Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a sweater from Anthropologie, skirt from Nanette Lepore, and shoes from Valentino.
Happy Friday!!! It is cold and blustery outside.... but it makes it feel like Christmas! I got to go to a fun happy hour last night with friends that I had not seen in a while... today I get to go to a high school friend’s house for a jewelry show and lunch...and tomorrow I am attending the Jewel Charity Ball where Earth Wind & Fire are playing! I am so excited!!!! What a treat to get to hear them play in person! I am sure the music will transport me back to my college years. I am going to be wearing my dancing shoes in a MAJOR way!!!!! I have a few more presents to deliver... and then I can totally relax and enjoy the Christmas season. My Riley will come home next week which will definitely let Christmas begin. I have ordered my flowers for my table and am looking forward to cooking up a storm. I have my plan for how I am setting our table this year... different from the past years. I am feeling festive this year and my brain is swirling with ideas. I can visualize how the table will look... and then I make it happen. There will be a lot of red roses this year! We are still “putting a bow” on some things for clients before the big day. But knock on wood it is all falling into place.
The article today comes from the December issue of House Beautiful. This house in Vermont owned by a couple from Houston brings the beautiful landscape outside into the interiors. Located on the banks of Lake Champlain the original 1927 was transformed by Vermont architects TruexCullins. The local craftsman used and the local stone is awesome. Cathy Chapman did an outstanding job. Enjoy this warm and cozy house dressed for Christmas and have a fabulous weekend!!! Santa is coming to town soon!!!!!
The walls in the dining room are hand painted by local artist Kathy Mitchell and the mural commemorates the area’s history. How gorgeous and special! I love all of the detail on the wing chair...especially the rosettes in the back.
There are so many cool architectural features in this room . The stone is from a local quarry that once supplied the original 1927 farmhouse. The rooms are small and cozy throughout the house. The furnishings were kept in the feeling of a farmhouse.... with a twist here and there. The sling chair in this living area is a nod to a bit of contemporary. I love the natural elements used on the tree.
How cool to have a spiral staircase leading to the master bedroom!!!! And that range!!!!! Fabulous!!! The floors are Champion Black stone. Gorgeous!
There was a great effort used to keep original elements of the house. The mop sink in this mud room was refurbished —- it adds a nostalgic feel to the space.
Another view of the dining room. The round table extends to an oval for larger gatherings. The chandelier is on a sliding rod so it can be moved to stay centered . Amazing!!!!
Beautiful front door has a transom at the top to let in light. I love how low they hung the wreath.... it gives more attitude!
The bar counter is pewter with brass rivets securing it. So lovely and clean.
Here in the master bedroom the plaster walls and ceiling have a custom blue pigment that compliments the stone wall. I love how night the fireplace is Lon the wall....allowing a great view and warmth from the bed.
Oh how i love nooks and crannies in a house!! The bed is tucked in this alcove .... with the pendant used for bedside light to free up space. I am definitely going to steal this idea some day!!
What a wonderful guest room. Love, love the paint red floors and shiplap ceiling! The dormer window brings in great light. The full draperies out of a Kravet linen are full and add such warmth to the room.
The claw-foot tub was original to the house and it tucked in the window spot next to the fireplace. It was refurbished in Sherman Williams Refuge. The Holland & Sherry wool draperies are perfect to finish the area.
“Designer Cathy Chapman Uses Lighting In The Coolest Way For This Cozy Vermont Retreat” article featured in House Beautiful December 2018 Issue
BY CELIA BARBOUR
Architecture: TRUEXCULLINS; Photography: ANNIE SCHLECHTER; Producer: KARIN LIDBECK BRENT
My dinner last night was leftover salad from Doc B’s. It is such a delicious salad! I highly recommend trying it!