Dressing Up Shaker

Last updated on February 24th, 2019 at 05:12 pm

Shaker Furniture
New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs

Making Shaker Furniture Your Own

I recently wrote about how Shaker furniture is known for its simplicity…that the design is rooted in the Shaker religion’s founding principles. And while I went into detail about its very traditional design, that doesn’t mean you have to have to stick to that specific style when using Shaker furniture and I’ll show you how!

I decided to choose one of our Shaker dining tables to show how just changing the chairs paired with the table can completely transform the atmosphere in your dining space. I decided to use our New Traditions Round Pedestal Table as a starting point. It’s a simple, sturdy design and beautiful all on its own. From there I chose four of our dining chairs that encompass the majority of our dining collections.

Here are my picks:

Contemporary: So you want the look of Shaker but you don’t want your space to feel out of date and that’s okay. Our Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs instantly update any space they’re in. With its unique full length slat back, this chair takes on conventionally designed chairs. Both the top and the bottom of the back are accented with an angled cut to the frame, giving the chair an avant garde design. It’s available in both side and arm chair designs and can come with or without upholstered seats.

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Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chair

Formal: If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated with Shaker furniture then you already know you won’t find designs with inlays or carvings. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a chair that will elevate your space to the level you’re looking for. To dress up the New Traditions table, I chose our Round Back Chair. It’s curved back automatically compliments the round table top but it also adds an element of delicacy and elegance not typically seen in a traditional Shaker dining chair. This chair is available upholstered, with or without arms.

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Round Back Chair in Cherry with Black Upholstery

Country: Looking for a more traditional take on Shaker furniture? Added to the New Traditions table, our Country Windsor Chair will transform your space into that perfect country cabin feel you’ve been longing for. With its high spindle back and scooped seat the Country Windsor Chair offers not only a classic look, but comfort. Its curved top gives it a subtle contemporary flair. It’s available with or without arms and six Finish options.

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Country Windsor Chair in Natural Cherry

Arts & Crafts: Designed with the classic Mission Craftsman style in mind, our Grand Mission Chair offers a modern and simple style of chair. Added to our New Traditions table it will instantly give the room a sense of sophistication. With its almost industrial design, it’s the perfect chair for someone who likes to change the theme of their home decor as its design will compliment almost any style. It comes upholstered and is available with or without arms.

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Grand Mission Cherry Dining Chair in Off-White Fabric Upholstery

If you’re someone who has to stick to a specific style guideline, we do have options for you, as well. But, if like me you like to mix and match furniture to fit your style, I hope these ideas help.

If you have any questions in regards to the styles and designs of our furniture, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to assist you at (888) 390-5571. You can shop these products and more conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop into our Stonehurst, Showroom in beautiful Vernon, Vermont.

*During our Shaker Furniture Sale going on now through January 28th, save up to 20% off our Shaker Furniture Collection.

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Keeping It Simple With Shaker Style Furniture

Last updated on July 12th, 2022 at 10:07 am

Classic Shaker Dining Table
(Our Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Windsor-Style Guest Chair both shown in Cherry)

When Versatility, Functionality and Simplicity Come Together the Result Can Be Beautiful.

Living in what I consider a “Tiny House” (900 sq ft), I’ve come to appreciate furniture that both serves its functional purpose and offers added bonuses (space saving or storage). I like pieces that are simple in design and neutral in style. I use artwork, paint and home decor to tie my personality into each room’s theme.

One space I’ve never really focused on is my dining space. I’m always on the go so when I have time to sit down and eat my meal at the kitchen table, I often have my laptop in front of me and my phone next to me. I don’t take the time to appreciate the space.

As we’ve rolled out our Holiday Dining Furniture Sale, I’ve been thinking more and more about my dining space and how it needs more of my attention. Through my time working on the current sale, I came across our Classic Shaker Dining Tables and found the table I never knew I was missing: the Classic Shaker Square Dining Table.

I love the simplicity of its design. The tapered legs give it an airy feeling and the design allows it to fit into almost any space. I can already imagine myself enjoying meals at it and decorating it with flowers and candle centerpieces.

Not wanting to forfeit more square footage than necessary, I love that it comes with different size options from 30 x 30 (perfect for me) up to 60 x 60 (for someone with more space to host). Offering versatility it comes with either a solid or extension top and comes with an array of Finish options. You can also choose from beveled or eased edges on the table top.

If you’re not as excited about squares as I am, or if you want a little more fluidity from the design, the table comes with round table top options and flared leg options.

Classic Shaker Dining Table
(From left to right: Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round Dining Table, Classic Shaker Flare Leg Square Dining Table, Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Classic Shaker Square Dining Table)

For a chair pairing, I gravitate towards the traditional Windsor Style chairs. The style is classic and the spindle back gives it an open and light feeling.

Windsor Style Chair
(Windsor-Style Guest Chair)

If you have more space to work with and are not looking for a square or round table, you might be interested in our Classic Shaker Dining Table. It evokes the same sense of style but is rectangular and is available in sizes from 30 x 48 to 48 x 108.

Working with a small space can be tricky, but here at Vermont Woods Studios we do have options for you. You don’t need to compromise your style because of the size of your space.

During our Holiday Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can save on these tables, chairs and more! Save 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three or more pieces.

Our friendly sales team is always here to assist you with any questions you may have. You can call us toll free at 888-390-5571 or visit us at our Vernon, VT Showroom.

 

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The Origins of Shaker Furniture: A History Quiz!

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:22 pm

Shaker furniture is on sale today.  Learn about it's origins and see how it's made.
Our Shaker furniture sale is going on today!  Do you know where this timeless and enduring furniture comes from?  Take our quiz below and then come visit us at Stonehurst to appreciate Shaker style up close and personal.

In honor of our current Shaker furniture sale, I thought we should highlight a little history about the people who developed this beautiful, simple and elegant style.  Their creation is timeless and enduring & it continues to be one of the most popular fashions in the furniture market today.

I bet you already know a bit of history about the Shakers.  Test your knowledge by filling in the blanks below:

  1. The term Shakers is derived from the Shaking __________, a small, radical group from England who first came to America in 1774, led by the prophet Ann Lee.
  2. Today there is only one active Shaker community, with three members, who live on _______________ Lake in the state of _____________.
  3. ______________  was a part of Shaker orthodoxy, so Believers had no choice but to recruit people from the outside world to prevent their communities from dying out.
  4. Early Shaker furniture makers focused on simplicity in their designs because they believed that excessive ornamentation or decoration was a sin of _________.
  5. The Shakers were among the first in America to try mass production. Unlike the Amish, the Shakers embraced technology that increased ____________, believing that they were saving time that belonged to God.

How did you do?  Check your answers with the key below:

  1. Quakers
  2. Sabbathday Lake in Maine
  3. Celibacy
  4. Pride
  5. Efficiency

Of course this beautiful style can’t be fully appreciated in photos, so make plans to come visit us at Stonehurst and shop our Shaker furniture sale today!

 

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Red, White, & Blue Furniture: Is Your Porch Ready for Memorial Day?

 

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Blue, White, and Red Adirondack Chairs. Stylish, Eco-Friendly, and 100% Made in the USA. Arrange them around your yard or pool for a look that is both chic & patriotic.

It’s easy to add a pop of Patriotic style to your outdoor space with our colorful POLYWOOD furniture.  Most pieces can be ordered in red, white, and blue; making them the perfect centerpieces for your summer BBQs, like this weekend for Memorial Day! From lounge furniture ideal for relaxing in the sun with your friends to dining furniture made for your big summer BBQ– our Red, White, & Blue Furniture can be mixed and matched to create a truly inspiring Patriotic look.

 Lounge in Americana Style

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South Beach Ultimate Adirondack with Hideaway Ottoman

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The Long Island Adirondack Style Chaise Lounge in White.

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The Long Island Adirondack Style Chaise Lounge in Pacific Blue

Casually Patriotic Dining with Red, White, & Blue Furniture

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Captain Counter Height Arm Chair with Logo Red cushion.  Add some blue flowers & American Flag accents  and your are porch party ready! 
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La Casa Cafe Outdoor Dining Set with Navy Seats. Subtle & Beautiful. The strawberries alone make a chic red, white, and blue look. 

The United States of Relaxation

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Classic Adirondack Chairs in red with with a white table. Mix and Match between Red, White & Blue or Navy!
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Even your pets will want in on the action… choose white outdoor furniture & enjoy the versatility and simplicity. Stylize with dining accessories or cushions as seasons change.

Getting your home ready for a Memorial Day Barbecue or gathering doesn’t have to consist of over the top, throwaway decorations. Use Red, White, & Blue Furniture as the base for your decor, and use minimal colorful accessories to complement it. This way, you won’t have much waste and you’ll get to enjoy these patriotic colored furniture pieces for years and years to come!

 

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Minimalist Bedrooms Inspired by Spring

Last updated on November 15th, 2017 at 03:11 pm

Vermont made furniture is simple, elegant and well made. Minimalist is the popular term for this trend nation-wide, but in Vermont we’ve always been “minimalist”. Nina captured the style nicely in photos for our sale on hardwood bedroom sets. Here are a couple of her recent shots, inspired by Vermont’s beautiful Spring colors.

Bedroom Sets for Spring | Handmade in Vermont | American Made
This is our Raised Panel Carriage Bed shown as part of the Roz Renfrew Shaker furniture collection. Nina has it all dressed up for Spring in this “minimalist” setting at Vernon’s historic Governor Hunt House.

In case you haven’t visited us yet, our fine furniture showroom is in a restored farmhouse, located on 100 acres of meadows and woodlands in Southeastern Vermont. The view of the Connecticut River is gorgeous and right now it’s full of Spring’s greens and blues that inspire our decor. Like these robin’s eggs…

Blue bird eggs in a nest at Stonehurst | Vermont Fine Furniture Store
Nina, Dennis and Kelsey were out in the back yard of Stonehurst last week, doing annual Spring cleaning chores in the bluebird houses when they took this shot. As a furniture company that depends on sustainably grown wood, we feel connected to our land & it’s inhabitants. They’re always a source of inspiration.

Here’s another of Nina’s Spring-inspired bedroom furniture photos. This one is our Vermont Shaker furniture set dressed in the colors on the other side of that window.

Minimalist Bedroom Sets Inspired by Spring
The Vermont Shaker bed is handmade of all solid hardwood. It’s shown here in cherry wood, but it’s also available in solid maple or walnut wood. Bedroom furniture sets offer great value plus free shipping.

Tree Swallows | Stonehurst Fine Furniture Showroom | Vermont

More of Spring’s inspiration– this time from the tree swallows in our backyard at Stonehurst. It seems they’re getting their own bedroom ready for Spring.

Looking for springtime inspiration for your bedroom? Visit us today! Bring your camera and a pair of binoculars if you’re up for a little birdwatching. Sometimes customers even bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch.

Because we’re not your typical furniture store.

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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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Custom Built In Beds with Integrated Nightstands

Last updated on February 24th, 2019 at 05:30 pm

Custom Built In Beds with Integrated Nightstands | Luxury Bedroom Furniture
Custom Built In Beds, integrated nightstands and built in chests and dressers are popular this year.   These night stands attach to the bed. Modular dressers and chests can be attached on the opposite side of the nightstand for additional storage.

Custom, built in beds have been a popular trend in high end furniture over the last couple years.  It used to be you had to have an architect or interior designer put together a sophisticated built in like the Modulux Bed above.  But with so many HGTV shows and interior design websites, people often prefer to craft together their own designs now.  We like Houzz, an interior design website that shows thousands of ideas when you search for “custom built in beds with integrated nightstands“.  Our friends at Birdseye Builders in Richmond, Vermont have some of the most popular luxury bedroom built ins on this site.

Moduluxe Built In Bedroom Furniture
Custom Built In Bedroom Furniture.  This is Copeland’s 29″ Low Moduluxe Collection.  Shown above in natural solid cherry wood.  It can be customized in natural walnut and maple too.  12 additional wood colors are available as stains.  Customize online or in our showroom.

If you’re looking for high end custom built ins for your home, check out our new Vermont made Moduluxe Built in Bedroom Furniture Collection by Copeland.  This is a brand new, top quality, solid wood collection of modern, contemporary bedroom furniture.  It’s designed to provide the clean, organized look of built in furniture at an affordable price.  Moduluxe is, well… modular and sectional.  You can choose from over 30 matching solid wood pieces:  platform beds, chests, dressers, desks, mirrors and integral night stands.  The furniture pieces are designed to attach to (or sit flush against) adjacent pieces.

 

Built In Bedroom Furniture | Moduluxe by Copeland | American Made in VT
Copeland’s 35″H  Moduluxe Collection is shown above in natural solid walnut wood.  Over 20 beds, chests and dressers can be mixed and matched to fit your space and provide the best storage for your needs.

Moduluxe is highly customizable online or in our showroom.  There are many different chest, dresser and night stand sizes to fit your space.  Storage beds are also available  with four 8″ inch deep, sub-mounted drawers, providing plenty of inconspicuous storage.  Customize Moduluxe in your favorite color too!  There are 3 different natural woods (American black cherry, sugar maple, and American black walnut) and 12 different stains including black and white.

If a sophisticated, clean, organized bedroom is in your future check out what Moduluxe has to offer!

 

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Furniture Ideas for Creating a Cozy Atmosphere

Last updated on November 2nd, 2017 at 11:47 am

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Shown in this photo is our Classic Shaker Hunt Board, complemented with Simon Pearce glassware and JK Adams kitchen accessories.

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s winter.  The sky is dreary, the wind is sharp, and icy snow covers the ground. When you get home at the end of the day, you don’t want your home environment to reflect the outside environment–you want your house to be as cozy and warm as possible! Thankfully, our beautiful cherry furniture has a natural warmth that adds cheer to any space, and when adorned with some of Vermont’s iconic home decor brands, the pairing is perfect for making a comfortable and chic shelter from the harsh weather. With the following furniture ideas, you’ll know what to do to create your winter oasis in no time:

1. Accessorize your wood furniture with blankets:

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Our Vermont Shaker Moon Bed elegantly shows the natural warmth of Cherry wood. The luxurious purple blanket adds just another layer of warmth and sophistication. 

Blankets are great for creating a warm atmosphere in your home. Aside from literally warming you up, they add soft layers to your decor and give it added coziness (especially when used to accent a wooden bed). Purchasing a new blanket is great, but a handmade quilt is wonderful too.

 

2. Keep candles lit around the house:

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A toasty fire, wood furniture, and beautiful home decor… can you imagine a more perfect winter scene?

Having candles lit (safely, of course) is a simple and beautiful way to add a touch of warmth to any space. The flame of the candle is sure to make any area of your home feel more alive and more comfy. Using acorns gathered from outside, place your Simon Pearce candle holder on top of an earthy slate base for a look that is as natural as it is stylish.

 

3. Decorate with warm tones.

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Hubbardton Forge Lighting adds a whimsical yet industrial artisan feeling to your otherwise modestly decorated home.

Rather than using cool tones like blues and grays, warmer tones like brown, yellow, red and gold are great for giving the illusion of warmth. Your pillows, curtains and bedding are wonderful places to start. These colors look especially beautiful when highlighting the natural tone of Cherry wood furniture.

I hope these furniture ideas will help you  and your home avoid the dreary winter blues! What tips would you add? Let me know in the comments or send us a tweet.

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Tips for Small Apartment Decorating

Last updated on October 23rd, 2018 at 04:38 pm

Within the past few years, studies have shown that the average home size is decreasing. Towards the end of the 20th century, new homes were all about being bigger and better. Now, new homes are all about efficiency and economics. Homeowners want homes that are efficient in space and energy so they can save a bundle on their bills. While people are still buying bigger homes, trends show that as people move closer to cities for work, average home size will continue to go down as people purchase small apartments and condos. Here are a few furniture tips if you are looking for modest furniture for your modest space.

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Mid-Century Modern Dining Room: Get The Look

Last updated on January 17th, 2019 at 10:04 am

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

Creating Your Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

Mid-Century Modern design is all about fusing the nostalgic look of the 1950s with exceptional craftsmanship and style.

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Mad Men, then you’ve seen Mid-Century Modern design at work. It’s elegant and classy with a twist of vintage to make it a fun and functional look for any room in your home.

We love the look when it is done carefully and tastefully, especially in the dining room. So if you are hoping to achieve a mid-century modern dining room, take these steps to design your space in a way that is purposeful and not too kitschy:

1) Choose Timeless Furniture & Decor: 

According to Design*Sponge,

“Midcentury oftentimes connotes thoughtfully designed Modernist homes and furniture, but the fact of the matter is that there was a ton of really ugly stuff in the mid-twentieth century.”

So the first step in creating your Mid-Century Modern Dining Room is to pick out high quality items that are built to withstand the test of time, both in craftsmanship and style.

If you do a Google search or Pinterest search on Mid-Century Modern Dining Room style, a lot of what you will find is low quality, plastic furniture that will eventually go out of style (and is bad for the environment anyways).

Wood furniture with clean and crisp features makes the perfect base for your Mid-Century Modern dining room. Buffets and Sideboards are a staple of the Mid-Century Modern Dining Room, especially when crafted with clean lines and angles. Choose sleek, simplistic dining tables and geometric dining chairs for a subtly beautiful midcentury look. 

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

2) Embrace Subtlety.

You don’t need to transform your entire space into an exact replica of a Mid-Century Dining Room from the past. Just add touches of Mid-Century to your current design and slowly integrate them until you have the perfectly designed blend! A great way to do this is to pay attention to the color palette and add splashes of these colors throughout the decor.  Here’s our interpretation of the typical color palette used for a MCM Dining Room:

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

3. Choose your wood Wisely.

The wood you choose can effect the entire mood of your dining room. Cherry wood furniture is a bit casual and can bring a sense of brightness to the room, while Walnut creates a refined, sleek space. Reflect on how you’d like your space to feel, and shop accordingly!

4. Take inspiration from around the web.

We’ve created two Pinterest boards especially for Mid-Century Modern Furniture & Decor, we recommend browsing them and others to create a look that is perfect for you and your home!

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