Luxury home decor aficionados: do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home? Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever? Well Vermont has a treat for you. Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other. I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company. Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.
Simon Pearce Glassware
With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware. Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.
Simon Pearce Pottery
Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website. Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit! You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.
The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of? Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board. Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.
Last week I managed to escape from the office and take a road trip. The excuse (er… purpose) was to visit Vermont’s top luxury home decor businesses. Maybe this won’t surprise you — it turns out that in addition to being the fine furniture capital of America, Vermont is second to none in many other types of authentic, handmade home decor. The Green Mountain State hosts hand blown glass blower Simon Pearce, hand forged lighting manufacturer, Hubbardton Forge, hand loomed artisanal fabrics maker, Anichini and handcrafted furniture and pottery maker, Shackleton Thomas.
We felt these companies should be featured at Stonehurst, making it a complete showroom for Vermont’s best, high quality, handcrafted home goods. So I was chosen as the lucky one to make the rounds and pitch the idea. I was met with nothing but kindness and enthusiasm. Wendy Fannin at Hubbardton Forge, Heather Carey at Anichini, Maria Parrado at Simon Pearce, Charlie Shackleton and Miranda Thomas were all very supportive of our plans (thanks guys!).
Over the next few months we’ll be hard at work, adding these new products to our showroom. A nice selection of items will also be added to our online store. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!
Have you ever sat down to eat just as the doorbell starts to ring? You look outside hoping it’s a quick UPS delivery but instead it’s your son’s best friend or your neighbor who’s locked out of the house. No fear– you can warmly welcome your unexpected guest by simply pulling out the wooden bench that sits humbly and discreetly under the table.
Sturdy, solid wood dining benches are perfect for small kitchens, breakfast nooks and dinner parties with lots of guests! Each wooden bench shown is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted to provide you and your guests with a comfortable dining experience. Handcrafted in Vermont using real, solid woods that are sustainably harvested, they are carefully crafted to serve your family and guests for many years to come!
Need a custom size bench? That’s easy! Our high quality wooden benches are made to order to so we’re happy to modify the dimensions to meet your exact needs. Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook and we’ll get started today.
Embrace the ice! Bring the outdoors in with black and white photos (thank you to my very talented friend Kathleen Johnson), a clever string
of lights with mirrored garland, bare branches in jars of sand, silver and white throw pillows or ornaments in the same hues in glass jars.
If you’re like me there’s a little feeling of sadness as the holidays wind down. You’ve put away the decorations and it’s too cold to really enjoy the outdoors. What to do…
Rather than cursing the winter frost, why not embrace it? While the old saying is “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” the same doesn’t need to hold true for your home décor. Try these simple and inexpensive ideas to bring a touch of frost to your home.
Treat yourself to beautiful white flowers in containers throughout the house. Intersperse them with sprigs of pine or twigs painted white and silver. If you really want that frosty feel, add some glitter to the arrangement.
Get yourself some white sand, pour it into a tall glass container and place some small bare branches in it. Or, replace the branches with white candles…Wintry and romantic.
Keep one or two strings of white lights out when packing away the holiday decorations. Place them in large jars or old lanterns on mantles or shelves. You could add white and silver ornaments to the jar as well.
Take crystals or inexpensive dangly rhinestone earrings and hang them from your sconces or the chandelier in your dining room. You can also add them to the twigs or arrangements.
Buy or make yourself throw pillows in shades of light gray, winter white and silver and place them on chairs, couches and beds.
Get outside and channel your inner Ansel Adams. It’s amazing what a different look you can get with photos simply by converting them from color to grayscale. If you don’t think you have what it takes, every community has a photographer or two in their midst that would love to help you. A black and white photo with a nice white mat and black frame can feel wintry even if the image isn’t snow-covered.
Many of these ideas are a great way to reuse and recycle. You can be a trend-setter… and green! Here’s another thought. If you were to order Vermont-made hardwood furniture now, about the time you’ve had just about enough of the snow and ice, you could be enjoying your new table or bed.
1. Custom Decor: Bold one of a kind pieces are going to be big this year. From unique colorful flea market finds to bold custom furniture pieces–this years interior decor trends might have people asking, “Wow… where did you get that from?!”
2. No more sandy, neutral colors. As mentioned in #1– 2014 interior decor style is going to be defined by color! Pair your wood furniture with bright pillows, lamps, vases, or other decor!
3. Minimalism. Avoid cluttered decor and go for a simplified, sleek look with most of the “drama” in the room coming from bold statement pieces and small colorful accents.
4. Sustainability. Each year, sustainability becomes a more important aspect of interior design. In 2014, this is truer than ever. Furniture and decor made at giant factory warehouses overseas don’t bring in the positive, warm energy that you will get when purchasing furnishings and decor items from small businesses with locally sourced products.
5. Outdoor spaces. While it might not not be the best weather right now (depending on where you are), outdoor decor for summer 2014 will place emphasis on well designed conversation spaces. Meaning that your outdoor decor should be arranged in a way that evokes conversation and bonding between those who enter your space!
All of the interior design trends featured in this post can be mixed and transformed to suit your own personal decor aesthetic and taste. Whether you’re a modern decor lover or someone who is strictly traditional, keep your eyes peeled for these trends as they’ll be popping up all over the place in the next 12 months!