This is Part 1 of a series of posts on DIY home decor for Vermont’s second home owners.
Second Homes in Vermont
Second home sales in Vermont are booming. Last weekend, Ken and I took a drive through Wilmington & Dover in southeastern Vermont, home to resort communities like The Hermitage Club, Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain. New homes & developments are everywhere in the Deerfield Valley, especially luxury second homes and vacation homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our showroom at Stonehurst features all Vermont made home decor items, such as:
Furniture, handcrafted by Lyndon Furniture in Lyndonville, VT, Copeland Furniture in Bradford, VT and a handful of small to medium sized woodworking studios around the state
Lighting, hand-forged by Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, VT
Glassware, hand-blown by Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT
So we’ve been thinking about carrying Vermont made textiles for awhile. Fortunately, we’re just an hour and a half away from one of the premiere textile brands on the planet… Anichini! Who knew the Green Mountain State had such a world class assembly of home decor?
Anichini’s Company Store
The Company Store has samples of almost all Anichini linens and we had a wonderful time seeing and feeling these beautiful linens. Nina, Rebecca and I were like kids in a candy store. Heather and Noelle were the resident experts and they helped us select the products we thought would most appeal to our customers at Stonehurst.
Rebecca already has a nice selection of Anichini linens displayed in our showroom at Stonehurst. Nina will be taking professional quality photos over the next several months. She and Tristan will then be posting items for sale on our website. You can bookmark the Home Decor section of our website and check in from time to time to see it all coming together. Better yet, visit us at 538 Huckle Hill Road in Vernon, Vermont to see Anichini linens in person. You’ll be glad you did!
How much do you love Christmas shopping? Are you someone who keeps an eye open all year long for just the right gift for each person on your list? Or do you wait till the last minute because you’d rather have a root canal than shop? Probably you’re somewhere in between but either way I submit to you that everyone loves to receive a beautiful, handcrafted gift for the holidays. So why not start (or finish) your holiday shopping at the 1st Annual Vernon Artisan Market? It’s a new and exciting local shopping event organized by artists and craftspeople throughout the town of Vernon.
Handmade Christmas Gifts
Many of the artisans will be set up in the Vernon Town Hall and others are inviting you into their studios to see how their handmade gifts are crafted. You’ll find a map of the studio tour on the Vernon town website. Artists include potter Bronna Zlochiver, jeweller/painter/graphic designer Margaret Shipman, floral designer Nancy Renaud of Barn Door Wreaths, artist/jeweller/painter Donna Scully, basket maker Sandy Harris, quilter Jean Carr, artist Barbara Emery Moseley and baker Carol Hammond. Vermont Woods Studios is on the tour too so come visit us at Stonehurst and start crossing off those names on your Christmas list!
Everyone loves the old fashioned sleigh bed. You know the style… it’s got a big curved headboard and footboard reminiscent of Santa’s sleigh as it soared over the empires of northern Europe in days of olde.
A New Kind of Sleigh Bed: the Holland
Today’s modern sleigh bed is elegant, sleek and unpretentious. Check out our newest design, the Holland! This one is handmade in Vermont (like all of our furniture) of all solid, natural cherry wood. It’s also available in a handful of cherry stain colors as well as solid maple, walnut and oak wood.
All Solid Hardwood – No Veneers
Customers asked for a sleigh bed made with all solid hardwood and no veneers. Solid hardwood is our traditional design but with sleigh beds and their curves… well it took a little re-thinking. So our friends at Lyndon Furniture went back to the drawing board and came up with a design that enjoys the beloved curves of the traditional sleigh, without the need for veneers! Have a look at all the photos Nina took from different angles and let us know what you think. We’re always up for design tweaks, based on customer suggestions.
The Holland Dressers, Chests and Night Stands
The Holland Collection includes matching dressers, chests, night stands and mirrors, all handmade in Vermont of solid hardwood. Many customers opt for the design above which incorporates the sleigh bed curve into the drawer fronts, avoiding the need for pulls. Others have opted for modern metal pulls, or custom pulls they’ve seen online.