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Define Your Style with our Bedroom Furniture Sale

September 27th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Want to take advantage of our awesome bedroom furniture sale, but aren’t sure to start? Start by defining your bedroom style! Decor styles can range from traditional to ultra sleek and modern, so lets talk a little bit about the defining characteristics of 3 popular styles!

1) Modern- Clean lines, bold geometric shapes, dramatic in its simplicity. Perfect for an upscale modern home or city apartment. For modern bedroom furniture designs, try the Cherry Moon Platform Bed or the Brandon Bed.

The Brandon Bed: Modern Bedroom Furniture

The Brandon Bed, Modern Bedroom Furniture.


2) Organic- Natural, Reclaimed, and Live Edge are words you’d likely associate with an organic bedroom furniture style. This style allows you to bring a little piece of nature into your home, with a chic and eclectic look. These furniture pieces reveal the true beauty of the wood. Loving the sound of organic style? Check out the Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed and the Live Edge Bed!

Reclaimed Wood Bed

Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, Organic Style.

3. Shaker- Shaker Furniture is one of the most popular styles of furniture. It’s known for its simplicity, usability, and exceptional craftsmanship. Shaker furniture is perfect for those who follow the belief that less is more! If you love Shaker furniture style, try the Renfrew, New England, or Classic Shaker furniture collections.

Vermont Made Shaker Bed


Modern Furniture, Organic or Live Edge Furniture, and Shaker Furniture are 3 popular bedroom decor styles that frequent the pages of popular interior design and decor blogs around the web. We adore these styles for their timelessness and simple elegance.

If you’re feeling a particular style, now is the perfect time to buy! With our bedroom furniture sale, you can save up to 20% on beautiful heirloom quality furniture pieces! Save 10% if you buy one piece, 15% if you buy two pieces, and 20% if you buy three or more pieces! Plus, free shipping and a lifetime guarantee!

Please note that Copeland, Barnwood, and Artisan furniture pieces are not eligible for this sale.



Real Wood Furniture and the Beauty of “Flaws”

August 14th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Real Wood Furniture | Live Edge Walnut Table | Handmade in Vermont by Dan Mosheim

This live edge real wood furniture is an organic claro walnut table, skillfully handcrafted by Dan Mosheim and his family at Dorset Custom Furniture.  Check out Dan’s blog about how to capture wood’s natural characteristics and turn them into a work of art.

Because most of our fine furniture is bought online, we’ve written a lot on our website about the natural characteristics of real wood furniture.  We don’t want to have any surprises when we deliver your furniture.  Wood is organic.  Just as each tree in the forest is unique, so is each board in your furniture.  As our friend, woodworker Greg Goodman says, “wood is like people.  What makes it interesting is it’s flaws”.

Different styles of furniture require different types and grades of wood.  For example if you were buying Shaker furniture or Craftsman furniture, you would rightly be expecting the highest quality wood with minimal character or “flaws”.

But if you were shopping for a live edge, claro walnut table, for example– like this gorgeous one made by Dan Mosheim of Dorset Custom Furniture  you would be expecting plenty of organic characteristics.  Have a look at Dan’s blog and you’ll see how an artful eye, combined with detailed knowledge of wood grain, shrink, swell and overall movement can transform a rustic “old” slab of wood into an elegant dining table fit for a king.

Turth is– the value of handcrafted real wood furniture is not just in the wood, but also in the craftsmanship.  A less experienced craftsman could have taken this same slab of wood and created a table that looked “flawed” and also performed poorly.  At Vermont Woods Studios we design all of our furniture to last a lifetime.  It’s a thing woodworkers have.  If the tree took a lifetime to grow (this walnut tree was probably at least 100 years old at harvest), then the furniture should last equally as long.

I think what sets Vermont’s furniture artisans apart from others around the world is their reputation for excellence in both style and craftsmanship.  At Dan Mosheim’s workshop and other custom furniture makers throughout Vermont you’ll find experts who understand the characteristics and “flaws” of wood and design their furniture to leverage the best the wood has to offer– whether it’s a refined Shaker piece or an organic live edge table.

Want to see Vermont woodworking and meet furniture artisans in person?  Put September 28-29 on your calendar– the 10th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Festival is just around the corner!  Details coming soon.

Interested in the mechanics of wood movement?  Brian Boggs, a woodworker in North Carolina has a great blog post about grain orientation in furniture making.  And for those seeking a less detailed approach, check out our website for the quick and dirty details on characteristics or our favorite North American furniture making-woods:


A LARGE Custom Walnut Slab Table

August 22nd, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Custom-walnut-slab-table Our friend David Allard and the talented furniture makers at Lyndon Furniture are always coming up with some new, exciting wood furniture design project.  Check out this huge custom walnut slab table they recently finished.  It's 13.5' long and the two planks in the top are made of 1 ¾" thick solid black walnut.

The legs are made of welded steel tubes that thread through the walnut slab top like through-tenons.  On the top, Dave left a gap between the 2 walnut slabs to allow for wood movement.  Believe it or not, even kiln-dried wood (like these walnut slabs) expands and contracts quite a bit with changes in humidity and temperature.

Such a simple elegant design, isn't it?  But as any amateur woodworker could attest, it's not one to try at home unless you've got the hand of a trained professional.  And a crane :)




Walnut Furniture: It’s Hot!

October 13th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

Live Edge Walnut Table Slab

We've always offered black walnut as a choice for our Vermont Woods Studios furniture but to be honest, walnut hasn't been very popular these last several years.  I'm not sure why, but lately the tables have turned!  Just in the last few weeks we've had more inquiries for walnut furniture than over the past 2 years.

I think walnut is a stunning hardwood.  It's a chocolate-brown color and generally much more figured than other local woods we work with.  Walnut furniture has great character and richness. 

Black-walnut-tables from Vermont Woods Studios 

Live edge walnut furniture seems to be what's really on fire now.  Our friend and woodworking magician, Dan does a lot of work with live edge walnut.  I think he's going to be very busy this year.

Walnut-slab-table handmade in Vermont How do you like this live edge table?  Greg built this one a couple months ago.  The customer had a hand in designing this live edge showpiece and I love the way it turned out.

Thinking about walnut furniture for your home?  Contact us for ideas!