December 11th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
2013, our first year at Stonehurst gave us another reason to study and analyze what our customers’ favorite American made furniture styles are. With limited space in our showroom, we wanted to display the very best selection of Vermont furniture, as defined by customer purchases. After looking through the sales statistics, we found these Top 3 American Furniture styles, which we’ll be featuring often at Stonehurst:
This Vermont Shaker bed, nightstand and chest are pretty accurate reproductions of the original Shaker style furniture crafted by communities of the United Society of Believers starting in the late 1700′s. Born here in the Northeast, this American furniture style is a simple, utilitarian design characterized by straight tapered legs and mushroom-shaped wooden knobs. Vermont furniture makers have become today’s authority on Shaker furniture and customers seeking a simple elegant, solid wood design have grown to love their work. It’s our top seller and customers are customizing it in their choice of cherry, walnut, maple and oak woods (preference is in that order). Sometimes customers will choose two contrasting wood colors like cherry and walnut or maple and walnut to trick it out– if there is such a thing for “Shaker furniture”.
This Contemporary Craftsman Bedroom Furniture collection is a modern rendition of the American craftsman and “arts and crafts” furniture that became popular in the late 19th century and remained prevalent through the 1930s. It’s handmade of real solid cherry wood with contrasting drawer pulls in solid walnut wood and reflects the true craftsmanship of this period. The finish on this collection is a traditional hand-rubbed oil and wax. If you like this contemporary craftsman style furniture, learn more about the details and craftsmanship here.
This mission sofa table and mission dining chair have the rectilinear design and heavy proportion characteristic of Mission style furniture which became popular in the late 19 century. At Vermont Woods Studios we have a traditional American Mission Furniture collection and a Modern Mission Furniture collection, both constructed of real solid woods in your choice of traditional oak or cherry, walnut or maple woods.
Stop by our new fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst anytime to see what we’ve got on hand in our customers’ favorite furniture styles: Shaker, Craftsman and Mission furniture.
November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shaker beds have been a specialty of Vermont furniture makers for over 200 years and they remain popular today. I was helping a customer work through the process of finding the perfect Shaker bed yesterday and realized it’s not so easy. We have almost 20 different shaker beds in our online furniture store. All are top quality, 100% American made (handcrafted right here in Vermont) using responsibly harvested, real solid wood.
After looking at our Top 10 Shaker beds and all the different variations in design, we came up with a few subcategories that might make shopping easier for those looking for a particular style:
You’ve probably noticed that these beds are all shown in solid cherry wood, which has a rich reddish brown color (once it has “ripened” after exposure to light). Cherry is by far the most popular wood for our customers when ordering Shaker furniture. However all of our Shaker beds are also available in three other woods: maple, walnut and oak. Some customers even like to mix two woods together like the Sarah Shaker beds below (shown in maple and walnut).
Hopefully this makes shopping for your new Shaker bedroom furniture a little easier. Questions? Come visit us at Stonehurst our new fine furniture and art gallery or contact us through our live chat, email, Facebook or phone.
November 1st, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
1. New England Shaker 8/10 Drawer Dresser: This traditional 8/10-drawer New England Shaker Dresser will add beauty, style and functionality to your bedroom. It’s sleek lines and simplistic design make it a perfect piece for the tastes of both husband and wife–not overly masculine or feminine! The two top drawers have internal dividers and a saw kerf on the drawer fronts that give the appearance of separate drawers.
2. New England Shaker Bed: Our New England Shaker bed is true to authentic Shaker style and design, with soft arches and understated features. With this handcrafted bed there is no need to worry about your furniture going out of style–Shaker furniture has been held in high regards since the 1700s, and is still one of the top furniture styles! Pair with your favorite bedding and comfy pillows, and you’ll find yourself not wanting to get out of this beautiful Shaker bed.
3. New England Shaker Dressing Stool: The New England Shaker Dressing Stool is an ideal accessory furniture piece for the bedroom. It’s super versatile and can be used as an accent to your bed or dressing table–or for relaxing while you put on your makeup in the morning. It’s very comfortable, and features an elegant tapered leg, true to Shaker designs.
4. High-End Shaker Full Length Armoire: This luxurious solid wood Shaker Armoire is an elegant, sophisticated piece for the bedroom. It’s functionality in combination with its unique, high end aesthetic make it an ideal piece for those looking for additional storage and style in their space.
5. New England Shaker Lamp Table: This table is an essential piece for the bedroom. Whether its actually used for holding your lighting, or for your books, plants, & other items that there seems to be no other place for, its a stylishly useful furniture piece that would fit well in most bedrooms!
If you were re-decorating your bedroom and could only choose one of these furniture designs– which would you pick? Let us know on our Facebook page, or in the comments section!
October 25th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Do you love Shaker furniture for its understated, elegant design? We do too! So if you’ve had your eye on particular Shaker furniture pieces, now is a perfect time to buy! All of our Shaker furniture* is currently on sale for either 10, 15, or 20 percent off depending on how much you buy! And our online gallery features over 200 pieces of Shaker inspired furniture, ranging from traditional to modern Shaker styles… so you are sure to find something to suit your decor style.
Shaker furniture has been praised for its simplistic style and usability since the 1700s, and our Vermont craftsmen have dedicated themselves to keeping the same functionally stylish and sturdy design in every piece of Shaker furniture they craft. The craftsmanship and style of these furniture pieces closely resembles the authentic Shaker furniture that has been around for hundreds of years!
With our buy more, save more Shaker sales event, you can save up to 20% on the Shaker furniture of your dreams. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, and 20% off three or more piece. Plus, receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee!
You can shop securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont Made Shaker furniture. Hurry! This Sale ends on Friday November 8th.
*Excludes Copeland, POLYWOOD®, Artisan & Barnwood.
October 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components. Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback! Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year:
July 12th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Shaker furniture is known for being practical and simple down to the very last detail. Originally made by followers of a religious group, the furniture was designed entirely for its functionality and practicality. Fast forward a few hundred years and Shaker furniture has become an increasingly popular style for the home. This might leave some people asking, “why?”
With how rushed, cluttered, and busy our lives can get– when we go home, we are looking for simplicity too. And simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of style… its quite the opposite. Simplicity is style, and Shaker furniture does it right. Shaker furniture is made using the traditional techniques of the past, creating simple, chic pieces that are timeless and won’t “go out of style” in the future.
Starting today, Vermont Woods Studios is running our Summer Shaker Sale where you can save up to 20% on our Shaker furniture. Our Shaker furniture is available for every room in the home, in cherry, maple, and walnut woods. Enjoy savings of 10% on 1 piece, 15% on 2 pieces, and 20% on 3 or more pieces. Plus free shipping and lifetime guarantee!
*This sale does not include Copeland or Artisan.
April 26th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Vermont Woods Studios is a progressive company, and we know that when it comes to furniture, there needs to be a balance between tradition and innovation. Some people thought it was a crazy idea to start an online furniture gallery, but we were simply adapting to the buying habits of the 21st century. People like to make purchases from the convenience of their home.
Our Shaker style furniture is a great representation of fusing tradition with modernization. Shaker furniture is the most sought after design in our online gallery, because of the variety of Shaker styles we offer.
Shaker furniture has been around since the late 1700′s. One thing that all of our Shaker furniture collections have in common is that they are simple, functional, and sturdy. Our traditional Shaker style furniture is virtually unchanged from the way it was designed over 300 years ago. The pieces feature straight, clean lines and wooden mushroom-shaped knobs. Our most traditional collection of Shaker style furniture is the Vermont Shaker Furniture Collection. In contrast, the American Shaker Furniture Collection is extremely similar, with the major difference being the contemporary curved aprons. The Modern Shaker Furniture Collection is the most changed from traditional Shaker styles. It is still distinctly a Shaker style, but has a modern twist. The pieces in this collection feature more curved lines and has the option for a round profile.
We have over 200 pieces of Shaker style furniture in our online gallery, and they’re all on sale! Whether you’re just starting your Shaker style decor, or putting the finishing touches on your home, now is the best time to buy. Save up to 20% off our American made Shaker furniture. All of our furniture is sturdily built to last a lifetime, and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Feel free to contact our fine furniture specialists with any questions about our American made wood furniture.
March 14th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
We’re in the middle of a Shaker furniture sale and I can’t help but notice that almost all the pieces customers have bought have been of a single wood species. We offer a choice of four woods on most of our furniture: maple, cherry, oak and walnut. Which one do you think is the favorite?
Back in the 19 century, the original Shakers built their furniture with woods harvested from their own land. According to Nancy Fischer of BuildDirectBlog, “In the east, this included pine, maple, ash, birch, cherry, hickory and butternut. In the west, walnut, cherry, beech and poplar were used”.
Today’s most popular wood (amongst our customers, anyway) for Shaker furniture is indeed one of those nine woods used 150 years ago. Hint: it’s the wood shown in the photo. OK, it’s cherry wood. I’m not sure why cherry has stormed itself to the top of the best seller list so forcefully but it is a beautiful wood. Woodworkers love it because it’s easy to work with, stains and finishes well with natural oil, and ages beautifully.
Customers love cherry’s clean grain and reddish-brown color that develops a rich patina over time. The fact that cherry wood lasts forever (as demonstrated by some of the valuable antique Shaker furniture originating in Vermont and New England) doesn’t hurt either.
Which wood do you like best for Shaker style furniture? Let us know on our Facebook or comment below.
March 8th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
What do our best selling pieces have in common? They’re all Shaker style! For every room in the house, our Shaker furniture pieces always come out on top. Our Shaker style furniture ranges from traditional styles featuring elegant straight lines to more modern shaker furniture that incorporate contemporary round lines into the design. Shaker furniture has been made since the 1700′s, and our craftsmen have dedicated themselves to keep the same simplistic, functional, and sturdy design in every piece of Shaker furniture they craft.
Our online gallery features almost 100 pieces of Shaker style bedroom pieces. Although it’s a close tie between pieces that are most popular, the Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is our best selling bed. The Vermont Shaker Moon Bed features traditional tapered legs and gorgeous arching curves in the headboard and footboard. Like most pieces of Shaker furniture, this bed is most popular in natural cherry wood.
It’s easy to see why the Vermont Made Shaker Custom Dining Table is most popular among our customers. It is simple in design, sturdily built for years of use, and is built to order so it can perfectly match your kitchen or dining room. Like it says in it’s name, this dining table is customizable. What does that mean? Customize your table size in 12 solid top sizes and 18 extension table sizes. Customize your table top shape to be rectangular, oval or boat shaped. Customize your table in natural cherry, maple or walnut wood.
Shaker furniture, renowned for it’s sturdy design, is a perfect style for living room furniture. When putting your life collection of books or antique display plates on a bookshelf, it’s important to feel confident that it will remain sturdy. Our Shaker style hardwood bookcases are crafted to last a lifetime (guaranteed). They will remain strong for years to come, so you can feel certain that your precious belongings will be safe. Our most popular bookcase is the Vermont Shaker Bookcase. It is crafted in a small workshop near Vermont’s state capital, Montpelier, using sustainably harvested hardwoods with a non-toxic finish.
The Classic Shaker Writing Desk is our most popular piece of home office furniture. It is available in three distinct leg styles: flair (shown as the product’s main image), tapered or mission style. You can see these three styles by clicking the gray question mark next to the leg style option. Further customize this piece by choosing from three sizes, and three drawer options. This shaker style desk is a great option for a home office or business.
All of our Shaker style furniture is on sale! You can buy our best selling pieces at a great price. The more you buy, the more you save. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, or 20% off three pieces. It’s the perfect excuse to buy a bed and nightstands; dining table and chairs; bookcase and end tables; or a desk with a few file cabinets. All of our furniture is handcrafted in Vermont with natural wood. Receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee during this sale! Copeland Furniture is an exception to this Shaker furniture sale; however, the Copeland Sarah Shaker Collection is always priced with a low price guarantee.
Start browsing our online gallery today. If you have any questions our fine furniture specialists are available by phone, live chat, or email.