#TBT: Cool Memories For a Hot Summer Day

#TBT Memories of a Lost Ski Area: Pine Top

Every now and then at Stonehurst (now our Vermont furniture showroom) we’re treated to a blast from the past.  Our property dates back to the 1860s when it was a farmhouse and since then it’s had many and varied identities.  From the 1940s to the 1960s Stonehurst was a local ski area with 3 rope tows.  It was called Pine Top and every now and then we get special visitors who stop by to see how it’s changed and share their memories of family vacations here.  Recently we had the pleasure of meeting Sigrid Oscarson who stopped by with her husband Bill Wares.  I wanted to share Sigrid’s memories with those of you who  remember Pine Top.  Did you know Sigrid and her family?

A Visit from Sigrid Oscarson Wares

My husband and I visited with Peggy and Ken last Friday. They were gracious to show us Vermont Woods Studios, formerly known as Pine Top. I grew up in Vermont and spent many days skiing as well as celebrating holidays there. My Godparents, Elsie and Romey Racine were the owners. My father helped to maintain the rope tows very often using a combination of his well-honed automotive skills, true grit with sheer determination, and lots of prayer! It was always a work in progress.

#TBT Memories of a Lost Ski Area: Pine Top by Sigrid Oscarson Wares
Sigrid and her husband Bill Wares of Moorestown, New Jersey are standing in front of a map of Pine Top that was created by Vernon Town Historian (and former Pine Top employee) Barbara Moseley.

“I came across this picture of me skiing at Pine Top. From these humble beginnings I have maintained a life-long love affair with this sport and even became a ski instructor for a period of time. Growing up in Vermont was a wonderful experience of which Pine Top was a very integral part.  Looking at the ski garb makes me wonder how any of us survived the cold! Any one who skied there will tell you that they went through several pairs of mittens in one season due to the friction of the rope tow. We would all cram into the “Warming Hut” as it was affectionately called, to toast our frozen fingers and toes near the pot belly stove while munching on hamburgers or hot dogs with hot chocolate and brownies (made by my mother). It was truly a family effort.

Thank you for showing us the beautiful renovations you have performed on this most wonderful “home” that holds so many memories for me. Your organization is truly an excellent steward of the property and that warms my heart.”

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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Sizzling Summer Savings on Solid Wood Bedroom Furniture!

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If you are in the market for some new solid wood bedroom furniture you probably will need to look for American made furniture. Then if you desire a beautiful, traditional and domestic wood species for your furniture you will have to look for American made! Cherry, walnut, maple, and oak are highly prized and domestically plentiful wood species when it comes to furniture. That’s where we come in…

Vermont Woods Studios has partnered with Vermont’s finest hardwood furniture workshops to give you just that. For almost 10 years now we have exclusively sold solid wood furniture, made from sustainably harvested trees from the northeast, and all by the hands of Vermont craftsman.

So if you have been looking for or thinking of a new bed or bedroom suite your timing is right. Our annual Summer Bedroom Furniture Sale will run from Friday, July 10th until midnight July 23rd. Savings of 10 ~ 20% are offered and your new furniture will be set up for you in your home by our white glove delivery partners. Did we mention yet our lifetime guarantee so you can sleep tight knowing you got a true high quality, American made product!

Browse & shop easily and conveniently from your home 24/7 by visiting our online gallery or if you find yourself in southeast Vermont stop by our beautiful showroom “Stonehurst” for a visit. (open 7 days) Questions? Just call our customer care team toll free @ (888) 390-5571. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

American Made Furniture | Online Shopping for the 4th of July
Patriotism isn’t the only reason why people are limiting their search to American Made Furniture this Fourth of July.

Fourth of July week has become a popular time to shop for furniture. With the Made in America movement if full swing, many customers are confining their search to furniture made in the USA. Patriotism isn’t the only reason for this trend but it’s a big one. Here’s a list of what our customers tell us are their Top 5 reasons for buying American Made Furniture rather than imports.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy American Made Furniture

  1. Quality and Craftsmanship – American made furniture is well known for it’s high quality and craftsmanship.  States like Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio have a long tradition of making heirloom quality furniture from local wood.  In Vermont, fine furniture making has been a part of our heritage for over 200 years and that translates to superior quality, sophisticated style and great values in handmade furniture.
  2. Local Jobs and Local Economies – The American furniture maker has suffered over the past 5 decades as most large, quintessentially American furniture companies moved to China, Vietnam and other third world countries.  Consumers are weary of seeing their communities struggle to recover from the loss of skilled jobs.  Small manufacturers like Vermont’s Lyndon Furniture, Copeland Furniture and Pompanoosuc Mills remained in the USA during the age of outsourcing and maintained their commitment to local communities.  Their loyalty and integrity has not gone unnoticed by consumers.
  3. Reliable Customer Service – Ever try getting a piece of furniture fixed after purchasing it from IKEA or Pottery Barn?  Not.  That furniture is more than likely going to head out to the curbside rather than get repaired.  American made furniture companies stand behind their quality, with many companies offering a lifetime guarantee.
  4. Sustainable Furniture from Well Managed American Forests – Where does your furniture come from anyway?  Americans have become more aware of where their food comes from over the past couple decades.  Now it’s time to learn where other things come from, including wood furniture and flooring.  Kendall recently posted information about how the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests are being converted into curbside furniture.  As consumers become more aware, they are seeing the value of acquiring sustainable furniture for their homes.
  5. Healthy, Natural Furniture with Non-Toxic Finishes – American furniture companies are subject to strict laws and regulations governing product safety as well as safety and health for the craftspeople making furniture.  Consumers don’t want to worry about lead based paint or formaldehyde in the coatings of the furniture.  American companies are leading the way in the area of safe, non-toxic furniture finishes.  Vermont Natural Coatings is one of our favorites– their furniture finish is made from a by-product of our dairy industry–whey (as in curds and…).

I hope this gives you food for thought when shopping for furniture this Fourth of July.

 A cautionary note: most furniture sold in the USA is still imported.  Many manufacturers will bring imported furniture to a factory in the USA to have a final step (for example application of the finish) completed so they can label the furniture Made in America.  Don’t be fooled– ask your furniture sales person exactly how much of the furniture was actually made in the USA.


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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.

4th of July Furniture Sale

Searching for 4th of July Furniture Sales this year?

As a company that prides itself on exclusively USA Made fine furniture, we’re beyond excited to celebrate Independence Day with enormous savings on our handcrafted fine furniture. Enjoy time spent with your family and friends instead of traveling to find great deals this Independence day, because you’ll find them here for an entire week and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your house! From July 2nd-July 8th, most furniture is on sale for 20% off plus free shipping for orders over $2500! As always, our wood furniture is built with the quality and integrity that built Vermont’s 250+ year reputation as the fine furniture capital of the United States. Rest assured that your new wood furniture will last for generations to come, backed by a lifetime guarantee.

So what’s on Sale?

From July 2nd to July 8th, our entire store is on sale except for our Copeland, Polywood, Artisan, Barnwood and Clearance collections. You have the great opportunity to save 20% on:

Bedroom Furniture- Handmade, natural solid cherry wood bedroom furniture sets help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation. All of our USA made, real solid wood bedroom furniture pieces are individually handcrafted in Vermont by skilled furniture makers.  This high quality hardwood bedroom furniture can be customized online in solid cherrywalnutmaple or oak woods.  Many 2 tone combinations of these hardwoods are also available for your bedroom set.

Dining Room Furniture- Entertain your guests in a luxurious setting with elegant, American-made dining furniture, built to order right here in Vermont. Our high-end dining room and kitchen furniture is handmade from real solid wood. Select traditional Shaker-style furniture, Mission or Craftsman-style furniture, or modern, contemporary furnishings, made from your choice of natural solid cherry, maple, oak or walnut hardwoods.

Home Office Furniture- Be more productive in an organized home office workspace designed especially to meet your needs.

Find handcrafted real cherry, professional office furniture and high quality, solid maple, walnut and oak wood home office furniture. Our 100% American-made collections will add luxury and functionality to your workplace.

Work will be more enjoyable with our natural wood vertical office centers, executive desks, bookcases, computer armoires, conference tables, file cabinets and office storage units. Any of our home office furniture pieces can be customized to fit your space. Choose real solid Cherry Walnut, Maple, or Oak woods. Build the office of your dreams!

Living Room Furniture- Enhance the beauty and functionality of your living room with our natural, real solid wood furniture, handmade in Vermont from sustainably-harvested woods. High-end home entertainment centers, tables and matching bookcases provide sophisticated and compact storage for all your home media equipment.

Solid wood accent tables and occasional tables, skillfully crafted of beautiful, natural cherry hardwood in contemporary and traditional styles, complete your living room furnishings. All of our high end furniture can be customized to fit your spaces, usually at no extra cost!

 All of our furniture is traditionally handcrafted in the United States by highly skilled craftspeople, and is available in Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oak. Our 4th of July furniture sale is one of our best and biggest sales of the year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on those pieces you’ve been daydreaming about.

*Excludes Copeland, Polywood, and Artisan pieces

*Minimum order to qualify for 20% off sale is $1000

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.

 

 

Make your bookcase display visually interesting. Express yourself. Mix and match objects and books.

When you do put your books on a shelf, try not to be too uniform. Instinct may tell you to arrange books by size but it’s much more visually interesting if you mix it up a bit – not only by size but by color, texture and age as well. It’s OK to put your faded classic novels next to your book of contemporary art with the bright, shiny dust jacket.

  Here are just a few ideas for making your bookcase into a statement:

  • You can also use small stacks of books as bookends for other books or as display stands for small artistic pieces.
  • If you use your shelves to display collectibles, don’t put out your entire collection. Think of your bookcase as your own personal art gallery. Galleries don’t put out their entire inventory on display at once. They rotate pieces out periodically. You want items to have space around them so they can be appreciated. Otherwise they may look cluttered and can overwhelm.
  • Rather than putting another hole in the wall to display pictures, place it on a shelf. Make it interesting and group different sizes, shapes and colors of frames.
  • Another way to have your own gallery feel is to consider a bookcase that has glass doors and shelves and LED lights inside.

Don’t skimp on your bookcase. It should be as much a show piece as the items it displays. Our solid wood bookcases are on sale until Thursday during our Home Office and Living Room Sale. Find the bookcase that’s perfect for you. You can go traditional with a Shaker or Cherry Moon style or something more contemporary like the ladder or New York styles. Most of our bookcases can be customized to your exact dimensions or you can add doors, lighting or extra shelves.

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.