reference, notebooks for writing, etc… you organize your digital life with MyWebRoom. For example, do you see the cute little puppy standing on the yellow rug? In your WebRoom, you can click on the puppy and be brought to a page with tons of great pet websites. Many of the pages are auto-suggested but you  have the option to add your own favorite sites too!

Virtual Room Design

Click this photo for more information on putting pets in your WebRoom!

The pet option is just one small feature of MyWebRoom and all of its greatness. You’ll find that practically any type of site you can imagine, can be organized in your WebRoom. Plus, you have the option to choose from hundreds of great decor pieces to make your room look as stylish as you like it! So head on over to MyWebRoom and get to organizing your digital space today! 

If you want to learn more about this website and the people behind it, find them on social:

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March Make a Set Sale: 20% Off Custom Wood Furniture

March 22nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Make a set sale details

Get creative, make a set! Mix & Match between rooms & styles!

Our Make a Set Sale is back! Whether you’re looking to add some fine furniture pieces to complete a few rooms in your home, or you’re trying out the ever popular mix-and-match interior decor style, the Make a Set Sale is one of our fan favorites! The great part is that you get to decide whats on sale! All you have to do is select 3 different qualifying furniture pieces, and the 20% discount is yours! Not sure what qualifies? Any piece of furniture besides Copeland, Artisan, Polywood and Clearance!

Furniture Made Just For You

All of our Eco-friendly hardwood furniture is made to order, which means that your furniture isn’t just sitting in a warehouse somewhere in Timbuktu, ready to be dusted off and shipped out as soon as you make your purchase.

This is great because your furniture is truly made for you, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not you can find something to fit your space. Besides the fact that we have hundreds of pieces for you to choose from, most of our furniture can be customized to suit your needs, and all of our talented craftsman have the skills to create the perfect piece to fit your home. Plus, you can feel secure knowing that all of our furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee. Every member of our wonderful sales staff is here to make your experience with us as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions!

Hurry, this sale ends at midnight on March 27th!

Shop by Room or Shop by Style now to enjoy this great sale!

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International Day of Forests 2014

March 21st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

International Day of Forests is held anually on March 21st as a way to raise awareness for sustainable forest management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of our planet and for current and future generations.

Why Raising Awareness about our Forests is Important

Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Forests also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations.

They play a key role in our battle against climate change. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. They protect watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, we are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” (UN)

Participating in International Day of Forests

Forests are a vital part of our local and international ecosystem. At Vermont Woods Studios, we’re proud to make our commitment to sustainable forestry the driving force behind our mission. We hope that by promoting sustainable wood products, our audience will become more aware of where their wood furniture comes from & choose not to support companies who practice unsustainable logging practices. We celebrate trees & forests each and every single day.

 For International Day of Forests, countries across the globe will celebrate trees and forests with a variety activities spanning from community level activities like film showings and tree plantings, to national and international campaigns through art, photography & social media. What are you doing to celebrate International Day of Forests? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook!

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85 Vermont Sugar Houses in 2 Days: Is it possible?

March 20th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

maple syrup

Did you know that maple sugaring is sustainable? Tapping doesn’t hurt the tree in any way — studies have shown that the trees that are tapped year after year live just as long, and just grow ever-so-slightly most slowly than their un-harvested counterparts.

This weekend is Vermont’s Maple Syrup open house weekend! This is exciting for two reasons: 1) Maple syrup is delicious and 2) this officially marks the first weekend of Spring! Open House Weekend is your opportunity to get a first-hand look at how Vermont’s sugar makers are able to take the sap from maple trees and craft something as delicious as pure Vermont maple syrup! 85 sugar houses around Vermont will be open for touring!

The weather is up in the air, but we’re hoping for another weekend of sunshine! So make it a trip, take a visit to Vermont– and visit us at Stonehurst while you’re here!

Visit VermontMaple.Org for an interactive map with all of the different maple syrup locations in Vermont & for more information on this great weekend event!

 

|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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