Green Team Profile: Katie O’Neil

Last updated on April 13th, 2019 at 10:21 am

Katie O headshot

Katie joined us early in 2019 to help out our sales & operations team. She’s on the front lines answering phone calls and live chats from customers, communicating with craftsmen about customizations, and touring guests around our showroom.

QA with Katie O’Neil

When did you start at Vermont Woods Studios and what brought you here?

January 2nd, 2019 after the family farm I was working for was sold and closed.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

Placing orders, answering phones, helping customers, and communicating with craftsmen

What’s your favorite part about working at Vermont Woods Studios?

Stonehurst: A Sustainable Furniture Store with a Green Mission
Stonehurst is a sustainable furniture store in Vernon, Vermont. We’re working with local, state and national forest conservation groups to help secure the future health of our environment

Working in a beautiful location surrounded by nature, Vermont made furniture and other works of art.

Pizza or Ice Cream?

Both: Grilled chicken pesto pizza with sundried tomatoes, purple onion, kalamata olives and feta cheese followed by chocolate orange or any type of raspberry ice cream.

What’s your favorite Vermont brand (other than Vermont Woods Studios)?

King Arthur Flour, Grafton Cheese, Cabot Cheese, Silo Distillery and Harpoon Brewery

Describe your typical commute to work.

I live right over the Connecticut River in Northfield, MA. My typical commute to work is a beautiful drive through farmland and rolling hills.

You’re furnishing your dream house. What’s in it?

Art, natural wood, pottery, blown glass, cookbooks/books, a wood stove, lots of windows and unique handmade piece from around the world.

You’re dumping your old dining set. What’s next? Why?

Reclaimed Barnwood Dining Set
Our Reclaimed Barnwood Farm Table with Tapered Legs and Country Windsor Chairs.

Reclaimed Barnwood Cherry Dining Set. Its beautiful and the wood has so many stories to tell.

Pick one bed to sleep on for the rest of your life.

American Shaker Panel Bed with Matching Nightstand & Chest
Our American Shaker Bedroom Set

American Shaker Panel Bed

What else should we know about you?

  • I’ve backpacked through Ireland.
  • I won first place at the Great New England Bundt Cake Challenge in 2018 for my Boozy Irish Soda bundt with Apricot Grand Marnier glaze.
  • I’m a total foodie and love to cook/bake with my fiancé.

What are you jamming out to?

A little bit of everything

What’s one book you’d recommend everyone should read?

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
Photo owned by HarperCollins Publishers

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

What are you watching on Netflix?

Most of the time I’m swapping between different shows and movies

What’s your all-time favorite quote to live by?

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost

Who’s your favorite superhero?

My sister, she is an amazing artist, mother and sister

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

White Birch.

“One could do worse than to be a swinger of birches” Robert Frost

What’s your spirit animal?

Golden retriever

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

The best meals are shared with an old friend or loved ones

It’s a hot summer Saturday in Vermont. Where are you, and what are you doing?

Lots of coffee and blueberry picking in the morning followed by a picnic or grilling by the water in the afternoon.

What’s your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s?

How can I pick just one?

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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.

Riley Farabaugh

Riley Farabaugh

The youngest son of co-founders Peggy and Ken Farabaugh, Riley has filled different roles within the organization since it was founded out of a spare bedroom in the family home in 2005. As the son of the first Vermont Woods Studios craftsmen, Riley has been quickly learning more and more about woodworking, sustainable forestry, and the ins-and-outs of the furniture industry.