12 of Our Favorite Minimalist Bed Frames

Our Vermont Shaker Moon Bed personifies minimalism in the bedroom
Minimalism is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Proponents say a minimal lifestyle can make you happier, healthier, and more purpose driven. Shop for your minimalist bed here.

The idea is that minimalism helps people question what possessions, activities, and thoughts actually add value to their lives. As No Sidebar puts it, “Every day, more stuff comes into our lives: stuff in our houses, stuff on our calendars, stuff on our minds. All that stuff gets in the way of where we really want to go and who we really want to be.” Read More

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Copeland Furniture: Reviews & Testimonials

Mansfield Bedroom Set in Cherry by Copeland Furniture
The Berkeley Bedroom Set in natural cherry wood by Copeland Furniture

Copeland Furniture is one of Vermont’s most recognizable high-end furniture brands. Since 1976, Tim Copeland and his family have been building a reputation for world-class furniture in a variety of crisp, clean designs. Based in Bradford, Vermont, Copeland specializes in mid-century modern wood furniture. In their own words, Copeland calls their furniture “transitional. Neither strictly contemporary nor traditional but rather a combination of elements that incorporate classic proportion with modern simplicity.”

Here’s what our customers are saying about Copeland Furniture:

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Common Wood Finishes for Furniture & Flooring

Last updated on June 6th, 2022 at 09:47 am

Beyond their capabilities to create biodiverse ecosystems and turn greenhouse gases into clean oxygen, trees also provide one of the most versatile materials on the planet- wood. In addition to being used by carpenters and builders for framing houses, wood is perhaps most commonly used for furniture and flooring, here in the US and around the world.

When properly maintained, wood lasts a long time- generations. But part of maintaining wood means adding a finish. Using a finish on wood furniture and flooring helps modulate the humidity content of the wood. When wood dries out too much, it is prone to cracking and splitting, so it’s important to seal in the appropriate moisture content.

There are lots of options for finishing wood, but when it comes to furniture and flooring, most products fall into one of these categories: oils, varnishes, polyurethanes, lacquers, and waxes.

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4 Environmental & Climate-Related Non-Profits to Donate To

Last updated on May 9th, 2022 at 09:25 am

At Vermont Woods Studios, we believe that businesses and individuals alike have a responsibility to not only care for their environment, but take proactive steps to have a positive impact on the earth. That’s why we’ve made such a strong commitment to sustainability. We source all our materials responsibly, everything we sell is made in the USA and built to last, we plant trees, and we steward a 109 acre forest at our headquarters in Southern Vermont. On top of that, we’re also a member of 1% for the planet.

As part of our commitment to One Percent for the Planet, we allocate 1% of our revenue to support environmental causes. Most of that 1% is direct cash donations to approved environmental non profits. Here are some of our favorites:

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FSC Certified Furniture: What Does It Mean & Where to Buy?

Vermont made furniture

Over the past several years, as consumers have become more conscious of the impact their purchases can have on the world, third party certifications like Fair Trade and B Corporations have sprung up to help audit the supply chain and business practices of companies around the world. In the global wood furniture and flooring industry, the most well-known third party certification for eco friendly furniture is managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Many people stumble upon the FSC certification while looking for sustainable wood furniture. In this article, we explain what it means to be FSC Certified, why it’s not the gold standard it’s perceived to be, and what to look for instead.

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Forging a Future for Our Forests

From the beginning, we wanted to make Vermont Woods Studios part of the solution to climate change and deforestation. Since 2005, we have been encouraging consumers to understand where their furniture comes from and offering a more sustainable option.

Throughout our company’s history, we’ve always supported environmental nonprofits, but we wanted to develop a partnership where we could more clearly see how our dollars were being spent and maximize the impact of our donations.

Over the last several years, we’ve developed a strong partnership with La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP, aka “Forests for Monarchs”), a small organization started by Jose Luis Alvarez in Michoacán, Mexico. Since their start in 1997, they’ve planted over 10 million trees.

Many non-profits offer to plant 1 tree for every dollar donated, but through our direct partnership with Forests for Monarchs, we’re able to plant two trees for every dollar. That’s twice as many trees!

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability. If you’d like, join us and experience our forest and wildlife habitat restoration activities in person. Here’s how: Plant Trees with Us.

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4 High Quality Glass Top Dining Tables Made in USA

Last updated on March 7th, 2022 at 05:26 pm

Exeter Glass Top Dining Table with Walnut Wood Base and Chairs by Copeland Furniture
Pictured here as part of the complete Exeter Dining Set, Copeland’s Glass Top Rectangular Dining Table with a walnut base. Made in Vermont and guaranteed for life. Qualifying orders ship free!
“Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. It is where we laughed, cried, and yelled – but most importantly, where we bonded and connected.” – Michael Symon (American chef)

A dining table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. It’s where you gather and feast with family. Sit and sort though mail. Laugh. Cry. And the longer you have a table, the more memories it accumulates.

If you’re looking for a new dining table, you’ve come to the right place. All our dining tables are made in America and guaranteed to last a lifetime. Although most of our tables are built with solid wood, glass top dining tables have become an increasingly popular choice. They’re great at making a space feel bigger than it is, and the glass top is easy to care for and easy to clean.

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2021 Year in Review

Last updated on September 2nd, 2022 at 10:17 am

It’s that time of year again! Every year, we do a post detailing some of the important milestones, accomplishments, and projects we’ve completed here at Vermont Woods Studios. So without further ado…

The VWS Green Team
Nina took this picture of the VWS Green Team, including our new mates, Alex and Katrina. From left: Ken Farabaugh, Alexandra Chisholm, Michelle Rooks, Peggy Farabaugh, Sean Henry, Dennis Shanoff, Greg Augustine, Nina Markiw, Kelli Dobosz, Katrina Moore and Brian Doherty.

We Grew Our Team

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Triple Bottom Line Sustainability: People, Planet, & Prosperity

Last updated on July 2nd, 2022 at 10:24 am

Triple Bottom Line Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits

The triple bottom line (“TBL” or “3BL”) is a framework that suggests that businesses should not only evaluate their success based on how much profit they’ve generated, but also based on how much impact they have on social and environmental causes.  The term was coined in the 90’s by John Elkington, a British business consultant and sustainability evangelist.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we have long been committed to sustainability. Much of the furniture sold in the U.S. today is imported from overseas and built with questionably sourced materials. The global timber trade driven by wood furniture and flooring is run by organized crime and has contributed to worldwide deforestation, especially in critical parts of the world like the Amazon and Borneo Rainforests. Since inception, we’ve been trying to raise awareness about the problems in this global supply chain and how it all contributes to climate change, human rights violations, species extinction, and more.

Our mission from the start was to decrease the demand for imported furniture by offering an alternative that was made in America with sustainable materials and built to last a lifetime. As we’ve grown our business, we’ve doubled down on our commitment to sustainability. We source all our materials responsibly, our products are made in the USA and built to last a lifetime, we work with non profit partners to combat climate change, and we steward a sustainably managed 109 acre working forest at our headquarters in Vermont.

So we thought we were doing pretty well. Then in 2020, our sustainability consultants Alex and Marina at Waste Free Earth introduced us to the concept of triple bottom line sustainability.

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Zero Waste Living: 12 Actionable Tips to Reduce Your Waste

Furniture Waste

One of the most impactful things you can do to fight against climate change is reducing your waste. Waste comes in all forms from food to plastic packaging to fast furniture and everything in between. Waste is a problem not just because of the pollution it can cause to the environment, but also because of the energy and materials it takes to produce commonly discarded products. By decreasing your own waste, you are helping to reduce the demand for wasteful products and decrease the amount of pollution put into our oceans and our atmosphere.

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