How To Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

Last updated on October 3rd, 2022 at 05:54 pm

This is part of a series of posts on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project.

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A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Learn how to plant milkweed &  save the monarch from extinction.  Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

Calling all nature nuts and monarch butterfly enthusiasts!  You can help save the beautiful orange & black monarch butterfly from extinction.  It’s easy and you can do it no matter where you live, whether that’s a Manhattan apartment, a suburban ranch or an organic horse farm in Vermont.

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The Beauty of a Buffet

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Our Classic Shaker Flare Leg Hunt Board and Nantucket Dining Chair

More than just storage, I’ve come across creative uses of sideboards & buffets and I’m sharing them with you!

Before I worked in the furniture industry, I looked at China Cabinets and sideboards as clunky furniture that my parents stored their fancy fine china in. I didn’t look at them as a necessary piece of furniture. Now though, I know just important they are and how useful they can be!

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Conserving Monarch Habitat: The Vermont – Mexico Connection

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:47 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving habitat for the Monarch butterfly
Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving monarch habitat in Mexico.  He’s traveling to Vermont this summer to help us conserve the butterfly’s habitat here in New England.

I’m super excited today because our friend Jose Luis Alvarez is coming to visit Vermont this fall to collaborate with us on a project to help save the Monarch butterfly.  Jose Luis is a silviculturist in Mexico who has devoted his life to restoring the forested winter habitat of the Monarch.  Last month I traveled to Michoacan, Mexico to meet Jose Luis & see his work. I love Monarchs & we’ve been conserving their summer habit here in Vermont for many years so I thought maybe we should collaborate and get some Vermont-Mexico synergy going!

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Donation to Wags to Riches Cocktail Party & Auction

Last updated on August 3rd, 2018 at 11:33 am

This year Vermont Woods Studios was happy to donate and attend the 9th Annual Wags to Riches Cocktail Party & Auction benefiting the Windham County Humane Society. The money donated directly supports the shelter’s work with animals and to offset the cost of spaying and neutering, medical bills, transport costs, and shelter upkeep. This year we donated a 3-Day Weekend get-a-away to Stratton Mountain Resort and a Maple Pedestal Dining Table. The event starts with a silent auction and cocktail hour and ends with a live auction!

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7 POLYWOOD Outdoor Patio Furniture Collections to Love

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Chippendale 5-Piece Dining Set in White

Stylish, Environmentally Friendly and a Lifetime Guarantee are just some of the reasons we’re obsessed with POLYWOOD Outdoor Patio Furniture!

I recently wrote about why you should consider buying POLYWOOD outdoor patio furniture. After writing it and highlighting the benefits of investing in POLYWOOD, I wanted to show you just how diverse the POLYWOOD collections are in style, design, color and size.

I’ve created a list of 7 collections and/or pieces I love and I’m sure you will, too!

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Reforesting Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Mexico

Last updated on September 5th, 2018 at 02:07 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez: A Man On A Mission

Reforesting Monarch Butterfly Habitat
Jose Luis Alvarez founded the La Cruz Habitat Protection Program, a non-profit dedicated to reforesting Monarch Butterfly habitat in Mexico.

You landed on the Vermont Furniture Blog and you may be wondering why it starts with an article about butterflies.  My previous post may help:  Top 4 Reasons Why a Vermont Furniture Store Wants to Save the Monarchs.

Last week I visited Michoacan, Mexico, the winter home to Vermont’s big, beautiful orange and black Monarch butterfly.  As a wood furniture company we at Vermont Woods Studios wanted to support a reforestation project that would help protect the endangered butterfly’s habitat.  I did quite a bit of research, trying to understand who was leading area environmental efforts and then I traveled to Mexico to see if we could help them.

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Butterflies on the Brink

Last updated on January 26th, 2018 at 03:51 pm

Catastrophic storm in Michoacan devastates Monarch Butterfly Population
A freak spring storm just struck Michoacan, Mexico leaving a foot of snow & putting the future of the Monarch Butterfly in jeopardy. Can the species survive the snow and cold?  Photo courtesy of Homero Gomez Gonzalez, Chairman at the el Rosario Monarch Sanctuary.

You landed on the Vermont Furniture Blog and you may be wondering why it starts with an article about butterflies.  My previous post may help:  Top 4 Reasons Why a Vermont Furniture Store Wants to Save the Monarchs.

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5 Reasons To Start Using A Desk Again

Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 01:46 pm

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Our Cherry Moon Office Furniture and Guest-Style Windsor Chair all in Cherry Wood.

When did using a desk become a thing of the past?

I want you to think about the last few homes you visited. Do remember if they had an office or designated area in their home for a desk? When I think about, the majority of the homes I visit, in fact don’t have an office space and if they do, it’s seldom used.

When did using a desk become taboo? While I know we won’t come up with an exact answer here, I have a hunch that it’s related to our constant on-the-go mentality and separation anxiety from our electronics.

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Work Hard, Play Harder, Relax Often

Last updated on February 24th, 2019 at 05:11 pm

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A close up of our Cherry Moon Home Office Furniture

There’s a popular saying, “You weren’t born to just pay bills and die” and we agree.

When I was 20 and studying in the Netherlands, I took a weekend trip to Trapani, Sicily (those were the days) and instantly fell in love with the cobblestone streets lined with the famous stucco houses that Italy is known for. Every window it seemed had a small balcony often filled with planters full of flowers and herbs. The sky seemed bluer and the Mediterranean Sea greeted us like the North Star. Once we settled into our apartment we were renting, my friends and I went to a local market and bought enough fresh vegetables, pasta, garlic and Peroni for a feast.

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Setting The Record Straight With Cherry Wood Furniture

Last updated on October 22nd, 2018 at 09:21 am

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Our Modern American Executive Desk in natural Cherry wood

With so much imitation out there, we’re here to help you see what natural cherry wood really looks like

Recently our Founder and CEO, Peggy Farabaugh, wrote about what to expect with natural cherry wood furniture. One of the key pieces of information she shared is that cherry wood furniture’s color matures over time. It will start in a light pink tone and as it’s exposed to light, it will ripen into a rich reddish brown color.

I wanted to create a list featuring a variety of our products in cherry wood to showcase the different stages of maturity you’ll see with real cherry wood. (note: Our natural cherry pieces are not finished with stains or toners to alter its color, just a surface protecting finish is applied. Stains are available on some pieces if a deeper, richer color is desired)

Brandon Panel Bed

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Our Brandon Panel Bed in Natural Cherry wood

In this picture you see both light pink and golden red coloring amongst the boards, which is not uncommon as the lumber could be coming from two different trees. Over time as the wood darkens though, the pieces should blend into the same classic rich red color.

Modern American Dining Table and Modern American Bench

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Our Modern American Dining Table in Natural Cherry Wood

Both of these modern designed pieces are made with real cherry wood and an oil and wax finish was used. As the picture shows, these pieces have a rich, golden-red color to them with the pink undertones still blending into the wood.

New England Shaker Bed

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Our New England Shaker Bed in Natural Cherry wood.

As seen here, this piece has less of a pink tone to it and more of a red/brown coloring typically seen in cherry wood furniture that has aged over time. It has turned from a light colored wood, to a classic, rich red and golden-brown hued color.

Berkeley 3 Drawer Small Chest of Drawers

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Our Berkeley 3 Drawer Small Chest of Drawers in Natural Cherry Wood

Here you see a nightstand in natural cherry wood with a lacquer finish (walnut pulls) that looks very light in comparison to the rest of the furniture I’ve shown you. But even this piece will darken the more it’s exposed to light.

By now you’re probably noticing that cherry wood furniture really can vary in wood tone even on the same piece of furniture.

Click each picture below to see more examples of our cherry wood furniture.

Modern Shaker Glass Door Bookcase

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Windsor Rocking Chair

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Andrews Natural Cherry Buffet

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Cherry Moon 6-Drawer Dresser

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Natural wood furniture is truly a unique and evolving investment and we hope this two part series on real cherry wood helped clear up any uncertainty you may have had. If you have further questions about cherry wood or any of the products featured, don’t hesitate to call our knowledgeable sales team at (888) 390-5571. If you’re in the area, we’d love to show you around our historic Stonehurst Showroom.

 

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