This is Part 1 of a series of posts on DIY home decor for Vermont’s second home owners.
Second Homes in Vermont
Second home sales in Vermont are booming. Last weekend, Ken and I took a drive through Wilmington & Dover in southeastern Vermont, home to resort communities like The Hermitage Club, Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain. New homes & developments are everywhere in the Deerfield Valley, especially luxury second homes and vacation homes.
When Ken, Kendall, Riley and I started Vermont Woods Studios 7 years ago we had just a vague notion of what this company could be. First and foremost we wanted a green company with a mission of forest conservation. That grew out of the boys’ attachment to Vermont’s natural world, especially it’s wildlife. And my interest in saving the rainforest.
I figured since Ken already had a full time job and the boys were in school, it would take 100% of my time for at least the first 5 years (optimistic and naive, it turns out) to get a new business off the ground. So if I was to have any time with Ken and the boys, it would pretty much have to be within the context of the business. The new company would have to be engaging for all of us.
One of our first ideas was to build and sell wooden bird houses. That satisfied Ken’s woodworking interests and the boys connection to the outdoors. But as we brainstormed lots of different ideas and got more involved with the Vermont woodworking community the concept of partnering with local craftspeople and marketing their Vermont made furniture online evolved.
Well, 7 years later, thanks to the help of Douglas Fletcher (Sales and Customer Service Manager), Dennis Shanoff (Marketing Manager) and the rest of our creative and hard-working staff, Vermont made furniture is now in all 50 states. We’ve come a long way. And we’ve got a long way to go.
Many thanks to all our craftspeople, customers, readers, vendors and cheer leaders. We are grateful for your support.
Vermont Woods Studios has been showcasing Vermont’s finest wood furniture for over 5 years now. And as word of the Vermont furniture style and superb Vermont craftsmanship spreads outside the northeast we find ourselves hearing more and more lately from distant interior design and architectural firms.
A few months ago we were contacted by Susan Jay Design, a Los Angeles, CA based interior designer and space planning firm. For this particular client project Susan was looking for some modern and unique solid wood dining chairs and our Modern High Back Chairs caught her eye. Susan had an interesting vision for these chairs. She wanted both light and dark wood colors and the seats would be upholstered with a custom bold pattern fabric. The contrasted toned chairs would be alternated around the large rectangular dining table. After reviewing some wood samples we sent, Susan chose to have a half dozen chairs crafted in natural cherry and another half dozen to be finished with a custom walnut stain. She then supplied us with the fabric for the seats and our craftsman went to work. Susan was gracious enough to share a photo with us. We think it looks stunning and are happy to report that both designer and client are very happy with the finished product!
Vermont Woods Studios is happy to work with design firms; we offer a 20% discount to the trade. Any design trade professionals interested in working with us can learn more by visiting our Designer Corner or by calling 1-888-390-5571. We look forward to working with you and helping you and your client achieve their vision!
We're celebrating the Made in America awakening started by Diane Sawyer and ABC news with a storewide SALE on our 100% American made furniture. This doesn't happen very often. We do try to offer a great sale each week, but it all depends on the current price of wood and the status of our independent furniture makers. For example sometimes they'll be willing to offer a discount on a certain furniture collection because if they limit their production to a small number of items they can achieve an economy of scale that they'll pass on to our customers.
But once or twice a year we'll put the whole store on sale! Now is one of those times. It's a risk for us because we need to get enough orders to fill up our trucks, thus compensating for the furniture sale discounts by achieving big savings on shipping. So if you've been thinking about purchasing high quality, handmade, solid wood furniture for awhile, now is the time to make your move! Check out this American Furniture sale and contact us with your questions. We'll look forward to hearing from you.
We're adding a new line of furniture at Vermont Woods Studios. It's called the Modern American Furniture Collection. Check out this mid-century style buffet. It's handcrafted in Vermont from solid black walnut wood. Kind of a blend of Art Deco and Scandinavian design, don't you think?
This is a brand new collection with new pieces emerging over the next few months. Check back often to see the collection evolve.