One can only assume when I popped out, kid number 5, over 22 years ago, my mother rationalized, “That’s probably enough- one of them will keep me out of a nursing home.” Well, the results aren’t in for that prospect yet (the sanity clock miraculously ticks on), though she does occasionally reap the benefits of breeding an army. One of them- awesome Christmas presents. When we get our pockets together, the Francese kids can really rev up the opportunity to give back; this Christmas, Mom was blessed with a new coffee table.
A second-hand store enthusiast, Mom has an eclectic array of furnishings sprinkled through out her home. When it came to designing this beauty, she had a few goals in mind. First it had to match a very unique, sofa-table-esque piece she must have found at the corner of Lost and Forgotten. Of course, the sofa-table thing undeniably brings the room together but it is a one of a kind in terms of build and style. Second, it had to be large enough for five grandchildren to simultaneously play, color and read. Third, it had to withstand the sticky, smearing, careless hands of those same five grandchildren (with the inevitability of more to come).
We threw all that into the Vermont Woods Studios custom furniture crock pot and, in due time, served the beauty now resting front and center in the family room. The top is a natural Cherry with a rustic finish to match the antiquated look Mom loves so much. The base is Maple, painted black. I chose Maple for its durability and light color. Overtime, the Cherry will darken and serve a smooth transition from bottom to top. And finally the finish-a non-toxic, kid friendly and kid resistant, lacquer.
Mom is thrilled with her new coffee table and the results her small army is yielding. And next year? Her outdoor coffee table won’t last for long- why not some Polywood furniture that will last a lifetime!
Flowers are always great for Mother's Day, but if you're looking for something a little different (and perhaps more extravagant) this year, how about something handmade in Vermont?
If you think Mom should be relaxing instead of preparing and serving food, maybe you'll want to check out some of our new all weather patio, pool and deck furniture by Polywood.
Whatever you think would delight Mom on this Mother's Day, it's probably time to get going on it today if shipping is involved. At Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture, we're at the phone now and ready to help. Give us a call!
What are you doing for your sweatheart for Valentine's Day? How about a Vermont Teddy Bear or a romantic weekend getaway in Vermont?
For the ultimate in luxury check out Twin Farms, an "an intimate country hideaway set amid 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, 15 minutes north of Woodstock, VT." Besides all the other superlatives, Twin Farms has one of the best reputations in the Northeast for its natural, local organic cuisine. After dining you can indulge in a luxurious spa treatment before retiring to your own private suite or cottage. Rates are all-inclusive and start at around $1500/night or $43,000 if you'd like to rent the whole place.
If that's a bit over your budget or you're not able to travel out of the city for Valentine's Day, here are a couple other gift suggestions. How about Vermont Teddy Bear's Big Hunka Love Bear? It's made right here in Vermont and the company is involved in many charitable initiatives in the local community and beyond.
In the organic and fair trade department, we have Lake Champlain Chocolates Organic Chocolate Truffles, fresh all natural chocolates, made in Burlington, Vermont. And Laughing Moon Chocolates made in Stowe, VT with locally sourced products whenever possible.
Now if you REALLY want to show up on Valentine's Day with a truly unforgettable showstopper of a gift then I think you might have to consider commissioning Vermont's premiere luxury furniture artisan, Steve Holman to craft one of his Valentine's Day Heart Chairs for the love of your life. We'll post the details about this heart-warming conversation piece on Valentine's Day.
Is your Sweetheart a wild one? The World Wildlife Fund is our very favorite charity here at Vermont Woods Studios, not only because they have been working for over 45 years to preserve nature and wildlife but also because they work in a way that is designed to involve and respect indigenous people who share habitat with endangered wildlife. This year, for Valentines Day, WWF is promoting Wild Animal Adoptions. For $50 you can select an endangered animal to adopt and your beloved will receive an adorable plush likeness of it sent in a festive, red Happy Valentine’s Day bag. “Like to monkey around? Adopt a monkey!” Or a polar bear, tiger, panda, snow leopard, chimp, sea turtle and the list of endangered species goes on. Do it today for a better tomorrow!