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Make-A-Set-Sale: Create your own Furniture Set!

August 16th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Save up to 20% with the Vermont Woods Studios Make a Set Eco-Friendly Furniture Sale

Get creative, make a set!

Our Make a Set Sale is back! Whether you’re looking to add some fine furniture pieces to complete a few rooms in your home, or you’re trying out the ever popular mix-and-match interior decor style, the Make a Set Sale is one of our fan favorites! The great part is that you get to decide whats on sale! All you have to do is select 3 different qualifying furniture pieces, and the 20% discount is yours! Not sure what qualifies? Any piece of furniture besides Copeland, Artisan, and Polywood!

All of our eco-friendly hardwood furniture is made to order, which means that your furniture isn’t just sitting in a warehouse somewhere in Timbuktu, ready to be dusted off and shipped out as soon as you make your purchase.

This is great because your furniture is truly made for you, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not you can find something to fit your space. Besides the fact that we have hundreds of pieces for you to choose from, most of our furniture can be customized to suit your needs, and all of our talented craftsman have the skills to create the perfect piece to fit your home. Plus, you can feel secure knowing that all of our furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee. Every member of our wonderful sales staff is here to make your experience with us as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions!

Hurry, this sale ends at midnight on August 22nd!

 

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Introducing The Brandon Bedroom Furniture Collection

August 13th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

The Brandon Collection features fine hardwood furniture made in the USA

A beautiful room shot of our Brandon Collection.

If you love furniture with clean lines, gentle curves, and soft arches– then The Brandon Bedroom Furniture Collection is the one for you. The Brandon collection takes a sleek, modern approach to traditional designs, making it a timelessly stylish piece. Tried and true joinery in the form of mortise & tenon and dovetails, all skillfully crafted in hand selected American hardwoods. The high quality craftsmanship in addition to the eternal chicness of this collection ensures that it will be a worthy future heirloom piece.

Not sure where to start? Begin with the centerpiece, the bed! The bed is important because A) its big and demands the attention of your space and B) you spend more time in your bed than you do using any of the accompanying pieces. The Brandon bed comes in five sizes, so after choosing the right one for you, feel free to browse through a variety of perfectly matching storage pieces to accent your new bed.

The Brandon Collection, Vermont Made Hardwood Bedroom Furniture

Another room shot of our Brandon Collection

All of the pieces in the Brandon Collection are available in premium Cherry, Maple, or Walnut woods and are finished with an eco-friendly satin varnish, giving it an extremely durable finish. As is the case with all of our furniture, the Brandon collection comes with a lifetime guarantee.

If you aren’t sure if the Brandon Collection is the one for you just yet, pin it to your very own ‘bedroom inspiration’ board on Pinterest, or save it to an ideabook on Houzz!

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VWS Featured in Houzz Article

August 3rd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Woods Studios was Featured in Houzz

Houzz Author Highlights Shaker Style

We would like to thank Robyn Lawrence for featuring us in her recent Houzz article titled, ‘Strange but True Parallels Between Early Western and Old Japanese Style.’ In this piece she highlights the parallels between Early Western and Old Japanese interior design styles. She compares design styles that are known for being simplistic and aesthetically pleasing, using a photo of one of our Custom Shaker Dining Tables!

Robyn is an expert in Wabi Sabi, the Japanese concept of finding beauty in imperfection. In her book,  ‘Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House,” Robyn reflects on Wabi Sabi as more than a design style, but a simplistic and “modestly in the moment” lifestyle. Wabi Sabi  is similar to the traditional Shaker lifestyle in that it strips away the unnecessary, and finds beauty in seemingly ordinary things. ‘Simply Imperfect’ is a book that introduces these concepts, and reveals ways to introduce Wabi Sabi into your home!

If you’re curious about Wabi Sabi style, chat with Robyn on Twitter, or read her blog!

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Storage Solutions: 5 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Home

July 24th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Keeping your home neat and organized can be pretty hard, especially in rooms that might not have a ton of space, but don’t fret, there is hope! With a little research and visual inspiration, I’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to maximize space in your home. Even if your space is on the smaller, cozier side–there’s something for you! :)

1. Baskets. Baskets are a great way to save space in your home. Whether you are hanging them, putting them on the stairs, inside of a bookcase or  hutch, or just keeping them on the floor– using baskets for storage is always a stylish and crafty solution to keep organized and utilize your space. What I love most about woven baskets is that they have a traditional country, rustic look that never goes out of “style” and is suitable for most home designs! Use baskets for kitchen organization (dishtowels, napkins, etc), for organization in the bedroom, or for any room in the home really!

Naturally Inspired Baskets

Vermont Made Baskets from Naturally Inspired. Click the photo to see their site!

2. Storage Beds. Storage beds are gaining a lot of popularity right now, and I get it. They are the perfect blend of form and function– sleek, efficient, and super helpful when it comes to storing those bedroom items that you might not have a clue where else to store! Store your socks in them, store your towels, bathing suits, old books, etc. Storage beds come in all sorts of different styles, and there is sure to be one to fit the aesthetic of any bedroom.

The Copeland Dominion Storage Bed at Vermont Woods Studios

Check out the size of the drawers, lots of extra bedroom space!

3. Use the wall. Rather than stuffing your cabinets full of pots and pans–hang them on the walls! Shakers would traditionally use the walls for most of their storage to create more space in the house, and it worked. Sometimes we overlook our walls as a place that can be used functionally as well as for decor. Whether you are hanging things with hooks (pans, big silverware, office supplies like scissors, etc) or using shelving, analyze your space from top to bottom when you are seeking extra space.

Storing Pots and Pans on the wall

Pots and Pans displayed on the wall. Click image to see source.

4. Trunks & Chests. Trunks and Chests are super versatile, as they can be used in practically any room of the home! From a bedside table, to a coffee table, to storage at the bottom of your bed… they are are an ideal storage solution for any space. Trunks are the vintage inspired older cousin of the traditional blanket chest, adding a shabby chic vibe to the home. The traditional solid wood chest is perfect for those with a more simple aesthetic taste, but still has the wonderful versatility of the trunk!

Old Vintage Trunks can be used for storage space

Trunks, Versatile and Stylish. Click photo for source.

5. Shaker Boxes. Already a fan of the Shaker Style? If so, then the shaker boxes are an ideal storage solution for you. Not only are they great for looks alone, but they can be stacked on top of eachother and used to keep smaller household items such as stamps, post it notes, paper clips, etc!

Shaker Boxes

A Display of Shaker Boxes. Photography by Hal Morgan, Click image for original source.

If you feel like any of these ideas have inspired you (or if you have any more suggestions to add), feel free to let us know on Facebook! We’d also like to remind you to be conscious of where your home furnishings and decor pieces come from when you shop. Make sure that the pieces you buy aren’t negatively impacting the environment! :) Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!

 

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Introducing the Castleton Wood Wine Cabinet

July 16th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Woods Studios Wine Cabinet

If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than a nice glass of wine after a long day at work. This is why I think our newest product addition is just wonderful. It’s a beautiful hardwood wine cabinet, the perfect fine furniture piece for the wine enthusiast. Not only does it have space for you to store your favorite bottles (the ones you don’t drink within 24 hours of purchase), but it also has room for your most precious glasses. The cabinet can hold 16 wine bottles, and 12-16 glasses– but if you don’t need room for glasses, the top shelf is adjustable and can easily be made to hold even more bottles of wine! This piece comes in Cherry, Maple, and Walnut (additional cost for walnut).

The Castleton Wood Wine cabinet shown in the pictures is displayed in natural Cherry wood. Bottles and glasses not included!

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Memorial Day: A Weekend to Enjoy-Big Savings

May 24th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Memorial Day Furniture Sale

If your weekend plans include shopping, don’t miss out on our storewide furniture sale.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a major sales holiday– and Memorial day is particularly significant because:

A) it  marks the unofficial start to summer (woohoo!), and B) its known for its great furniture sales.

Here at Vermont Woods Studios, we’d like to kick off the summer with a  Memorial Day sale, offering 15% off storewide (some exceptions apply). With our five day Memorial Day Furniture Sale you can shop (24/7) and still have plenty of time to enjoy all the holiday weekend festivities! Don’t worry about having to fight the crowds, shop conveniently online from the comfort of your home. Choose from dozens of timeless collections and 100’s of pieces for every room. You’ll save 15% on our fine 100% American made wood furniture plus receive free shipping! Each heirloom quality piece is traditionally crafted right here in Vermont.

Whether your holiday plans are a BBQ with your family, a full day of bargain hunting, or a morning at the parade… don’t forget to take a moment to honor those who have lost their lives in the service.

 

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Tree Photos

March 11th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Beautiful Tree Photos

Trees are not only beautiful, they provide oxygen to breath, absorbe carbon pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our natural world an inspiration.

Who doesn’t love trees?  As a purveyor of natural wood furniture, we are big tree lovers.  Not surprisingly, forest conservation is a big part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios.  If we’re going to be providing solid wood furniture for generations into the future, we have to focus on forest conservation today.

This morning I was searching for a tree photo to help us show people how your furniture gets from the forest to your living room.  I couldn’t believe how many spectacular tree photos are out there!  It’s obvious we’re not the only tree fanatics on this planet.

Pinterest Boards: Tree Photos

It’s easy to get lost in the dozens of “Tree Boards” on Pinterest.  In addition to “beautiful tree photos” there’s a board for “unusual trees” like  this tree that’s grown through the hood of an old junk car.

Pinterest seems to be the keeper of some of the world’s favorite tree photos.  The Pinterest “Trees” page contains boards on every tree topic you can think of, from “tree houses” to “roots”, “forests”, “tree life” and  “tree tatoos”.

Then there’s another love afair with trees on a site called (pardon me) Tree Porn (somewhat akin to the website Kendall showed me called Food Porn– great food photos and recipes).   40 Nautrally Beautiful Photos of Trees is another web page showcasing amazing tree photos.

Beautiful Tree Photos | Tree Porn | Sustainable Wood Furniture

This site is not what you think. 

OK, now I have to get back to writing a post about how your furniture gets from the forest to your living room.  But this was a fun digression.

 

 

 

 

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Inquiry of the Week | TV Media Unit

January 23rd, 2013 by Liz Francese

Catalina Walnut TV & Media Wall Unit

Pieces like Copeland’s Catalina Walnut TV & Media Wall Unit make me think two things: how cool and when would anyone ever need that.  Well the point is, you don’t need a TV Media Unit. Heck, you don’t even need a TV- any one can just grab a pencil and paper and scrawl away listening to the nearest radio frequency for entertainment.  But even coming from a girl who enjoys spinning a vinyl on a Sunday morning- I want that TV and I want it on that entertainment unit.

Apparently another woman had the same thought this week- which is what brought my attention here in the first place.  She loved the piece but… well there were a few changes she wanted to see.

Truth is, at Vermont Woods Studios what you see is not all you can get.  With a  combination of her vision, my knowledge of the Vermont Woods Studios inventory (not to mention, incredible talent with a Sharpie) and the expertise of our craftsman- Viola!  Mary Shelley herself couldn’t have concocted a better recipe.
Maybe it is a bit strong to suggest we ‘Frankenstein-ed’ the piece together- it comes a bit more gracefully than that- but the idea was essentially inspired from what the numerous Vermont craftsmen we  work with do every day.

Left to right, top row: New England Shaker Large Entertainment Center- Wall Unit, Vermont Made Shaker Entertainment Center 40″, New England Shaker Corner Entertainment Center #2  Bottom row: New England Shaker Media Center 57″, Retractable Pop-up TV Media Center 85″, Modern Shaker Bi-Fold Door Media Center

Combination pieces, like our TV Media Units, might be a bit of luxury but they’re well worth it.  Along with offering organization (especially for those pesky AV wires and extra remotes), they are beautiful works of art with the added bonus of the purpose they serve (who wants to watch TV on the floor?).  Better yet, they can be crafted to match your own artistic vision.  If this post has inspired you to dream up your perfect media unit- give us a call! We’d be happy to help make that dream a reality.

 

 

 

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Forests, Furniture and the Future

January 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Forests, Furniture and The Future

Check out The Nature Conservancy’s info-graphic to see where your furniture, flooring, coffee, paper and other forest products come from and learn what you can do to help save the rainforest.

Our sustainable furniture company was founded in 2005 on a mission of forest conservation.  I had been studying rainforest conservation for years and wanted to see if I could do something to help change this startling statistic:

Every second of every minute of every day…

We lose over 1 acre of rainforest.  Permanently.

Several years prior to starting Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture I had formed a non-profit corporation with the same mission (rainforest conservation) but I was never really able to get the funding I needed to lift it off the ground.  So our wood furniture company was built as a for-profit corporation to help accomplish the same goals.

It’s not always easy to explain why a Vermont based fine furniture company is so committed to rainforest conservation.  When I saw this info-graphic, Forests and the Green Economy (courtesy of The Nature Conservancy) I thought it might help.  Here are a few rainforest facts that might surprise you:

  • More than half of the planet’s species live in the rainforest even though the rainforest only occupies about 2% of the earth’s surface
  • Many of our favorite iconic species are critically endangered due to deforestation, including all species of big cats and all species of big apes
  • An estimated 137 species of plants and animals are driven into extinction every day due to deforestation
  • Rainforest deforestation contributes as much to global warming as the sum of all the cars, trains and planes in the world
  • Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover <6%
  • If deforestation continues at this rate, the rainforests could be gone in < 40 years and once they’re gone, they are gone forever.  Rainforests do not regenerate the way our Northern temperate forests do

The Nature Conservancy summarizes this and other compelling facts about the rainforest in their info-graphic.  Along with the World Wildlife Fund they are among the world’s best hopes for saving the rainforest.  Check out their info-graphic and learn about ways you can help everyday through your choices of food, paper, furniture, flooring and other forest products.

At Vermont Woods Studios we donate $1 for every sale to the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees project and run occasional benefits to support non-profits that work to save the rainforest and it’s inhabitants.  Learn more about our work in the Mission section of our blog and website.

 

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Brad Pitt: Luxury Furniture Designer?

November 17th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Brad Pitt Luxury Furniture Designer

Brad Pitt Luxury Furniture Designer:  this bed is built with rare tropical rainforest wood and leather from stingray skin.  I’m with Loryn:  “who’s ever heard of sting ray leather?”

Looking for luxury furniture?  Maybe you’re in luck.  Are you a Brad Pitt fan?  I liked the Oceans movies and Seven Years in Tibet.  I’ll admit Brad’s easy on the eyes but a lot of his movies are over the top in action and violence so I don’t watch them.  Thus I really don’t know how good an actor he is.  Mostly what I know of Brad Pitt is from reading the covers of tabloids while waiting in the checkout line at Price Chopper. He seems like a pretty busy guy, doesn’t he?  Glamorous mega movie star, Chanel Ad Guy, Mr Angelina Jolie, world famous director and producer, humanitarian, political and environmental activist.  Not to mention father of 6 children.

Why is Brad Pitt Designing Luxury Furniture?

And now he’s adding furniture designer to his workload.  Go figure.  Is he bored?  Does he need money?  I wonder what is it that would compel him to add another career to his seemingly colossal workload… and by the way he’s adamant that this isn’t just a case of putting his name on someone else’s work.  He says it’s all him.  Whatever.

Anyway, seeing (at least from the headlines) that Brad’s a passionate environmentalist, I assumed he took up luxury furniture design to lead the rich and famous into a greener, more socially responsible direction.  He’s probably using recycled plastic, reclaimed barnwood and natural materials for his eco friendly, minimalist furniture designs, right?

Well, not exactly. Let’s see… he’s got a a bed built with rare tropical rainforest wood and leather from sting ray skin; a white Italian marble bathtub, built for two and shaped like someone’s derriere; a glass top table with a 24-karat gold-plated base and a $45,000 molded white plastic arm chair trimmed with fake fur.

Did you even know there was such a thing as sting ray skin leather?  Who buys this kind of stuff anyway?

Now I don’t want to criticize Brad Pitt.  I realize everyone’s idea of home decor doesn’t include natural, eco-friendly wooden furniture like the stuff Vermont is famous for.  But for someone who professes to be so altruistic, I feel like he might be missing the mark a bit.

What do you think?  Would you want to have any of Brad’s luxury furniture designs in your home?  Here’s what one observer said about his prolific talents:  “Is there anything Brad Pitt can’t do?  Answer: Yes, design furniture.”  Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook.

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