April 14th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton
Your porch or patio is a great place to entertain guests, dine, and relax with your friends and family. Even a simple backyard can be transformed into a beautiful secondary living space when designed well! Simple upgrades in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and decor can turn your space from plain to inspiring in no time!
1. Think about what you use your space for, or what you want to use your space for the most in the future. Do you want it to be a relaxing place for your family? A place to entertain friends and host parties? A nice spot to spend time alone and read? Think about what you envision the space being. This will dictate the decisions you make about your outdoor furniture & decor.
2. Draw out your space. Measuring your space is imperative in buying outdoor furniture because you need to know the exact amount of space you have available before you start buying. Go out to your space and analyze what the typical traffic patterns will be. Do you need a lot of room for people to walk around? Take notes on highly trafficked areas you’d like to keep clear.
3. Browse Pinterest & other inspiration sites for all of the elements you’d like to see on your patio space. Think about food– do you need a grill, decorative wood serving bowls, or dining tables & chairs? How about your lighting–candles are always a great option for a romantic and dreamy outdoor space. Hanging string lights are festive and bring life into the space. Get a piece of paper, browse Pinterest & take note of all of the different things you love about porch and patio decor.
4. Consider the climate. Will your outdoor furniture & decor need to be weather resistant? If your patio furniture will be exposed to harsh heat, cold, winds, rain, etc… you might want to consider products that are maintenance free and can survive throughout even the most severe weather conditions! Do a little browsing online and you’ll find great outdoor rugs to keep the floor looking stylish and resistant to the weather too! If your furniture, rugs, etc, will be exposed to rain and wetness, don’t use any fabrics that will mold or decay over time!
5. Colors. Choose color schemes that bring out the personality of your space and your home! We love the bright blue of this ultra modern outdoor furniture set–accented by the blue water of the pool. Think about your space and the feeling you want your porch or patio to give your guests, and find colorful furniture and decor to match it! Browse Pinterest for inspiration.
Stay tuned for more updates on the perfect outdoor furniture style for you & your space!
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.
April 26th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Isn't it ironic that most things made of plastic are used only once and then thrown into the trash, although plastic itself is a material that lasts forever– that the Earth simply cannot digest? In fact, scientists tell us that every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except the small amount that has been incinerated (which has become toxic air pollution).
It's probably not realistic to think we can eliminate single use plastics, like grocery bags and water, milk and soda bottles so perhaps the next best thing is to recycle them. Can you believe this high end outdoor furniture that looks like teak wood, is actually recycled plastic?
So are these colorful, high quality Adirondack chairs. They're made of 90-100% recycled milk jugs, while the faux teak furniture above is made from recycled plastic grocery bags. I think they're beautiful and comfy, but the coolest thing is that they last forever. Of course– they're plastic. The recycled plastic is made into faux lumber that has about the same weight and strength as teak wood. A typical chair weighs 40-60 pounds and offers unparalleled resistance to weather, mold, mildew, salt and insects. No big surprise– have you ever seen a plastic water bottle that's been corroded or eaten by bugs?
We even give this all weather patio furniture a lifetime guarantee which is pretty much unheard of for outdoor furniture. Check them out on our Vermont Woods Studios website, see what you think and let me know.
March 26th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
We've been carrying our new line of polywood recycled plastic outdoor patio furniture for a couple months now. We've got a lot of different colors and styles but the one that's charging ahead faster than all the others is Plastique.
Do you like teak furniture? I love it. I think we've been trained by the furniture industry to see teak as the quintessential luxury outdoor furniture choice. But it's popularity has come at a price: the destruction of much rainforest land (and indigenous species) all around the tropics.
Our faux teak (aka Plastique) furniture is designed to look just like teak, but it's made from recycled plastic bags. How cool is that? A win-win. Customers are not just helping to save the rainforest, they're taking waste out of the waste stream and keeping it out of our landfills.
But we learned long ago that we have to first get the style, quality and price right before we can talk to customers about the environmental benefits of our furniture. The quality of our outdoor furniture is commensurate with that of our indoor furniture– about as high as you will find anywhere.
With style, we're starting with this modern look which seems to be very popular. Do you like it? Right now only our modern outdoor lines are available in Plastique but I'd like to be able to offer faux teak in all of our outdoor furniture styles soon.
Now price. It's high, there's no way around that. It's about the same as real teak furniture. But Plastique is something you will never have to replace. We are so certain of this, we give it a lifetime guarantee and I've never seen anyone do that for outdoor furniture, have you?
If you're interested in teak furniture, give Rebecca a call and she'll send you a free PlasTeak sample. You'll be amazed. I've never seen a faux wood this good. It really looks and feels like teak.
But unlike real teak, PlasTeak doesn't rot, chip or degrade from sun, sand, wind, salt spray– or anything else I know of. It's easy to clean (just use a hose or power washer) and like the plastic bags it comes from, it will take about a million years to degrade. That's probably going to be long enough for most of us.
If you have PlasTeak furniture, please comment and let us know how you like it. Thanks!
March 7th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
A warm* rain has finally come to Vermont to wash away some of the 4 feet of snow that's been piled in my front yard for the longest time. I can't remember ever having such a snowy Febuary… and it was great fun for awhile.
But now I'm ready for Spring, and leafing through the photos of our new line of poly wood outdoor patio furniture is lifting my spirits. Manjula and Dennis are finishing putting the final touches on the outdoor furniture section of our website even as customers start receiving our first deliveries of Polywood chairs, tables and chaises.
Polywood furniture is 100% made in America and we are the only company I know of that offers a lifetime guarantee on it.
Besides the fact that it's made out of recycled plastic, I love the aspect that we no longer have to clear-cut the rainforest for tropical woods like teak and mahogany that were once the only real choice for durable outdoor furniture. It's a win-win: we're taking waste out of the waste stream and we're conserving forestlands at the same time. Not to mention the fact that it's beautiful and durable.
Check out this very cool outdoor patio furniture today. Even if you're not shopping, just looking at the pictures will help lift you out of the winter doldrums… and make you start to Think Spring. Or summer. Or maybe even a tropical vacation…
*In Vermont, at this time of year we can define "warm" as anything above 32F
February 26th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Outdoor Patio Furniture That Helps Clean Up the Oceans? I know you must be thinking that's a bit of a stretch, but actually it's true. It's the lazy environmental activist's dream: casual seaside furniture that works to clean up the oceans while you relax sipping your pina colada on the beach. This is one of those rare times where you can have your cocktail and drink it too!
The latest in high end outdoor patio furniture is our line of eco-friendly "poly wood" chairs, tables, lounges and rockers all made from recycled plastic bottles that might otherwise end up as ocean pollution.
See Peggy's article in EzineArticles.com and read more about ocean plastics pollution and the role of polywood furniture in cleaning it up.
February 2nd, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
OK, I've lived in Vernon Vermont almost 15 years and I can't remember ever getting so much snow in such a short amount of time. I'm the only one in the office at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture today as my commute is pretty short.
Riley just got in from snowblowing– he said there was an additional 8 inches of snow on top of the 7 or 8 inches we plowed out of yesterday. Annette, our local weather-woman says not to put the snow blower away. There's more coming… so I decided to spend my day working on getting our new line of summer outdoor furniture up on the website. Snow-weary Northerners: check out the pictures– they'll make you feel better.
January 7th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
For five years our customers have been asking us to offer eco-friendly outdoor furniture that meets the same high quality standards that our handcrafted, Vermont made indoor furniture does. I'm sorry for the delay… we weren't ignoring you. We just had a lot of research and soul searching to do.
The issue with outdoor furniture is that the really high quality, solid wood furniture we were considering is of questionable origin. Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably. Our company mission is founded on forest conservation principles and we've made the decision not to offer outdoor furniture made of rainforest woods.
After researching all the alternatives we selected a wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It's called poly wood and is made of recycled beverage containers. Instead of clear-cutting engandered rainforests to make our furniture, we're taking plastic out of the waste stream. We see that as a WIN-WIN situation for the customer and the environment.
Have a look at our new outdoor patio furniture collection as it comes online. We're just starting the process of getting everything ready for the Spring season, but you can still get a good idea of what's to come. Let me know what you think of poly wood and whether you would consider it for your outdoor patio, deck or garden. It's not real wood, but it wears even better than wood– so well, that we're able to give it a lifetime guarantee just like our indoor furniture. It's good stuff– check it out!