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MyWebRoom: Virtual Interior Design to Organize your Life

March 23rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Check out this WebRoom created using some Vermont Woods Studios furniture. Can you spot what pieces are ours? Hint: They include some of our more unique Vermont made artisan pieces.

So what is MyWebRoom all about?

MyWebRoom is a digital platform where you can organize your life in a visually beautiful and interesting way. You can organize & interact with your favorite products, websites, and friends!

In the same way that you might organize a room in real life– a television for your entertainment, books for reference, notebooks for writing, etc… you organize your digital life with MyWebRoom. For example, do you see the cute little puppy standing on the yellow rug? In your WebRoom, you can click on the puppy and be brought to a page with tons of great pet websites. Many of the pages are auto-suggested but you  have the option to add your own favorite sites too!

Virtual Room Design

Click this photo for more information on putting pets in your WebRoom!

The pet option is just one small feature of MyWebRoom and all of its greatness. You’ll find that practically any type of site you can imagine, can be organized in your WebRoom. Plus, you have the option to choose from hundreds of great decor pieces to make your room look as stylish as you like it! So head on over to MyWebRoom and get to organizing your digital space today! 

If you want to learn more about this website and the people behind it, find them on social:

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Well this is Pinteresting…

December 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

 

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Here’s a glimpse of our Pinterest page, click the photo and start pinning!

Hello readers!

If you don’t know already, my name is Kelsey and I am responsible for a lot of our social media action! A lot of people hear the word “social media” and kind of cringe… what IS social media? Honestly, I couldn’t give you a great textbook definition but to me social media is a way for people to connect and share the things that they love. Pinterest is one of my favorite social media sites, because it allows you to express yourself more freely and there is no shortage of breathtakingly beautiful photos and ideas to gather inspiration from.

A few months back, I wrote a blog highlighting some basic inspiration sites… and here is the definition I gave for Pinterest:

Pinterest is a way to “collect and organize the things you love.” Pinterest is great because no matter what it is that you are interested in, there is a board for it. A Pinterest board is a ‘set’ (like an album) of photos with a common topic. For example, say I am interested in looking up fashion for mature women, I can go to Pinterest, search ‘fashion for women over 40,’ and I can browse through a variety of different boards on the topic. Many of which have links to websites where you can actually purchase the the items that are listed, or just re-pin onto your OWN board. You can follow your friends and family, or your favorite companies and celebrities—and make as many boards as you would like.”

Here are some of the Pinterest pages that I think are great:

http://pinterest.com/stylefindher/  Style for women over 50.

http://pinterest.com/ms_living/american-made/ Martha Stewart’s ‘American Made’ board.

http://pinterest.com/molly9172005/country-wedding/ A ‘country wedding’ inspiration board!

 

Are you on Pinterest already? If so, do you follow us? We’d love for you to join our Pinterest community, where we share all things Vermont, Interior Design, and decor inspiration! We try to keep our account pinteresting for our friends and followers! ;)

Let us know how you’re liking Pinterest in our comments section! Have fun Pinners!

 

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VWS Featured in Houzz Article

August 3rd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Woods Studios was Featured in Houzz

Houzz Author Highlights Shaker Style

We would like to thank Robyn Lawrence for featuring us in her recent Houzz article titled, ‘Strange but True Parallels Between Early Western and Old Japanese Style.’ In this piece she highlights the parallels between Early Western and Old Japanese interior design styles. She compares design styles that are known for being simplistic and aesthetically pleasing, using a photo of one of our Custom Shaker Dining Tables!

Robyn is an expert in Wabi Sabi, the Japanese concept of finding beauty in imperfection. In her book,  ’Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House,” Robyn reflects on Wabi Sabi as more than a design style, but a simplistic and “modestly in the moment” lifestyle. Wabi Sabi  is similar to the traditional Shaker lifestyle in that it strips away the unnecessary, and finds beauty in seemingly ordinary things. ‘Simply Imperfect’ is a book that introduces these concepts, and reveals ways to introduce Wabi Sabi into your home!

If you’re curious about Wabi Sabi style, chat with Robyn on Twitter, or read her blog!

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Finding Inspiration on the Web: Begin with these 3 Great Sites

June 27th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

I like to think of inspiration sites as the cut and paste magazine scrapbook of the 21st century (no scissors or glue needed!) But with the sheer number of social networking sites there are out there, I know it can be tricky (and timely) to sort through and figure out what each site is actually used for, and if they are even worth your time to join. So, allow me to explain my personal favorite social media platforms (with an emphasis on inspiration sites), and how you can use them in your life!

What Pinterest Looks Like

Here is what Pinterest typically looks like.

1)      Pinterest: Pinterest is a way to “collect and organize the things you love.” Pinterest is great because no matter what it is that you are interested in, there is a board for it. A Pinterest board is a ‘set’ (like an album) of photos with a common topic. For example, say I am interested in looking up fashion for older women, I can go to Pinterest, search ‘fashion for women over 40,’ and I can browse through a variety of different boards on the topic. Many of which have links to websites where you can actually purchase the the items that are listed, or just re-pin onto your OWN board. You can follow your friends and family, or your favorite companies and celebrities—and make as many boards as you would like.

Here are some of the Pinterest pages that I think are great:

http://pinterest.com/stylefindher/  Style for women over 50.

http://pinterest.com/ms_living/american-made/ Martha Stewart’s ‘American Made’ board.

http://pinterest.com/vermontwoods/ Vermont Woods Studios’—for things Vermont, sustainable, and furniture related.

http://pinterest.com/molly9172005/country-wedding/ A ‘country wedding’ inspiration board!

This is what Flickr looks like, when browsing through topics.

2)      Flickr: Flickr is a website where you can find and host photography. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer, or if you are snapping pics with your camera phone– Flickr will preserve your photos original quality, not making them grainy like on Facebook. Your photos are organized into ‘sets’ that can be arranged in any way you like. While Flickr isn’t the most common site to engage with others, some companies do use it to share high-quality photos of their products, and lots of people use it as the place to store all of their best family photographs. What I love about Flickr is it’s the easiest way to upload and store your photos, every person gets a FREE terabyte of space–and if you’re not a computer wiz and don’t know exactly how big a terabyte is, its big enough to host probably ALL of the photos you have ever taken, unless you’re a photographer. You can search through photos by any topic, such as ‘New England Beaches’ and find tons of really wonderful pictures taken by people from all over the world! Sometimes I use Flickr to find new backgrounds for my computer or phone.

Some great Flickr pages:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkimo/ Inspiring travel photography from around the globe.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=animals all photographs with the tag ‘animals’… lots of beautiful wildlife photos!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vermontwoodsstudios/ Our company Flickr page, still being updated daily. We showcase our best furniture photos, and a few other things.

 

Houzz, when looking through ideabooks.

3)      Houzz. Houzz is a home design and interior decoration site. You can browse rooms, and find thousands of truly inspiring interior design projects and photographs. Each photo has a ‘tag’ with the source of the piece (furniture, lighting, rug, etc) linked to it, so you can find out exactly where those things are coming from! You can also build inspiration boards… so say you have plans to re-do your bathroom, you would want to create a ‘Bathroom’ ideaboard where you can post other projects and photographs to it to go back to for future reference. What sets Houzz apart from things like Pinterest is, there is a huge network of design experts on Houzz who are ready and willing to discuss projects with you. There is a discussion section, where you can get feedback on anything ‘home’ related you might need help with. Like, if I was struggling to find a paint color that really suited my space… you could take a picture of the room, post it in a discussion on Houzz, and the Houzz community can give you help and feedback about what to choose!

Some great Houzz pages:

http://www.houzz.com/photos/traditional/kitchen Traditional Kitchen design photos

http://www.houzz.com/pro/susanjay/susan-jay-design The Houzz page of one of our favorite designers, Susan Jay.

http://www.houzz.com/pro/vermonts-finest-furniture/vermont-woods-studios The Vermont Woods Studios Houzz page!

 

Well, I hope that this little explanation of these social media sites gives you a little more insight as to what they are about and how they can be both fun and useful! If you have any more questions, feel free to send us a message on Facebook or send me an email at kelsey@vermontwoodsstudios.com

Thanks for listening, friends!

Kelsey

 

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Kendall Brings Facebook to Vermont Woods Studios

April 7th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Thank goodness for our brilliant children, who put their parents to shame in the technology arena (and most others).  Our son, Kendall has created a Fabulous Facebook Fan Page for Vermont Woods Studios

Kendall wanted to provide a way for customers and others interested in green furniture, rainforest conservation, wildlife protection and sustainable forestry to connect and share new ideas. 

Check it out and let Kendall know how we can use it to help you and your family make informed choices about purchasing sustainable furniture and other wood products.

Thanks Kendall for all your help with our family business.  You are awesome!!

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