Vermont Made Home Decor is the perfect accessory to beautiful, natural wood furniture. While the furniture itself is comfortable and cozy, the home decor adds a layer of chic Vermont style & sophistication.
Vermont is known for its beautiful and unique artistry; from furniture to pottery to glassware, if it’s made in Vermont you can be sure that it is made with quality and elegance. The Vermont made home decor we carry is a representative sampling of some of Vermont’s most esteemed home decor brands– from Simon Pearce glassware to our newest addition of Hubbardton Forge lighting. We are thrilled to bring the best of Vermont Style home decor to the public, in one easy to shop website.
Decorate your entire home with Vermont made home decor for a look that is as eclectic as it is sleek and charming. Start with the custom crafted wood furniture, and complement it with hand blown glass, hand-painted pottery, luxurious linens, and beautifully handcrafted lighting. Each element of Vermont made home decor is unique in it’s style and it’s story, and we are excited to tell you more about them…
Shopping for top quality hardwood furniture? We encourage customers to take their time and learn to enjoy the details that make fine wood furniture an heirloom you family will cherish for generations. This short guide tells you what to look for in your fine wood furniture, including types of hardwoods, joinery and finishes.
America’s Top Hardwood Choices for Fine Furniture
The American Hardwood Information Center lists 23 different species of American hardwoods including alder, ash, aspen, basswood, beech, cottonwood, hickory, sassafras and elm. The following are time tested favorites for American made hardwood furniture.
American Black Cherry
Cherry wood is a reddish brown hardwood with a smooth, fine grain. It’s perhaps the most prized furniture hardwood in America. People are often surprised to learn that natural cherry wood furniture changes colors over time– quite a bit actually. It starts out as a light-toned wood and darkens as it is exposed to light.
Sugar or Hard Maple
Sugar Maple Wood (aka: hard maple) is usually light reddish brown in the center or heartwood but sometimes considerably darker (dark maple is often mistaken for cherry wood). Maple sapwood is typically white with a slight reddish-brown tinge. Maple is heavy, strong, stiff, hard, and resistant to shock. It has a fine, uniform texture with generally straight grain, but variations such as curly, wavy, rippled, birdseye, tiger, flame or fiddleback grain occur and are often selected for specialty custom artisan furniture.
Oak has been the wood of choice for many of America’s most beloved mission and craftsman-style furniture makers, like Gustav Stickley, Greene and Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright. Oak is a solid, sturdy and very durable hardwood with generally uniform coarse texture and prominent rays in the grain. Oak wood may darken slightly over time, taking on more amber tones however the change is very subtle, unlike the significant color change with cherry wood.
American Black Walnut
Black walnut wood is the only dark North American wood. It’s prized by woodworkers for it’s strength, grain and color which is a rich chocolate brown– with occasional purple tones. There are over 20 species of walnut trees but it is the Eastern Black Walnut tree (aka: American Walnut) that is native to North America and is used for our American made walnut furniture.
If real top quality American hardwoods are important to you, be aware that imposters are everywhere. Much of the “maple”, “walnut”, “oak” and “real cherry furniture” on the market today is actually made from cheaper woods like rubberwood, poplar, alder or other fast-growing wood alternatives. They are often illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like American hardwoods. When considering a purchase of wood furniture from large “American furniture companies” like Bassett, Broyhill, Lane, Lazy Boy, Kincaid, Ethan Allan, Thomasville, Pennsylvania House, Drexel, Heritage, American Drew and Pottery Barn– be sure to ask what the wood species is and where it was grown. You may be surprised by the response.
If you’re in the market for solid hardwood furniture, what’s your favorite wood? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section below.
Hundreds of Solid Wood Beds with Unique Features; Which Bed Style is Best For Your Bedroom?
We have over 70 beds in our online gallery with countless option choices. This gives our customers the ability to customize their bed to fit their bedroom style! The heart of a bedroom is, of course, the bed. No matter it’s style, size, age, or wood type– the framework consisting of a headboard, foot board, rails and slats is the absolute foundation of your dream bedroom. Let our guide help you choose a bed style that is right for your space:
As a sustainable wood furniture company, we don’t usually have much to say about hardwood flooring. But recent news & events in this area are so compelling I thought our readers would be interested to hear a few details.
Hardwood Flooring and the Future of the Forest
Every year about 7.5 billion square feet of flooring is purchased in the USA (Freedonia). If it takes roughly 1 acre of forest to produce 500 sq ft of flooring (UN Report by TimberGreen) then by my calculations it would take about 15 million acres to produce 7.5 billion sq ft of flooring (the amount sold annually in the USA). By comparison, the state of Vermont is 5.9 million acres so each year an area of forest about 2.5 times the size of Vermont is logged to supply the American wood flooring industry. Granted, my calculation is mushy and imprecise but even so, it begs the question: where is all that hardwood flooring come from?
Where Does Your Hardwood Flooring Come From?
We always encourage people to buy American made wood furniture because we know that environmental, health, safety and quality standards are high here in The States. The same is true for American made wood flooring, but that integrity built into American made wood products makes them more expensive than imports. So, not surprisingly about half of the hardwood flooring in America is imported.
The Trouble with Imported Wood
The imported wood products industry is now controlled to a large extent by organized crime. A recent report Liquidating the Forests: Hardwood Flooring, Organized Crime, and the World’s Last Siberian Tigers reveals that “demand for hardwood flooring and furniture in the United States, European Union, Japan, and China is fueling corruption and making the world’s last temperate hardwood forests into a major epicenter for illegal logging… Organized criminal groups send out logging brigades to steal valuable hardwoods from protected areas” thus decimating the last remaining habitats for iconic species like the Siberian tiger (in fact all species of big cats are now critically endangered as are all species of big apes, such as gorillas, chimps and orangutans).
Consumers Will Ultimately Decide the Fate of the Forest
As consumers we need to ask ourselves whether we want to buy the cheapest wood products we can without regard to the legality or sustainability of their origins. Think about it. How could it be that hardwood flooring from the rainforest of South America or the Russian Far East is half the price of local hardwood flooring?
What You Can Do To Help
Maybe you’re not in the market for hardwood furniture or flooring but you still want to help protect the forest and it’s inhabitants. Join the folks at Sierra Club in signing this petition to enforce the Lacey Act which seeks to eliminate trafficking in illegal wood products and penalize those who import illegally harvested wood products and wildlife. Sign it today!
Also known as extension tables, butterfly leaf tables are helpful solutions for small kitchens and dining rooms.
Traditional dining room tables can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t have the dining space adequate for that size table, tables with self storing leaves are the perfect choice.
Rather than settling for a tiny table, where you couldn’t accommodate guests on holidays or special occasions, you can use a butterfly leaf table to allow for more seating whenever you need it!
Now there’s really no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house. Just pull out the extra leaf!
Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement. But today’s tables with self storing leaves let you neatly and conveniently tuck them away under the table top. It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
So how do tables with self storing leaves work?
For a visual demonstration, take a look at the video above and see how easy it is to use a butterfly leaf table. They have a section in the center that can be self stored when not in use at large gatherings. The tables open easily with a single self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds!
Where can I find butterfly leaf extension tables?
We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. Browse a selection of our favorites below:
Catalina Cherry Trestle Extension Table
Our modern Copeland Catalina Cherry Trestle Extension Table is custom handmade to order with solid American Cherry wood. Features elegant lines in its solid wood table top and rounded, angled taper legs. Authentic Mid-Century styling in the table top with sides curved slightly outward along the table width to create a boat shape. The table opens easily with a single 24″ wide self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds.
Catalina Walnut Trestle Extension Table
Our modern Catalina Large Walnut Dining Extension Table is custom handmade to order with solid American Black Walnut wood. Features elegant lines in its solid wood table top and rounded, angled taper legs. Authentic Mid-Century styling in the table top with sides curved slightly outward along the table width to create a boat shape. The table opens easily with a single 24″ wide self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds.
Catalina Cherry Round Extension Table
Our modern Catalina Cherry Round Extension Table is custom handmade to order with solid American Cherry wood. Features elegant lines in its round table top and rounded, angled taper legs. The table opens easily with a single 24″ wide self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds.
Audrey Cherry Extension Dining Table
Our modern Audrey Cherry Dining Extension Table is handmade to order with solid Cherry wood. Features elegant lines in its rectangular table top and trestle base with dynamic double ‘X’ legs. The table opens easily with a single 24″ wide self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds.
Sarah Shaker Tapered Leg Extension Table
The centerpiece of Copeland’s new Sarah Shaker dining room collection, this real cherry tapered leg extension table features a 24″W self-storing leaf. The extension mechanism incorporates self equalizing, ball bearing extension glides and a single 24″ self storing butterfly leaf for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds.
If you’ve made your way to this post, chance are you’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to find real cherry wood furniture. Why do you suppose real cherry is so hard to find? Well, it’s kind of like trying to find real American made furniture right? Both are relatively rare in this age of cheap imports and they can easily get obscured by the mass marketing of knock-offs.
Real Cherry Furniture 101
Real honest cherry furniture is still being handcrafted in Vermont and in fact, it is the wood of choice for over half of our customers. As such we get asked a lot of questions about it. The curiosity of our customers has made us experts in cherry wood and cherry furniture & we’re happy to share everything we’ve learned. Here are a few articles you might be interested in:
Don’t be fooled by the plethora of stores that sell faux cherry knock offs and label them as “real cherry wood”. What you’re buying at those stores is actually rubber wood, poplar, alder or any number of fast-growing wood alternatives. They are often illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like cherry. Why would companies like Wayfair, Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, Macy’s, JC Penny’s risk their reputations by engaging in such false advertising? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook.
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We started Vermont Woods Studios out of a passion for forest conservation. It was this one astounding statistic that really lit a fire under me:
Every second an acre of rainforest is lost forever
Along with trees, some of my favorite iconic wildlife species that live in the rainforest are being lost. For example, all the great cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetas, etc) are critically endangered as are all the great apes (gorillas, chimps, orangutans, etc). Our planet is actually losing over 100 species/day. The cause is habitat destruction. Rainforest trees are being clearcut for timber to make cheap furniture and flooring.
Eco Friendly Wood Furniture: What It Is
So to me, eco friendly wood furniture is first and foremost, furniture that’s made from sustainably harvested wood. More specifically, North American wood (recycled or newly milled) that’s been obtained through legitimate local partners, thus minimizing transport distances and helping regional economies (and greatly reducing fuel usage and carbon emissions).
Other aspects of eco friendly furniture relate to how a tree is transformed into, say… a table or a bed. Vermont furniture makers use both traditional and modern methods to maximize the yield from each tree and minimize (or eliminate) wood waste. All wood processing by-products are put to some type of use here in Vermont. For example: sawdust is used by local farmers for animal bedding and wood chips are used for heating.
Unlike many large American furniture companies, we do not consider imported wood furniture eco friendly. The global timber trade has been infiltrated by organized crime to the point where illegal wood (often clear cut from the rainforest) is pervasive throughout the imported wood furniture and flooring industry. Much of it is accompanied by counterfeit documents labeling it as green certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC (here are a couple articles reporting on this: Liquidating the Forests and Corruption Stains the Global Timber Trade).
National Geographic recently reported on a UN study showing that the global environmental crime industry (with illegal logging being the primary component) has now surpassed the global drug trade in terms of estimated annual revenue. “We have regulations, but we need to inform consumers,” said Indonesian official Budi Susanti, “if buyers won’t buy the products that aren’t sustainable, there won’t be demand.”
How to Know the Difference
A google search for “eco friendly wood furniture” turns up all sorts of questionable results from big, multinational companies that pledge to use green certified wood. Of course your best bet would be to find something made locally from local wood. But if that’s not possible or practical for you, any furniture that’s truly 100% Made in America is likely to be an environmentally friendly choice.
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Mid Century Modern Furniture is a furniture style characterized by clean simplicity and the integration of nature into the home. Gaining its popularity in the 1950s, Mid Century style was frequently used in residential/suburban areas with the goal of introducing modernism into the post-war American home.
The mid 20th century (1934-65 approximately) saw an extreme out-pour of creativity in graphic design, architecture, and furniture design– with styles unlike any before it. In the book “Mid Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s,” author Carla Greenberg officially cemented the term “mid century modern” into the interior design world, referring to the dramatic style of furniture, art, decor, and architecture borne in this period of American history.
World renowned for its innovative design and contribution to the American interior design and architectural world, Mid Century Style is still adored to this day. In the article “Midcentury Furniture + Grandkid Nostalgia = Modern Trend,” author Andrea Hsu of NPR notes “Open a design magazine or turn on a home decorating show these days, and it’s clear: Midcentury modern is hot.”
So, if Mid Century Modern style is so hot– what exactly is it that people love?
Characteristics of Mid Century Modern Furniture
Lines: Ever watched an episode of Mad Men? Mid Century furniture is a lot like that. Clean, simple lines and smooth edges giving it a dramatically simplistic and sleek look. Before the 1950s, most furniture was intricately decorated with elaborate, complicated lines and adornments. But mid century furniture designers were modernists, they valued simplicity and created their furniture in accordance.
Color: Besides the variety of wood furniture used, other mid Century modern furniture makes use of beautifully vivid colors such as orange, red, yellow, and green paired with neutrals like tan, black or white.
Wood: Popular wood choices were walnut for its extraordinarily modern look, and cherry for its versatility.
Quality: Mid Century modern furniture is known for being expertly crafted by the best furniture designers. While this style of furniture is not as grand or bulky as popular furniture styles before it, it’s lightness in no way takes away from it’s quality or worth.
What makes the 109-acre setting so special is Vermont Woods Studios’ commitment to raise environmental awareness and to make the old ski area — named after a pine tree — an example of true sustainable forestry.
Often, Cherry wood furniture lovers shop online or browse online furniture stores for home inspiration… and it can get kind of stale.
After looking for the same thing in so many different places you get trapped in this vortex of similar looking Cherry furniture that can be hard to sift through and find pieces that are truly top quality and extraordinarily designed. It’s hard to stay inspired, too!
But there are a few cherry furniture collections that will knock you right out of this Vortex! Featuring pieces from some of our most talented craftsmen from across Vermont, these collections make up a handful of our most eclectic and inspiring Cherry Wood furniture designs for every room in the home.
So to help you break out of the typical Cherry furniture mold and give you a feel for just how magnificent your home can be, we’ve gathered 5 of our best selling not-so-ordinary Cherry wood furniture designs:
1. New York Contemporary Bookcase
Our high end, Arts and Crafts style New York Contemporary Bookcase is handcrafted in Vermont of natural solid hardwoods. This Cherry Wood Furniture piece features bold and straightforward lines, and complements a collection that emphasizes sturdy, unadorned, comfortable furnishings that are built to last and are as much about function as form. It’s unique in its strong simplicity & creative use of shape. See the rest of the collection here.
2. Copeland’s Estelle Dining Chair
Unique? Check. Retro? Check. Stylish? Check. This high end Estelle dining side chair from Copeland highlights the essence of mid-century modern, minimalist design. Sculpted in solid American Cherry wood, this unique side chair has a slender, vertically split back and finely sculpted seat for the ultimate in comfort. Rounded, angular tapered legs complete the stunning contemporary design. It’s sleek and geometrical and the perfect addition to any home looking to add some ultra luxurious cherry wood furniture to their decor. See the rest of the collection here.
3. Contemporary Cable 10-Drawer Dresser
This contemporary cable 10-drawer dresser is a subtly striking piece of cherry wood furniture. It’s sturdy, industrial inspired, and seriously sleek. The contrast between the large & small drawers create a visually compelling look, highlighted by the unique cable pulls and metal accents. See the rest of the collection here.
4. Monterey Platform Bed with Upholstered Headboard
The Monterey Bed fuses American Art’s & Crafts style with modern Japanese and Asian design. Japanese style legs support the sturdy Arts & Crafts build, with a luxurious leather headboard framed by Cherry wood in a subtle Asian design. See the rest of the collection here.
5. Macintosh Platform Bed
This elegant Cherry wood bed is a mission inspired piece with some very unique styling. The square designs on the wood paneling gives you are visually inspiring piece with lots to look at. This bed takes a traditional design and gives it a subtly eclectic twist perfect for the modern or contemporary home!
So, if you’ve been stuck in the dreaded Cherry furniture vortex for too long– we hope that these pieces will get you feeling inspired again! Cherry wood furniture can be interesting, inspiring, AND Vermont made. These five pieces represent a small sampling of all of the beautiful & visually compelling hardwood cherry furniture pieces we offer, browse our webstore to see the rest.
What did you think of our top 5 unique Cherry Wood Furniture designs?
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