decorating your dining room
Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Cherry and Walnut

Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!

You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?

I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.

  1. Dining Bench- It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
  2. Sideboard or Hunt Board- More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
  3. Mirror- I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
  4. Statement Chandelier- There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
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Our Classic Shaker Hunt Board and our Modern Shaker Long Sideboard both shown in Cherry.

If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.

Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.

Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.

decorating your dining room
Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Walnut and Hubbardton Forge Flora #2 Chandelier


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.

Shaker Furniture
New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs

Making Shaker Furniture Your Own

I recently wrote about how Shaker furniture is known for its simplicity…that the design is rooted in the Shaker religion’s founding principles. And while I went into detail about its very traditional design, that doesn’t mean you have to have to stick to that specific style when using Shaker furniture and I’ll show you how!

I decided to choose one of our Shaker dining tables to show how just changing the chairs paired with the table can completely transform the atmosphere in your dining space. I decided to use our New Traditions Round Pedestal Table as a starting point. It’s a simple, sturdy design and beautiful all on its own. From there I chose four of our dining chairs that encompass the majority of our dining collections.

Here are my picks:

Contemporary: So you want the look of Shaker but you don’t want your space to feel out of date and that’s okay. Our Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs instantly update any space they’re in. With its unique full length slat back, this chair takes on conventionally designed chairs. Both the top and the bottom of the back are accented with an angled cut to the frame, giving the chair an avant garde design. It’s available in both side and arm chair designs and can come with or without upholstered seats.

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Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chair

Formal: If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated with Shaker furniture then you already know you won’t find designs with inlays or carvings. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a chair that will elevate your space to the level you’re looking for. To dress up the New Traditions table, I chose our Round Back Chair. It’s curved back automatically compliments the round table top but it also adds an element of delicacy and elegance not typically seen in a traditional Shaker dining chair. This chair is available upholstered, with or without arms.

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Round Back Chair in Cherry with Black Upholstery

Country: Looking for a more traditional take on Shaker furniture? Added to the New Traditions table, our Country Windsor Chair will transform your space into that perfect country cabin feel you’ve been longing for. With its high spindle back and scooped seat the Country Windsor Chair offers not only a classic look, but comfort. Its curved top gives it a subtle contemporary flair. It’s available with or without arms and six Finish options.

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Country Windsor Chair in Natural Cherry

Arts & Crafts: Designed with the classic Mission Craftsman style in mind, our Grand Mission Chair offers a modern and simple style of chair. Added to our New Traditions table it will instantly give the room a sense of sophistication. With its almost industrial design, it’s the perfect chair for someone who likes to change the theme of their home decor as its design will compliment almost any style. It comes upholstered and is available with or without arms.

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Grand Mission Cherry Dining Chair in Off-White Fabric Upholstery

If you’re someone who has to stick to a specific style guideline, we do have options for you, as well. But, if like me you like to mix and match furniture to fit your style, I hope these ideas help.

If you have any questions in regards to the styles and designs of our furniture, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to assist you at (888) 390-5571. You can shop these products and more conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop into our Stonehurst, Showroom in beautiful Vernon, Vermont.

*During our Shaker Furniture Sale going on now through January 28th, save up to 20% off our Shaker Furniture Collection.

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.

Houzz website for interior design ideas
Houzz has become one of the top 2 social media websites for home design ideas. The other top website is Pinterest.

Websites for Interior Design Ideas

Yesterday, I acquainted you with the new trend of using social media websites for your interior design ideas. Click here to read my post about Pinterest. If you are new to the blog, here is a brief introduction on websites for interior design ideas.

2012 has been the year for finding home design ideas on the Internet. With social media sites like Pinterest and Houzz, it has become extremely easy to find interior design ideas, even if you’re not ready to refurnish your home. These websites have developed a way to virtually keep all of your home design ideas in one place, in an organized manner. The days of subscribing to home decor magazines, clipping out the pages, and scrapbooking what you like is over. These social media inspiration websites have paved the way for consumers and businesses to connect in an informal way. This opportunity allows businesses to share their work and knowledge to the consumers who are actively seeking their guidance. Not only can the consumers interact with home improvement professionals, but they can also share their home design ideas with their friends on the social media site. Pinterest and Houzz make it easy for home remodelers to share their ideas with their circle of friends, and get their feedback.

Yesterday, I discussed the virtual pinboard website, Pinterest. Today, I would like to introduce you to Houzz.


Website For Interior Design Ideas

What is Houzz? Their website states, “Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish- online or from a mobile device.” Houzz is similar to Pinterest in the way that you can save images you like to “Ideabooks.” Houzz makes it easy to search for specific interior design ideas and network with other design enthusiasts. Houzz is unique because it also allows you to geographically search for interior designers, architectures, and home furnishing businesses. These local professionals are sharing their “Projects” and “Ideabooks” to inspire you.

Houzz makes it easy to narrow your home design searches, by eliminating the need for a search engine like Google or Bing. The search function on Houzz brings you right to products that match your search. You will be connected right away with an image to match your design idea.

Vermont Woods Studios currently has a handful of Ideabooks on Houzz. We have organized the Ideabooks by room and style, so that you can easily save one of our images to your Ideabooks, too. Additionally, each of our images have image tags with a brief description of the piece of furniture you’re looking at, and a link of where to find it. This function helps separate and name every piece of furniture listed in the photo, and a direct way to find that piece of furniture in our online gallery.


Are you using inspiration boards yet?  Let us know what your favorite websites are for saving all of your home design ideas!

Follow us on Pinterest and on Houzz. Every Saturday we share our most popular pin of the week on our Facebook page.

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.