5 Ways to Know if you can Trust an Online Furniture Company

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We just received the furniture today and are over the moon. We were so nervous about ordering online sight unseen but the dresser and nightstands are beautiful. Many thanks and please thanks the craftsman as well.” -V. Defrancis  

If you are feeling unsure about ordering furniture sight unseen, you aren’t the only one. Many of our customers take major leaps of faith when shopping for furniture online, and we’re always happy to see these nervous customers satisfied in the end. We get countless emails from our customers expressing gratitude for a quality product and great service, and we are proud to be a company people can really trust. We know that purchasing quality furniture is an investment, and we want our customers to feel confident that their investment is a wise one. If you are shopping around between different furniture companies, all offering furniture sight unseen, there are several things you should look for to make sure you can really trust the product and the company behind it.

5 Ways to Know if you can Trust an Online Furniture Company:

1. Ability to visit and see the quality of the furniture in person. Even if you can’t to go to the showroom and see the furniture yourself for distance reasons, having a showroom is a sign of confidence that the quality of furniture is most likely consistent with what the company promises online.

2. Transparency about the people behind the company. Can you meet the people who work there–from the owners to the customer service members? Can you atleast read and learn about them on the company website? Learning about the people who work at the company is a great way to get to know the company you are working with. If a company doesn’t tell you about who they are, how can you be sure they are people you can trust? You want to know that real people are there to handle your order and guide you through the process.

3. Quality testimonials. Check the website for a testimonials page, this should give you an accurate picture of the quality of their service and their product. Sites like sitejabber are a good resource as well.

4. Accessibility. Does the company offer you many different ways to reach and interact with their customer service team? Is it easy to contact them if a problem were to arise? Are they quick to respond? A trustworthy company won’t make it hard for you to reach them by phone, live chat, email, or in person.

5.  Lifetime guarantee. A company that is worthy of your trust is one that will stand by their product 100%. A lifetime guarantee should give you the confidence that what you are buying is top quality and crafted with care.

What else do you look for when shopping online for furniture sight unseen? Let us know in the comments!

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New for Summer: Harbour Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture

Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Finally, a deep seating outdoor furniture collection that is as lush and comfortable as it is stylish. 

polywood-harbour-cat-1The Harbour Collection by POLYWOOD is the perfect furniture to create your summery outdoor retreat. Imagine spending long afternoons relaxing by the pool with a good book and a fruity drink, or warm summer nights enjoying lively conversation with your closest friends and family…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? No matter the occasion, the Harbour Collection will inspire feelings of ultimate luxury and relaxation all summer long.

Less Maintenance, More Relaxation

American Made Deep Seating Outdoor FurnitureWhy waste precious time trying to maintain flimsy & faded outdoor furniture? With the Harbour Collection, there is hardly any maintenance, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy the sun! This low-maintenance deep seating outdoor furniture collection is constructed using high quality POLYWOOD recycled plastic lumber combined with premium stainless steel hardware ensuring extreme durability all year round.  Each chair, settee, sofa and ottoman is made complete with newly designed Sunbrella waterproof fabric cushions, specifically designed for the highest quality of comfort. The fabrics are durable and weather resistant, giving you four seasons of enjoyment. Available in Black with Granite cushions, Slate Grey with Natural cushions, Teak with Antique cushions, or White with Air Blue, each style is sophisticated and modern.

Shop Now & Avoid Being Left with an Empty Patio!

American Made Outdoor FurnitureSure, it’s only April now but before you know it you are going to wake up one morning and realize that A) It’s the middle of July and B) your patio is completely empty. How will you entertain your friends? Where will you relax? Our advice is to start shopping now, or at least start planning for the perfect patio. You deserve an oasis of fun and relaxation, and our Harbour deep seating outdoor furniture collection will give you just that.

What do you think of the Harbour Collection? Would you use it to beautify your space? If you love it, shop it now!

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5 Simple Things That Will Make Your Bedroom Feel New Again

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Make your room feel new again, by adding one or all of these great accessories!

 

To make your bedroom feel new again, you don’t need to hire a designer and do a total makeover. There are several fun and simplistic things you can do to give your bedroom that freshness you’ve been craving!

1. Decorative pillows: Prices can range from super high end to nice and affordable. My favorite place to shop for new decorative pillows is the local thrift store. Mix & match for an eclectic look, sure to bring new life into your space.

2: Plants: Literally bring life into your bedroom! When things are feeling a little dull and uninspiring, introduce your favorite houseplant to your bedroom. They’re nice to look at, and many are super good for your health!

3. Accessorize with wood furniture: There’s a lot of wood furniture than can be used in a variety of different ways. This beautiful Copeland dining chair is very versatile, and would nicely complement your bedroom furniture! Put a pillow on top of it or leave it on its own, the beauty of this chair speaks for itself and makes a truly stylish accent piece.

4. Change your hardware: Are you currently using regular, cheap hardware for your windows & etc? Switch over to something a little more stylish! There are many options for high quality curtain rods & accessories.

5. Temporary Wallpaper. From bold and daring to modest and traditional, there is a temporary wallpaper for you. Add a statement wall or use it all across the entire bedroom to give you a totally new look without much cost or effort!

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Cherry Shaker Furniture: A New England Classic

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 04:34 pm

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Cherry Shaker Furniture is a Staple of the Traditional New England Home

In any traditionally inspired New England home you are sure to find handcrafted Cherry wood furniture. Shaker furniture in particular has been a favorite style for decades, and there’s no end to this trend in sight. The elegant look of Cherry wood combined with the simplicity of Shaker furniture creates a truly timeless match.  Cherry Shaker furniture is versatile, elegant, and the perfect addition to any traditional home. No matter where you live, this furniture style will give your space the feeling of a classic New England home.

Cherry Shaker Furniture for the living roomCherry Shaker furniture will work with any color scheme, and as seen in the photo above, looks marvelous with shades of green. No matter the color of your room, Shaker furniture in Cherry wood will help you create a look that is comfortable yet polished. Built for function but never lacking in chic Shaker style.

Cherry Shaker Bedroom FurnitureYour master bedroom will look charming and New England inspired with our finely crafted Cherry Shaker furniture. Unadorned and subtle, you could live in the city and still feel like you are waking up in a rural Vermont farmhouse.

reclaimed-barnwood-table-country-windsor-lifeShare meals with your closest friends and family around Vermont crafted Shaker tables and chairs that are inspired by a 200+ year heritage of Yankee woodworking. Cherry Shaker furniture is durable and makes the perfect base for your traditionally inspired dining space.

What do you think of Cherry Shaker furniture? Would you add it to your home? Let us know in the comments section!

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5 Outdoor Furniture Ideas For Designing Your Patio

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Your porch or patio is a great place to entertain guests, dine, and relax with your friends and family.  Even a simple backyard can be transformed into a beautiful secondary living space when designed well! Simple upgrades in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and decor can turn your space from plain to inspiring in no time!

Here are some great outdoor furniture ideas to help you plan your space:

1. Think about what you use your space for, or what you want to use your space for the most in the future. Do you want it to be a relaxing place for your family? A place to entertain friends and host parties? A nice spot to spend time alone and read? Think about what you envision the space being. This will dictate the decisions you make about your outdoor furniture & decor.

2. Draw out your space. Measuring your space is imperative in buying outdoor furniture because you need to know the exact amount of space you have available before you start buying. Go out to your space and analyze what the typical traffic patterns will be. Do you need a lot of room for people to walk around? Take notes on highly trafficked areas you’d like to keep clear.

3. Browse Pinterest & other inspiration sites for all of the elements you’d like to see on your patio space. Think about food– do you need a grill, decorative wood serving bowls, or dining tables & chairs? How about your lighting–candles are always a great option for a romantic and dreamy outdoor space. Hanging string lights are festive and bring life into the space. Get a piece of paper, browse Pinterest & take note of all of the different things you love about porch and patio decor.

4. Consider the climate. Will your outdoor furniture & decor need to be weather resistant? If your patio furniture will be exposed to harsh heat, cold, winds, rain, etc… you might want to consider products that are maintenance free and can survive throughout even the most severe weather conditions! Do a little browsing online and you’ll find great outdoor rugs to keep the floor looking stylish and resistant to the weather too! If your furniture, rugs, etc, will be exposed to rain and wetness, don’t use any fabrics that will mold or decay over time!

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5. Colors. Choose color schemes that bring out the personality of your space and your home! We love the bright blue of this ultra modern outdoor furniture set–accented by the blue water of the pool. Think about your space and the feeling you want your porch or patio to give your guests, and find colorful furniture and decor to match it! Browse Pinterest for inspiration.

Stay tuned for more updates on the perfect outdoor furniture style for you & your space!

 

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3 Round Shaker Tables That are Perfect for Small Spaces

Last updated on November 13th, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Everyone loves the idea of having a solid wood custom Shaker dining table handcrafted just for them. What’s not to love? Pick your favorite wood, order the table to fit perfectly into your dining room…a handcrafted dining table, made especially for you by skilled craftsmen in Vermont who use sustainably harvested hardwoods. Add in a lifetime guarantee and who could argue?

But if you have a small dining room or kitchen area, you might have some reservations. We can assure you that if you’ve been worried about finding a great round Shaker table to fit your small space, we have some wonderful options for you! These 3 round shaker tables are a handpicked selection sure to fit your unique dining room size. While most of our Shaker dining room tables are very customizable, the following picks are some of our favorites.

1. Custom Round Shaker Table

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Our eco-friendly Vermont-Made Shaker Custom Round Table is handcrafted in Vermont by skilled artisans. Customize this round shaker table to make it perfect for your home, it is available in a number of options!

 

2. New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table

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This sturdy New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table is a great extension table for the kitchen, dining room, or as a game table in your family room. Hand-crafted using real, solid woods in America.

3. Classic Shaker Round Dining Table

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Our Classic Round Shaker Table features simple, modern tapered legs. Each table is handmade in Vermont by skilled craftsman using natural solid hardwoods and traditional joinery.

All of our round shaker tables and chairs are made by craftsmen in Vermont from sustainably harvested hardwood. A great thing about our furniture is it is made just for you! As you browse our online gallery, you will notice that most of our furniture is shown in solid cherry wood, but be sure to look at the hardwood options! You can customize most of your furniture in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods. This allows you to create your own solid wood dining set that is perfect for you and your home.

 

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Preparing for Spring at Stonehurst

SpringWhile it might be hard to believe, winter is finally winding down here at Stonehurst. The snow is slowly melting, and some of our forest friends are starting to show their furry faces. Just yesterday, we saw this beautiful red fox frolic through the field in our backyard.

SpringA pair of eastern bluebirds perched outside outside of my office window, enjoying the first real day of sunshine of the season.

SpringAnd a chubby squirrel (a frequent visitor to the marketing office window) gorged himself on tasty bird seed.

We’ve seen plenty more forest critters getting ready for spring, and we’re getting ready too!

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As you can see here, a wild Sales team member (Sean) anxiously awaits the warm weather! What about you? How are you preparing for spring? If you are planning on adding some natural Vermont charm to your home, a visit to Stonehurst might be a great first step. You’ll have plenty of inspiration from the birds and cute critters, and a friendly sales team to make your visit easy and enjoyable. Our beautiful, Vermont crafted wood furniture is made from premium solid hardwoods, sourced from sustainably harvested forests, much like the one right in our backyard!

Shopping at Stonehurst brings you closer to where your furniture really comes from. Visit us, and experience the beauty of Vermont wood, inside and out.

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5 American Made Nightstands to Inspire Your Space

Last updated on August 10th, 2019 at 05:56 pm

American Made Wood Nightstands
Enhance the function and style of your bedroom with handmade, natural solid wood night stands, bedside tables and night tables. 

Whether you are just starting your American made furniture collection or you’re a seasoned fine furniture aficionado, our American made nightstands will give your bedroom the polished and traditional look you’ve been dreaming of. If you’ve already bought your bed, the nightstands are your obvious next choice. You’ll want to find something that is solidly crafted, beautifully styled, and complementary to the rest of your bedroom furniture. Your new American made nightstands will provide a sturdy and stylish place to set your glass of water, reading glasses, or your favorite book.

With most of our furniture, you will see that warm and simplistic are key characteristics, the same is true for all 5 of the American Made Nightstands featured here. Which will you choose to complete the look of your master suite or guest bedroom?

1. Modern Shaker Nightstand
Modern Shaker American Made Nighstand Bedside Table

The Modern Shaker Night Stand or Bedside Table is handcrafted by Vermont craftsmen from real solid wood. It’s built to be understated yet stylish and modern, with clean lines and a sturdy build. It features one drawer and one open shelf underneath, giving you just the right amount of storage space.

2. American Mission Nightstand
American Made Nighstand | Mission Style

This gorgeous American Mission Nightstand is finely crafted in Vermont. It’s built to be functional, while still indulging your need for style and minimal fuss (staying true to authentic Mission style design). This American made nightstand is the perfect place to store all of your bedtime necessities. Smooth, clean lines and eye catching drawer pulls make this night stand elegant, unique, and functional.

3. Holland Nightstand
Holland American Made Nightstand

Our Holland Nightstand is a new, fresh design that stays true to traditional style with a touch of eclectic flair. Fine detailing in the curved finger pulls for an easy drawer opening combined with clean, crisp edges make this piece stand apart from all others.

4. Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand

American Made Nightstand | Shaker Style Nightstand

Staying true to the simplistic Shaker aesthetic, our American Shaker Nightstand features clean lines and elegant tapered legs. It’s minimalist and authentically inspired, making it a great fit for both traditional and contemporary homes. This piece is made of real solid wood by Vermont craftsmen who use sustainably harvested woods.

5. Cherry Moon Nightstand

Cherry Moon 1 Drawer Nightstand

This Cherry Moon 1-Drawer American Made Nightstand has a reverse tapered leg and a unique cove edge. It is made by a meticulous Vermont craftsman and is sure to be as beautiful as it is functional. Regardless of the wood chosen for the piece, walnut pulls are the standard. This unique piece would make a great fit for your high end bedroom or guest room.

Each of the nightstands featured above are crafted with care in Vermont by expert local woodworkers. Each design is simplistic and elegant with a solid wood construction–making them both aesthetically pleasing and built for a lifetime of use. Which of these top quality, Vermont crafted nightstands would you choose for your space? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Why Do Americans Love Wood Dining Tables?

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Why are Wood Dining Tables a Staple of the American Household?

Inside most typical American households you will find one common item in the dining area– a wood dining table.

You could eat off a glass top table or a metal table or even a plastic table, but for some reason, wood is what we love best. So why wood?  I think for many people, wood makes an important emotional connection that maybe we’re not even consciously aware of.  A customer once told Peggy that she came to us because of the natural, organic aspect of our wooden furniture.  She said that trees are actually a source of spiritual sustenance and renewal for her. This passage about trees written by woodworker and naturalist Brian Clifford reflects this sentiment:

A tree is a thing of beauty and wonderment, huge, but full of life and movement. A deciduous tree is the embodiment of the changing seasons: a stark framework in winter, bursting life in spring, a vast green canopy in summer and the bearer of seeds and fruit in the autumn. It is the embodiment of man’s condition: birth, life, death, regeneration and rebirth.

For others, it might be that nostalgic image of a happy family gathered around the dinner table for meal time. That quality family time that was most often spent around a wood dining table– sharing stories from your day, planning upcoming family trips, and most importantly, just having real conversation with each other.

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With all of the distractions we have at home, from our computers to our smart phones and our TVs’, this family time spent around the table becomes more valuable than ever.

Materials like plastic might be okay for a short term table solution, but wood is the material of choice for those who enjoy enduring, American made quality. The tables we offer are the perfect solution for anyone who is looking for a beautiful piece of furniture made with quality and care. Each piece is carefully crafted in Vermont by skilled local woodworkers who have been crafting this beautiful, top quality furniture for decades.

Cherry is our customer’s favorite, but we can also build your new wood table out of Maple, Oak, or Walnut. Start browsing through our handcrafted selection and find a table you love today. Our wood tables are 100% American made, further reflecting traditional American values, and adding a lifetime of value to your purchase. Feel good knowing that by eating your dinner at an American made table, a talented woodworker is able to put dinner on the table for his family too!

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Shaker Dining Room Furniture: Why We Love It

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:28 pm

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Admiring Shaker Dining Room Furniture

Shaker Dining Room Furniture is beautiful in it’s simplicity. Not only is it world renowned for it’s modestly elegant style, but it is also adored for it’s exquisite craftsmanship and usability. Shaker Dining Room Furniture can be used to complement existing decor and furniture, or if used alone, makes a beautifully harmonious dining space.

1. Form Follows Function.

One of the hallmarks of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is it’s unfussy, simplistic design. The Shakers believed that showiness was a sin, so they created furniture completely with functionality and usability in mind. The end result, however, was beyond utilitarian. Shaker furniture’s modest styling is unintentionally beautiful and perfect for the modern dining space.

2. Versatility.

The humble styling of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is gives it a widely versatile appeal. Shaker Dining Furniture can be mixed and matched with other styles and blend in quite well. The unfussy design makes it perfect for just adding in a piece or two as you slowly grow your Shaker collection, or for creating an entire new Shaker space with existing decor.

3. Sustainability.

The original Shakers had an inherent respect for the land and used as much local materials as possible. Our beautiful, solid wood furniture is built to order with sustainably harvested woods and non-toxic finishes, much like the way America’s first Shakers built their furniture over eight generations ago.

There is so much to love about Shaker Dining Room Furniture, and we hope you appreciate it’s beauty and simplicity as much as we do. At our store you will find hundreds of handcrafted pieces of Shaker Furniture, built to be usable, versatile, and naturally sustainable.

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