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Shopping for American Made Furniture this 4th of July

June 29th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

American Made Furniture | Online Shopping for the 4th of July

Patriotism isn’t the only reason why consumers are limiting their search to American Made Furniture this Fourth of July.

Fourth of July week has become a popular time to shop for furniture. With the Made in America movement if full swing, many customers are confining their search to furniture made in the USA. Patriotism isn’t the only reason for this trend but it’s a big one. Here’s a list of what our customers tell us are their Top 5 reasons for buying American Made Furniture rather than imports.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy American Made Furniture

  1. Quality and Craftsmanship – American made furniture is well known for it’s high quality and craftsmanship.  States like Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio have a long tradition of making heirloom quality furniture from local wood.  In Vermont, fine furniture making has been a part of our heritage for over 200 years and that translates to superior quality, sophisticated style and great values in handmade furniture.
  2. Local Jobs and Local Economies – The American furniture maker has suffered over the past 5 decades as most large, quintessentially American furniture companies moved to China, Vietnam and other third world countries.  Consumers are weary of seeing their communities struggle to recover from the loss of skilled jobs.  Small manufacturers like Vermont’s Lyndon Furniture, Copeland Furniture and Pompanoosuc Mills remained in the USA during the age of outsourcing and maintained their commitment to local communities.  Their loyalty and integrity has not gone unnoticed by consumers.
  3. Reliable Customer Service – Ever try getting a piece of furniture fixed after purchasing it from IKEA or Pottery Barn?  Not.  That furniture is more than likely going to head out to the curbside rather than get repaired.  American made furniture companies stand behind their quality, with many companies offering a lifetime guarantee.
  4. Sustainable Furniture from Well Managed American Forests – Where does your furniture come from anyway?  Americans have become more aware of where their food comes from over the past couple decades.  Now it’s time to learn where other things come from, including wood furniture and flooring.  Kendall recently posted information about how the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests are being converted into curbside furniture.  As consumers become more aware, they are seeing the value of acquiring sustainable furniture for their homes.
  5. Healthy, Natural Furniture with Non-Toxic Finishes – American furniture companies are subject to strict laws and regulations governing product safety as well as safety and health for the craftspeople making furniture.  Consumers don’t want to worry about lead based paint or formaldehyde in the coatings of the furniture.  American companies are leading the way in the area of safe, non-toxic furniture finishes.  Vermont Natural Coatings is one of our favorites– their furniture finish is made from a by-product of our dairy industry–whey (as in curds and…).

I hope this gives you food for thought when shopping for furniture this Fourth of July.  Stop back on Monday and enjoy a 6th reason:  our Fourth of July Furniture sale offers storewide savings of 20%!

 A cautionary note: most furniture sold in the USA is still imported.  Many manufacturers will bring imported furniture to a factory in the USA to have a final step (for example application of the finish) completed so they can label the furniture Made in America.  Don’t be fooled– ask your furniture sales person exactly how much of the furniture was actually made in the USA.

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Is Your Wood Furniture Brought to You by Organized Crime?

April 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Luxury Furniture | Avoiding Global Rainforest Destruction | Choosing Sustainable American Made Furniture

Organized crime is currently responsible for an unprecedented rate of rainforest destruction.  Unchecked illegal logging is rampant in tropical countries too poor to effectively monitor and enforce conservation regulations.  You can help save the rainforest by avoiding the purchase of imported forest products like wood furniture and flooring.

Forest conservation is at the heart of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios and we’re always trying to raise awareness about where your wood furniture comes from.  If you’re committed to buying American made furniture– no worries.  Chances are it’s made from legal wood, sustainably harvested from well-managed forests right here in North America.

But if you’re buying imported wood furniture (and according to a Washington Post article 70% of furniture sold in America is imported) then: Houston, we have a problem.

A recent Washington Post article by Brad Plumer entitled Organized Crime is Getting Rich Cutting Down the Rainforest describes how the illegal logging trade has become just as lucrative (and far more destructive) than the drug-trafficking industry.  50 to 90 percent of forestry in tropical areas is now controlled by criminal groups!  “A great deal of logging simply takes place illegally — much of it in tropical areas such as the Amazon Basin, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia.” (ref: United Nations and Interpol)

The U.N. estimates that illicit logging is now worth between $30 billion to $100 billion, or up to 30 percent of the global wood trade.  That illegal wood is often shipped from pristine rainforests to China, Vietnam and other third world countries where it’s fabricated into low quality furniture which is sold to US consumers. We’ve written quite a bit about the links between rainforest destruction, global warming and the furniture and flooring you choose for your home:

If you’re considering buying furniture at IKEA, Home Depot or any big box store… ask where the lumber originates and let us know what you find on our Facebook or in the comments section below.  Then re-discover sustainable, American made wood furniture and join us in feeling good about your furniture and your green home.

 

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Don’t Look For The “Made in America” Tag

April 6th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

American Made Furniture

 

Recently I’ve been bombarded by furniture television and radio commercials all with the same message, “look for the Made in America tag all over our stores!” My immediate thought was, that’s great, more big box stores are jumping on the American made bandwagon. Then, I was a little frustrated. Why should consumers have to zig-zag through large stores trying to find a small tag signifying that the product was made in America? Shouldn’t retailers make it easy for customers to find the products made right here in our own country? Vermont Woods Studios sure thinks so!

Shopping from our online gallery you don’t have to look for the made in America tag, because we sell 100% American made furniture. No gimmicks and no tricks. Our furniture has been, and always will be, made in America. Not only does buying American made products help our economy, but American made products signifies quality. So when you’re looking for high quality, American made furniture, don’t look for the tag, just come to us!

American Made Bedroom Furniture

If you’ve landed on this page because you’re already in the process of looking for American made furniture, then I have a surprise for you. Right now is our American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale. Our solid wood bedroom furniture is individually crafted right here in Vermont by skilled fine furniture makers. Because each piece is crafted to order, you can customize the piece as little or as much as you want based on what you see in our online gallery. Choose from natural cherry, maple, oak, or walnut wood, as a starter. Additional customizable options are shown in the drop down menus of each individual product.

We have hundreds of quality bedroom furniture pieces in our online gallery. Choose from over 80 solid wood beds, over 70 dressers, over 100 chest of drawers, over 60 nightstands, and dozens of armories and mirrors. Our American made bedroom furniture is also available in a variety of styles, from traditional shaker, to a modern style, so there is something to perfectly match everyone’s home.

Start browsing our online gallery today! Our fine furniture specialists are also available to take your order by phone or to discuss your questions about our American made furniture. Use our live chat option in the top right corner of our website, email them, or give them a call at 888-390-5571.

 

*This sale excludes Copeland Furniture, which holds a low-price guarantee 365 days a year.

 

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Contemporary Craftsman Furniture

January 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Contemporary Craftsman Furniture | Handmade in Vermont

A customer sent us the pretty snapshot of our Contemporary Craftsman Furniture installed in his bedroom.  Nice craftsman design, accented with a cheerful comforter and an adorable puppy!

Vermont’s Home to Some of Today’s Best Craftsman Furniture

Around the turn of the 20 century, Gustav Stickley was perhaps the most famous maker of craftsman furniture.  But in contemporary times, you’ll find some of the best Craftsman style designers building high end furniture right here in Vermont.

Today’s Craftsman furniture retains the robust solid wood architecture and attention to detail of the originals by Stickley, Greene and Greene and others.  But it often incorporates lighter, modern elements adapted from Asian furniture styles.  The Contemporary Craftsman furniture shown above is handcrafted in Burlington, Vermont of solid maple wood with black walnut accents.

I think the gentle curves in the legs and drawer pulls change the personality of Craftsman furniture from HEAVY and strong to light and cheerful.  This photo is one a customer kindly submitted (thanks Neil!).  The pretty floral print (and adorable puppy) really tops off the modern craftsman style they’ve created for their bedroom, don’t you think?

Craftsman Furniture - Cherry Moon Collection

Another customer sent this photo of our Cherry Moon Furniture Collection. Robin’s attention to detail creates a beautiful result:  timeless furniture to enjoy for the rest of your life.

The Cherry Moon Furniture Collection

Here’s another customer photo of what I’ll call Vermont Craftsman furniture.  It’s our Cherry Moon bedroom, handmade in Montpelier, VT.  This bedroom set is made of all solid cherry wood with black walnut accents (drawer pulls).  Here the curves are still graceful, but in different places.  This cherry wood furniture is a couple years old, so it has darkened to a rich reddish brown color.  If it’s hard to see the details and craftsmanship, check out our Cherry Moon collection and click on the photos for larger images.  Robin’s attention to detail creates a beautiful result:  timeless furniture to enjoy for the rest of your life.

More Vermont Craftsman Furniture

We have a number of other craftsman and mission style furniture collections on our website.  All can be customized with two toned wood combinations (maple and black walnut, cherry and black walnut) like those you see here.  We also carry the Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture collection by Copeland Furniture and custom Craftsman Collection by Chad Woodruff of Vernon, VT.

To learn more about Craftsman Furniture, visit our showroom or check out our Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia.

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Traditional vs. Minimalist: Home Office & Living Room Furniture

December 12th, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton

real wood home office furniture

We have a large variety of solid wood desks to fit all your home office needs. Whether you need a lot of storage, or you like the minimalistic look, we have the real hardwood office furniture you’re looking for.

Slimmed down technology is rapidly changing the sizing and functional needs of furniture. The rooms that are most impacted by this change is the living room and home office, because these rooms are home to most of our electronic devices.

Real Wood Home Office Furniture

When you trade in your large desktop computer for a sleek laptop, you will probably find yourself trading in your large computer armoire for a writing desk. Trading in your clunky old computer desk means that you can finally get rid of the cheap particle board desk! It’s time for you to treat yourself to real wood home office furniture. This furniture, unlike your electronics, will stay in style and will last forever.

Despite how small our electronics have become, we have found that people really enjoy having a little storage space in their real wood home office furniture- even if it’s just one small center drawer. We offer a variety of storage options with our home office furniture, because we know how much a difference it can make. If you like the new minimalist look of desks, a desktop organizer, or a hutch (shown in the image above) can be a great option. It provides you with enough space to hide away your chargers and cords, but doesn’t take up too much additional space. Small wood filing cabinets are another option for storage in your home office. Our two-drawer filing cabinets are small enough that they can nest right under your desk.

Solid Wood Living Room Furniture

Media consoles come in many sizes and varieties. Flat screen TVs mounted on our living room walls have cut back the need for a large TV stand to hold our electronic devices.

Solid Wood Living Room Furniture

It is common for a contemporary living room to have a flat screen TV mounted on the wall, or set on a small media console. This cuts down on the space we use in our living rooms, allowing more space for a nice rocking chair. Similarly to the home office, our new electronic devices assist our decisions in furniture. Many people are looking for a small, simple wood media console that holds their cable box, Blu-Ray player, and sound system. In our online gallery you will find a variety of media consoles that store these devices in a number of ways. Some of our tv stands have glass doors to display the contents. Others have solid wood doors, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your cords always look neat and organized. For those of you who still enjoy a large piece of furniture to use as a focal point, we have a variety of wood entertainment centers. Our entertainment centers offer more storage space for your living room.

Sale

With our Home Office & Living Room Sale, you can save up to 20% on your new, slimmed-down or traditional wood furniture. Start shopping our Vermont made furniture today. You can conveniently shop 24 hours a day from our online gallery. If you perfer to order by phone, or have any questions about our furniture, you can contact us at 888-390-5571. This sale ends on December 18th.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer traditional style home office and living room furniture, or the new minimalist designs? Share your thoughts in the comments section, or start a conversation on Facebook.

 

 

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Thank You for Helping Us Support the Military on Veterans Day

December 2nd, 2012 by Loryn Dion

Support the Military

Veterans Day is a time to pause and thank those who served or are serving in our armed forces and support the military. As part of the celebration, Vermont Woods Studios ran a four day benefit sale to raise money to donate to the Adopt a Soldier Program. With $20 of every sale being collected, we are proud to announce that we were able to raise $350 towards adopting Sgt. Peter A. Avila’s family.

Sgt. Peter A. Avila is currently serving with the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, D Company located in Hawaii.  Peter began in the military as a Marine and now is a US Army Soldier. He has served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and will soon be deployed again.  Peter’s wife Crystal is suffering from kidney disease and debilitating complications.  Peter and Crystal’s two little boys (Kenan and Kaleb) and a baby girl (Deanna) are growing up without their father’s presence nor do they have family members living close enough to assist in times of need.  Many other military families are in similar circumstances, serving their country without complaint.

The Adopt A Soldier website provides easy ways to help, such as:

  • Donate a holiday gift or phone card
  • Send letters to our troops
  • Send a care package to a soldier or his/her family
  • Make a financial donation to a soldier’s family

Thank you to everyone who purchased from us or donated to the Adopt a Soldier Program during Veterans Day this year. And a big thank you to all of our military personnel! That staff at Vermont Woods Studios appreciates the sacrifices and dedication of our service men and women.

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Made in America Furniture Sale: Back For The Holidays

November 29th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Made-in-america-shoppingWe're celebrating our Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge success with a store-wide 15% Off Fine Furniture Sale.  This has been such an exciting week for us, with the ABC World News crew spotlighting our efforts to get friends and relatives to "buy American" this Christmas shopping season.  Manjula and Dennis decided to share our revelry with a big sale– it's store-wide from tomorrow until December 13.

Don't forget to watch us (or set your DVR) tomorrow night on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and then join with all of us who are promising to buy at least some American made gifts this Christmas– and be sure to get counted on Facebook! 

As a company that sells exclusively American made furniture (Vermont-made, actually) we're psyched to get this level of traction behind our push to create more American jobs.  As consumers, we have the power and what better time than Christmas (when we're each spending an average of $700 on gifts) to excercise that power!

 

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Vermont Eco Furniture Featured Nationally on The Weather Channel

November 22nd, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

Eco-sustainable-furniture I always cringe when seeing myself in a video but Manjula has insisted we post this one on the Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture homepage.  It's a segment we did for The Weather Channel during the summer and it's about the link between your furniture and the environment– and the weather of course.  Specifically it talks about the rainforest, how it's disappearing at a rate of 1 football field/second and the fact that it's being clear-cut to supply timber for cheap furniture imports.

If you're someone who drives an eco-friendly fuel efficient car, you may be interested to know that your choice of furniture has a bigger impact on the environment than your car choice.  That's because deforestation is repsonsible for a greater contribution to air pollution and global warming than the entire transportation sector.

Take a minute to watch our nationally broadcast video segment about American made furniture crafted from sustainably harvested wood and let us know what you think.  We'll look forward to hearing from you!

 

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VWS Farm Office and Showroom A Hit on Fox News

May 15th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Well we're just returning from Manhattan after our big "debut" on national TV ;)

Many thanks to Harris Faulkner and Chris Snyder at Fox News for making us feel so welcome and comfortable on the set of The Strategy Room.  A segment of the interview is posted on the Fox News website

  

  

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Harris was most interested in the fact that a high tech Internet business is run out of a horse farm in Vermont.  What's so unusual about that?

 

Have I been in the country too long?

 

 

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Got to get back to feeding chickens and mending fences now ;)

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Many thanks to Annette for providing us this beautiful space to
work in.

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Vermont Made Furniture: A Customer Shares Photos of Her Beautiful Home

February 2nd, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

Vt-made-bedroom We send our Vermont Made Furniture all across the country and we're always excited to see how it looks as installed in our customers' homes.  We are very grateful to Polly D. for sending us these photos of her lovely home, filled with many pieces of the Cherry Moon Furniture Collection which she's been acquiring over the years.  This is the Cherry Moon Bed, shown with the Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Nightstand and the Cherry Moon 5 Drawer Chest.

    

 

Custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table
Here is a photo of Polly's living room, showing a custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table and a Cherry Moon End Table.

  

       

 
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And here's a photo of a different custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table.

  

   

   

   

   

   

     

 

Vermont Shaker Dining Table
Polly's Vermont-made Shaker cherry dining table and Mission chairs
have a very different style than the Cherry Moon pieces, but the cherry
wood really ties it all together, doesn't it?  Well that and Polly's  interior decorating skill.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into Polly's home as much as I did.  Thanks for sharing the photos, Polly!

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