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.
Shopping Tips: High Quality, Vermont Made Furniture & Home Decor
We had coffee with a couple from Connecticut who were finishing construction of their Vermont dream home. It’s a second home/vacation home and they were worried about how to get it furnished in time for their daughter’s wedding this Fall. They were doing their own interior design and looking for local, Vermont made furniture and home decor.
Vermont is the Fine Furniture Capital of America
We chatted quite awhile and they were amazed to learn that Vermont is the fine furniture capital of America and home to some of the world’s most exclusive home decor companies. Simon Pearce glassware, Hubbardton Forge lighting, Anichini linens & Shackleton Thomas pottery and furniture are all within a short drive of Southern Vermont’s Deerfield Valley. Important stuff to know for a second home owner who’s trying to furnish their Vermont dream home, right? So I decided to get the information out to others in the neighborhood. Here’s my:
DIY Guide to Furnishing Your Vermont Dream Home (Part 1)
This guide’s for all who’ve fallen in love with the Vermont lifestyle. Beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, sunsets, ski trails… if they’ve compelled you to buy a little slice of Green Mountain Heaven you’ll soon need to furnish it. No doubt you have a good idea of what you want your home decor to look and feel like. Maybe you’ve sought inspiration in Vermont Life magazine or browsed through the HGTV Vermont Dream Home stories online. Now you’re ready to shop. You’re in luck! Vermont is America’s leader in high quality, handmade wood furniture. The Green Mountain State boasts over 1000 furniture companies plus 2000 independent woodworkers operating out of small shops, barns and garages. They produce a diverse collection of furniture for every taste and budget and together they have earned a world-wide reputation for integrity, authenticity and green design.
Vermont Made Furniture Companies
Vermont is a veritable fine furniture superstore. Here’s a run down of some of the more well established furniture makers in Vermont. I’ll draw a home decor road trip map with their locations in my next post.
Dave Allard and the craftspeople at Lyndon Furniture build all solid wood furniture from North American hardwoods like cherry, oak, maple and walnut. The only place you’ll find veneer on Lyndon pieces is on the backs of cabinets and bottoms of drawers (that’s to provide for wood movement during changing humidity). Lyndon craftspeople are committed to preserving the heritage of American furniture-making by combining the best of old world construction techniques and new world precision. What they achieve is an authentic product that’s stylish, affordable and designed to last a lifetime. Mission, Craftsman, Shaker and traditional are Lyndon’s signature styles.
Charlie Shackleton is one of Vermont’s most beloved furniture makers. He’s famous for his steadfast belief in the integrity and enduring value of true handcrafted furniture. You won’t find cnc routers in Charlie’s shop! Everything is traditionally carved and crafted by hand, making each piece a unique work of art. Charlie is making the Chippendales of tomorrow. It’s the stuff Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be competing for in years to come. If you’re looking for a spectacular piece to be the focal point of your room, Charlie is the one to meet. And Charlie’s wife, Miranda Thomas is a world class pottery artisan. Their work is housed in The White House & The Vatican, along with many private and public collections & museums. Shackleton-Thomas is located in Bridgewater, Vermont– less than 2 hours north of the Deerfield Valley.
Clear Lake Furniture
Master craftsman, Brent Karner owns Clear Lake Furniture which is housed in a beautiful restored barn in Ludlow, Vermont. Here you can wander through Brent’s workshop, talk with the craftsmen, and browse a 3,000 square-foot gallery for ideas. Choose your style, size, wood, and finish, then select the actual boards for your furniture. Throughout the crafting process you can visit the Clear Lake Furniture workshop at any time to chat with your craftsman and see the progress of your piece. Each piece will be signed by the craftsman and dated along with your family name. Superior quality, personal involvement, and total satisfaction are the hallmarks of Clear Lake Furniture.
Copeland Furniture is one of Vermont’s most recognizable, high end home furniture brands. For over 30 years, Tim Copeland and his family have been building a reputation for world class, wooden furniture in a variety of crisp, clean designs. Shaker style defined Copeland’s early furniture but over the years many additional styles have evolved. The Monterey collection blends Asian design with elements of traditional American Arts and Crafts. More recent collections like the Astrid, Catalina and SoHo collections reflect American mid-century modern designs while MiMo bedroom furniture represents Miami’s chic modern esthetic. Mission, arts & crafts and craftsman styles furniture round out Copeland’s designs in the Berkeley and Mansfield collections. See all the details as you browse through Copeland Furniture by Collection here.
Bookmark this page and check back for my next post & a map of Vermont furniture companies plus details on:
Vermont’s Specialty Custom Furniture Makers
Vermont’s Exclusive Home Decor Manufacturers
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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.