During our Fall Shaker Furniture Sale, classic and timeless Shaker furniture can now be yours at an unbeatable price.
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Freshen Up Your Home This Spring With Timeless Shaker Furniture
I’m on Pinterest and Houzz daily and my social media newsfeeds are usually drowning in posts from home decor and interior design magazines and bloggers. Occasionally I’ll stumble upon a bed with an outlandish headboard or a bedroom with a very specific theme (think Extreme Home Makeover) and I’ll wonder to myself, “What are you going to do in a few years when you don’t like the decor anymore? You’ll have to completely redo the room and buy all new furniture.” To me, a room designed with a subtle theme and transformative furniture makes more sense.
In honor of our current Shaker furniture sale, I thought we should highlight a little history about the people who developed this beautiful, simple and elegant style. Their creation is timeless and enduring & it continues to be one of the most popular fashions in the furniture market today.
I bet you already know a bit of history about the Shakers. Test your knowledge by filling in the blanks below:
The term Shakers is derived from the Shaking __________, a small, radical group from England who first came to America in 1774, led by the prophet Ann Lee.
Today there is only one active Shaker community, with three members, who live on _______________ Lake in the state of _____________.
______________ was a part of Shaker orthodoxy, so Believers had no choice but to recruit people from the outside world to prevent their communities from dying out.
Early Shaker furniture makers focused on simplicity in their designs because they believed that excessive ornamentation or decoration was a sin of _________.
The Shakers were among the first in America to try mass production. Unlike the Amish, the Shakers embraced technology that increased ____________, believing that they were saving time that belonged to God.
How did you do? Check your answers with the key below:
Sabbathday Lake in Maine
Of course this beautiful style can’t be fully appreciated in photos, so make plans to come visit us at Stonehurst and shop our Shaker furniture sale today!
Shaker furniture has humble beginnings in a 19th century religious community, but has since become one of the most notable furniture styles in the world. Ironic, as the Shakers crafted their furniture with God in mind, and detested glamour or fame. The Shakers were serious about crafting for usability, rather than crafting for style, making their furniture totally functional and unadorned.
Many furniture styles have come and gone since Shaker furniture’s beginnings–but Shaker style remains largely unchanged, and still adored.
What is the appeal to this timeless furniture style?
Shaker style furniture is built with minimal or no ornamentation. Their forms were basic, and followed function. Their buildings and their furniture were designed for a certain task or purpose and each piece of furniture was designed with symmetry in mind.
Shaker style furniture is plain, utilitarian, and uniform. Most of it was movable or built in to the walls.
Shaker furniture is simplistic and versatile enough to blend in with a variety of home decor styles. It can easily be mixed and matched with any style, or used on its own for a minimalist Shaker replication aesthetic.
Shaker style furniture is built to last, and people love the solid craftsmanship associated with this style.
Perhaps it’s the cluttered and busy nature of our daily routines that urge us to seek simplicity in our home decor, or the comfortable, nostalgic feeling that Shaker furniture gives you that makes it such a popular style. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to provide 6 expertly crafted collections of Shaker style furniture, reminiscent of authentic Shaker pieces:
Shaker Style Furniture on Sale at Vermont Woods Studios
From May 29th to June 18th, Shaker furniture is on sale! You have the opportunity to buy beautiful Shaker style furniture at a fraction of typical costs. Buy 1 piece and save 10%, buy 2 pieces and save 15%, or buy 3+ pieces and save 20%! See more details about the sale here!