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Celebrating Mardi Gras at Stonehurst

March 4th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Over the years, I’ve lived and worked in New Orleans a couple times.  So when Mardi Gras rolls around its always fun to celebrate and reminisce about the Big Easy.  This year is especially exciting because we have five original New Orleans jazz paintings featured in our gallery at Stonehurst.  They are the creations of Linda Eaton Marcille, an award winning artist from Westminster, Vermont whose work hangs in public and private collections, across the country and internationally.

Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet?  Ella?  Sarah?  Nina?

Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughan? Nina Simone? Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet?  Original silk jazz paintings by Linda Marcille, available at Stonehurst.

Linda’s jazz paintings are on silk, a medium that few artists will attempt.  If you’re a jazz lover or an art collector, stop by and see them at Stonehurst!  They are truly world class art.

About Silk Painting

Even at the hands of a master, silk paintings can take months to complete. The images are created with French steam set dyes that shimmer on this charmeuse silk.  The jewelry in each painting is created with a metallic resist called gutta that sparkles like real gold.

Jazz trumpeter:  Miles Davis?  Dizzie Gillespie?  Original silk painting by Linda Marcille.

Miles Davis? Dizzie Gillespie?  Come see who’s in these jazz paintings by Linda Marcille.

“Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form and it is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.  “Painting on silk is an incredibly time-consuming and unforgiving medium. Just one drop of misplaced dye, or a broken resist line, and days of painstaking work are ruined. As challenging as painting on silk is, however, it is also one of the most rewarding art forms because the dyes take on the silk’s iridescent sheen producing an awe-inspiring range of reflective color that no other medium is capable of creating,”     Linda Marcille

Original silk paintings of New Orleans jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone.  Vermont artist, Linda Marcille.

Linda Eaton Marcille jazz paintings are available to view and buy at Stonehurst Gallery.

Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist?  BB King?  Buddy Guy?  Robert Johnson?

BB King? Buddy Guy? Robert Johnson?  Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist? Post your answer on Facebook. Paintings by Linda Eaton Marcille.

Jazz in Vermont

You might not think of Vermont as being synonymous with Jazz but we actually have quite a respectable jazz and blues community here. Burlington has hosted the Discover Jazz Fest annually for the last 30 years, proudly featuring such jazz legends as Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall… I could go on but you can get the whole run down here on the Discover Jazz Fest website.

Just down the street, we have the Vermont Jazz Center at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT which is now in its 37th year. Founded by legendary guitarist Attila Zoller, the Center is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman and features a summer jazz workshop, monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, jazz art organizations and businesses.

Who is this famous jazz singer?  Billie Holiday?  Sarah Vaughn?  Ella?

Who is this famous jazz singer? Billie Holiday? Sarah Vaughan? Ella Fitzgerald?  Douglas thinks they are the Obamas but what does he know? Original silk paintings by Linda Marcille.

How to Purchase Linda’s Paintings

Do you have the perfect spot in your home for this remarkable series of Jazz paintings on silk? We are proud to be able to offer them for purchase here at Stonehurst. These are the only jazz paintings Linda has done out of an extensive body of work over many years and she will not be creating more like them. They are an investment sure to increase in value.

The original paintings are priced at $800 each to the person or family who will cherish and care for them. We would prefer to sell them as a set or perhaps split them into two sets, if necessary. Dimensions are 29″W x 25″H, matted and framed (actual image approximately 20″W x 15″H). For additional information or to purchase please call Peggy, Liz or any of our sales team at Vermont Woods Studios. Looking to buy just one? We’ll talk.

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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Slanted Headboards: Trending in Comfort and Style

March 3rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Beds with slanted headboards are a book lovers dream! They provide maximum comfort as the naturally smooth headboard aligns with the curve of your back (or just gives you enough room to put your pillow against it and really relax)! While most of our Vermont made beds are made with traditional headboards, we have a couple of beautiful pieces that feature this headboard style. If you really love a bed but wish it could have a slanted headboard, contact one of our fine furniture experts and they will let you know your options for a custom furniture piece!

Here are 3 of our favorite beds with Slanted Headboards

1) Custom Incline Storage Bed

Custom Bed with Slanted Headboard

This beautiful cherry storage bed* is a customized version of our Modern Incline Bed and our Cherry Moon Dressers. It’s handcrafted in a small workshop in Montpelier, VT using solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, all coated with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. This piece is sold, but you can contact one of our friendly sales members if you’d love one like it!

 2. Modern Incline Bed

Modern Incline Bed

This simple, high-end, solid wood Modern Incline Bed features an inclined headboard for supreme comfort. The subtle angle (10%) of this headboard makes reading or watching TV in bed more comfy and ergonomic. Expert craftsmanship. Built to last for generations. Designed as an ultra comfortable platform bed so there is no need for a box spring.

 3.  Classic Sleigh Bed

Classic Sleigh Bed

The elegance of this solid wood, Classic Sleigh Bed adds sophistication and charm to your upscale bedroom. Expert craftsmanship and Vermont-made quality ensure that you can count on this heirloom for generations to come.

 

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Sustainable Furniture: Pay Attention To The Men Behind The Curtain

March 1st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Pay attention to the men behind the curtain.

Vermont Forest

Photo via Huff Post

 

Sustainability is more than just a green product– to be truly sustainable, a company must ensure that their workers receive fair compensation for their considerable talent and are paid a living wage, in a safe and healthy work environment. This is something we’re passionate about at Vermont Woods Studios

Scattered across rural Vermont are workshops large and small where the tradition of crafting fine, solid wood furniture continues to be handed down from one generation to the next. These craftsmen are passionate about what they do, and continue to create heirloom quality designs knowing that they will be lasting treasures in someones home. They are passionate for creating a safe and healthy product for both the customer and the environment.

Many furniture companies have grown exponentially over the years, but we continue to strive to provide only the best hardwood furniture these gifted independent furniture makers from across Vermont have to offer. We want to continue to share their craft with the world, and bring our customers the best sustainable furniture options possible. Without solid relationships with our Vermont furniture makers, our mission wouldn’t be possible.

Our furniture makers workshops range in size from a single artisan to a couple dozen craftsmen to the larger companies (Copeland Furniture and Lyndon Furniture) that employ about 75-100 craftspeople each. Some sustainable furniture makers craft ultra luxury artisan custom furniture and each of their pieces is unique, made in a small studio, usually by a single artisan, with the occasional help of an apprentice or a family member. Other craftspeople produce more classic handcrafted wood furniture designs which they make routinely at affordable prices.

We are proud, and very fortunate to be able to work with such a talented and passionate group of people.

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Just Released: New online tool tracks deforestation in ‘near real time’

February 28th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Deforestation Tracker

“Highlighted in red, the new tool can show the scale of tree cover loss between 2000 and 2012″ — via BBC News

Providing solutions to rain forest deforestation is a central part of our mission  at Vermont Woods Studios. We’re inspired to do our part in making illegal logging and mass deforestation a thing of the past, so needless to say, we’re more than excited about this new tool that provides practically real time information on tree loss. Our furniture is never made from rain forest lumber, but we are looking forward to a day when other furniture (and various wood product companies) will join us in the mission for a more sustainable world.

According to BBC News, “Despite greater awareness around of the world of the impacts of deforestation, the scale of forest loss since 2000 has been significant – data from Google and the University of Maryland says the world lost 230 million hectares of trees between 2000 and 2012.”

Staggering Statistics: “Forest campaigners say this is the equivalent of 50 football fields of trees being cut down, every minute of every day over the past 12 years.”

As noted in the BBC article, one of the major problems regarding deforestation is the lack of accurate information. To take on this challenge of obtaining accurate and reliable information, ” the US based World Resources Institute (WRI) has led the development of GFW, using half a billion high resolution images from Nasa’s Landsat programme.”

This program will make it harder for illegal loggers to continue clearcutting without accountability or consequences, as this new technology is  “a near-real time monitoring platform that will fundamentally change the way people and businesses manage forests,” said Dr Andrew Steer from WRI…From now on, the bad guys cannot hide and the good guys will be recognized for their stewardship.

Tracking widespread illegal logging across the globe might seem like an impossible task, but “the technology is said to be easy to use and will incorporate information showing protected areas, logging, mining and palm oil concessions and daily forest fire alerts from Nasa.” 

The tool will involve a global support system of concerned groups, citizens, and politicians.  So “when tree losses are detected, alerts can be sent out to a network of partners and citizens around the world who can take action.”

So what does this mean for the wood industry, and the consumers who support it? 

According to Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, “As we strive to increase the visibility of where the ingredients for our products come from, the launch of Global Forest Watch – a fantastic, innovative tool – will provide the information we urgently need to make the right decisions.”

For more info, check out the original BBC article.

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Wags to Riches: The Biggest Fundraising Event of the Year

February 27th, 2014 by Loryn Dion

wags to riches

We love animals here at VWS! Here we have a few humane society friends that found their forever homes with VWS staff. Michelle’s cat Luna (top left with her dog, Faith) came from WCHS as well as Peggy’s cat Pepper (pictured here with Dennis at our old office in Peggy’s spare room).

The Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro is the area’s most important resource for facilitating pet adoptions. As a previous employee of WCHS before I came to Vermont Woods Studios, they are an organization that is still very near and dear to my heart. Actually, our company is full of WCHS supporters with Michelle being a past employee and WCHS pet owner, Peggy’s cats are humane society rescues and most of the staff have furry family members of their own. I am even in the process of forming a committee to adopt a pet for Stonehurst (I know Ken and Douglas will give in one of these days. ;)).

Wags to Riches Auction

Throughout the year, WCHS holds a variety of fundraisers to raise money for the animals they protect and care for. This Saturday is actually their largest and most significant event of the year. The annual Wags to Riches Auction is being held this weekend. This year the event will be at the Brattleboro VFW on Saturday, March 1st at 6pm. Supporters will be able to enjoy food (courtesy of Sharon Myers Fine Catering), drinks, conversation and bid on items donated by local businesses. While you bid, they’ll even have local music by Brattleboro band Butterfly Swing. The items will vary from pet store gift cards to an African Safari vacation! All of the money raised at this event will go directly to the Windham County Humane Society, which will help them to provide for more than 800 animals that will wag through their doors this year.

Vermont Woods Studios will also have some items for auction at Wags to Riches including our large cutting board and a stay at the Stratton Mountain Long-trail House. This will be the perfect opportunity to snag that cutting board that you’ve been dreaming of for a fraction of the price! You’ll also be able to chat with most of our staff who will be in attendance including Douglas, Liz, Sean, Michelle, Dennis, Kelsey, Nina and myself. Last year our staff had a great time and we brought home some amazing auction finds.

Tickets cost $40/person and can be purchased on the WCHS website, by calling their office, or at the door. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, so be sure to bring a friend or two! If you are unable to attend this event, there are many other ways you can support the Windham County Humane Society. You can make an online, tax-deductible, financial donation or donate items off their wishlist.

Hope to see you there and be on the look-out for our follow-up blog! Also, check out Kelsey’s blogs on our visit to WCHS and our benefit sale this past weekend.

Wags to Riches Event Details:

Saturday, March 1 at 6pm

Brattleboro VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Sink Into a Quilted Rocking Chair

February 26th, 2014 by Liz Francese

Visitors to our new showroom often remark how wonderful it must be to come here every day for work. The beautiful views and hiking trails paired with the cozy interior and friendly faces of the VWS staff are true tonics for the hard work we grind on from nine to five.  And let’s not forget how nice it is to gather by the stove after work, open a bottle of wine and sink into a Custom Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair.

Ahh… the quilted rocker.

Handmade Vermont Rocking Chair

The understated simplicity of design only makes this rocking chair more ingenious.  Everyone from new mothers to grandfathers can appreciate the comfort of a rocking chair from time to time, but these handmade rockers are undoubtedly the best seat in the house. The wood panels comprising the back and seat are held together with a durable, yet flexible, rope which enables them to conform to the user’s body.  The feeling is more akin to a cloud than a piece of wood.

Quilted Walnut Rocking Chair

Quilted Rocking Chair in Black Walnut

The quilted rockers are a main attraction in the Vermont Woods Studios showroom—this is mainly because our sales staff can’t help but direct visitors to them.  Whether coming to look at beds or explore the forestry at Stonehurst, a visitor is almost always stopped and asked, “Have you sat in our quilted rocking chairs?”.  A picture of the Vermont-made rocking chair or simply admiring it in person does not convey the associated experience.  We even created this video in hopes of bringing our distant viewers a bit closer to the real thing:

The rocker comes in several lovely woods—Cherry, Oak, Birdseye Maple and Walnut—and in two different sizes.  Whatever the look, there is no more unique or comfortable rocking chair out there.

 

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3 Hardwood Filing Cabinets to Help You Organize Your Space

February 25th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Filing Cabinets

Store letter and legal files in these solid wood, built to last filing cabinets. Your clients, friends and family will be impressed to see the intricate details and subtleties in the grain and wood of these Hardwood Filing Cabinets.

 

1. 2 Drawer Lateral Filing Cabinet. This beautiful hardwood filing cabinet is handmade using premium cherry wood and is crafted to last a lifetime. It’s traditional design makes it a great choice for your professional or home office! Shown with a Shaker base, you also have to option for a mission style or contemporary base. The brushed nickle drawer pulls give this office furniture piece a feeling of sophistication & subtlety.

Solid Wood Filing Cabinet

Love this 2 Drawer Wood Filing Cabinet? Check out matching items in our New England Shaker Furniture Collection.

 

2. Modern Shaker File Credenza. This large, luxurious modern shaker file credenza is handmade using solid hardwood. It features 3 accessory drawers, 2 cupboards, and 2 file drawers giving you lots of storage space for all of your important work documents. This piece also makes an excellent place to store and organize your personal/family records that can sometimes end up lost throughout the home. The eco-friendly, non toxic oil finish protects and enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

modern-shaker-file-credenza

If you love this piece and want to see more like it, check out our Modern Shaker furniture collection.

3.  Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet. Our Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet fuses American Arts & Crafts Style with modern Asian design. Customize this piece with wood colors to suit your decor aesthetic– choices include natural cherry, windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smokey cherry. The design shown features natural cherry with black walnut drawer pulls. This piece makes an excellent accent to the well-styled office, giving you the traditional build with eccentric detailing.

berkeley-rolling-file-cabinet

See our Copeland Modern Berkeley Collection for complementary furniture pieces.

 

These three Hardwood Filing Cabinets are great choices for the traditional furniture enthusiast– and those who love simply designed homes. They aren’t over the top with intricate detailing, but find their uniqueness in the natural beauty of the wood & individual customization options.

 

| 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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Vermont’s Luxury Linen Store: Anichini Inc.

February 24th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Anichini | Textiles and Linens | Luxury Home Decor from Vermont

“Think sublime style, unstinting details, old-world craftsmanship. The charm of classic lines and modern style. Sensuous textures and saturated colors that dress your home, your life. This is the essence of ANICHINI.”  Check out their new design center in Quechee, VT where I took this snapshot.  Every direction you look is more charming than the last!

No tour of Vermont’s luxury home decor brands would be complete without a visit to Anichini, Inc.  The Green Mountain State is home to this mecca for high end interior designers who feather the nests of the rich and famous.  The company, founded 26 years ago by Susan Dollenmaier, has become the “most prestigious brand of luxury textiles and home furnishings”.  It is a full spectrum textile company specializing in rare and handcrafted fabrics and products.  I visited Anichini’s new design center in Quechee, VT last week while on my tour of Vermont’s top luxury home decor brands.  May I just say right here and now that I have never seen a collection of such beautiful and luxurious fabrics in all my life?  What an indulgence for the senses.  All of them… not just sight…  so many different textures and subtle fragrances of linens, cottons, wool, cashmere and other fibers.  Wow.

How would these luxurious Anichini linens, fabrics and textiles look in your home?

“In an era where the word “luxury” is used to describe everything from a bus ride to a bottle of shampoo, ANICHINI has raised the bar on the definition of “luxury” with textiles that are the ultimate in opulence and craftsmanship.”  How would these luxurious Anichini linens, fabrics and textiles look in your home?

Anichini Inc. imports fabrics (Muga silks from Assam, Tibetan cashmere woven in Nepal,  Ottoman inspired velvets and tapestries from Turkey,  Renaissance replications from Umbria, Linen from Lithuania,  Woven silks from Morocco) because they are simply unavailable in the USA.  However, as shown in this video (The Craftsmanship of Rural Women) those fabrics are sewn here in Vermont by a group of talented seamstresses in Turnbridge.

Anichini Luxury Bedding | Made in Vermont

Found in the linen closets of royal palaces and celebrities around the world, Anichini fabrics round out Vermont’s luxury home decor brand portfolio.  They are future heirlooms that celebrate the “extraordinary designs, rare materials, and traditional techniques that are soon to be lost. ”  Come see them for yourself!  We hope to be featuring a nice selection of Anichini linens at Stonehurst, which will soon be your launch pad into the world of Vermont’s authentic, handcrafted home furnishings.

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 Estelle Chair: Beyond Dining Room Seating

February 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Estelle Midcentury Modern Chair

The Estelle chair is an ultra modern, geometrical chair that highlights the minimalist beauty and style of mid-century modern furniture. Sculpted in solid American Walnut wood, this side chair has a slender, vertically split back and finely sculpted seat for the ultimate in comfort. Rounded, angular tapered legs complete the stunning contemporary design. 

The Estelle chair is unique in it’s versatility– making any room instantly more chic and well styled. This elegant chair has made its rounds on Polyvore, with dozens of people creating  stunning sets using it as an accent to their dream rooms & decor. What struck me is how these sets really bring out the ways in which the Estelle chair can be used, and the variety of rooms it will fit in.

Some of our favorite Polyvore sets featuring the Estelle chair include:

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

Copeland Modern Dining Room Chair

 

Can you imagine this beautiful midcentury modern chair in your home?  Register for Polyvore and start making your sets now! You’ll find the Estelle chair on Polyvore here. Create other cool Polyvore sets and share them with us! Post your set to our Facebook page, the comments section of this blog, or email them to kelsey.eaton@vermontwoodsstudios.com

 

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2 Day Benefit Sale for WCHS!

February 22nd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Contemporary Craftsman Furniture On sale

Roofus loves the Contemporary Craftsman low footboard bed he’s sitting on, and wants to let you know that its on sale!

While you might have noticed that we’re currently holding a bedroom sale, we’re also doing a special weekend benefit sale for the Windham County Humane Society! This weekend only, $50 from every sale will go towards this great cause. The Windham County Humane Society is a non profit organization that helps animals in unfortunate situations find loving homes.  This organization advocates for animals and we’re always happy to support that!

Browse our collections of American made furniture and feel good knowing that if you purchase this weekend, not only are you supporting a small American business– you’re also helping keep an animal safe, happy, and well fed!

 Want to learn more about WCHS ? Learn more at their website.

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