April 17th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton
We’re always happy to see the transformation of our customers homes. It’s exciting because there’s more to it than just the furniture. Seeing their progress reveals a little bit about their own story, and we’re flattered to be a part of that story!
The photos above show a before and after by our customer & new friend, Alice D. After falling in love with her Vermont Made Shaker Table, she decided to add our elegant Ingrid Cherry chairs. We love the way the new chairs have added a feeling of sophistication to the dining space.
The Shaker Style Ingrid chair in Cherry Wood is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to make their dining space more chic and classy. It’s a modern take on traditional Shaker style furniture, as it uses the same balanced proportions and clean lines but modernizes it with the luxurious upholstery.
The chairs shown in the photo feature American Cherry hardwood with plush Celedon Microsuede fabric seating. Ingrid chairs have a comfortable open back, with the option for side or arm chair style. This chair style is designed to wear well, and the polyester fabric is durable enough to be used by your whole family.
As the centerpiece of the room, the handcrafted Custom Vermont Shaker Dining Table is one of our most popular dining tables. People love it because while its beautiful and luxurious looking, it’s meant to be used. You can feel comfortable seating your friends and family around it! It’s a highly customizable piece and can be built to fit practically any dining room size.
These hardwood cherry furniture pieces add style and sophistication to this already beautiful space. We’re so happy to be a part of it and look forward to seeing more transformation!
What do you think? Do you like the dining room with the vintage furniture or the Vermont Furniture? Let us know in the comments section of this blog!
This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont 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.
March 5th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton
Make your room feel new again, by adding one or all of these great accessories!
To make your bedroom feel new again, you don’t need to hire a designer and do a total makeover. There are several fun and simplistic things you can do to give your bedroom that freshness you’ve been craving!
1. Decorative pillows: Prices can range from super high end to nice and affordable. My favorite place to shop for new decorative pillows is the local thrift store. Mix & match for an eclectic look, sure to bring new life into your space.
2: Plants: Literally bring life into your bedroom! When things are feeling a little dull and uninspiring, introduce your favorite houseplant to your bedroom. They’re nice to look at, and many are super good for your health!
3. Accessorize with wood furniture: There’s a lot of wood furniture than can be used in a variety of different ways. This beautiful Copeland dining chair is very versatile, and would nicely complement your bedroom furniture! Put a pillow on top of it or leave it on its own, the beauty of this chair speaks for itself and makes a truly stylish accent piece.
4. Change your hardware: Are you currently using regular, cheap hardware for your windows & etc? Switch over to something a little more stylish! There are many options for high quality curtain rods & accessories.
5. Temporary Wallpaper. From bold and daring to modest and traditional, there is a temporary wallpaper for you. Add a statement wall or use it all across the entire bedroom to give you a totally new look without much cost or effort!
February 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton
The Estelle chair is an ultra modern, geometrical chair that highlights the minimalist beauty and style of mid-century modern furniture. Sculpted in solid American Walnut wood, this side chair has a slender, vertically split back and finely sculpted seat for the ultimate in comfort. Rounded, angular tapered legs complete the stunning contemporary design.
The Estelle chair is unique in it’s versatility– making any room instantly more chic and well styled. This elegant chair has made its rounds on Polyvore, with dozens of people creating stunning sets using it as an accent to their dream rooms & decor. What struck me is how these sets really bring out the ways in which the Estelle chair can be used, and the variety of rooms it will fit in.
Some of our favorite Polyvore sets featuring the Estelle chair include:
Can you imagine this beautiful midcentury modern chair in your home? Register for Polyvore and start making your sets now! You’ll find the Estelle chair on Polyvore here. Create other cool Polyvore sets and share them with us! Post your set to our Facebook page, the comments section of this blog, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
| 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. |
November 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Creatively Configurate with the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection – As seen in Dwell Magazine!
Your bedroom is far more than just a place where you sleep at night. It’s is a sanctuary where you often spend your most personal and reflective time, and it may even be a place where you are at your most productive. As such, the design of the furniture in your bedroom should be conducive to meeting your every need. In other words, it should be versatile.
The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection by Copeland Furniture is the definition of versatile, with the capability to be arranged as individual pieces that can stand alone, as one modular sectional for a semi-built configuration, or any version in between. Choose from platform bed or a high storage bed options for a roomier living environment, as well as cases and media units in a wide variety of configurations. There is even a desk option for those who enjoy working in the bedroom, or feel free to turn the desk into a vanity by adding a mirror above. Key to the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection are the numerous inconspicuous storage options, which make it ideal for rooms where storage space is at a premium.
The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection is crafted in solid maple, cherry or American black walnut hardwood and made-to-order in fifteen finishes with a variety of knob or pull options. The degree of attention paid to the space, style and function of the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection should comes as little surprise to those who are familiar with Copeland Furniture. Since the 1970’s, Copeland Furniture has been making furniture of classic proportion and modern simplicity from natural hardwoods. Copeland Furniture takes great pride in the quality of the environment and natural surrounding beauty, and uses sustainably harvested hardwoods from the American Northern Forest. The Moduluxe Bedroom Collection is yet another creative extension of the company’s commitment to good design, quality and value, as well as a strong desire to stay loyal to the New England tradition of quality craftsmanship.
For those who are seeking a bedroom collection that offers both unparalleled versatility and sensational style, the Moduluxe Bedroom Collection by Copeland Furniture will allow you to realize your vision.
October 6th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Copeland’s Audrey dining furniture has a mid century modern (MCM) design. It’s handcrafted in Vermont from solid cherry wood that’s harvested sustainably. Shown above with Copeland’s MCM Estelle chairs.
A Mid Century Modern Dining Set
Interior designers, home decorators and everyone who loves a simple, minimalist esthetic in the dining room: take notice of Copeland’s Audrey mid century modern dining set. We rolled out this popular collection in early summer, but at the time it was only available in walnut, a dark wood. Now it’s available in real solid cherry wood, a favorite among our customers.
Audrey has a simple, modern, utilitarian look but it’s elegant and sophisticated at the same time. The dining table has an “X” shaped trestle base that allows for lots of leg space. Customize the size online to accommodate small, medium or large dinner parties. Make your dining area more adaptable by choosing the Audrey Extension table. You’ll love the way the butterfly-style extra leaf self stores so easily under the table top.
The Audrey table looks great with any of Copeland’s dining chairs. It’s shown here with the Estelle chairs — very MCM and ergonomically designed for comfort.
Serious about selecting Copeland furniture for your green home? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Copeland Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios. Then Go Natural and Go Green! Copeland dining furniture is built to order in Bradford, Vermont from eco-friendly sustainably harvested wood.
December 1st, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Make Room For Company!
Grab an extra leaf or two for the extension table and add another cup of water to the soup. The holidays are here! I remember when we were kids it seemed like every night at least one of us would be having a friend over for dinner. In our big family, my mother barely noticed it. But today, families are smaller, dining rooms are smaller (or non-existent) and dining room tables are smaller.
That’s no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house. Enter the extra leaf! Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement. But today’s extension tables have self storing leaves that are neatly and conveniently tucked away under the table top. It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
Extension Tables by Size, Shape and Style
Check out these American made, solid wood extension tables that are handcrafted in Vermont. Last week Loryn posted some tips about how to select the right shape for your table and we’ve tried to make it easy to find special categories for Round & Oval Extension Tables as well as Square & Rectangular Extending Tables. If you’re shopping by style it might be faster to browse through categories like our Shaker Dining Tables, Pedestal Dining Tables or Trestle Dining Tables. Copeland Furniture fans will want to head straight to the Copeland Audrey, Sarah, Catalina and Dana Thomas dining tables.
So how many extra people can you fit with each leaf in your extending table? Well, just 2 per leaf but you can customize most of our tables with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 leaves (with some designs a fifth leg is added to support 3 extending leaves– it’s also hidden underneath the table top when not in use).
Have questions? Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook. Then start planning your next dinner party!
November 18th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Custom Built In Beds, integrated nightstands and built in chests and dressers are popular this year. These night stands attach to the bed. Modular dressers and chests can be attached on the opposite side of the nightstand for additional storage.
Custom, built in beds have been a popular trend in high end furniture over the last couple years. It used to be you had to have an architect or interior designer put together a sophisticated built in like the Modulux Bed above. But with so many HGTV shows and interior design websites, people often prefer to craft together their own designs now. We like Houzz, an interior design website that shows thousands of ideas when you search for “custom built in beds with integrated nightstands“. Our friends at Birdseye Builders in Richmond, Vermont have some of the most popular luxury bedroom built ins on this site.
Custom Built In Bedroom Furniture. This is Copeland’s 29″ Low Moduluxe Collection. Shown above in natural solid cherry wood. It can be customized in natural walnut and maple too. 12 additional wood colors are available as stains. Customize online or in our showroom.
If you’re looking for high end custom built ins for your home, check out our new Vermont made Moduluxe Built in Bedroom Furniture Collection by Copeland. This is a brand new, top quality, solid wood collection of modern, contemporary bedroom furniture. It’s designed to provide the clean, organized look of built in furniture at an affordable price. Moduluxe is, well… modular and sectional. You can choose from over 30 matching solid wood pieces: platform beds, chests, dressers, desks, mirrors and integral night stands. The furniture pieces are designed to attach to (or sit flush against) adjacent pieces.
Copeland’s 35″H Moduluxe Collection is shown above in natural solid walnut wood. Over 20 beds, chests and dressers can be mixed and matched to fit your space and provide the best storage for your needs.
Moduluxe is highly customizable online or in our showroom. There are many different chest, dresser and night stand sizes to fit your space. Storage beds are also available with four 8″ inch deep, sub-mounted drawers, providing plenty of inconspicuous storage. Customize Moduluxe in your favorite color too! There are 3 different natural woods (American black cherry, sugar maple, and American black walnut) and 12 different stains including black and white.
If a sophisticated, clean, organized bedroom is in your future check out what Moduluxe has to offer!
September 7th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
A customer purchased this Copeland Horizon bed
over the weekend, but when he gets it, the bed will look very different. That's because he customized the finish and changed it from the dark chocolate stain shown to a natural maple color which is very light (see below).
Have you been looking everywhere for the perfect hardwood furniture to fit precisely into your dining rom or bedroom space? If you're still coming up short, maybe think about customizing!
We had a customer purchase this Copeland Horizon bed over the weekend, but when he gets it, the bed is going to look very different than it does here. That's because he customized the finish and changed it from the dark chocolate stain shown to a natural maple color which is very light.
I love working with customers who have the vision (and courage!) to imagine how customized furniture will look in their homes. Maybe he'll send us a photo once it's installed in his bedroom so I can share it with you. I hope so.
The Horizon bed
above is made of solid maple hardwood and can be customized in 8 of these finish colors: natural maple (no stain) or white maple, cocoa maple, dark chocolate
maple, dark honey maple, chestnut maple, black maple or slate maple.
At Vermont Woods Studios we customize furniture routinely. Customization can be as straight-forward as changing the stain or substituting different drawer pulls. Or it can be substantial for instance modifying dimensions, leg style, configuration of drawers-doors, adding inlays and more.
We've tried to build our fine furniture website so you can use pull-down menus to see possibilities and prices for popular customizations.
What many people don't realize is that customizations are often free! Or in this case, it was two hundred dollars less to customize the bed in natural maple, as opposed to having the dark stain.
So if you're still searching for that custom dining set or bedroom set for your home, check out our furniture at Vermont Woods Studios and give us a call to see how easy it can be customized to meet your needs.
August 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Customers often come to us because they're shopping for eco-friendly, sustainable furniture. At Vermont Woods Studios, our mission is founded on environmental and social responsibility so we find ourselves discussing FSC certification and other aspects of sustainable furniture almost every day. Here are some of the basics on FSC:
What is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent,
non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible
management of the world's forests. It is widely regarded as one of the
most important initiatives to promote responsible forest management
worldwide. It places a special emphasis on rainforest conservation.
L to R photo credits: Reststart Forestry, Allard Lumber, Wayne Fawbush, Ellen Kahler, Copeland Furniture, via the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
by environmental groups in 1993 FSC manages an international standard
for well-managed forests and a process for tracking and certifying wood
furniture, flooring and other products derived from those forests. FSC
addresses numerous aspects of sustainable forestry, including ecological
issues, old-growth forests, plantations, restoration, biodiversity,
native habitat, indigenous people's rights, and sound management for
The FSC label provides certification of the
chain of links between the forest where a product originates and the
consumer. For example with wood furniture, each of the following
businesses involved in transforming a tree into a piece of furniture
would have to be FSC certified in order for that furniture piece to be
FSC certified. It's called the "chain of custody":
- Certified forest owner- Must employ a professional forester and
develop a forest management plan which meets stringent ecological and
- Certified logger and sawyer
- Certified lumber wholesaler
- Certified lumber retailer
- Certified furniture maker
- Certified furniture retailer
Benefits of FSC Certification
In my opinion, FSC provides the most rigorous certification process
available. It's widely considered the gold standard in sustainable
forestry and has moved the world forward in many areas of rainforest
Copeland's Harbor Island Furniture collection is handmade here in VT with FSC certified maple wood from local Vermont trees.
Challenges for FSC As you might expect FSC
certification involves extensive rule-making and auditing that can be
quite expensive (and controversial) to implement. It can add up to 50% to the price of the
end product although the hope is that this cost will decrease as FSC
certification becomes more mainstream. Still many small manufacturers
are unable to assume this cost and are thus not FSC certified.
challenge for FSC is the rampant counterfeiting of FSC documentation
accompanying raw lumber that is being illegally clear cut from the
Amazon and other endangered areas of rainforest. Also FSC has been
criticized for being too lenient,
particularly with their policy allowing limited old growth logging.
Should You Buy Only FSC Certified Furniture?
Authentic FSC certified furniture is a responsible choice for the
eco-conscious homeowner. However there are many genuinely responsible,
green, eco-friendly furniture makers who are not FSC certified due to
the red tape and expense involved. Conversely there is a large market of fake, FSC
labeled furniture that comes to us through layers of corruption
In Vermont, many of us who were certified by FSC for years have been moving away from it lately. Not because we don't support the ideal, but because we have so many other systems in place that effectively ensure our furniture is authentically green and sustainable. At Vermont Woods Studios not all of our furniture is FSC certified, but it is all made from sustainably harvested wood from local and regional forests.
If FSC certification is important to you, check out Copeland's Harbor Island Furniture collection. It's handmade here in VT with FSC certified maple from local Vermont trees. And let us know on our Facebook or in the comments section below how you feel about FSC certification.