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The 19th of August is International Orangutan Day, a day put aside to recognize the extreme dangers facing the palm oil industry’s most recognized victim. Once widespread throughout the forests of Asia, Orangutans are now found on just two islands, Sumatra and Borneo (Indonesia). On the brink of extinction,  there are now only about 6,600 of them left in the wild. Orangutan’s are beautiful, intelligent creatures that share 97% of human DNA. They are complex, curious, and they need our help. We cannot let Orangutan’s become the first great ape species to go extinct in the wild, as experts suggest may happen if action is not taken now.

Why Orangutans are Endangered:

Habitat Loss-   The loss of Orangutan habitat has been devastating, as Sumatra has lost more than HALF of it’s forests in the last 25 years.  “The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival. The expansion of farmlands and the building of new roads opens up the forest, making it easier for hunters and poachers to capture orangutans and other protected wildlife.”  (1)  This factor is one of the driving forces behind our mission, as we work to provide a source for beautiful wood furniture that does not contribute to mass deforestation. 

Illegal Trade- While Orangutan’s have been protected by law since 1931, the illegal trade of Orangutans has continued to decimate populations. They are often captured for use as an exotic pet or for entertainment purposes, as commonly seen in the circus.

What We Can Do To Help:

  •  Avoid Palm Oil- Palm oil is causing mass deforestation of Orangutan habitats, leaving them with no place to live and raise their babies. As they search far distances for a new home, they have to look further and further apart often times ending up in palm oil fields. When this occurs they are unknowingly tresspassing, and palm oil farmers are legally able to kill them right on spot to protect their crops. Orangutans are left with little to no food or resources, and when deforestation from fires occur there are many slow moving Orangutans that are burned alive in the process. By Boycotting palm oil, you are doing a small part to keep these majestic creatures safe.
  • Boycott circuses that use Orangutans as entertainment, and write to your local government to keep these circuses from your community.
  • Write to your local legislators and The President.  Ask them not to explore palm oil as a biofuel option.
  • Write your favorite companies that use palm oil and ask them to use sustainable sources  for their ingredients
  • Support companies who do not use palm oil in their products or support the palm oil industry
  • Adopt a Orangutan (Virtually!)
  • Sign Petitions that promote Orangutan safety

As passionate environmental advocates, we are happy to help spread awareness about Orangutan’s today. If you’d like to learn more about World Orangutan Day, check out the #OrangutanDay hashtag on Twitter or 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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

The Andover Collection

The Andover Collection: A Sleek & Traditional Bedroom Suite

The Andover Collection is a classic, with timeless design and appeal that works for any American home. It’s sleek and features clean lines and edges, but is matched with a balanced and comfortable design making it the practical choice for anyone looking for a beautiful, traditional bedroom suite.

The understated styling gives it a both feminine and masculine feeling, with beauty in the details. The lines, the drawer pulls, the smooth Cherry wood…this bedroom suite is breathtaking and each piece blends in seamlessly with most aesthetic tastes.

The centerpiece of the suite is the Andover Incline Bed which is available in 3 sizes. Perfectly matching nightstands with one, two or three drawers are available as well as 7 configurations of chests and dressers making this suite easy to fit your storage needs and bedroom space.

All of the pieces in this collection are traditionally made using eco-friendly sustainable harvested American Black Cherry and available in natural cherry or one of 6 stains over cherry. Topped with an extremely durable, low maintenance lacquer finish and backed by our lifetime guarantee.

Love this collection as much as we do?

Shop the Andover 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.

Summer Shaker Sale

 Buy More & Save with our Summer Shaker Sale

Shaker style furniture is one of our most adored styles at Vermont Woods Studios. People love it because its versatile, naturally beautiful, and built to last. Shaker furniture has a rich history and is world renowned for its modest elegance and durability. We love it for all of these reasons and more, which is why we’re excited to announce our Summer Shaker sale–where you can save up to 20% on Shaker Style furniture plus free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.

Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, and 20% off three or more pieces of Shaker Style furniture. Plus, receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.

You can shop securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. Or, if you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or to discuss your questions about our Vermont Made Shaker furniture. Hurry! This sale ends at midnight on August 28th.

*Excludes Copeland, POLYWOOD, Barnwood, Artisan, and Clearance pieces.

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.

MiMo

Defining “Miami Modern”

Inspired by the Miami Modernist architecture movement of the mid-twentieth century, this style contrasted simple organic design with trendy materials. “It was a popular response to the various modernist and post world war architectural movements that were taking place in other parts of the world, adding glamour, fun, and material excess to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles. ” (1

Bring Miami Modern Into Your Home

Copeland’s MiMo Collection is the perfect mixture of mid-century modern combined with minimalist style. Handcrafted in Vermont, MiMo is constructed from sustainably harvested solid maple hardwood with a white finish and natural American black walnut accents. All pieces in this collection can be customized with your choice bronze or nickel metallic accents.

With its sleek, clean lines and subtle flair, this collection has become a timeless classic in the design world. For this reason the MiMo collection is sure to be the perfect addition to any contemporary style bedroom, while allowing you to bring a little bit of Miami Beach into your own home! 

Miami Modern Furniture We Offer:

MiMo Beds: We offer two MiMo beds. One with an upholstered headboard as seen in the shot above, and the second is just the sleek plain headboard as seen in the photo below. They are funky, luxurious, and will definitely make a great centerpiece for your master bedroom.

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MiMo Dressers: Our Copeland MiMo dressers are great storage pieces for your modern bedroom. Constructed from solid white finished hardwood maple with American black walnut accents. Easily customized with your choice of metallic bronze or nickel legs and matching knobs. There are several Miami Modern Dressers to choose from with a variety of drawer configurations, making it easy for you to find something you love. a1d7055d2bb46dfa8aa9d396e1b72b5c.image.550x550

MiMo Chests: Chests are wonderful storage pieces for the modern bedroom. They are tall, sleek, and sturdily constructed to last generations. It’s a beautiful accent to your Miami Modern bed and dresser!

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MiMo Nighstands: Our Miami Modern Nighstands are the perfect match for the MiMo bed. It’s simple, compact, and allows for maximum storage and efficiency while still capturing the great style and design. These nightstands come in multiple configurations, making it easy for you to find the best one for you!

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What do you think of our new Miami Modern Copeland Collection? Let us know in the comments section or send us a tweet.

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.

Green Team

The Green Team Strikes a Pose for Our Website

If you know anything about the Green Team, you know that we’re always excited for a photoshoot! So needless to say, we were more than happy last week as we gathered outside in the beautiful breezy weather and our student interns helped take new portraits for the website! If you saw our “Meet the Green Team” page before, you might have seen that our portraits made us look like little floating heads. Our new photos are better representations of our unique personalities, and the personality of the whole group! Take a look:

The Vermont Woods CEOrcerers:
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The Customer Service Genies (making all of your furniture wishes come true):
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The Marketing Magicians:
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The Web Wizards:
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The Enchanting Interns: Green Team

So now you’ve met our whole crew! I gave us all extra special descriptions that I feel are fitting for the magic that goes into making things run smoothly everyday. We could not be where we are if it were not for all of the hard work and bright personalities that comes out of each department. To take a look at our new individual portraits, check out our updated ‘Meet the Green Team’ page!

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.