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A Visit to Simon Pearce Glassware

February 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Simon Pearce | Handblown Glassware | Made in Vermont

Luxury home decor aficionados:  do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home?  Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever?  Well Vermont has a treat for you.  Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other.  I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company.  Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.

Simon Pearce Glassware

With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware.  Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.

Simon Pearce | Glass Blower | Watch it Being Made in Windsor and Quechee Vermont

Simon Pearce high quality glass bowls, goblets and vases are hand blown by skilled artisans and designed to last a lifetime.  I took this picture in Windsor, VT but you can also see glassblowing (and pottery making) at their beautiful facility in Quechee, VT.

Simon Pearce Pottery

Simon Pearce Pottery and Stoneware

The Simon Pearce pottery and stoneware collection includes table lamps, vases, pitchers, dinnerware and gifts.  Watch it being made in Windsor and/or Quechee, VT.

Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website.  Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit!  You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.

Restaurant at Simon Pearce

It takes a ton of energy to make glass so Simon Pearce located his facility on a falls and installed hydro power.  Be sure to call for reservations if you’d like to dine at that beautiful restaurant that juts out over the falls. Both food and view are spectacular.

The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of?  Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board.  Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.

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.

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Is New Dining Furniture On Your Plate for Thanksgiving? – See Our Dining Room Furniture Sale

August 22nd, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton

Dining-furniture-saleBetween
the recent cooler nights and the realization that Labor Day is less than 2
weeks away, we're beginning to feel that summer's end is near…well, at least
in Vermont. While we know that Labor Day doesn't technically signal
the end of summer, for many it's a symbolic end as minds begin shifting to the fall.
Before we know it, the feasting holidays will soon be here! If you're
like most, this can be the time of year where you might find yourself doing a
lot of hosting, especially in the dining room. So, perhaps it's time to think
about how to make your home feast-ready for the holidays, and it's also a good
time to consider other home improvement projects.

Since dining room furniture gets
the most use and attention during the feasting holidays, this room may be a
primary focus. In between choosing, crafting, and delivering fine wood
furniture, many weeks can slip by. Crafting fine furnishings takes time, so
planning for Thanksgiving at the end of August is actually the perfect amount
of time.

While your furniture is being
crafted perhaps there are other things that you would like to do to get your dining
room ready. For instance, painting, refinishing floors or replacing carpet,
makes sense to do before your new furniture arrives.

So we at Vermont
Woods Studios Furniture
have decided to put our fine wood dining room furniture on sale now
through August 30th! If it’s high quality, American Made, real wood furniture
you are considering then the next week is the best time to buy and save up to
20% (plus Free Shipping)! Our heirloom quality furniture features timeless
styling and sturdy construction which you can enjoy holiday after holiday with
your family for generations. Browse our online dining furniture gallery to see our
large selection of wood dining tables, dining chairs, sideboards, hutches and
buffets. Ordering now will ensure delivery before Thanksgiving and allow you
time to enjoy it before the crowds arrive!

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Handcrafted Furniture Favorites From Apartment Therapy

July 1st, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Check out Apartment Therapy for creative ideas for you home. We're excited to be included in their list of Top Ten Handcrafted Furniture Stores.

Many thanks to Jason Loper of Apartment Therapy for including Vermont Woods Studios in his list of Ten Favorite Handmade Furniture Stores in AT's weekend Shopper's Guide. 

We're excited to be a part of this prestigious group of handmade furniture stores.

Check out Apartment Therapy for all things "home decor" including before and after makeovers, design for small spaces, green living tips and design on a budget. And eco-friendly, handmade furniture, of course!

 

 

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Custom Wood Furniture, Part 1

January 11th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Made-to-order-wood-furnitureWhat does "Custom Wood Furniture" mean to you?  In talking to our customers, I can say that it means many different things to different people.  At Vermont Woods Studios we have fine furniture that falls into varying degrees of what might be called "custom wood furniture", including:

  • Made To Order Wood Furniture– this is our most popular type of furniture and our most affordably priced.  Each piece is built here in Vermont especially for the customer however, it's not "custom furniture".  The designs are existing tried and true designs that are pictured on our website.  Some people will call "made to order" furniture "custom furniture" but as you read on, you'll see the difference.
  • Customized Wood Furniture is the next step toward "custom furniture".  Let's say you see a table on our website that you love but you need it a little longer or wider to fit in your space.  Or you like a buffet but you'd like us to install your own drawer pulls. Or you want to select a different wood species than what's offered.  Customized furniture takes existing designs and modifies them slightly.  Since our furniture is made to order, it is easily customized and small changes don't usually add much to the price.  Customized furniture is kind of a cool way to get unique furniture, tailored to your specific style and size at an affordable price.

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Next Post:  True Custom Wood Furniture and Custom Artisan Wood Furniture

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Vermont Style Furniture: Best Sellers on Sale This Week

July 20th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Furniture-best-sellers-sale It seems unbelievable to me but we have almost 2000 items in our Vermont Made Furniture Store now. 

We're always trying to improve the navigation to make it easy to find what you like.  Recently a number of customers have suggested that we showcase our Best Sellers so they can learn from existing customer experience. 

So Rebecca worked with our craftspeople to come up with a category and a discount this week for our Top 20 Best Selling Furniture items. 

Manjula just posted the Best Seller Sale.  You can save 10% off any single best seller and 15% if you buy 2 or more.  Kendall also added a  $50 Facebook coupon:  like us on Facebook and you save an additional $50.

The sale starts now and ends at midnight on July 26.  Check it out!

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Vermont Made Bedroom Furniture On Sale

June 1st, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Manjula finished posting our new American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale this morning.

 

This week's sale offers up to 20% off, depending on how many pieces of furniture you buy (minimum is 3 for the 20% discount).  

 

If you've been thinking about indulging in a new bedroom set that will look gorgeous and last forever, check out the sale!

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Living Room and Home Office Furniture on Sale- Save 15%

May 9th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Isn't this a beautiful home office

It sort of makes me think I would get a much higher level of work done in it… what do you think?

This desk, bookcase and file credenza are part of our new Modern Shaker Furniture Collection and Manjula has them on sale until May 17th, 2011. 

Everything is handmade in Vermont by Vermont craftspeople, using natural solid wood and clear  non-toxic finishes.  We've had great feedback from customers who recently received some of our first orders from this collection. You can check out customer comments at the independent third party website, GreenPeople.org or on our Facebook page.

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Solid Cherry Wood Furniture: Is it Real?

January 18th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Solid-cherry-wood-bedroom Furniture made of solid cherry wood is considered some of the finest furniture available in the world today.  That's because cherry is a beautiful, stable hardwood that develops a rich reddish brown patina over the years and just keeps getting more gorgeous as time goes by.

I'm always saddened when customers tell us they've been searching in their local areas and online for solid cherry furniture and they haven't been able to find the real thing.  

What's happened is that the larger furniture companies (like Bassett, Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Ethan Allen and others) have opted for low-price over quality in their furniture designs.  They typically use cheaper, lower quality woods, stain them and then call them "cherry".  The worst part is that the stains don't even remotely look like real cherry wood, but this cheap furniture is so plentiful that people often think that stain is the actual color of cherry.  At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture it breaks our craftsmans' hearts when people ask them to stain solid cherry furniture to make it match existing fake "cherry" furniture that's in their homes.

Solid-cherry-wood bookcase Here are some examples of solid cherry wood furniture.  You'll notice there are varying degrees of color.  Natural cherry wood starts out a light pinkish color and darkens over time with exposure to light.  Eventually it ripens to a stunning reddish brown.  You can hasten the darkening process by oiling the wood often.

If you're shopping for cherry furniture and you have any doubts about the wood, be sure to ask the salesperson if it's authentic cherry wood.  Ask where it's from too.  The best cherry in the world is grown in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and because we don't have much cherry in Vermont, that's where we get ours from.  More on cherry wood furniture here.

 

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King Size Cherry Sleigh Bed – 40% Off Clearance Sale

October 30th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

King-sleigh-bed If you’ve always wanted a super luxurious king size, handcrafted sleigh bed this may be a great opportunity for you.  Our furniture is generally made to order and our prices are not inflated so you will rarely see items on sale for 40% off.  This bed happened to be too big to fit in our customer’s bedroom so it was returned to us.  We have no space for it so we’ve put it on clearance sale for our cost.  Have a look!  It’s ready to go and would make an awesome Christmas present, don’t you think?  $1670 today.

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Fine Handmade Furniture: Shipping and Home Delivery

September 24th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

Whether you're buying fine handmade furniture at a local store or an online furniture store, you'll want to be able to feel relaxed and confident that your furniture is going to arrive safely at your home, in the same pristine condition that it left the showroom or shop in.  Believe it or not, we spend almost half of our time working with the best professional shippers in the business to make sure that everything goes smoothly with the white glove delivery of your furniture.

 

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The cold cruel fact about high quality handmade furniture is that it's going to take awhile.   We're always looking for ways to improve our efficiency and decrease our lead times though.   So far, we've been able to get it down to an average of about 9 weeks from the date of purchase to the date of delivery.  That may sound like a long time and we're continuously trying to improve, but the reality is that quality does take time.  Here's why:

When you order a piece of furniture from Vermont Woods Studios, it is built to order just for you.  Typically your craftsman will have other orders in his or her queue so it may be a few weeks before he begins crafting your furniture.  Once begun, it may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the crafting process, depending on the degree of complexity and the type of finish you have selected.

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As soon as we receive a planned completion date from your craftsman, we begin arranging for our award-winning white glove shipper to pick up your order. If you live in the Northeast, shipping can take as little as a few days, whereas those in California may have to plan for up to 5 weeks (worst case) for shipping. 

We do have shippers who can deliver faster, but with speed comes increased risk of damage.  It's not an absolutely intolerable risk, but it's one we like to discuss with you upon order placement so you can make an informed choice.

And finally, if you're in a hurry you are not out of luck.  You can still order handmade furniture and have it delivered to your home in about a month if you choose from our Quick Craft Furniture Collection.  These are our most popular items that craftsmen make all the time so they can be ready FAST.

Give us a call and we'll find a way for you to get the beautiful handmade furniture you've been longing for within a reasonable time frame.  And remember the furniture you order from Vermont Woods Studios will be in your family for generations.  When you receive it I'm willing to bet you'll say, "it was worth waiting for".

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