October 23rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
By Presidential proclamation, this week– October 20-26, 2013 is National Forest Products Week. It’s a time for us to recognize the beauty of our forests, the many products that come from our forests and the people who work in and manage our forests.
At Vermont Woods Studios, our company was founded on a mission of forest conservation. Through Vermont’s beautiful, eco-friendly wood furniture, we’re trying to help raise awareness about the importance of sustainable forestry. What’s so interesting or important about sustainable forestry? Check out some of these fun forest facts:
With our mission of sustainable forestry we hope to persuade people to buy eco-friendly, Vermont made wood furniture and avoid the purchase of imported furniture that’s made from wood that’s illegally clear cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests.
October 21st, 2013 by Michelle Rooks
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.
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.
October 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Meals on Wheels in Vernon is looking for a volunteer to deliver lunch to seniors on Thursdays from 11am-noon. Is anybody out there game? It’s a lot of fun meeting with our seniors and chatting them up every week.
Know what the big secret about Meals on Wheels is? The volunteers are the real beneficiaries. It’s true! You make new friends, hear old stories and get connected into the community. Never mind that it just feels good to spend a little time each week helping others.
So if you’ve got a flexible schedule on Thursdays, give Chris McAvoy a call at 802-257-1236 and sign yourself up! Or you can email Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop by to see her in the Gibson Aiken Building at 207 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT.
Not able to commit to every single Thursday? That’s totally fine. We’ll take any help we can get. Maybe every other Thursday? Or just be on a list of substitutes who can be called when regular volunteers are sick or out of town. Thanks for giving it some consideration.
October 18th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Now that the weather is getting colder, I find myself wanting to spend more and more time in my living room cuddled up watching television. But then reality hits, I have work to do! I think this is an essential part of the American lifestyle, you work hard to play hard! Which is why our Home Office and Living Room Sale is so great! You can furnish your living room for your relaxation time, and your home office for getting down to business!
From October 18th to October 24th, you can save up to 20% on our custom hand crafted wood furniture for your living room or home office! Buy one piece and save 10%, buy two pieces and save 15%, buy three or more pieces and save 20%! Plus, free shipping and lifetime guarantee.
*Copeland, Artisan, and Polywood furniture are not included in this sale.
October 15th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
I got an email from Sean today, titled “I thought this was kinda funny”. Usually it’s annoying when junk mail slips through our spam filter but when this one made it’s way into Sean’s inbox, at least it gave us all a good laugh: “The Vernon Award Program has chosen Vermont Woods Studios for the 2013 Vernon Awards in the Furniture Stores classification”
Now although we do feel very deserving of this award, I have to say that we’re the only furniture store in town. In fact there are only a handful of businesses of any sort in Vernon (a booming metropolis of 2141 people, a couple stop signs, no red lights and a whole lot of corn and Holstein cows).
The email goes on to say: Each year, across the GREATER VERNON AREA, the Vernon Award Program chooses only the best local businesses… that exemplify excellence and lead through customer service and community involvement.
Anyway the point of the email is to get you to buy these phony plastic awards which you can click through to purchase. The sad thing is that when I was googling around to find out who was behind the scam, I did find lots of photos of elderly business owners proudly holding their awards in front of their establishments.
So in the interest of helping others avoid this fate, I’ll post a link to ScamBook which drops a dime on these dirtballs as well as thousands of other scammers you may one day need to research: “As the leading complaint resolution platform, Scambook’s primary purpose is to give consumers like you a voice. Whether you’re a victim of fraud or bad business practices, we aim to help share your story and even find a resolution. We are here to provide a platform where we can help you spread the word and fight against scammers, fraud, and bad business. ”
Now getting back to Sean… here is the message he sent to all of us at Vermont Woods Studios with his forward of the award:
“I can’t believe we won! Great job everyone!”
October 14th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
We always say that we think our customers are some of the best interior designers, because the furniture looks so wonderful when you can tell that someone is really using it and enjoying it. This is why we appreciated these photos that were sent in by one of our customers today so much! Cheryl L. shared the following 3 photos of our Vermont Made furniture in her home–The Modern Designer Coffee Table, The American Mission Barstools, and the Modern Designer Sofa Table.
Have you bought furniture from us before? Would you like your photos to be featured in a blog or on our fan photo Facebook album? If so, post your photos to our Facebook page or send them to email@example.com !
October 13th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Besides leaf peeping, pumpkin picking, and cider drinking, Columbus Day Weekend is commonly associated with big deals and huge savings! The perfect way to kick off the chillier months of the year!
For 5 days you can save 15% storewide* on our American Made fine wood furniture, and receive free shipping!
Our Columbus Day Furniture Sale includes hundreds of timeless pieces of bedroom, dining room, living room, and home office furniture– all made with natural hardwood. Conveniently shop from your home this weekend on our online gallery, or give us a call at 888-390-5571 if you have any questions about our Vermont Made fine wood furniture.
*Sale does not include Copeland, Polywood, or Artisan.
October 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components. Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback! Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year:
October 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
When you think of a furniture store, a certain image might come to mind. You might imagine a busy strip mall full of people rushing in and out to make their purchase and move on with the day, or a giant warehouse showroom full of basic furniture pieces. At Stonehurst, however, what you will see is much different than that. Vermont’s newest furniture store is unique in its ability to capture the spirit of Vermont in its warmth and simplicity– as well as the breathtaking natural area that surrounds it. We invite you to view these photos of Stonehurst and see for yourself some of the small details that make Stonehurst more than your average furniture showroom. (Click on the small photos to start a slideshow!)
If you like what you see, we’d love for you to visit us. We’re open 9-5, Monday through Saturday. Stop on by to check out our furniture and see this unique shopping experience for yourself. See you soon!
October 9th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
All across the USA, craftspeople and those who love their work are celebrating American Craft Week October 4-13. In Vermont we extend our celebration to the whole month of October which the Governor has proclaimed American Craft Month.
Our friend Greg Worden at Vermont Artisans Designs on Main Street in Brattleboro was influential in making that happen. He’s also one of the founders of Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), the non-profit organization that sponsors Craft Week. Members of CRAFT are dedicated to presenting artistic work with one common characteristic– it’s handmade in the USA:
“American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation’s economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let’s tell the world!”
This seems like a good opportunity to publicly thank Greg for his leadership and tireless efforts in promoting the top artists and craftspeople in Vermont and throughout New England. If you love high end crafts and fine art but you haven’t already been to Greg’s Vermont Artisans Designs– put it on your to do list! Here’s a short video of Greg’s gallery. It’s worth a trip, as testified on his website by art lovers from across America.