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American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

February 21st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

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American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale

Our American made bedroom furniture sale begins today! This is an excellent opportunity to save and refresh your bedroom with up to 20% savings on real, handcrafted wooden furniture made right here in Vermont.  I’m sure you’re used to seeing bedroom furniture sales that advertise 40 or 60 or 80% off when you’re shopping at the big box stores, but those companies have to mark up everyday prices in order to mark down for sales.  We don’t like that kind of gimmick!

Value is About More Than Price

At Vermont Woods Studios we work very hard to price our furniture accurately and make sure that everyone involved in the purchase has a win:  the customer, the craftsman, the forester and logger who sustainably harvest the wood and of course, the environment.   We realize that in the age of the Internet, price comparison often rules above all else.  So we have  a competitive pricing policy to ensure you get the best price available for the quality, shipping and service we offer.  And we guarantee our  100% American made furniture for a lifetime of service to you and your family.

When you place a piece of our Vermont made furniture in your home we want you to feel good knowing that you have paid a fair price and obtained a great value.   You can see customer comments about price and value as well as customer photos of our furniture on Facebook or in our testimonials page.  Want to join the conversation?  Comment below, on our Facebook!

 

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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Investing in the Community: VWS Donates to Windham County Humane Society

February 20th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Woods Studios Mission

Loryn, our community outreach coordinator, is passionate about the animals and used to work with WCHS before coming to Vermont Woods Studios. She loves getting out into the community and helping out a good cause; both at work and during her free time.

Supporting good community causes is a big part of our mission, and it’s something that each of us at Vermont Woods Studios is passionate about personally. So it makes sense that we didn’t hesitate to get over to the Windham County Humane Society, even during a snowstorm. If there’s one thing that separates Vermonters from the rest, it’s our ability to completely go on with our day normally in weather conditions that the rest of the country panics about. That, and our dedication to helping out our neighbors, of course!

(For the record, none of us actually knew it would be snowing this much when we ventured out. Safety first!)

Yesterday, Loryn & I visited the humane society to drop off our donations to their Wags to Riches auction and fundraiser–and to pick up our tickets for the event! I even got a new dog tag, for my darling Chihuahua, Pappy!

The WCHS team was super appreciative of our donation, and emphasized how much community support matters to them. Without the kind support of businesses and community members, WCHS wouldn’t be able to work as hard and help as many animals as they do. The Windham County Humane Society “is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of animals and enhancing the relationship between individuals and pets through adoption, education, advocacy, compassion and promotion of animal welfare.” They  help “stray, abandoned, neglected and surrendered pets by giving them a second chance at a healthy, happy life.”

We’re happy to support them, and are even more excited to attend the amazing Wags to Riches auction on March 1st. Loryn will be writing a blog about it when the date gets closer, so stay tuned!

If you’d like to contribute to WCHS, read more about ways to help out on their website!

 

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

 

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Asian Style Furniture: A Customer Review

February 19th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Asian Style Dresser & Chest

The Monterey 5 Drawer Chest is a traditional piece of Asian Style furniture in it’s simplistic yet stylish detailing, like the beautiful zen style drawer pulls. Featured in cherry wood, this piece brings the calm of the natural world right into your bedroom.

Asian style furniture has clean lines & edges with understated detailing– it makes any room feel more relaxed, organic, and comfortably chic. Another commonly used term for Asian style decor and furniture is Wabi Sabi Style, a style that embraces harmonious imperfection.

Earlier this week we received a great customer review and photo from our dear customer, Veronica K., who fell in love with her new zen style dresser chest. Here’s what Veronica had to say:

“I was looking for a new dresser with clean lines and an Asian feel and found the perfect piece in the Monterey Five Drawer Chest. The wood is beautiful and the dresser is very well crafted. The details are what make the piece so great right down to the drawers that glide like a dream. I like that it’s made in the United States and when I spoke to the people at the store to ask questions they were very friendly and courteous. The dresser arrived without a scratch and my entire experience with Vermont Woods Studios was great! Thanks, Veronica.”

We’re so happy that we could provide the perfect Asian style piece to accentuate Veronica’s zen-like bedroom space! If you’re looking for your own oriental influenced bedroom furniture, browse our Astrid & Monterey bedroom collections to find something you love!
| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |
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Hubbardton Forge Lighting Fixtures: Coming Soon

February 18th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Hubbardton Forge | Lighting Fixtures | Modern American Blacksmiths

I love this picture of George Chandler and Reed Hampton, the founders of Hubbardton Forge, Vermont’s 40 year old handcrafted lighting manufacturer.  The two men met serendipitously in Paul Aschenbach’s art class at the University of Vermont.  How funny that George’s last name means candle maker!

Next stop on my tour of Vermont’s luxury home decor providers is lighting manufacturer, Hubbardton Forge. If you’ve had to buy or install lighting fixtures over the last few decades you’re no doubt aware that most lighting is manufactured in Asia these days and the quality isn’t what it used to be.

Enter Hubbardton Forge of Castleton.  The company was established in 1974 by two guys in a barn who set out to revive the forgotten craft of hand-forging raw metal into contemporary designs. Today the business started by George Chandler and Reed Hampton is one of the largest contemporary commercial forges in America. Forty years of practicing time honored principles have built an international reputation for innovative designs, simplicity and integrity.

During my visit to the forge I met with Art Director, Wendy Fannin to show her what we’re doing at Stonehurst and discuss possible strategies to cross-promote our products.  Both companies share a passion for simple elegance, traditional craftsmanship and a commitment to environmental stewardship so it seems some synergy could be achieved.

At Vermont Woods Studios we’re looking forward to receiving our first order of Hubbardton forge chandeliers, floor lamps, sconces and table lamps very soon and I’m eager to see how they transform our space.  They’ll be accompanied by fine furniture from studios all around the state, glassware from Simon Pearce, ceramics from Laura Zindel and hopefully linens from Anichini and furniture/pottery from Shackleton-Thomas.

Keep posted on our latest inventory and/or plan a trip to see everything in person at Stonehurst!

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Shopping for Presidents Day Furniture Sales Online?

February 16th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

 

Shaker Style Presidents Day Furniture Sale

Browse our collections of real Shaker Furniture with our Presidents Day Furniture sale, online 24/7. 

Shopping for the best Presidents Day Furniture Sales Online? We’ve got you covered, with massive savings of 15% off (plus free shipping) storewide*.  We polled our customers to find out what topped their wish list in fine furniture sales this year, and naturally, we’ve put them all on sale!

So if you’re finally ready to invest in the fine furniture you’ve always dreamed of, take a serious look!  All of our real wood furniture is 100% American made, built to order right here in Vermont and guaranteed for a lifetime of service to your family! Hurry, this sale ends in 3 days! February 19th is your last day to take advantage of this great Presidents Day Furniture deal.

Craftsman Style Furniture

Our customers’ favorite Vermont made Craftsman Style Furniture is the Cherry Moon Collection.   It’s contemporary Asian design has a light but grounded appearance.  Reverse-tapered legs, posts and an intricate cove under the tops round out the design to give any room a comforting and natural feeling.  Rich black walnut, half-moon drawer pulls complete the design of these natural cherry, maple, and walnut hardwood pieces.

Mission Style Furniture

Traditionally mission style furniture is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery.  It’s typically made with oak wood and given a medium or dark stain. Drawer pulls are often simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle.  But today’s Vermont made mission style furniture incorporates modern contemporary design features and is often crafted of cherry, walnut and maple wood.  You can customize it online to get whichever traditional and contemporary features you like.

Shaker Style Furniture

Vermont craftspeople have mastered the art of simple elegance in their many variations of American Shaker style furniture, ranging from a strict interpretation of the original Shaker pieces to creative versions with modern functionalities, curves and hardware.  Simple aesthetics and sturdy design remain at the heart of today’s Vermont Shaker style furniture.

Natural Cherry Wood Furniture

Natural Cherry Wood is a favorite among our customers as it develops a lustrous, rich reddish brown patina over the years.  Premium quality real cherry wood furniture is hard to find and often imitated (poorly) so don’t be fooled by the imports sporting cherry trade names.  Vermont is well established as the “go to” place to purchase real natural cherry wood furniture.

Black Walnut Furniture

American Black Walnut Wood is the only really dark North American wood. Like cherry it’s a prized, premium hardwood that carries a commensurate price tag.  Vermont woodworkers are specialists in black walnut furniture, handcrafting it from top quality solid walnut wood.

 

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. | 

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The Best Presidents Day Furniture Sale of 2014

February 12th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Presidents Day Furniture Sale

Right now you may be preoccupied placing your Edible Arrangement order or making dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, but some of the biggest sales events of the year are only a few days away. From February 14th-February 19th, you will see all of the big ticket items on your wish list discounted by 15% with our Presidents Day Furniture Sale. Presidents Day is a retail holiday only second to Black Friday (which is 9 months away).

Traditionally, many Americans take advantage of these discounts to make larger purchases like new cars, electronics and furniture. This is the first time that retailers will offer discounts on their new lines and designs. As a consumer, one of the questions you may ask yourself before you make a big purchase is, “how long will this last?” or “how long will I have this?” For many of your purchases, like a new top of the line television with a surround sound system, the answer is probably less than 5 years. Technology is rapidly changing and these types of items become obsolete almost as soon as we buy them.

Unlike cars and electronics that have new versions come out every year, the functionality and durability of hardwood furniture has remained the same for over 200 years. We know there are a lot of items to choose from this Presidents Day, but furniture is different from your other options because it is crafted to last a lifetime- it’s guaranteed. Our online gallery features dozens of fine wood furniture collections and 100′s of pieces in a variety of timeless styles. Each piece is crafted to order, so you can customize your furniture in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut wood. All of our furniture is 100% American made right here in Vermont.

During our Presidents Day Furniture Sale, you can save 15% storewide* plus free shipping! This is one of the deepest discounts that we can give our customers, so we only offer it a couple times a year. We are honoring this discount for 5 days only, but you can preview our bedroomdining roomliving room, and home officefurniture by visiting our website today. Bookmark what you like ahead of time, receive the savings this weekend

If you have any questions about our Vermont made wood furniture, feel free to contact our fine furniture specialists. They are available by live chat, phone (888-390-5571), or by email (info@vermontwoodsstudios.com).

*This storewide sale excludes Copeland, Polywood, Barnwood , Artisan and Clearance Furniture. Home Decor items are also excluded.

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Charlie Shackleton and the Naked Table Project

February 12th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Logging with Horses in Vermont | Naked Table Project | Charles Shackleton

“To fully understand the process of sustainably making furniture, you must go into the forest.   The woodlands tour describes how to identify Sugar Maples, low impact forestry principles, and demonstrations on horse-drawn logging. It will change the way you see furniture forever”   …. Charles Shackleton

Last week on my tour of luxury Vermont home decor companies I stopped to visit Charles Shackleton and his wife Miranda Thomas at their studios in Bridgewater, Vermont.  Charlie is perhaps one of Vermonts most beloved furniture makers.  He’s famous for his steadfast belief in the integrity and enduring value of true handcrafted furniture.  You won’t find cnc routers in Charlie’s shop!  Everything is traditionally carved and crafted by hand, making each piece a unique work of art. Dennis pointed out that Charlie is making the Chippendales of tomorrow.  It’s the stuff Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be competing for in years to come.

Charlie Shackleton's Naked Table Project | King Arthur Board of Directors

I arrived at Shackleton-Thomas just as a Naked Table project was beginning.  The lucky participants were the board of directors for King Arthur Flour (bet you didn’t know that was a Vermont company).  They were building tables for their conference room.

What’s a Naked Table?

“We invite businesses, friends and families to our workshops to make tables for themselves to last for ages to come. Each piece in the Naked Collection is made from the iconic Sugar Maple harvested in the forests we visit (inverse from conventional methods of deforesting and sourcing wood from anywhere in the world)…  The table has come to symbolize our community’s connection to our local environment and our ability to make something of it.”  … Charles Shackleton

 

Pete Michelinie os Shackleton Thomas Fine Furniture in Bridgewater, VT

Charlie Shackleton (left) and Pete Michelinie of Shackleton Thomas Fine Furniture in Bridgewater, VT.  Pete was trained at the renowned North Bennett Street Furniture School in Boston.  He’s part of an elite team of craftspeople who create heirloom quality furniture and pottery at Shackleton-Thomas.

The Work of Human Hands

Charlie notes that humans have a natural tendency to want to make things, using their hands in particular.  “It’s a satisfying “buzz” of creativity, comparable to baking a loaf of bread from the grains of a wheat plant.  When a finished piece expresses our creativity, either through the natural beauty of the wood, the design or the marks of shaping left by the human hand, it sends a message.  In these times when so much is mass produced in factories by automated machines on the other side of the world, many are treasuring that message and the natural resources that surround it..”

Visit the Shackleton Thomas store in Bridgewater, VT or their website to learn more and shop.  Next week:  a quiz about Miranda’s pottery.  Hint: yes it is displayed in the White House and the Vatican in addition to dozens of other prestigious locations around the world.

Related posts: Touring Vermont’s Luxury Home Decor Brands    A visit to Simon Pearce

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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5 Most Romantic Vermont Towns

February 11th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Looking for Romantic Vermont Towns for your special Valentines Day weekend? Enjoy this post highlighting some of Vermont’s best towns for visiting couples.

Stowe Vermont Photography

‘Stowe Vermont Community Church’, by Teresa Merelman. Retrieved from Flickr. 

Stowe. Stowe is a magnificent place to visit during all 4 seasons. This quaint Northern town has a reputation for some of the best skiing in Vermont, making it an ideal place for a wintery weekend retreat with your loved one.  It’s also a hub for fun summer adventuring, with popular attractions including luxury resorts, lodges, and spas… sure to make a great midsummer date. Lodging options can range from quaint and cozy, to extravagant and fabulous– and the same can be said for the cuisine. No matter your taste, you will find something to fall in love with in Stowe. 

Champlain by Marty Desilets

‘Champlain’ by Marty Desilets, retrieved from Pinterest.

Burlington. Burlington is a truly romantic place for lovers who enjoy both the buzz of city life and the calm of Vermont’s north country. In the summer you can enjoy the beauty of the Lake Champlain as you  dine at one of Burlington’s popular waterfront restaurants, or take a ferry ride or cruise. Music, shopping, theater, and art are also some of Burlington’s staples for couples looking for a fun filled Vermont escape.

'Woodstock' by Ryan Phelan, retrieved from Pinterest

‘Woodstock’ by Ryan Phelan, retrieved from Pinterest

Woodstock. Just a quick drive through Woodstock will give you a warm, romantic feeling– even in the dead of Winter. The main street of town  is illuminated by Christmas lights, and people can always be found roaming around their eclectic gift and decor shops. Easy to access all year round, the lush summer greenery of Woodstock is unmatched. During the autumn months, Woodstock boasts some of Vermont’s most beautiful foliage.  Senator Jacob Collamer (1791-1865) confessed, “The good people of Woodstock have less incentive than others to yearn for heaven.”

Simon Pearce Restaurant

Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont. Retrieved from SimonPearce.com

Quechee. The most obviously fascinating part of Quechee is the Gorge. While the gorge is visible if you drive by or stop along Rt 4, the beauty of it is best appreciated by following the trail down to the bottom. The Quechee gorge is a 3,000 foot long, 163 foot deep chasam sculped into the landscape 13,000 years ago. A truly breathtaking stop for any couple with a love for nature’s grandeur. After visiting this majestic site, you can pay a visit to one of Vermont’s most luxurious restaurants and shopping destinations– Simon Pearce.

White House Inn, Wilmington, Vermont Travel

White House Inn, Wilmington. Vermont Travel. Retrieved from Pinterest.

Wilmington. This Southern Vermont town is as quaint and compact as it gets, boasting a population of approximately 2,225 people (in 2000). Known for its severely snowy winters and hot summers, Wilmington is a lovely rural getaway for any couple looking for a sunny Vermont weekend or winter ski getaway. The Wilmington area is home to Mount Snow, one of Vermont’s best family-focused ski resorts, with famous riders including American Olympian Kelly Clark. Home to several traditional lodges, restaurants and shops– Wilmington makes a great stop along any romantic Vermont driving tour.

While these 5 towns are some of Vermont’s most romantic destinations, the entire state is filled with charming places to eat, shop, and enjoy nature. Many people believe that as soon as you cross over the border into Vermont, you can tell that you are some place truly special. Do you believe it? Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a truly magical Valentines escape, Vermont is a wonderful place to explore.

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

*See a photo that belongs to you and want it removed? Please email kelsey.eaton@vermontwoodsstudios.com and we’ll gladly take it down*

 

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Affordable American Made Furniture: Cherry Moon China Cabinet

February 10th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Cherry Wood China Cabinet and Sideboard

Behind the glass doors, display your favorite heirloom china pieces or local pottery. This photo highlights a sample of luxury ceramics made by local Vermont artist, Laura Zindel. Items are showcased at our southern Vermont showroom. 

Our Cherry Moon China Cabinet and Sideboard is now on clearance! This beautiful piece of furniture is perfect for the traditional home with Vermont style flair. Made with cherry wood and walnut knobs, this design is a high quality option for anyone looking for affordable American made furniture.

This real wood cabinet and sideboard was handcrafted by local Vermont woodworkers. Shop this piece online, or come and see it for yourself in our Vermont made furniture and decor showroom, Stonehurst.

Love this piece? Find more dining room furniture inspiration on our Pinterest boards, and keep updated with more new clearance items on our Facebook!

 

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

 

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A Visit to Simon Pearce Glassware

February 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Simon Pearce | Handblown Glassware | Made in Vermont

Luxury home decor aficionados:  do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home?  Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever?  Well Vermont has a treat for you.  Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other.  I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company.  Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.

Simon Pearce Glassware

With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware.  Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.

Simon Pearce | Glass Blower | Watch it Being Made in Windsor and Quechee Vermont

Simon Pearce high quality glass bowls, goblets and vases are hand blown by skilled artisans and designed to last a lifetime.  I took this picture in Windsor, VT but you can also see glassblowing (and pottery making) at their beautiful facility in Quechee, VT.

Simon Pearce Pottery

Simon Pearce Pottery and Stoneware

The Simon Pearce pottery and stoneware collection includes table lamps, vases, pitchers, dinnerware and gifts.  Watch it being made in Windsor and/or Quechee, VT.

Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website.  Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit!  You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.

Restaurant at Simon Pearce

It takes a ton of energy to make glass so Simon Pearce located his facility on a falls and installed hydro power.  Be sure to call for reservations if you’d like to dine at that beautiful restaurant that juts out over the falls. Both food and view are spectacular.

The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of?  Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board.  Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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