4 Dining Room Pieces You Didn’t Realize You Were Missing

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Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Cherry and Walnut

Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!

You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?

I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.


  1. Dining Bench- It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
  2. Sideboard or Hunt Board- More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
  3. Mirror- I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
  4. Statement Chandelier- There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
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Our Classic Shaker Hunt Board and our Modern Shaker Long Sideboard both shown in Cherry.

If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.

Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.

Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.

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Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Walnut and Hubbardton Forge Flora #2 Chandelier

 

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Decorating Dilemmas Solved

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American Mission Coffee Table and End Table both in Cherry

Liven Up Your Living Room

With the long New England Winter in full force, I’ve been spending more and more time in my family’s living room. Easily the warmest in the house, we all cuddle around in it reading, watching a movie or coloring in our favorite new adult coloring books.

I’ve noticed recently though that while the couch and love-seat match, the rest of the furniture doesn’t. The end table is all that’s left of a living room set my parents got when my sister and I were children, the coffee table is a (very) small wooden chest and the TV console is a hand-me-down from my grandmother (so probably bought at a big-box store) that now has a couple corners nibbled out from our always hungry black lab.

Needless to say, our living room is in desperate need of an upgrade. If you’re living room is well loved like my family’s and has seen better days or if you’re looking to update to it, then why not think about the occasional tables? (Assuming your couch isn’t in need of replacing)

The most used and most visible table is the coffee table, and I’d start there. Sometimes you can get away with a unique coffee table that you found antiquing or re-purpose an old trunk but you want to be careful and make sure it blends with the theme of your room.

Knowing my mom has a penchant for Old New England style furniture, I would choose the Classic Shaker Flare Oval Coffee Table. The flared legs elevate the tables look and give it an air of sophistication, while the sleek lines and simple design will never go out of trend. The round design also gives off a feeling a openness and inclusion.

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Classic Shaker Flare Oval Coffee Table in Cherry

Once settled on a coffee table, I would move next to the end tables. To match the coffee table, I would choose our Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round End Table. I would get two, one for each side of the couch. What I like about this table in particular is its size. The table top is just big enough for a table lamp and maybe your remotes…it doesn’t allow for clutter to accumulate.

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Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round End Table shown in Cherry

Lastly, I would get the Classic Shaker Flare Leg Sofa Table to complete the set. The great thing about sofa tables is their versatility. I wouldn’t use it in the traditional way you’d think to use a sofa table. I would use it as a side table to complement a large black and white picture of the Chrysler Tower hanging on one wall in our living room.

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Classic Shaker Flare Leg Sofa Table in Cherry

Just as a piece of jewelry or an accessory can make or break an outfit, your accent tables can do the same for your room. Right now my family’s living room is a hodge podge of pieces that don’t really work cohesively. We need to scrap the mismatched furniture and start over.

If you’re feeling the same way about your living room, then maybe it is time to get new accent tables. All of our occasional tables are available in Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut woods and are handmade by local craftspeople. Dress your room in the finest wood furniture Vermont has to offer.

Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have about our furniture. You can contact us toll free at (888) 390-5571 or by visiting our historic Showroom in Vernon, Vermont.

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Dressing Up Shaker

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

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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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Dreaming of Don Draper?

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 04:31 pm

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Our Copeland Catalina Bedroom set in Walnut.

Mad Men may be over, but mid century modern furniture is still widely popular.

From fashion to furniture and everything in-between there’s no denying the influence AMC’s hit show Mad Men had on the American people. Whether you liked or loathed Don Draper, rooted for Peggy Olson or had a love/hate relationship with Pete Campbell I bet the show either brought you back to those times or suddenly had you wishing everyone still dressed that way.

While I certainly wouldn’t want culture to go back to the 1960s, I’ve found that I do have an affinity for mid century modern inspired furniture and design. What exactly is mid century modern you ask? According to a Curbed feature story, mid century modern describes architecture, furniture and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (arguably the time between 1947-1957).

When I first started going through our bedroom collections, I was instantly drawn to our Copeland Catalina Modern Bedroom Furniture. With mid century influence and walnut wood, I felt like the Catalina Platform Bed was calling my name. It has clean and sleek lines, a low profile and minimalist style. Perfect for someone looking for something both contemporary and “mod”.

I would complement the bed with a Catalina Nightstand, 6 Drawer Dresser, 3 Drawer Chest & TV Organizer and two of Copeland’s Walnut Framed Wall Mirrors to hang over the Dresser.

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Copeland Catalina Nightstand, 6-Drawer Dresser, Walnut Framed Mirror and 3 Drawer Chest & TV Organizer all in Walnut

Not a fan of dark wood? Not to worry. The Catalina Collection comes in Cherry wood and both wood types offer two nightstand designs, and seven different style chests and dressers.

Are you craving some Mad Men now? Envisioning the opening credits and playing back all the Don Draper drama from Betty to Megan?

While I can’t help you with that (Netflix can though!), I can help with the furniture. The Copeland Catalina Collection also has a line of dining and office furniture. Really immerse yourself in the Mad Men era from the comfort of your new bed!

If you have any questions about this collection or any other pieces, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is only a phone call away at (888) 390-5571. You can shop conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop on into our Vernon, Vermont Showroom.

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5 Wood Nightstands to Declutter Your Bedroom

Last updated on March 13th, 2019 at 01:39 pm

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Renfrew 3-Drawer Nightstand in Cherry

Don’t let a mess ruin your sleep! Stay organized with one of our handmade nightstands!

The other day I was reorganizing my bedroom when I noticed something about myself. I love to collect books, especially it appeared, on the floor around my bed. I had about half a dozen books on the floor near my nightstand, and probably another half dozen or so split between the small shelf and tabletop of my nightstand. So much space was covered in books and other small trinkets that I had barely enough space for a glass of water, my phone and glasses.

As I cleaned, finding books I forgot I had started reading in the first place, it got me thinking how much I’d love a nightstand with a drawer to hide my knick-knacks and a real shelf to house my book collection…or at least the few I’m determined to finish this year!

If you’re a hoarder of books like me, you may be looking for a versatile nightstand that offers both functionality and some storage. If you’re in search of more space for your accessories, maybe you’re looking for a nightstand that acts as an extension of your dresser or maybe you’re looking for a nightstand simply to house a lamp, book and alarm clock.

We have many nightstands to choose from, but I’ve dug through our inventory and found some that I think highlight the unique styles we offer and compliment our handmade beds.

1. Vermont Shaker Bedside Table: This nightstand offers one drawer and is styled with 4-sided tapered legs in a simple, yet modern Shaker design. It’s great for the minimalist at heart. while still providing storage space. It’s available in Cherry, Maple and Walnut woods and is 19” wide x 26” high x 19” deep.

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Vermont Shaker Bedside Table shown in Cherry

2. Sarah 1 Drawer Nightstand with Shelf: With an open design, this nightstand features a single drawer and a handy bottom shelf. It’s available in 2 heights in natural Cherry or Maple and 12 stain colors. The shelf can double as either a place to display a collection and/or artifact or can offer additional storage–add a basket for flair to collect socks and scarves! This nightstand is 22” wide x 24” or 28” high x 22” deep.

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Sarah 1 Drawer Nightstand with Shelf shown in Cherry

3. American Shaker Nightstand: Featuring both a single drawer and shelf, this nightstand offers a less open design, helpful for storage. You could put a small basket in the cubby space or line up some of your favorite nighttime reads. This nightstand is available in Cherry, Maple or Walnut woods and can be designed to fit your needs with options for it’s design. It measures 22” wide x 28” high x 17” deep.

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American Shaker Nightstand in Cherry

4. Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Night Stand With Door: This nightstand features the signature Cherry Moon reverse tapered legs and gentle arching curve on the bottom. This design offers both a single drawer and shelf with a door to keep your belongings hidden. This is great for someone in need of extra storage space. It’s available in Cherry, Maple and Walnut woods with Walnut knobs and measures 23” wide x 26” high x 17” deep.

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Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Nightstand with Door

5. Green Mountain 3-Drawer Nightstand: The contemporary style of the Green Mountain Nightstand showcases flared legs and a slightly concave design. Featuring three drawers, this nightstand is perfect for someone who needs a little extra storage space for accessories…think socks, belts, scarves. It’s available in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut with Brushed Nickel or Black knobs and measures 22” wide x 25” high x 18.5” deep.

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Green Mountain 3-Drawer Nightstand shown in Cherry

So, whether you’re like me and need more storage space to keep your bedside organized or you’re just looking for a nightstand to keep a lamp and alarm clock on, we’ve got you covered.

Our friendly team is always available for any questions you may have about our furniture, contact us toll free at 888-390-5571. Shop for your nightstand and bedroom furniture securely and conveniently from our online store, order by phone or stop into our Stonehurst Showroom today!

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