January 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
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?
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.
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.
August 12th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Customers often come to us at Vermont Woods Studios with photos of their home decor, asking about furniture designs that will fit in with their style. It's fun working with people to help them achieve their vision for a new bedroom, dining room, home office or living room.
We're always looking to America's leading designers for inspiration and Home Portfolio is a great place to do that. It's an online library of high-end home products where interior design professionals show off their latest creations.
Sharon Johnson of Home Portfolio recently put together an interesting article called "Mixing Old With New" illustrating many design styles (Modern, Traditional, Urban, Classic, Transitional, Glamorous, Whimsical and more) and how stunning it can be to mix them up a bit.
Sharon features nine gifted designers and shows us just how right a room can feel when traditional rubs shoulders with contemporary. "It may seem counterintuitive, but combining antique or vintage furnishings with newer pieces is a great way to create an up-to-date and uniquely individual space."
Check out Sharon's photos and articles for more ideas on how to mix up your own home decor.
March 5th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Our customers Neil and Jennifer M. from MA sent this cute photo of their pooch trying out the new bedroom set, from our Contemporary Craftsman Collection.
Thanks Neil and Jennifer!
They generously sent before and after photos of the set and posted them on Flickr. Nice transformation :)
Anyone else have funny photos of your pets on the furniture? Send them in. We'll get Shannon to gin up a prize for the best photo. Stay tuned for details.
March 4th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
We've been working with Ben Copeland and his crew at Copeland Furniture for several months now and have most of their furniture up for sale on our website at Vermont Woods Studios.
Although Copeland offers a variety of American furniture styles including Shaker, Mission and Craftsman, it's their modern, contemporary furniture that's making the biggest splash with our customers.
The Copeland Astrid Bedroom Furniture Collection is at the Top of our Best Seller's list this week. Check it out. It's design is very minimalist with a 1950s mid century style: straight lines and deeply splayed George Jetson style legs. Astrid bedroom furniture is available in cherry, maple and walnut wood. The perfect style statement in modern contemporary midtown and uptown apartments in Manhattan, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and points beyond!
April 6th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
We have three new American made furniture collections at Vermont Woods Studios and we're celebrating finally getting these up and running on our website with a big 15% off sale. These collections:
are all handmade in Burlington, Vermont at a small workshop that's been focusing on simplicity and quality since 1970.
Arthur's classic, high quality, solid hardwood furniture is visually striking while clearly showing the quality of his craftsmanship. His dining room, bedroom and office furniture is available in solid cherry, walnut, and maple as well as blended combinations of these three wood species. Arthur takes great pride in his color and grain matching when he selects individual pieces of wood for your furniture and the hand rubbed linseed oil finish he uses really shows off the natural characteristics of the wood.
These Modern American Furniture collections are some of our most high end furniture and that is reflected in the price. With this 10-15% off sale though you have a chance to acquire them at a price that's lower than many of those in our other collections. Have a look and keep in mind that the sale ends April 19. We'll look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions.