2013 Year in Reivew for Vermont Furniture Store
2013 went by faster than Michelle’s girls sledding down the hill at Pine Top (now the Stonehurst fine furniture showroom and art gallery).

Much has happened to our little Vermont furniture store in 2013.  Most notably, we’re no longer housed at George’s Mill,  adjacent to the Vernon post office.  2013 brought continued growth that gave us enough confidence to expand into a permanent location.

Stonehurst is our new home– a 200 year old farmhouse sited on Pine Top, a former ski area in Southeastern Vermont.  Citing our furniture showroom on a scenic 100 acre forested lot helps us raise awareness about our mission of forest conservation and show customers where their furniture comes from.  It was this concept that the state of Vermont supported through a $100,000 competitively awarded 2013 Working Lands grant that helped us complete Stonehurst renovations 2 years ahead of schedule.

Other progress in 2013 included adding a fine art gallery to our offerings.  In addition to expanding our Vermont made furniture selection, we’re proud to offer original artwork by many important Vermont artists including Susan Osgood, Linda Marcille, Georgie Runkle, Donna Scully and Janet Picard.

Another 2013 showroom (and website) addition was Vermont made home decor.  We now carry handcrafted ceramics by Brattleboro artist Laura Zindel and Vernon potter Bronna Zlochiver, kitchen accessories by JK Adams of Dorset, textiles by Donna Tosi of Vernon and Cricket Radio of Shelburne and hand-turned pens by Micah Ranquist of West Brattleboro.  New artisans are joining us frequently to increase the variety of Vermont made home decor accessories we can make available at Stonehurst.

2013 also brought many important upgrades to our website, thanks to Neville and Martin up in our genius room.  As a new employee in 2013 Martin, was joined by Michelle (in Sales and Customer Service) and Kelsey and Nina (in Marketing).  We feel very lucky to have them join the Vermont Woods Studios family!

After 8 years of building this sustainable furniture business– in 2013 we are finally in a space that’s truly worthy of the beautiful handcrafted furniture Vermont is so famous for.   With customers journeying here from all across the country, we can finally say “Come to Stonehurst.  It’s worth the trip”.

We are immensely grateful to our creative and hard-working staff for making this 2013 progress possible.  Although we’ve come a long way, we know that in many ways our efforts have just begun.  In 2013 we built it.  In 2014 we have to make sure they come.  Please help us spread the word!  Join us on Facebook or in the comments section below.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on Vermont’s sustainable furniture and/or the Stonehurst experience.

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.

Pine Top | The Lost Ski Area | Now a Vermont Furniture Showroom and Fine Art Gallery
Pine Top, the Lost Ski Area is now a Vermont fine furniture showroom, art gallery and information center. 

The last few days have brought a bounty of fluffy white snow setting us up for a beautiful first Christmas at Stonehurst.  Ken went out to the old carriage shed and rescued this antique sign that marked entry to the Pine Top Ski Area from the 1940s to the 1960s.  It’s now resting safely in our mudroom (er- entryway) accompanied by all the latest maps, magazines and brochures on Vermont travel (did I mention that we’re now an official Vermont Information Center?  More about that later).

For a small ski area in a small town, it’s amazing how many people have stopped by to tell us stories of when they skied here at Pine Top 50 years ago.  We had a lovely couple from Manhattan visit us a few weeks ago.  They were here to shop for furniture but after looking out the window at the ski slopes and seeing the Pine Top sign, Marcia realized that she had skied here when she was a boarding student at Northfield School (now NMH).  What a coincidence!

First Christmas at Stonehurst is a snowy one!
Signs of a snowy first Christmas abound at Stonehurst, Vermont’s sustainable furniture showroom and art gallery.

Today the sign out front welcomes people to Stonehurst, Vermont’s sustainable furniture showroom and art gallery.  With all the freshly fallen snow, now is one of the prettiest times of year to visit Stonehurst.  If you’re longing for the old fashioned Christmas you remember as a kid, stop by and see us.  We’ve got hot chocolate, warm apple cider and of course there’s always a bottle of red in the wine rack.  Christmas shopping was never this fun, even back in the 1950s!

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.

Since we’ve made the transition over to Stonehurst, our new headquarters and showroom, we’ve had some of the most wonderful experiences with our customers. It’s been a pleasure for us to meet our guests in person and help them have a comfortable and easy Vermont furniture shopping experience. From helping our guests choose Vermont made decor and artwork for their homes, to assisting in the creation of the perfect custom furniture, or simply giving guidance for furniture upkeep; we love that our guests are excited about their shopping experience with us.

Astrid Modern Bedroom Furniture Collection
The ultra modern Astrid Bedroom Furniture Collection brings a dramatic yet relaxed zen style to your space. 

Jeannie and Jeff S., are two of our customers who made a trip out to Stonehurst to see our furniture up close before they made any decisions. Pleased with our showroom and the quality of our designs, they decided to purchase a bedroom set and new dining room furniture. The photos included in this blog were sent in by them, along with this lovely note:

“We had a wonderful experience at Vermont Wood Studios starting with our thoughtful and extensive meeting with Sean at your lovely Brattleboro showroom. Sean gave excellent advice to customize our order and kept in touch while the craftspeople made our bedroom and dining room furniture. It was delivered earlier than expected by the very capable ALB Transport in perfect condition. We are absolutely thrilled by the beauty and uniqueness of the bed, dressers, dining room table and chairs. We are happy to recommend both the furniture and customer oriented values of Vermont Wood Studios! 
With much appreciation,
Jeannie and Jeff S.”

We really appreciate this positive feedback, and are proud to showcase Vermont wood furniture in such a grand location (& with such a great staff!). Our team is here at Stonehurst Monday-Saturday 9-5, and we’d love for you to visit to see for yourself! Visiting Stonehurst before you shop online makes the buying experience that much more comfortable, as you’ll see first hand the luxurious quality of our handcrafted furniture designs in a natural Vermont home setting.

Vermont Modern Pedestal Table, Modern Mission Chairs
This photo features the American Mission Short Back Wave Chair, and the Vermont Modern Trestle table

 

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.

Escape Holiday Stress | Visit Stonehurst to Relax
I snapped this photo on my way home from Stonehurst today.  Last night’s storm has left the farmhouse looking so Christmassy!  Wouldn’t you like to kick back and relax at this Vermont furniture store while you shop for handmade home decor and fine art?

Christmas is drawing near.  How did that happen so fast?  If you’re like me and haven’t made much of a dent in your shopping yet, don’t panic.  Stop by Stonehurst and experience the gift of “shopping relaxation”.  Sounds like an oxy moron?  Picture this:  you get off Interstate 91 in Bernardston, MA and enjoy a scenic 6 mile drive along a lovely country road lined with old farmhouses, maple trees and scenic mountain vistas.  Winding around the corner into Vernon, Vermont you come upon the snow-covered site of a lost ski area: Pine Top.  It’s now the home of Vermont’s newest destination shopping experience, Stonehurst: an upscale furniture, home decor and fine arts showroom.

The front porch of Stonehurst is decorated with a wreath which doubles as a snow sled
The front porch of Stonehurst is decorated with a wreath that doubles as a snow sled.  When you’re finished shopping, feel free to head out back for a ride down the slopes of Pine Top– the lost ski area.

You turn in the driveway and tread up the entrance path to enter a 19th century homestead that’s been lovingly restored and renovated into a Vermont furniture store, showcasing authentic Vermont made home decor,  gifts and artwork.  Upon entry you are greeted by Liz who warmly welcomes you to Stonehurst and offers you a choice of hot chocolate, warm apple cider or a glass of chilled chardonnay.  Now that’s what I call shopping relaxation.

Stopnehurst's Blacksmith's Shop
The old blacksmith’s shop at Stonehurst served as a warming shed during the 1940s-1960s when the property was know as the Pine Top Ski Area.  Today Ken decorated it with an LL Bean inner tube that you’re welcome to give a spin — if you dare.

What kind of Christmas gifts does a fine furniture store have to offer you ask?  Here’s a partial list of the handmade home decor items you’ll find for sale at Stonehurst:

Take the stress out of your holiday shopping.  Come shop with us at Stonehurst and remember what the holidays are really all about.

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.

Friday was a festive day at Vermont Woods Studios.  We had our 8th annual company Christmas party and gift exchange.  I picked up our tree at Rotary’s, annual Christmas Tree Sale during my Thursday night shift (the Rotary Club I belong to sells Christmas trees to raise money for it’s Gateway Scholarship Foundation).  Ken brought the tree back to Stonehurst in his Beverly Hillbillies-style trailer and Douglas and our star sales staff put it up and decorated it.  Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

Of course the tree is local (from Craftsbury, VT) and it’s decorated with memorabilia from Pine Top, the lost ski area that our fine furniture and art gallery now sits upon.  That’s a “rope tow” you see stretching from the bottom to the top of the tree and there are a couple stylish 1950s era skiers ascending it, courtesy of my thoughtful sister, Ann.  There are also some beautiful handcrafted decorations (painted by our friend Donna Scully) which can be purchased in the showroom.

In the afternoon we had a potluck lunch with lots of delicious treats, including the most decadent brownies I think I’ve ever tasted.  Following that (with a little work squeezed in between) was a Yankee swap of American made gifts (somehow Neville managed to take home the most coveted gift– a bottle of Jack Daniels).

After work we all reconvened at Terrazza Restaurant at the Greenfield Country Club in Greenfield, MA to finish off the days festivities.  Does it sound like we do a lot of partying at Vermont Woods Studios?  Well, we try to.  Work hard, play occasionally.  That’s not a bad recipe for success is it?  Let us know on Facebook, what you do to celebrate Christmas with your colleagues.

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.