December 1st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
The large Cherry Moon Storage Bed you’re looking at is a one-of-a-kind custom creation*. As with much of our furniture, this bed is a customized version of other pieces. In this case our Modern Incline Bed has been combined with our 8 Drawer Cherry Moon Dresser. The resulting storage bed was handcrafted in a small workshop just north of here in Montpelier, VT. Robin and his craftspeople used all solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, and coated it with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. The bed headboard has a nice, gentle incline which makes reading or watching TV in bed super comfy.
Large storage beds have become popular with our Manhattan, Boston and Washington DC based clientele. They are a real space saver in urban apartments and townhomes. Worried about getting it up the elevator? No problem! Free shipping and white glove delivery is included in the price. And of course, Robin built this storage bed so it’s easily disassembled and reassembled when moving is necessary.
I think this is the Ultimate Cherry Storage Bed– it has 8 large drawers for storage! And unlike most of our furniture that is made to order, this bed is currently in our showroom and ready to be shipped to your home immediately. I daresay if you’re in New England, you could be sleeping on it for Christmas. You’d better hurry though because there’s only one of these babies and it’s on sale for 30% off. Here’s an idea: if you want it and think you might get in trouble for indulging, you could do what Ken always does to me… give it to your partner as a gift, right? Something to think about…
But we could make another one just like it, if you’re willing to wait for the customization. Give us a call to get things started!
November 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Michelle had a good reminder for us in her post earlier this week. Thanksgiving “was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales”. But I have to admit that Black Friday is the first time I think about buying holiday gifts. The reality for most of us is that when you have popular toys on your list or you’re shopping for something big (like appliances, cars, computers, furniture) you can’t ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
So, in contrast to all that holiday shopping madness, today we have Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to re-discover your local merchants and the character and richness they add to your community. They may not be able to beat the lowest prices you’ll find online but there’s an unmeasured value in their goods and services. How much is it worth to you to have a beautiful downtown? A local economy? Jobs for your friends and family? In Vermont it’s worth a lot. So we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally at your favorite downtown, mall or rural shopping outpost (like Stonehurst):
Have more of you own? Let us know on Facebook before you head downtown.
November 28th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
From all of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, we wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving! Safe travels as you journey to Grandmother’s house or wherever the holiday may find you and your loved ones.
We have much to be thankful for in 2013… Michelle shared the details here.
November 27th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
What if we told you that you could get all of the same amazing Black Friday deals you can in stores, without having to leave your home? That you could avoid crowded furniture warehouses & department stores, and avoid the inevitable shove to the side while another aggressive shopper reaches for the last side table? Well, it’s true! Our Black Friday Furniture Sale is a storewide virtual sale. You can shop conveniently from the couch while you enjoy your mild food coma!
We know that this is not only a shopping-packed weekend, but also a family-packed weekend, so we’re giving you 8 full days to save on our Vermont made, handcrafted wood furniture.
This sale begins the day before Thanksgiving and runs through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday– with a few extra days for good measure. From Wednesday, November 27th through Wednesday December 4th our online fine furniture gallery is open 24/7 making your new furniture shopping stress and hassle free. (For additional assistance and convenience our showroom and phone lines will be staffed from 9:00am – 5:00pm each day during the event with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, December 1st)
During this event, you’ll save 20%* on our real wood Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Home Office furniture all skillfully crafted by Vermont’s finest furniture workshops. Choose from real Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak woods. We can also customize your new furniture to exactly fit your space and needs. All of our furniture is traditionally built to last for generations and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
So, don’t worry about getting out of your PJs to get the best Black Friday furniture deals this year!
*Excludes Home Decor items, Copeland, Artisan and Outdoor Furniture
November 26th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Southern Vermont is sometimes overlooked. It’s hard to “compete” against the north, with all of the amazing food and fun that you can find in Burlington, Montpelier, Woodstock and all of the other great Northern Vermont towns. While I don’t think that it’s fair to call it competition, I do believe that you will find that Vermont experience you are looking for, right here in the south! Southern Vermont has many great events that are worth a trip, especially for those who love Vermont craftsmanship and artisan work.
One might not expect a rural Vermont town to have a vibrant arts community– but it is places like Putney that lead the way for a flourishing arts scene in Southern Vermont. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 29th-Decmeber 1st) you have the opportunity to meet some of Vermont’s most prominent artists at the 35th annual Putney Craft Tour!
The Putney craft tour is the artisan lovers dream– with a plethora of different mediums to learn about and explore; from woodwork, to quilting, to glass work, pottery, painting, handmade jewelery, and more!
This is a wonderful Vermont travel destination, where you have the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of driving through the back roads of Southeastern Vermont at your own pace. Spend an hour, spend a whole day, or spend the whole weekend learning about & enjoying the unique works of art at each studio. This experience of exploration is a reason to travel in itself. You may not find a friendlier and more welcoming community of artists anywhere else!
Putney is only a short drive away from us here at Stonehurst, and we’d love to invite you to visit us and see some of the eclectic artisan furniture pieces & original artwork, that we have in our showroom!
November 25th, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it’s important to remember that this holiday was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales. More and more we see “Black Friday” move into Thanksgiving Day. I thought it would be nice to reach out to some of our customers, craftsmen, and Vermont Woods Studios staff to see what they are thankful for this year.
I’m thankful for my home and awesome new dog! -Kelsey, VWS Marketing Assistant
I am thankful for my incredibly supportive husband and my crazy little 2 year old. I love that I have the opportunity to stay home and care for our son – I am one lucky mom (on most days anyway!). -Lisa, Customer, Maplewood, NJ
I am thankful to live in a country where violence and terror are not the norms for resolving political differences. I am thankful for the men and women of the Armed Forces, emergency service workers and other public service members who are separated from friends and family during Thanksgiving because they are providing for the defense and safety of our communities, whether they be in war zones or here on American soil. I am thankful for those who put themselves in harm’s way to give me the freedom that I often take for granted. It is because of them that I have the ability to spend time at home with friends and family. -Loryn, VWS Sales
Health, Family & Friends! -Cheryl, Craftsman
I am thankful for my family and getting to spend Thanksgiving with them and not having to cook! -Sean, VWS Sales
I don’t want to sound too schmaltzy, but I am thankful for my family: that my wife and I are still committed to each other; that my kids are happy, successfully launched and making their way in the world; that I have an extended family whom I love and who love me. Beyond my blood family, I am grateful for the friends and community that make me feel like I’m a part of something larger than myself.
Except for a few people, in the end the great bulk of us are remembered only for how well we loved others and how well they loved us. I am thankful to have so many people to love.
Happy Thanksgiving. -Steve, Craftsman
This being my first year at Vermont Woods Studios, I am thankful to be working with such a great team doing work I enjoy, while helping the environment and supporting our local craftspeople! -Martin, VWS Webmaster
In a nutshell—I am thankful for my wonderful family, for health and for peace! -Cheryl, Customer, McLean, VA
I am thankful for our friendly, witty, quirky, dedicated staff members at Vermont Woods Studios that make our customers feel like family! -Peggy, Founder and VWS Visionary
This is my first Thanksgiving at Vermont Woods Studios. Having been part of a company downsizing a little over a year ago, I can’t believe how lucky I am to now be working with a group of like-minded people and so close to my own home. And, so my family doesn’t think I don’t appreciate them, I will give a shout out to my amazing daughters and my very patient husband. I would also be remiss if I omitted my theater and church family members! -Michelle, VWS Sales
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Vermont Woods Studios!
November 24th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
It’s Black Friday season and everyone shopping for fine furniture is looking for the best deals and lowest discount prices. We hear you! Neville has recently added a Furniture Deals page to our website. It breaks down into:
This week our current sale is on fine furniture for your dining room. As always, you save more when you buy more with a discount of 20% if you purchase 3 or more items.
The new furniture coupon section shows all our active coupons in one place. Hooray! No more searching through RetailMeNot.com, FatWallet and Coupons.com for old, outdated coupons that don’t work. Save time and money by using this updated coupon page instead.
The furniture clearance page contains items we no longer have room for in our showroom. Clearance furniture includes “scratch and dent” and discontinued items that are marked down– sometimes 50% or more.
November 23rd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Just when we thought that we had the social media scene under wraps, another great social platform arises from the online abyss! This site is called Polyvore! Polyvore is an online platform where you can shop, search for items you love, and build sets! Here are a few sets that people have created using our furniture (click on the photo to see which piece is ours):
Whether its earthy, natural “sets” or quirky, colorful modern sets like the one seen above… Polyvore users seem to be loving our furniture! Want to build a set of your own using Vermont Woods Studios items? Visit our Polyvore page!
Stay tuned for a more comprehensive explanation of Polyvore next week, as well as how to use it for your own personal room planner!
For now, take some time to explore the site for yourself. What do you think about Polyvore? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook!
November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shaker beds have been a specialty of Vermont furniture makers for over 200 years and they remain popular today. I was helping a customer work through the process of finding the perfect Shaker bed yesterday and realized it’s not so easy. We have almost 20 different shaker beds in our online furniture store. All are top quality, 100% American made (handcrafted right here in Vermont) using responsibly harvested, real solid wood.
After looking at our Top 10 Shaker beds and all the different variations in design, we came up with a few subcategories that might make shopping easier for those looking for a particular style:
You’ve probably noticed that these beds are all shown in solid cherry wood, which has a rich reddish brown color (once it has “ripened” after exposure to light). Cherry is by far the most popular wood for our customers when ordering Shaker furniture. However all of our Shaker beds are also available in three other woods: maple, walnut and oak. Some customers even like to mix two woods together like the Sarah Shaker beds below (shown in maple and walnut).
Hopefully this makes shopping for your new Shaker bedroom furniture a little easier. Questions? Come visit us at Stonehurst our new fine furniture and art gallery or contact us through our live chat, email, Facebook or phone.
November 21st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Tomb KV 63, is the first Egyptian tomb to be discovered in Luxor, since King Tut’s tomb in 1922. A major event in history and it was recorded by Brattlboro’s own, artist Susan Osgood. We’ve highlighted Susan’s work before but now we wanted to let you know that she’s currently being celebrated at the University of Porto’s exhibition galleries, in Porto, Portugal through December 20, 2013. Here’s your excuse for a holiday trip to Europe!
First jump on over to Susan’s new Facebook page to see behind the scenes details of the exhibition. Susan has been working in Luxor at the KV 63 tomb site on and off for several years, drawing the coffins “under remains of workmen’s huts, down a 20-foot shaft, in a rock cut chamber along with two gilded coffinettes and 28 large sealed ceramic storage jars”. Her drawing process begins at the temple wall, penciling over hieroglyphs and figures on a large black and white photograph of the scene. Often the work is completed in Vermont at Susan’s Brattleboro studio which, fortunately for us, is quite close to our fine furniture and art gallery in Vernon, VT. So if you can’t make the trip to Portugal, come see Susan Osgood’s original artwork at Stonehurst! It’s a great opportunity to see (and purchase) world class art in your own backyard.