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.
September 6th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
If you’ve had your eye on some Shaker furniture, now’s the time to buy! Our shaker furniture sale is not one to be missed! From September 6th to September 19th, you can enjoy up to 20% off qualifying shaker furniture pieces; Buy one piece and get 10% off, two pieces 15%, and three pieces or more 20% off. And don’t forget, every order has free shipping and a lifetime guarantee!
If you haven’t gotten a chance to browse our collections of Shaker furniture, allow me to explain 3 reasons why Shaker style is a great choice for any home–
1) Tradition. Shaker furniture is grounded in a tradition of exceptional fine furniture craftsmanship. “Shaker” promises premium quality furniture with a traditionally handcrafted style.
2) Simplicity. Shaker style doesn’t need all the bells and whistles, it has a chic simplistic style featuring natural wood and clean lines. This simplicity makes it an extremely versatile furniture style that would fit well with any home!
3) Style. Shaker furniture is timeless, and will never go out of style!
Browse through our selection of beautiful Shaker furniture, and hurry, because this sale ends at midnight on September 9th!
September 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Autumn has arrived in Vernon, Vermont and I had to snap this photo today as I was leaving the showroom at Vermont Woods Studios. It feels great to see water back in our pond at George's Mill after the summer's drought left it pretty well empty for several weeks.
We're celebrating Fall with a Shaker style furniture sale that lasts for a few more days (till next Tuesday, Oct 2). Stop by to shop or just check out the colorful maple trees at the water's edge. Heather or Liz will be more than happy to accompany you for an Autumn leaf-peeping stroll around the pond.
August 28th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Robin's luxurious, natural cherry, American Shaker Furniture Collection was last week's best seller at Vermont Woods Studios. Design features include straight and curved Shaker lines, perfect proportions, carefully-selected extra-wide boards, 2-sided tapered posts and legs, eased edges, beveleled tops and traditional, mushroom-shaped Shaker knobs.
Pieces are available in natural solid cherry, walnut or maple wood and they are 100% USA made, Vermont made actually.
Robin also offers a sister collection to this one called the Vermont Made Shaker Collection. There are a couple subtle differences between the two collections. The American Shaker Furniture has arched curves along the bottom of the bed headboard and foot board and matching arched aprons along the bottom of the dressers and chests, whereas the Vermont Made Shaker Furniture has no curves or arches– all the lines are pure, traditional straight Shaker lines.
Another subtle difference is in the detail on the tops of dressers, chests and tables. The Vermont Made Shaker Collection features straight lines and edges along the tops of these pieces, whereas the tops of American Shaker Furniture pieces have cove moldings.
When shopping, purists will typically choose the straight lines of the Vermont Made Shaker Collection while customers wanting to imbue a slightly modern flair are more apt to go for the American Shaker Style. Last week the modernists came out ahead.
Which Shaker style do you like best: traditional or modern?
August 18th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Yesterday I wrote about our solid cherry furniture so today I wanted to follow up with a post about the furniture we carry that incorporates cherry veneers.
Sometimes customers come to us, initially averse to veneer but once they take a closer look they often change their minds. I realize veneers have been given a negative connotation by companies that stick them on particle board to make cheap furniture.
But did you know that premium quality, high end veneers are used by some of the world's most skilled furniture makers to add artistic flair and style to their work?
This is the case with the following six high end furniture collections:
These furniture collections are made with all solid cherry wood except for the sides and backs of case goods. Real wood veneer is used for case goods (chests, dressers, cabinets, night stands) sides and backs for esthetic and structural design reasons. The pieces are made with frame and panel type construction and the use of solid wood in this design might cause the panels to warp in conditions of changing humidity.
As solid wood furniture specialists at Vermont Woods Studios, we spend a lot of time discussing the specifics of solid wood versus veneered construction methods with our customers. Details for each of our collections are found in our Construction Details pages. We welcome your comments and questions either below, on our Facebook, by phone or in person at our Vernon VT showroom.
August 15th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Now during our bedroom sale is a great time to furnish or update your bedroom with our 100% American Made, real wood Bedroom Furniture. You'll save 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus Free Delivery).
Create your own bedroom set with over 40 bed style options, plus dozens of nightstand, chest and dresser options.
Classic and timeless Vermont styling, handmade with uncompromised craftsmanship, and solidly built for generations of use. Real wood bedroom furniture you will appreciate and enjoy forever. And you can sleep tight knowing your new bedroom furniture investment is backed by a lifetime warranty.
* Excludes Copeland, Artisan, Barnwood & Polywood furniture. This Sale ends at midnight on August 21st.
May 29th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
We've been carrying the entire line of Vermont made Copeland furniture for several months now. Although the new, modern mid-century styles are very popular, especially with families in metropolitan areas, it was the traditional, Shaker Style Sarah Bedroom Collection that weighed in as this week's best selling furniture.
This 100% American made furniture is handcrafted right here in Vermont and features clean Shaker style lines and balanced proportions. The beds are handmade of solid natural cherry hardwood.
The bed shown here is a romantic raised panel sleigh bed but the Sarah collection also includes a Shaker-style spindle bed and a number of variations of the two, with choice of low and high footboards. You can customize everything online, including the wood which comes in 11 finish options. There's even a custom two-tone variation of solid maple and cherry wood bedroom furniture that's getting popular.
The Sarah set offers matching cases too: dressers, chests, lingerie chest, armoire and night stands. Check them out today along with the Top Ten Reasons To Buy Copeland Furniture From Vermont Woods Studios. Why wait?
April 4th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
This week's Best Seller was our high end, Modern Shaker Furniture Collection. Like all of our wooden furniture, this collection is handmade in Vermont of natural solid hardwoods.
One of the nice features of Modern Shaker Furniture is that each piece can be customized online with your choice of either soft, rounded corners and edges or straight streamlined edges and eased corners.
Whenever we're working with parents of small children, we always mention this collection as it's a kid-friendly choice with the rounded design and absence of sharp edges. It's also just a classic Shaker design that's earned a great reputation over the years. The Modern Shaker Furniture Collection is an eco-friendly, healthy choice for families too, with natural wood (real solid cherry, maple or walnut) and a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish that has no formaldehyde, VOCs or toxic off-gases… everything you need to get a good night's rest!
March 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Spring into BIG SAVINGS on our 100% American Made Shaker Style Furniture with our Spring Shaker Sales Event. Whether just starting your Shaker Style decor or putting the finishing touches on your American Shaker Style home, now is the best time to buy and get discounts up to 20%!
The more you buy, the more you save. Receive a 10% discount off one piece, 15% discount on two pieces or 20% discount when you buy 3 or more pieces- Plus Free Shipping and Delivery!
We offer traditionally inspired, real hardwood Shaker Furniture for every room in the home. And our entire Shaker furniture line is skillfully handcrafted right here in Vermont. Made in your choice of natural cherry, maple, and walnut woods. This is real wood furniture that is solidly built to last for generations of enjoyment and use (and guaranteed for life).
Browse and shop our online gallery for your new Shaker bedroom, dining room, living room, or home office furniture. Or feel free to contact us at 888-390-5571. The Sale ends at midnight on March 31st. Please note that our Copeland Furniture is not included in this sale as it is value-priced with our low-price guarantee every day.