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Home Office Furniture: What Is A Return?

August 22nd, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Desk-return-wood-vermontMaybe it's because this is "back to school" season — I'm not sure, but we seem to be selling a lot of home office desks and workstations lately.  This Copeland Sarah Desk, Organizer and Return is the week's best seller. 

A couple customers have asked "what's a return?"  Good question.  It's the smaller desk that's lined up at a right angle with your main desk to form an "L" shape so it fits nicely into a corner space.

So why is it called a "return"?  I've looked everywhere and can't really find a good explanation for that.  The best I've found is this by JBENZ of Askville

 It comes from architecture. A "return" is a portion of a building that sits at right angles to the main part of the structure, what is usually called a "wing" or an "L". Hence the added on part of the desk where the typewriter or computer sits. Why they call it that is beyond me. The word itself is from an old French word that meant to "turn on a lathe".

Well, sorry I can't come up with more detail than that but maybe one of you can.  I welcome your input in the comments section below or on our Facebook.  Thanks!

Oh… and for more desks and returns, check out our Copeland Berkeley Workstation with desk, return & organizer or give us a call to order a custom return for any of our Vermont made desks and workstations.

One more thing: if you're ordering a return, be sure to specify whether it's to be aligned on the left or the right side of your desk.  Otherwise you won't be able to open the pencil drawer on the return.

 

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Copeland’s Astrid Bedroom Furniture: Mid Century Modern Design

August 20th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Copeland-furniture-astrid-bedManjula has made Copeland's mid-century modern Astrid bedroom furniture our featured collection this week.  It's been a best seller, especially amongst city-dwellers looking for a clean, simple look that's also luxurious and stunning.

The Astrid collection is made right here in Vermont of solid wood throughout.  It's available in solid cherry, walnut and maple.  Manjula has made it easy to shop for and price out dozens of combinations of the collection with these Astrid Walnut Bedroom Furniture Set and Astrid Maple or Cherry Bedroom Set pages.  You can use drop down menus to price out any number of options for you choice of chests, dressers, nightstands, beds and mirrors.

Using these sets to purchase Astrid furniture will save you hundreds of dollars (or even thousands, depending on how many pieces you're purchasing) on shipping.  If you're serious about purchasing Astrid pieces or any of Copeland's furniture, check out our Top 10 Reasons to Buy Copeland Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios or just give us a call.  We'll look forward to helping you transform your bedroom into the sophisticated retreat you've always dreamed of!

 

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Mid Century Modern Design Captured in Copeland’s Audrey Dining Set

August 9th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Copeland's Audrey Dining Set has a simple, mid-century modern look that's elegant and sophisticated.  It's handcrafted here in Vermont of solid, natural walnut wood.

"Functional beauty" is often how designers describe mid-century modern architecture and furniture styles.  Check out Copeland's Audrey Dining Set, for example.  It has a simple, modern, utilitarian look but it's elegant and  sophisticated at the same time.

Handcrafted here in Vermont of solid American black walnut wood, the Audrey dining table has an "X" shaped trestle base that allows for maximum leg space.  The chairs are streamlined and ergonomically designed for comfort. 

Audrey dining room furniture is 100% made in America (here in VT actually) from sustainably harvested wood and can be customized online to best fit your dining space.

For more details and photos of mid-century modern design, check out Stephen Cole's website at MidCenturyModernist.com and Andrew Van Leeuwen's blog on 10 Forgotten Lessons of Mid-Century Modern Design.

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Cherry Bedroom Furniture Sets: Meet Copeland’s “Astrid”

August 5th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry-bedroom-sets-copeland-astridManjula, Kendall and Loryn have been working very hard this week on making it easier for you to shop for all solid wood bedroom sets.  Check out this ultra-modern Astrid Cherry Bedroom Set page they've recently finished.  It's a contemporary Copeland Furniture creation, made right here in Vermont of course, and crafted from all real solid cherry wood.

We've had Copeland's entire collection up since the start of 2012 but customers were looking for an easier way to build bedroom sets and compare pricing for different combinations of chests, dressers, beds, night stands and mirrors.  Now you can use the drop-down menus on this sets page to price out dozens of options for your Astrid Bedroom Set.  

I'm looking for feedback to see if this kind of presentation is helpful to you.  Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook.  Thanks!

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Walnut Furniture: Is It Made With Real Solid Wood?

July 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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A thick, organic slab table handmade by Dan Mosheim of solid, claro walnut wood.  The end grain and live edges are characteristics of the real thing.

 

Walnut furniture has been one of our best sellers this year, in spite of the fact that there is a 10-30% premium on the wood.  Walnut wood is becoming rare (due to a disease called Thousand Cankers) so we are super careful about making sure ours is sustainably harvested from forests where re-planting is well managed. 

 

We use a couple different types of American walnut wood for our furniture. 

 

For thick, organic slab tables we often use claro walnut wood from huge old (up to 100 years) shade trees that have been taken down (usually from city streets) because of safety reasons.  These slabs typically have beautiful, interesting character resulting from things like burls and branches. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The modern Copeland SoHo walnut dresser-chest. Handmade from real solid walnut wood.

For modern looking furniture, customers generally do not want "character wood" so we use younger walnut trees with straight grain patterns grown in managed forests in the mid-west (since walnut doesn't grow well in Vermont).  This is the contemporary SoHo walnut 4 drawer chest, made by Copeland Furniture with solid, walnut wood.

 

Whether you're shopping for organic, walnut slab tables or Modern walnut furniture, it's important to verify that you are indeed getting real, solid walnut wood, as opposed to cheaper woods that have been stained dark to look like walnut.  Be sure to ask your salesperson to confirm the wood type and its origin before you buy.  Ask if the furniture has been made from solid walnut wood or walnut veneers.

Learn more about walnut wood and see photos of beautiful walnut furniture on our website.  If you take the time to find real solid walnut furniture as opposed to what most stores call "walnut" you'll probably have that furniture for a lifetime.  Enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

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Copeland Dominion Set: 64,000 Ways To Customize Your Bedroom Furniture

July 18th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Looking for luxury custom bedroom furniture while shopping on a budget?  Check out our new Copeland Dominion Bedroom Set and customize it to be uniquely yours.

If you're looking for luxury custom bedroom furniture that's uniquely yours but you're shopping on a budget, you probably ought to have a look at our new Vermont made Copeland Dominion Bedroom Set

Dennis, Manjula and Kendall designed this bedroom set page so you can customize your own style, color, drawer pulls, dresser and chest size, bed type and more online.  Or you might prefer to stop by or give us a call for help with all the choices:

There are four cherry colors to choose from: light colored natural cherry to the dark smoke cherry stain shown here.  The bed headboard can be customized to feature panels, spindles, slats or even genuine leather upholsteryUnderbed storage can be added too.

The dresser and chest can be customized to the size (3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 drawers) that best fits your space and there are 2 choices for customizing the shape of the tops on each piece.

We figured if you looked at all the possible combinations for customizing this collection there would be about 64,000 so little chance anyone else will have the same thing!  If you like it and need help sorting through all the choices, give us a call.  This is a brand new bedroom set for us but we're already seeing a lot of interest.  I'm eager to hear what you think.  Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook!

As with all of our furniture, this bedroom set is 100% made in America (right here in Vermont actually) with real wood, sustainably harvested from local and regional forests.

 

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American Made Storage Beds From Vermont: Best Sellers

July 11th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Copeland's Horizon Modern Storage Bed features four sturdy drawers and an optional bench-footboard.  The night stand is designed to allow room to pull the drawers out.  Bed is shown in a dark chocolate stain.  It's also available in natural maple or maple with light colored stains.

Our friends at Copeland Furniture in Bradford, Vermont have come out with what I think is America's best selection of storage beds.  Apparently our customers agree because these platform beds with under-bed storage were our best sellers last week.

Perfect for apartment or condo living Copeland's modern beds are designed for both comfort and style.  This one, the Horizon Bed is shown in a dark chocolate stain over maple wood although several lighter stain colors are also available. 

Each piece in the Horizon bedroom furniture collection is handmade in Vermont with solid, sustainably harvested maple wood and carries our Vermont Woods Studios Lifetime Guarantee.

Copeland offers several other storage bed designs including the Berkeley Storage Bed, the Monterey Storage Bed, the Dominion Storage Bed and the Harbor Island Storage Bed.  These American made platform beds literally do the heavy lifting when it comes to under-bed storage and customers appreciate the high quality and craftsmanship that's become synonymous with Copeland Furniture's brand.  We think you will too!

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New Modular Corner Desk Workstations by Copeland

June 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Copeland's Berkeley Desk is handmade in Vermont of solid cherry wood.  It can be ordered with or without the organizer & Return.  A versatile corner workstation with plenty of room to spread out and strategize about your future.

When I started Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture I was working out of my home office and seven years later I still spend a good part of my workday here.  So I'm always interested to see what new furniture is coming out for home offices.

Copeland Furniture has recently brought out a couple new workstations:  the Sarah Modular Corner Desk with Rolling File and Return and the Berkeley Desk w/ Organizer & Return shown here.

These solid wood workstations are designed in an "L" shape to fit in a corner space but they are modular and versatile so you can change them around as your needs change.  I've seen the return desk used as a sofa table and it worked beautifully.

Check them out.  A handmade, solid wood workstation in your office upgrades the whole experience of working at home.

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Maple and Walnut Furniture: Custom 2 Tone Designs by Copeland

May 30th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

2-tone-maple-walnut-furnitureThe SoHo bedroom furniture set by Copeland Furniture is handcrafted with a two-tone wood combination of maple and walnut.

 

Custom furniture is a luxury that many customers have given up on prior to discovering our made to order furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.  And it's true that if you're going to commission an artisan to design and create unique pieces just for you, there is a lot of work, time and expense that goes into that.

But if you can find a furniture design you love, that you're just looking to modify or customize, then expense may not be an issue at all.  Such is the case for our two-tone wood bedroom sets from Copeland Furniture.  This SoHo bedroom furniture, for example can be customized online in your choice of 7 different maple and walnut wood combinations at no extra charge. 

How about that?  Custom furniture at catalog prices.  What could be better?  Check out our website for other customizable furniture available in two-tone wood combinations, including the the Copeland Berkeley Bedroom Set (with 2 tone cherry and walnut wood) and the Modern American Furniture Collection (customized in your choice of solid cherry, maple, walnut or any two tone combination of these woods).  Give us a call with your questions and customizations.

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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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