Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition
All entries for the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition are due no later than September 27.  For details and an entry form, go to the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.

Calling all VT Woodworkers:  it’s time to enter the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition.  On it’s 10th year anniversary, this woodworking festival can boast of being a prestigious, well-respected venue for representing woodworkers and designers throughout the Green Mountain state.

Got a  creative woodworking project you’d like to show off?  Put it out there with the best Vermont has to offer and see how it stacks up.  Entry forms are available online and fees start at just $15 (but the first one’s free for VWMA members).  What have you got to lose?  And who knows, you could be the next woodworking sensation!

Fine furniture and wooden accessories must be made in Vermont by Vermont woodworkers to be eligible.  Judging will be held on September 28 from 10-4pm with an Awards Reception at 6pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT. Previous press for winners has included articles in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Furniture World Magazine, Vermont Home Style Magazine and Design New England Magazine.  You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Check out the details on the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.  See you at the awards reception!

 

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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Farmhouse Bench | Vermont Tavern Style | Cherry Wood Top | Black Painted Base
Part of our new signature collection, the Vermont Tavern Bench has a solid cherry wood top and a black painted base with turned legs.  Handcrafted as a companion to the Vermont Tavern Table, the style is a classic English tavern table with William and Mary design elements.  Shown in our recently renovated Stonehurst fine furniture gallery.

This farmhouse style Vermont Tavern Bench is part of a new line of furniture we’re making.  It’s a unique signature collection, available only at Vermont Woods Studios.   Traditionally crafted, this 2-tone bench features a 1 inch thick solid cherry wood seat, with a durable maple wood base painted with black lacquer.

Vermont farmhouse furniture is adapted from William and Mary style furniture that was popular in England around 1700 after the reign of King William and Queen Mary.  These pieces are reproductions of the classic English tavern table and bench you’ll see in inns throughout the UK and New England (a few of Southern Vermont’s favorites are the Grafton Inn, Ye Olde Tavern, The Hermitage Inn).

 

Tavern Style Farmhouse Bench
Our Farmhouse Style Vermont Tavern Bench features a 2-tone design with a 1 inch thick solid cherry wood seat, and a durable maple wood, turned leg base painted with black lacquer. 

Besides being a durable, heirloom piece– the Vermont Tavern Bench is sleek and stylish.  The contrast between the traditional Cherry wood and the deep black lacquer base creates a truly unique piece that would make a great furniture addition for anyone looking to add a little flair to their dining area.  Stop by our fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst and check it out!

 

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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Vermont's Newest Fine Furniture Showroom: Stonehurst
Which color do you like best?  Red or white?  No, I’m not talking about wine.  I need your help choosing the color of Vermont’s Newest Fine Furniture Showroom: Stonehurst.

The grass is finally beginning to fill in at Stonehurst, our new fine furniture showroom.  The past few months have seen a flurry of activity while Bob Furlone and American Construction finished their last few projects.  This week they will complete the installation of indoor and outdoor lighting and be nearly done with renovations.

But the rest of us will still have plenty of projects left, and one of them is exterior painting.  So I have an opinion question for you.  In the first photos of Stonehurst which were taken in 1869, the house looked much as it does in today’s photo above, except the entire building was painted white:

Stonehurst, Our New Fine Furniture Showroom as it was in 1869
Stonehurst dates back to about 1790 in Vernon’s town records but this 1869 photo (given to me by Town Historian, Barbara Moseley) is the earliest photo I’ve seen.  The building was painted all white back then.

Sometime-probably in the 1940s the exterior was painted barn red, when Stonehurst was transformed by Elsie and Romey Racine into the Pine Top Ski Area.

Stonehurst was renamed Pine Top in the 1940s when it became a popular ski area
Stonehurst was painted red and renamed Pine Top in the 1940s when it became a popular ski area.  Which color do you prefer?  White or red?

My preference is to restore Stonehurst to its original white color, but I’m getting some push back from those who have grown really fond of the familiar red color.

So what do you think?  Red?  Or white?  And remember I’m not talking about wine.   Let me know in the comment section below or on our Facebook.

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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Fine Furniture Website | Best Online Furniture Store
We’re making some upgrades to our fine furniture website today so you may notice a couple outages.  Please feel free to give us a call (888-390-5571) and Liz, Sean or Douglas will help you out.  We appreciate your patience and promise to have the site back up and running better than ever asap.  Oh and Kendall tells me that if you want to watch this video of his favorite dancing bear, the site should be ready by the time it’s over (no guarantee though).

Neville, Martin and Kendall have been leading an extreme makeover effort for our fine furniture website over the last 6 months (actually it’s been in the works for a couple years, but we weren’t able to really get it off the ground until Neville got here last December).  Although everyone on our staff has had an important hand in the project, it’s been the 3 geniuses in the IT/Website room that have powered the transformation.

Today we start migrating over to the new, improved website so there will be a few unavoidable outages.  In exchange for your patience we can offer you many new features that I think you will love–  like return customer rewards, more intuitive navigation, easy check-out, elegant design and straightforward pricing of furniture pieces with customized options.  Plus we have new, improved fine furniture bedroom sets and dining sets that will always be on sale for 20% off.

But if you happen to drop by while we’re offline today, please feel free to browse through our blog or give us a call (888-390-5571).  Liz, Sean or Douglas will fix you right up!  We appreciate your patience and promise to have the site back up and running better than ever, as soon as possible.

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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Fine Furniture Website Makeover
Kendall has been upgrading our fine furniture website during his winter break from college.   He’s giving it a “new look” in response to your requests.  His project is step 1 in a larger website upgrade project that Loryn and Neville are engineering.  Check in next week to preview the new design.  Then let us know what you think!

Kendall’s been home from college during his Christmas vacation so we put him to work with Loryn and Neville re-designing the look of our fine furniture website.  Actually this is a project he started a year ago during last year’s holiday break, but it proved to be a more complex task than we anticipated.  So Kendall’s been working it on and off while at school, but in earnest these last few weeks.  We’re hoping to have the final touches put on the new website design next week.

I think you’ll like it.  Kendall has cleaned up the clutter and created more space for what our customers have said is most important: photographs of our furniture.  He’s also expanded the section of our website devoted to our green mission (forest conservation).  And we’ve tried to make it easier to navigate by placing the shopping navigation menus on the top of the screen (not on the left side anymore).  We’ve also added social media buttons (Facebook, Pinterest, Share, etc.) to help you bookmark or share the furniture you like best.

The “new look” is just a first step in responding to your requests for a better online shopping experience.  Neville and Loryn are hard at work upgrading other features of our fine furniture website, equipping it with even more photos and making it faster, easier and more intuitive to use.  Check in often over the next couple months and let us know what you think of our online upgrades.  We’ll look for your comments below or on our Facebook.

 

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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.