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Copeland Sarah Shaker Bedroom Furniture: This Week’s Best Seller

May 29th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

We've been carrying the entire line of Vermont made Copeland furniture for several months now.  Although the new, modern mid-century styles are very popular, especially with families in metropolitan areas, it was the traditional, Shaker Style Sarah Bedroom Collection that weighed in as this week's best selling furniture.

This 100% American made furniture is handcrafted right here in Vermont and features clean Shaker style lines and balanced proportions. The beds are handmade of solid natural cherry hardwood. 

The bed shown here is a romantic raised panel sleigh bed but the Sarah collection also includes a Shaker-style spindle bed and a number of variations of the two, with choice of low and high footboards.  You can customize everything online, including the wood which comes in 11 finish options.  There's even a custom two-tone variation of solid maple and cherry wood bedroom furniture that's getting popular.

The Sarah set offers matching cases too: dressers, chests, lingerie chest, armoire and night stands.  Check them out today along with the Top Ten Reasons To Buy Copeland Furniture From Vermont Woods Studios.  Why wait?

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America’s Best Memorial Day Furniture Sale

May 25th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Memorial-day-furniture-saleHopefully you're planning a weekend full of relaxation with your family and friends this Memorial Day.  But I bet you're also going to squeeze in some chores, errands and shopping as well. 

We can help you with that… if it's furniture you're shopping for. 

Check out our Big Storewide Memorial Day Furniture Sale.

On this patriotic weekend, you can feel good knowing our handcrafted wood furniture is 100% American made.  Even better– you'll save 15% off just about everything store-wide including bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, home office furniture and living room furniture.  And we've delivered to all 50 states in the USA using our white glove delivery and set-up service so you can be confident that your furniture will arive safe and sound… with our craftsman's lifetime guarantee.

The best part?  You don't have to rush around town to shop for your furniture.  Relax and browse with your friends and family from the comfort of your home, backyard, beach or BBQ.  The sale goes through this weekend and ends Tuesday, May 29 at midnight.  Don't miss it!

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Packaging and Shipping Your Fine Furniture: White Glove or DIY?

May 16th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Our new file cabinet was just delivered DIY from Copeland Furniture. This is the "outside" box.  It took 4 of us to get the file cabinet out of it.

 

We received our first fine furniture order from Alaska last week and that makes the 50th state we will have delivered furniture to.  Once the bedroom set arrives safely, we'll have to have celebrate this milestone with a little party. 

 

It's actually a pretty exciting accomplishment for a small company like Vermont Woods Studios Furniture.

 

It turns out that packaging and safely shipping your fine furniture is the most challenging part of our business and we're always working to make the system work better, faster, cheaper and stress-free.

 

 

 

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DIY delivery requires double boxing with lots of padding for the edges and corners.  Upacking can be difficult.  The file cabinet inside weighs almost 100#.

Our preferred method of shipping fine furniture is to blanket wrap it and send it "white glove delivery" with the world's number one, award-winning furniture shipper:  Clark and Reid.  They are the best.  When you receive your furniture from C&R, they carefully bring it into your home, set it up wherever you like, help you inspect it for any shipping damage and remove the wrapping.  You do nothing but smile. 

 

However Clark and Reid is not the fastest or the cheapest.  So when customer's are in a hurry and need to save money, we can sometimes (depending on size) package and ship their furniture via common carrier or even FedEx to get it there faster and cheaper.  We call it DIY delivery and it has just recently been made possible with advances in packaging technology.

 

If your order is eligible for DIY packaging and shippping, we'll let you know.  As you can see, it's not your typical UPS delivery.  It took 4 of us to wrestle this filing cabinet out of the box. 

 

 

 

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Finally we get to see what's inside! The 3rd layer of packaging consists of more edge and corner protectors and shrink wrap.

I always try to emphasize to our customers that unpackaging and moving solid wood furniture is not easy.  It's heavy (often >100#) and if it has doors or drawers, you want to be especially careful not to damage or unbalance them.  If you're a "handyman" DIY can save you money and time but for most customers I wholeheartedly recommend the luxury and peace of mind that white glove delivery brings.

 

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Copeland Omni Laptop Desk: Going, Going….

May 14th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Copeland's Omni computer workstation – laptop desk will be discontinued as of June 1, 2012. Last chance to buy it now!

Copeland Furniture is doing their annual housekeeping.  The other day I broke the news that their Sarah and Berkeley armoires are being discontinued as of June 1, 2012.  Today I have another victim to add to the list, the Omni Laptop Desk and Mini Workstation.

I thought it was a cool idea, especially for urban apartment dwellers looking to maximize the use of small spaces.  A desk, printer table, file cabinet and storage piece all in one.  Perfect for the guest bedroom or kitchen corner.

But I think desktop computers are becoming obsolete in micro offices and (thankfully) people aren't printing much anymore.  So maybe the need for micro-office furniture is just a small bookcase or shelf now.

What kind of furniture do you have or need in your home office or micro office?  If the Omni fits your needs, better give us a call today!  A few more weeks and it'll be gone.

If you miss the deadline, take heart… Copeland will continue to offer it's Catalina and Astrid style laptop desks.

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Cherry and Walnut Wood: Custom 2 Tone Furniture Designs

May 11th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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The Copeland Berkeley Furniture Collection features Cherry and Walnut Wood in Custom 2 Tone Designs

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Americans are rediscovering Vermont made furniture.  Maybe the trend is due to recent awareness campaigns by the news media about how buying USA made goods stimulates the American economy. 

 

Or perhaps it's because the organic food movement is migrating into other aspects of our lives.  In addition to thinking about where our food comes from we're now beginning to think about where our furniture comes from.  And where our clothing, computers, appliances (you name it) come from.

Both the American-made and organic movements are reflected in the Vermont furniture brand.

But I think one of the main reasons Vermont made furniture is experiencing a renaissance is that it's customizable.  This Copeland Berkeley Bedroom Set is a good example.  The Berkeley Collection features a 2 tone cherry and walnut wood design that you can customize online with your favorite shade of cherry wood.

Many of our other Vermont made furniture collections offer 2 tone wood combinations, for example the Modern American Collection.  These bedroom, dining and home office furniture sets are shown in cherry and walnut but they can also be customized in any other 2 tone combinations of maple, walnut and cherry wood.

Most Vermont furniture makers embrace the idea of customizing your furniture, be it with two tone wood combinations, specialty sizing or complete custom design from the start.  Learn more about custom furniture options on our website.

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Living Room and Home Office Fine Furniture Sale

May 10th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Living-room-office-furniture-saleShopping for new, real hardwood living room or home office furniture? Now is a great time to refurnish your Living Room or update your Home Office with our fine Vermont Made furniture.

With this Buy More – Save More Sale you will save 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus Free Delivery)*.

Your new hardwood furniture can be customized online and crafted in natural black cherry, sugar maple, oak and black walnut. Every piece is traditionally handcrafted one piece at a time right here in Vermont and made just for you. And all are solidly built to last for generations of use and backed by a lifetime guarantee.  Check it out and give us a call with your questions.

This Sale ends at midnight on May 22nd.

* Excludes Copeland, Polywood, Artisan & Barnwood furniture

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Solid Wood Desks – Furniture Care Tips and Advice

April 30th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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If you have a solid wood desk, check to see that your laptop isn't overheating the wood. Although unlikely, laptops with no ventillation have been known to expose desks to heat so intense that over time it cracks the wooden desk top.

I recently learned of a case where the top of a solid wood desk cracked under prolonged, intense exposure to heat from a laptop computer.  I've never heard of this before, but I guess it can happen.

Do you use a laptop as your desktop computer?  I do.  I like the flexibility it offers me and at work.  I connect it to a big 40" flat screen TV so I can still have a large workspace.

If you do the same, and your desk is made of wood, be careful to move your laptop around and check the bottom of it for heat now and then.  Many people use a laptop cooling pad as well, especially for Macs which reportedly run hotter than PCs.

We have lots of other tips and advice for caring for your solid wood desks and other wooden office furniture our website at VermontWoodsStudios.com.

If you're looking to buy a new solid wood desk, browse our handcrafted American made selection below:

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Vermont Modern Classics – Solid Wood Furniture with Natural Oil Finish

April 25th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Vt-modern-furniture-oil-finishThree of our most popular Vermont furniture classics are on sale starting today:  

*     Modern American Furniture Collection

*     Contemporary Craftsman Collection 

*     Modern Shaker Furniture Collection

 

The pieces are made in a small workshop in Burlington, VT by a team of about 10 craftsmen.

Each piece is made to order with sustainably harvested solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed natural oil finish.  The TV-Media center shown is made of American Black Walnut wood, which is the only North American wood with a dark chocolate brown color.  Two other American woods are also available:  Black Cherry and Sugar Maple.  The furniture can be customized online in your choice of wood or in 2-tone combinations of available woods. We can also customize the size so the furniture fits exactly into your space.

Many times customers come to us because they are looking for a natural organic, oil and wax finish like the one that's hand-rubbed into these pieces.  It's a traditional finish that requires a lot of sanding, but the process really brings out the natural beauty of the wood.  Craftsmen take special care in selecting and matching wood color and grain for these pieces, so what you get is truly an heirloom that will remain beautiful and useful for generations. 

If you are thinking about this kind of organic, solid wood furniture, be sure to check out our furniture care instructions for natural oil finishes.  An oil finish doesn't take a lot of time to maintain, but if you do oil it several times during the first year or so, you'll get a great return on your investment of time as it ages.  There is nothing quite like natural wood furniture with an oil finish.

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Modern Minimalist Furniture

April 23rd, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Lyndon Furniture's modern, minimalist Dover Glass Top Dining Table

 

Congratulations to our friends at Lyndon Furniture who were featured in a Wall Street Journal article today, The New American Minimalism

 

 

The article is about how classic American furniture companies like Lyndon Furniture and Copeland Furniture are bringing back the simple elegant characteristics of the 1950's mid-century modern design.

 

 

There is a tremendous variation in what people call modern, minimalist furniture but we've tried to capture it in a broad sense on our Modern Wood Furniture Collections page.  These collections are all 100% Made in America (right here in Vermont actually) and in my opinion their designs are best described as timeless… but "modern" works too. 

 

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Copeland Furniture's Modern Mid Century Astrid Bed

 

 

One of the aspects I love about minimalist furniture — and it's cited by San Francisco designer Kimberly Ayres in the WSJ article– is that "the basic yet refined lines (of minimalist furniture) allow more whimsical furniture pieces (and accessories) to stand out."   We've had several of our interior designer clients say the same thing — that our handmade, solid wood pieces provide "grounding" for creative and colorful decor they can change and update to keep a fresh look. 

 

What do you think?  Send us photos of your decor showing how you've used modern minimalist furniture in your home or workplace.  We'll post them on our Facebook for more discussion.

 

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Copeland’s New Catalina Walnut Dining Furniture: Coming Soon!

April 13th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Walnut lovers: this one is for you! The Copeland Catalina Collection: solid walnut wood furniture for your Mid-century Modern Dining Room.

Copeland Furniture, just down the road from us in Bradford, Vermont is famous for it's modern, contemporary solid wood bedroom furniture.  A couple years ago, Copeland introduced the new Frank Lloyd Wright┬« Collection of authentic reproduction prairie-style furniture designed by America's foremost architect.

 

Well, now Copeland is introducing another new series of high end furniture, The Catalina Walnut Dining Room Collection

If you're already a fan of Catalina's mid-century modern bedroom furniture, home office furniture, and TV-media furniture, I think you're going to love the dining furniture collection.

The tables, chairs and buffets are all in sync with Catalina's retro-modern shapes and sensibilities, relying on  simple, elegant lines that have just enough curve– but not too much.  Walnut is the only wood used for the Catalina collection and it is available in both natural wood (as shown) or in a darker slate-on-walnut stain.  Dennis and Manjula are working feverishly to get all of the Catalina dining collection pieces up on our website and ready for purchase by week's end.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, give us a call.

All Copeland's furniture is 100% American made, right here in Vermont.

 

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