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 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?
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.
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?
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?
“One could do worse than to be a swinger of birches” Robert Frost
What’s your spirit animal?
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?