Shaker Furniture
New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs

Making Shaker Furniture Your Own

I recently wrote about how Shaker furniture is known for its simplicity…that the design is rooted in the Shaker religion’s founding principles. And while I went into detail about its very traditional design, that doesn’t mean you have to have to stick to that specific style when using Shaker furniture and I’ll show you how!

I decided to choose one of our Shaker dining tables to show how just changing the chairs paired with the table can completely transform the atmosphere in your dining space. I decided to use our New Traditions Round Pedestal Table as a starting point. It’s a simple, sturdy design and beautiful all on its own. From there I chose four of our dining chairs that encompass the majority of our dining collections.

Here are my picks:

Contemporary: So you want the look of Shaker but you don’t want your space to feel out of date and that’s okay. Our Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs instantly update any space they’re in. With its unique full length slat back, this chair takes on conventionally designed chairs. Both the top and the bottom of the back are accented with an angled cut to the frame, giving the chair an avant garde design. It’s available in both side and arm chair designs and can come with or without upholstered seats.

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Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chair

Formal: If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated with Shaker furniture then you already know you won’t find designs with inlays or carvings. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a chair that will elevate your space to the level you’re looking for. To dress up the New Traditions table, I chose our Round Back Chair. It’s curved back automatically compliments the round table top but it also adds an element of delicacy and elegance not typically seen in a traditional Shaker dining chair. This chair is available upholstered, with or without arms.

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Round Back Chair in Cherry with Black Upholstery

Country: Looking for a more traditional take on Shaker furniture? Added to the New Traditions table, our Country Windsor Chair will transform your space into that perfect country cabin feel you’ve been longing for. With its high spindle back and scooped seat the Country Windsor Chair offers not only a classic look, but comfort. Its curved top gives it a subtle contemporary flair. It’s available with or without arms and six Finish options.

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Country Windsor Chair in Natural Cherry

Arts & Crafts: Designed with the classic Mission Craftsman style in mind, our Grand Mission Chair offers a modern and simple style of chair. Added to our New Traditions table it will instantly give the room a sense of sophistication. With its almost industrial design, it’s the perfect chair for someone who likes to change the theme of their home decor as its design will compliment almost any style. It comes upholstered and is available with or without arms.

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Grand Mission Cherry Dining Chair in Off-White Fabric Upholstery

If you’re someone who has to stick to a specific style guideline, we do have options for you, as well. But, if like me you like to mix and match furniture to fit your style, I hope these ideas help.

If you have any questions in regards to the styles and designs of our furniture, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to assist you at (888) 390-5571. You can shop these products and more conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop into our Stonehurst, Showroom in beautiful Vernon, Vermont.

*During our Shaker Furniture Sale going on now through January 28th, save up to 20% off our Shaker Furniture Collection.

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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Copeland Canto Walnut Bedroom Collection.

Hairpin Legs Never Looked So Good

I think it’s safe to say every generation is influenced by its predecessor one way or another. I like to think that it’s always for the better, because each generation learns how to improve upon the work of those before them. And with that in mind, I’ve noticed that now more than ever we’re seeing a strong desire for retro inspired products.

Unless you never go out, you can’t avoid running into vintage style ads, soda cans, game boards, fashion trends and furniture designs. There’s hardly an industry that hasn’t been impacted by this demand for retro inspired products. Our newest furniture, Copeland’s Canto Collection is just that, a retro inspired modern take on a classic 1940’s design: hairpin style legs.

Hairpin legs, originally designed by Henry P. Glass in 1941 as part of an outdoor furniture collection used less metal (you can assume to accommodate metal rationing during WWII) all while keeping the strength of traditional legs. Once released, the design quickly rose to popularity and influenced furniture inside the home, from dining chairs to ottomans.

Today you’ll see this back in style design everywhere from Target to One Kings Lane, West Elm and everywhere in-between. If you love the retro look of the hairpin legs and you want it attached to high-quality solid wood bedroom furniture, look no further. Our Copeland Canto Collection, handmade in Vermont, combines the captivating leg design with solid walnut wood for a look that is truly unique.

The Canto Bed is designed with two hairpin legs at the foot of the bed and two solid walnut tapered legs at the head of the bed. The headboard is framed in walnut wood and comes upholstered in a variety of Microsuede and colorful fabrics. The bed is available in Queen and both King and California King sizes.

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Pair the Canto Bed with the Canto Walnut 3, 4 or 5-Drawer Chests, 1-Drawer Nightstand and Canto 6 or 8-Drawer Dressers.

Relax in mid century modern style with this one-of-a-kind collection now available at Vermont Woods Studios.

If you have any questions about this new collection or any of our other furniture, don’t hesitate to live chat or call (888-390-5571) our friendly sales team! Shop safely and conveniently from the comfort of your home with our easy to use website and online store.

Sources: 

iSDA

Mad for Mid Century Blog

Modern Legs

 

 

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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Our Classic Shaker Office Furniture in Cherry

Honest, Utilitarian and Simple all come to mind when thinking of Classic Shaker Furniture.

Guided by religious principles, Shaker style furniture was originally made with the belief that all manufactured goods should be constructed with honesty. Shaker furniture, much like the Shaker lifestyle, is simple in design and free of frivolities. While the religious population that founded Shaker style furniture started to steadily decline after the Civil War (with only three practicing members today) their influence on furniture is unwavering.

Known for its minimalist design, Shaker furniture is free of veneers, inlays and carvings with a focus on the furnitures’ overall form and proportions. One of the most popular facets of Shaker furniture is chairmaking. Shaker chairs are known for their turned posts, slats or ladder backs and often times woven seats.

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Windsor Style Guest Chair and Modern Shaker Dining Chair #2 both in Cherry

There have been many modernizations on Shaker style furniture, but one thing has always remained the same: simplicity.

At Vermont Woods Studios you’ll find a variety of Shaker style furniture from traditional designs to a more contemporary take on the style. And while some pieces may stray from the traditional designs, they are still rooted in the belief of honesty and simplicity.

During our Shaker Furniture Sale starting Friday, January 8th and running through Thursday, January 28th you can save 10% off one piece of furniture, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three pieces. You’ll be able to choose from hundreds of pieces for your bedroom, dining room, living room, office and more!

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Vermont Shaker Moon Bed, New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Incline Sleigh Bed all in Cherry.

And as the Shakers used the wood from their lands and demanded integrity with each piece of furniture they made, here at Vermont Woods Studios we believe that, too. All of our furniture comes from wood that is sustainably harvested from the Northeast and is handmade in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods by local craftsmen.

If you have any questions or would like to order over the phone, our friendly sales team is always here to help at 888-390-5571. Shop conveniently and securely online or stop into our Vernon, Vermont showroom, open seven days a week.

Sources:

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/shak/hd_shak.htm

http://shakerheritage.org/educational-programs/adult-programs/history-of-the-shakers

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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Our Copeland Catalina Bedroom set in Walnut.

Mad Men may be over, but mid century modern furniture is still widely popular.

From fashion to furniture and everything in-between there’s no denying the influence AMC’s hit show Mad Men had on the American people. Whether you liked or loathed Don Draper, rooted for Peggy Olson or had a love/hate relationship with Pete Campbell I bet the show either brought you back to those times or suddenly had you wishing everyone still dressed that way.

While I certainly wouldn’t want culture to go back to the 1960s, I’ve found that I do have an affinity for mid century modern inspired furniture and design. What exactly is mid century modern you ask? According to a Curbed feature story, mid century modern describes architecture, furniture and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (arguably the time between 1947-1957).

When I first started going through our bedroom collections, I was instantly drawn to our Copeland Catalina Modern Bedroom Furniture. With mid century influence and walnut wood, I felt like the Catalina Platform Bed was calling my name. It has clean and sleek lines, a low profile and minimalist style. Perfect for someone looking for something both contemporary and “mod”.

I would complement the bed with a Catalina Nightstand, 6 Drawer Dresser, 3 Drawer Chest & TV Organizer and two of Copeland’s Walnut Framed Wall Mirrors to hang over the Dresser.

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Copeland Catalina Nightstand, 6-Drawer Dresser, Walnut Framed Mirror and 3 Drawer Chest & TV Organizer all in Walnut

Not a fan of dark wood? Not to worry. The Catalina Collection comes in Cherry wood and both wood types offer two nightstand designs, and seven different style chests and dressers.

Are you craving some Mad Men now? Envisioning the opening credits and playing back all the Don Draper drama from Betty to Megan?

While I can’t help you with that (Netflix can though!), I can help with the furniture. The Copeland Catalina Collection also has a line of dining and office furniture. Really immerse yourself in the Mad Men era from the comfort of your new bed!

If you have any questions about this collection or any other pieces, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is only a phone call away at (888) 390-5571. You can shop conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop on into our Vernon, Vermont Showroom.

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.

New Year Storewide Furniture Sale
Celebrate and cheers to the new year!

Start 2016 Off Right!

People love to make New Year’s Resolutions and every year a majority of those people fail to see their goals come to fruition–I know I can count myself as one of those people. But why do we set ourselves up for failure right from the start? According to a 2013 Forbes.com article, 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions but only 8% achieve their goals.

Maybe it’s our need for self-improvement or an internal competitive trait that makes us set–often times–unrealistic goals for ourselves. This year why don’t we all set more tangible goals and give ourselves the chance to make a successful change in our lives.

This year I know I want to spend more time outside, but how do I measure that? My goal is going to be to complete my screened-in porch “rejuvenation” project (different from a renovation) and to create a patio where my family, friends and I can relax. (Lets check back in on those projects in the Spring).

Are your wheels turning now? Are you rethinking your 2016 goals? If you’re leaning towards a renovation or “rejuvenation” of a room then we can help!

Starting today, January 1st and going through January 7th, save 15% on all of our handmade wood furniture during our New Year Storewide Furniture Sale.

(*Some exclusions apply.)

Choose from over hundreds of pieces of fine Vermont made wood furniture in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods. All of our furniture is handmade and built to order, so don’t worry if you’d like to make an adjustment.

Shop conveniently online from the comfort of your home or give us a call at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or to discuss any questions you may have. If you’re in the area or planning a trip to Vermont anytime soon, we’d love to see you in person and show you around our historic showroom.

So whether you’re replacing one piece of furniture, finally getting new dining chairs to match your table or redoing your entire bedroom, take pleasure in knowing that you can accomplish your New Year’s Resolution with furniture that will last year after year.

*FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $2500

*$1000 minimum order for discount

*Sale does not include Copeland, POLYWOOD, Barnwood, Artisan, Clearance, In-Stock, or Home Décor items

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.