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Copeland's Frank Lloyd Wright® Coonley Coffee Tables

 

Do you find yourself eating dinner in front of the fireplace or TV more these days?  One of the Top 10 Trends in Furniture for 2012 is the move towards large custom coffee tables.  Why is that?

I know at my house, if the boys are home, we eat at the kitchen table. But if it's just Ken and me we sit down on the couch and use the coffee table instead.  It's casual and comfy and relaxing.

The large square coffee tables can fit up to 6 or 8 people around them.  They're great for playing cards or setting drinks and snacks on or even just putting your feet up on after a long day.

Check out some of the new coffee tables we've recently added to our store.  Most are available in solid cherry, maple, walnut, oak or reclaimed barnwood and can be customized to fit your space– large or small.  Give Rebecca and Shannon a call to learn more.

 

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.

 

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This Cherry Moon Bed is new and the cherry wood is still light in color

Cherry, cherry cherry. Over half the furniture we sell at Vermont Woods Studios is made of beautiful, lustrous cherry wood from the American black cherry fruit tree.  Often customers come to us a little bit suspicious about whether our handmade furniture is made of real solid cherry wood

Well, it's no wonder!  Most furniture that's sold as cherry isn't cherry at all.  Hard to believe isn't it?  So I thought we would publish a few tips for determining if the cherry furniture you're looking at is actually made of real cherry. 

 

 

 

 

Here are 3 things to look for:

 

 

 

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This cherry Shaker panel bed is a few monts old and the cherry has darkened due to light exposure

What color is the wood?  OK, this is a trick question. Freshly harvested cherry wood is a light pinkesh color but as cherry ages or ripens in the presence of light, it gets darker and eventually reaches a rich reddish brown.  So when you're shopping be sure to ask if the furniture is brand new or if it's been in the showroom for a number of months. 

The Cherry Moon bed above is about a month old so it has ripened some but in another few months (depending on the amount of ambient light) it will be as dark as the bed at left.  Eventually all natural cherry furniture will end up about this same color.  Often customers will request a dark stain on cherry to "hurry-up" the process.  If you just can't wait we can usually convince our furniture makers to stain cherry but most of them would rather plead with customers to be patient and wait for the real thing. 

 

 

 

 


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What does the grain look like?  Cherry has a simple, fine, closed grain, much like that of maple.  You can see the grain pattern pretty well in the Cherry Moon bed above.  Fake "cherry" wood often has little or no grain pattern.  It's made by taking a cheaper wood, bleaching it, texturizing it with chemicals, then staining it with a "cherry" stain.

Are there occasional black flecks and black streaks in the wood?  Real cherry has beautiful markings (from gum streaking, mineral deposits and pin knots).  Fake cherry looks entirely uniform in grain due to the chemical processing mentioned above.  It's unlikely you'll ever find black flecks or streaks in faux cherry woods.

 

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.

by Dennis Shanoff

Black-friday-previewI feel the unseasonably warm weather this month in Vermont has lulled us into a false sense of distance from the holidays. But low and behold next week is indeed Thanksgiving! And all the chaos that seems to go with that. Traveling, preparing for guests & visitor’s and of course all that cooking… Oh yeah, and not to mention getting up at 5:00 am the next morning to be first in line for all those “Black Friday” deals! Retailers have really created such a sense of urgency and drastic savings around this event that you almost feel silly doing any holiday shopping on any day but “Black Friday”! But we now also have a “Cyber Monday” for those that prefer to skip the lines and traffic and do their bargain hunting online from the comfort of their home or office.  So is this our second and final chance at big savings?

Well our idea for this years Black Friday savings event was to give you more time… more time to preview our fine wood furniture and more time to shop. To do this we have created a Black Friday Plus sales event and what is different about this event is that we are giving our customers 4 days to preview and 6 days to shop! The actual sale kicks off Wednesday November 23rd at 8:00 am and runs through midnight on Cyber Monday, November 28th.  So that’s 6 days for you to save 20% on furniture storewide, plus free delivery!*

So you can take your time the next few days to browse our online fine furniture gallery and preview at your convenience (remember to bookmark your favorite pieces).  Of course our online gallery is available 24/7 so when there’s a break in your potentially hectic schedule you can still easily catch the sale! If you happen to have questions and want to speak to our team, the only days the office will be closed will be Thanksgiving Day and the following Sunday– otherwise we are open 9am-5pm. But knowing our team I am sure someone will give at least a quick check into our emails those days! So welcome to our fine wood furniture store and Black Friday Plus event.

Here's wishing you and your family a relaxing Happy Holiday (to the extent that's possible)!

 

*  Excludes our one of a kind custom artisan furniture and Everwood outdoor furniture which is always on sale with a low price guarantee

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.

Vso-concert-july-4 My favorite 4th of July event in Vermont has always been the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) concert.  In Southeastern Vermont the concert is on July 3 this year at Grafton Ponds.  It's an incredibly lovely, typically Vermont setting where you can stretch out with your finest picnic wares and enjoy wine, cheese and other favorite delicasies.  For those in the northern part of the state, the VSO concert will be at Shelburne Farms on the 4th.

Lots of other fun events are going on this Independence weekend and one of the best places to scope them out is Vermont Vacation.  Many Vermont State Parks have fireworks, free entry and later hours on the Fourth.  Another favorite activity, especially for families is the Old Vermont 4th at the Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm where they have historic debates, wagon rides, a spelling bee, an egg toss, and more.

VT-July-Furniture-Sale And of course, at Vermont Woods Studios we're celebrating America’s Independence with a 4th of July, USA Made Furniture Sale.  While you’re traveling to Vermont’s music festivals, concerts, fireworks displays, parades, carnivals or fairs– stop in and see our solid wood furniture.  Or shop online or by phone to save time and make the most of your outdoor events schedule.

In honor of our nation's Revolutionary heros, we're offering 20% off every piece of our 100% American made, solid wood furniture storewide.  This is huge because as you may know, we offer this big discount only twice a year.  We have a Black Friday sale at Thanksgiving and one other storewide sale, which is usually in the summer.  This is it!  These are the best prices we can offer — it's a great time to finally buy the authentic, USA  made handcrafted solid wood furniture you've been longing for.  Give us a call today with your questions or customizations.  We look forward to serving you.

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.

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All of our Vermont made Dining Room Furniture is on sale starting today and going through next Tuesday, June 21.

Just in time for summer!  Take a few minutes out of your busy BBQ, pool-side and tanning schedule to check the sale out. 

Now is the perfect time to order handmade, heirloom quality dining room furniture as it takes about 6-10 weeks to build.  While you're outside enjoying the sun, we'll be crafting your furniture and then delivering it just about when you're moving dinner from the picnic table to the dining room. 

Browse through our dining furniture collections to find the one you've always wanted.  Then Like us on Facebook and save $50 more!

 

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.