Sometimes, a property just captures the essence of what’s popular (aka trendy) in design, but is also actually really good too, which doesn’t happen as often as one would think. This is the case with this gorgeous Vermont farmhouse fantasy home that was featured in both Design New England and Traditional Home magazines – in 2018. It’s very rare for a project to be featured – and make the cover – of two major publications in the same year. And not only that, the cover shots are nearly identical. If this looks familiar, I also featured this shot when I was writing about the psychology of white rooms last week.
A New England vernacular design vibe is captured with the simple, paired back architectural style with white clapboard siding, symmetrical windows with no shutters. It’s a lovely angular look that is traditional and yet still modern.
The narrow lines of the black trim on the windows and entryway lantern are carried into the foyer with the lanterns inside as well. This truly carries the eye from outside in and inside out. Pro Tip from Edith Wharton: The front entry of a house should be a natural progression from outside to inside.
Farmhouse Fantasy Kitchen
I’m a big fan of this mix of luxe dining chairs with the rustic farmhouse table. Note that the woods don’t have to match; the chair legs are a grayed natural wood which speaks to both the lower cabinetry and the natural wood tones of the table and ceiling beams. The upholstery also ads a much needed accent to warm up the space.
The counter stools have the same colorful teal. And, I see there is a built-in space for the dog bowls at the end of the huge center island. Raised bowls are great for taller dogs as they age to avoid neck strain.
Living Spaces – Farmhouse Fantasy
Private Spaces – Farmhouse Fantasy
Entertaining Spaces – Farmhouse Fantasy
Design Credits and Applause for the Farmhouse Fantasy goes to:
Architect: Lee Grutchfield, AIA, TruexCullins Architects + Interior Design, Burlington, Vermont; 802/658-2775; firstname.lastname@example.org; truexcullins.com.
Interior designers: Richard Cerrone and Nancy Galasso, Lillian August Furnishings + Design, Lillian August Design Center, 32 Knight St., Norwalk, CT 06851; 203/847-3314; email@example.com; lillianaugust.com.
Kitchen design-build firm: Dan Morris and Rick Santa Maria, Roundtree Construction, New Haven, Connecticut; 802/453-4044; roundtreeconstruction.com.
Read the entire Design New England story here, which has some different photos and views of this beautiful project.
View the Traditional Home photo spread here.
So, do you have a favorite cover image? I’m not going to pick because I actually know both stylists and they are both beautiful!