Happy Mother's Day to all mothers – of people and animals.
The staff at Vermont Woods Studios send you warmest wishes for a delightful day filled with love and pampering.
Many thanks to Jacquie Lawson and her family of artists for the image. We think hers are the most beautiful greeting cards on the web.
Copeland's solid cherry Monterey Platform Bed was this week's best seller. I love the subtle Asian style of this bed. Copeland's designer fused traditional American Art's & Crafts style with modern Japanese lines to achieve the elegant look that's proving so popular.
The Monterey bed is handmade of solid cherry wood and can be customized online in your choice of 5 shades of cherry: natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. The Monterey Bed is available with under-bed storage or as a standard platform bed.
Going green? Copeland Furniture is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC, holds Silver Exemplary Status from the Sustainable Furnishings Council (of which it is a founding member, just like Vermont Woods Studios) and has been awarded the Sage Award for environmental excellence by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA). Find additional information, direct from the source, about what Copeland is doing to become more sustainable here.
Usually when the mail comes I'm quick to toss it on Douglas' desk because it's an invoice or statement or other uninteresting transmittal. But today there was a beautiful, hand-addressed card on top of the mail pile and the stamp had a Trident Maple Bonsai tree on it. How intriguing.
So I kept this letter for myself. Inside was a check (always my favorite mail to open) and a "racy" greeting card from one of our customers in West Yarmouth, MA.
The card was made by Tree-Free Greetings in Keene, NH which is just down the road from us. It's a small company I've never even heard of. But their cards are made from recycled content and Kenaf– an American grown plant that grows 15 feet in 5 months, uses no harmful chemicals in processing and is fully recyclable.
I have to say… our customers are the ultimate. They keep us going when times get tough. Sending us money in a locally made, eco-friendly card on Arbor Day… how cool is that?
Many thanks to the Merrill family!
And happy Arbor Day, everyone.
Happy Easter from all of us at Vermont Woods Studios!
I thought I'd share a few scenes from Vermont's pastoral landscape this Spring. We've got all the signs of Easter:
Lambs at The Billings Farm
Crocuses at the Vermont Wildflower Farm
One week old baby horses at Malhana Farm.
bunnies, chicks… you name it (thanks to 123rf.com/freeimages for this photo)
And of course, many local churches (this one is St Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro) where you can participate in the all of the religious traditions and spirituality of Easter.
Maybe you should jump in the car right now and buzz up to Vermont for Easter? Our Inn owners have a cozy place for you to take respite.
Please stop by the Vermont Woods Studios showroom this week and pick up tickets for the Spagetti Dinner Fundraiser that Patty O'Donnell has organized for the family of Eric Pratt. Eric's life was tragically taken at age 15, in a train accident 2 weeks ago here in Vernon. His dad, Mike Pratt, who is a volunteer with the Vernon fire department was the first responder on the scene the night of the accident. We ask for your prayers and support of this young family.
The spagetti dinner is this Thursday, Feb 9 at the Vernon Elementary School on Governor Hunt Rd in Vernon with seatings at 5pm and 6pm. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child.
Donations in memory of Eric can be sent to the Vernon Elementary School 381 Governor Hunt Rd Vernon, VT 05354 or directly to the family at the same address. Please pass this message on.
“Whether people are fully conscious of this or not, they actually derive countenance and sustenance from the ‘atmosphere’ of the things they live in or with. They are rooted in them just as a plant is in the soil in which is planted.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright
Showcasing the grandeur of America's best prairie-style architecture, Copeland's Frank Lloyd Wright® Furniture reflects Wright's love of nature and the timeless beauty of his artistry.
Each piece of this high end collection is based on an original that was (and still is) seen in Wright’s Prairie Houses. Copeland starts with Wright’s designs, solid hardwoods, and superior upholstery; then employs traditional craftsmanship and state-of the-art technology to create these authentic, signed and numbered, heirloom- quality pieces for your home.
If you're all about natural, organic purity in your luxury home furniture, you can't help but fall in love with this classic collection. The pieces have a certain gravitas that's compelling in even the most posh, luxurious setting. Or as Wright put it,
“It opens, we enter, and an atmosphere of quiet strength and well-ordered repose envelops us, refreshes us, and gives us confidence in the personality of the “owners,” assures us of depth, warmth, and simplicity.”
We received this request for assistance from our good friends Jody and Betty Lou Deaton today, on Veteran's Day and thought we would share it with our readers:
"As we approach the holiday season we have the tendency to focus in on our own families and not so much on the needs of others, especially in today’s economy.
There are approximately 103,700 US personnel, men and women, over in Afghanistan who are there to protect our freedom and serving our country with out hesitation thus allowing us to enjoy our families and loved ones.
Starting today through November 15, 2011, I am requesting your help in adopting a soldier and his family. The soldier is Sgt. Peter A. Avila with the 25th Infantry Division.
Sgt. Avila is currently on his fourth tour in the Afghanistan/Iraqi region, temporally assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Afghanistan at a Forward Operating Base. His wife Crystal Avila is currently suffering from kidney disease and a host of related health issues. Peter and Crystal's two little boys (Kenan and Kaleb) and a baby girl (Deanna) are located in Hawaii without the love of a father or husband, nor do they have family members living close enough to assist in these times of need.
Sgt. Avila’s first tour was with the 2nd Marine Infantry Division during the invasion of Baghdad. His second and third tours were with the U.S. Army in Iraq during Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Avila was also deployed as part of the U.S. border patrol and construction of the U.S. and Mexican fence line for nine months prior to being deployed to Iraq on December 12, 2007 for an 18 month tour.
This soldier has put our Freedom, Country, Loved ones, and The Right to Practice the Freedom of Religion before his own enjoyment of Life that most take for granted.
Please join us in providing assistance to a soldier and his family this holiday season."
Contributions can be sent to:
Emanuel Holiness Church
C/O Bessie Todd
20701 Jane Shaw Rd.
Wagram, NC 28396
For Sgt. Peter A. Avila Donations
By Dennis Shanoff
Since tropical storm Irene hit us this summer I had taken a little break from writing about Vermont’s happenings and attractions. I wanted to allow some time for the people, businesses, and roads to heal from the unexpected and in some cases overwhelming destruction. And just about all my favorite destinations and roads were hit pretty hard and I felt it was best to just stay out of the way until things had a chance to mend. Well tremendous progress has been made the past few months so I have begun to revisit my favorite places and resum my deeper exploration of this interesting and beautiful state.
Most of you probably know that Vermont is renowned for its fine arts & craft population. Scattered about the state are thousands of artists and craftspeople who make their living from their handiwork. And throughout the year various regional Vermont craft associations sponsor a “craft tour” weekend. What this means is that you visit a region where you can drive from artist studio to studio. And one of the more famous ones is coming up soon! Thirty two years in the running, the Putney Area Craft Tour will host their open studio event during Thanksgiving weekend from November 25 – 27. Putney has a great concentration of fine artisans so here is your chance to visit 27 working studios, meet the artisans and see where and how these unique craft objects and fine art are created. You name it and you will find it here, from all art mediums, to jewelry, textiles, wood & metal works, and of course pottery and glass blowing. You can preview the artisans work and plan your visit at the Putney Crafts Tour website. Here you will find a tour map as well as information on places to eat and stay. And it’s timed just right so that perhaps you can make this part of your American Made holiday shopping experience. Sounds more fun then the typical “mall madness trip” experience, doesn’t it? Hope you can make it!
I'm just getting back from a weekend trip up North to Plattsburgh, NY (200 miles north) to visit my mother. While we were enjoying a beautiful, sunny Fall day and feeding the Canadain geese who stopped to rest at the CVPH Medical Center, my friends to the South were getting covered with 15" of heavy wet snow. How weird is that?
Sun and fun in Plattsburgh, NY yesterday.
By the time I got back down to Brattleboro, there were trees and branches down everywhere, power outages and traffic accidents. All this snow made me wonder what lies ahead for the geese and other migrating birds as they head South.
It's not a very nice Halloween trick for Mother Nature to play on them.
Time to fill up the bird feeders.
By Dennis Shanoff
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!