From all our families at Vermont Woods Studios to you and your family, we send our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.  Here are a few pics of what Christmas looks like at Stonehurst in Vernon, Vermont.  My thanks to the eternally patient and tolerant staff members who humor me along when I get my pesky iphone out and start snapping…

Made in America Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange.
Loryn, Ken and Michelle at our annual Made in America Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange.
Christmas gifts starting piling up as staff brought in gifts for local families in need
Christmas gifts starting piling up as staff brought in gifts for local families in need
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Tristan, Nina and Megan showing off their Secret Santa gifts
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Rebecca, Mike, Sean and Kyle – always good sports around my camera :)
Our annual Made in America Secret Santa gift exchange
Riley, Dennis and Martin raising a toast to 2015…
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Megan delivering gifts from our staff members to the town of Vernon’s Giving Tree.

Please send us your holiday photos or post them on our Facebook.  Merry Christmas!

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 Shaker Moon Bed

Attention to Detail is Important When Choosing New Furniture

“Is view A better or B? Is B better than C?” When you hear that, you may be imagining a trip to the eye doctor. Let’s go with that image. When the Doctor is testing your vision and you’re looking through the different lenses to the projected letters on the wall, he/she will ask you which view is better. At first, the changes may have subtle differences but the more adjustments they make, the more things start to come into focus. The same can be said for some of our styles of furniture. But just as you are careful to tell the Doctor which view is more clear, you want to be as careful when choosing your furniture.

Three of the beds we offer, the Vermont Shaker Moon Bed, the Cherry Moon Bed and the New England Shaker Bed, all have very similar simple designs with clean lines and gently arching curves in the headboards and footboards. The main difference takes place in the legs. Each bed offers a uniquely designed leg and subtle differences throughout the entire piece.

Here’s a breakdown of each bed:

Vermont Shaker Moon Bed– A simple and clean design with four-sided tapered legs and a simple flat cut on the top of each leg. The top of the headboard stands 43” off the ground for a platform bed frame and 47” for a mattress & box spring frame. At its center, the top of the footboard stands at 20” for a platform frame and 24” for a mattress & box spring frame. It’s available in Cherry, Maple or Walnut and can be fitted for underbed storage.

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Vermont Shaker Bed

Cherry Moon Bed– A solid wood bed with contemporary reverse-tapered legs, rounded edges and an angled cut on the top of the legs. The top of the headboard stands 42” off the ground for a platform bed frame and 46” for a mattress & box spring frame. At its center, the top of the footboard stands at 20” for a platform frame and 24” for a mattress & box spring frame.  It’s available in Cherry, Maple or Walnut and can be fitted for underbed storage.

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Cherry Moon Bed in Cherry

New England Shaker Bed– Designed similarly to the the Vermont Shaker and Cherry Moon beds, this bed also features clean lines and a simple design, with partial one-sided tapered legs and an angled cut on the top of the leg. The top of the headboard sits 40.5” off the ground for a platform bed frame and 45.5” for a mattress & box spring frame. At its center, the top of the footboard stands 24” from the ground. It’s available in Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut and offers a variety of Finish options.

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New England Shaker Bed in Cherry

At quick glance, these differences may go unnoticed–just like when the Eye Doctor first changes the lenses during your eye test–but in learning what details to compare, you’ll be able to train your eye to spot the variations more easily each time.

If you have any more questions about the style variations between these beds or others you can visit us at our Stonehurst Showroom in Vernon, VT or give our knowledgeable sales team a call at 888-390-5571–they’re always eager and ready to assist 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.

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Nina was busy wrapping her presents!

Here at Vermont Woods Studios we are committed to staying active within the community around us. That is why each year we volunteer and donate as much as possible to organizations local to the Vernon, VT area.

This year, the Vernon Town Clerk’s Office, along with the Vernon Free Library and Vernon Girl Scout Troop #40907 joined forces to organize a “Giving Tree”. The “Giving Tree” was a way for people in the Vernon community to donate gifts and items to those in need. Over 30 individuals in this small Vermont community were identified as in need of assistance this Holiday season.

For each person, an ornament was hung on a tree in the Town Clerk’s Office. On the back of each ornament, a person’s age, gender and items they were most in need of were listed. We mostly saw requests for outdoor winter clothes along with toys, crafts and books for the children. Ages ranged from infants to adults.

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One of the many gifts we wrapped, ready to go!

Our team selected five ornaments from the tree and pledged to get every item listed.  We soon learned the project was so popular that the Town Clerk’s office quickly ran out of ornaments but learned of more families in need and created a second batch of ornaments. So we headed back and picked up two more.

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IT guru, Tristan helped with wrapping presents, too!

Members of the Vermont Woods Studios team donated clothing, toys and books as well as went out shopping to purchase new items. Soon our lunch table was overflowing with gifts. Next came an afternoon spent wrapping and organizing the gifts.

On a bone-chilling Monday (one of few this year) we headed back to the Town Hall where the Town Clerk and local Sheriff’s department helped us unload the gifts. From here we’ll let Santa do the rest!

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Megan (far right) stands in front of The Giving Tree alongside Nancy Gassett and Aina Linquist of the Town Clerk’s office, and Deputy Upton from the Windham County Sheriff’s Office

We were happy to help those in need this holiday season and supply them with New England winter essentials and toys to play with. We were even more happy to hear that the community really came together in a big way to help their fellow neighbors and friends in need.

It’s just another reason why we love the community we’re in and we’re happy to share these moments with all of you!

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A few more wrapped presents ready for The Giving Tree

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 Andrews Cherry Bedroom Collection

Save Up To 20% Off Our Handmade Wood Furniture This Holiday Season!

Last weekend, as I was on my way to a Yankee Swap, I stopped at the mall to pick up my last minute gift and as I pulled into the entrance I said to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me?!” I was greeted by police. They were directing traffic, patrolling the lots and probably just as happy to see me as I was to see them. As I drove around the mall almost every single parking spot was taken. I circled like a hawk to see if there was anywhere less congested and unsurprisingly there wasn’t!

As I finally parked and started walking into the mall I thought to myself, is this really the way we measure the holidays now? When I got into the mall though I quickly realized why everyone was there. Unbeatable sale prices.

I almost lost track of why I was there in the first place. Once I gathered my senses, I bought a candle and tea for the Swap and got out of there as fast as I could.

As I started to drive home the next day I found myself back at the mall. I just couldn’t leave knowing there were such great deals without getting myself something. So I trekked back through the clogged corridors of the mall and squeezed between shoppers to find the few items I had been holding off on buying.

I left feeling satisfied. I hadn’t fallen into any major sale “traps”, I used coupons when I could and I got what I needed and had been wanting to get at a better price than I would’ve if I had waited.

I think most of us like to scoff at the materialism that has taken over the holiday season but, one thing can’t be argued, the deals that extend to all types of products can’t be beat. December has indeed become a great season to make major purchases.

So with that in mind, it’s time to kick off our annual Year End Holiday Furniture Sale. Starting today (through years end) go ahead and treat yourself to some beautiful real hardwood furniture and save. During the sale you will save 10% off one piece of furniture, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three or more pieces storewide. All of our furniture is handmade right here in Vermont and is available in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods.

You can shop conveniently and safely from the comfort of your home all while avoiding the hoards of people flocking to the mall for last minute gifts.

Our website is designed to make the buying process as easy and helpful as possible, but if you have any questions or if something is unclear about a piece of furniture you’re interested in, please don’t hesitate to call our Showroom toll free at 888-390-5571.

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Treat yourself this holiday season!

*Sale excludes Copeland, POLYWOOD, Artisan, Barnwood, Custom, Clearance, In-stock and home decor items

*$1,000 minimum order to qualify for sale prices

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.

Dining Chairs
Our Lowell Dining Chairs in Cherry

Learn Why Dining Chairs Are the Most Important Thing You’ll Buy For Your Dining Room

Have you ever been stuck in a meeting or at a dinner and suddenly felt a twinge of pain in your back? Did you discreetly try to rub it out, but it suddenly felt worse. You maybe cracked your back by carefully twisting side to side and felt a moment’s alleviation only to have the pain come back shortly thereafter. You probably then tried to sit up straight and fix your posture but that didn’t help much because the pain was already set in.

As someone who’s grown up with back problems, I’ve tried almost every trick in the book. Chiropractor visits, physical therapy, core strengthening, memory foam mattress pads…the list goes on and on. And I’m not alone.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic in nature–meaning they are not caused by serious conditions. The causes of back pain can vary from poor diet and exercise to posture.

One thing that will set off a nerve (literally!) in my back is sitting too long. I know that’s true for a lot of people, but I also find the type of chair I’m sitting in can either help or worsen the pain in my back.

When it comes to dining chairs, I like a chair with a back that’s not too tall but also offers support and room to move. While looking for chairs that are ergonomic, I still consider the style of the chair to be just as important.

I’ve gone through our collection of high-end dining chairs and have chosen three that each offer something different, while still providing comfort to the person sitting in them.

Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs: With a seat back shape ergonomically like the shape of our backs, this chair offers lower back support and room for movement. This chair available as either an arm or side chair comes in cherry wood with a variety of Finish options. For added comfort you can have an upholstered seat or a flat wooden seat. This contemporary chair will instantly update a room’s appearance.

Estelle Cherry Chair: Modern minimalist is a term that comes to mind with our Copeland Estelle Cherry Chair. Its seat back (reaching just 34” at its tallest point) is slender and simple, making it stand out against the rest of our collections. The chair is available in cherry (or walnut with the Estelle Walnut Chair) with a variety of Finish options. It’s designed as a side chair and is available with a flat wooden seat.

Country Windsor Chair: Comfortable and classic this chair offers you back support while maintaining a design sure to never fade out of style. Available in cherry wood with a variety of Finish options you can select either side or arm chair versions of this chair. It’s curved back allows you to sit back comfortably and it’s scooped wooden seat adds comfort while you’re sitting.

Aside from finding yourself in one of our comfortable handmade dining chairs, the American Chiropractic Association recommends some easy fixes and preventable steps for back pain.

Stretch during the day

Use proper posture

Invest in a good mattress (that’s my recommendation!)

Wear comfortable/supportive shoes

If you’re like me, comfortable shoes definitely comes second to shoe style, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your dining chairs or your furniture in general!

If you have any questions about the chairs listed or others in our collection, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or call our friendly team toll free at 888-390-5571. If you’re in the area or planning on driving through Vermont, you can always stop into our Vernon, VT Showroom. We’re open seven days a week.

Sources:
American Chiropratic Association

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.