Spring was my favorite season growing up in New England. Everything is fresh, green and blooming. Needless to say, I was excited to be visiting my parents Vermont farmhouse in early June. My daughter, Kelsey, was excited too since this would be her first time seeing it. I intended to help out with a few small projects during our three day visit…there are always projects! 🙂 Trying to accomplish things outdoors was difficult due to a relentless cold rain, but the sun managed to shine for our final two days and the house and grounds were beaming!
For a house that is just a year old, it is full of comfortable charm and warmth.
On the day we arrived it was raining and about 55 degrees. The warmth from the fire and a glass of wine was a wonderful way to spend our first evening.
After torrential rain during the night, we were greeted by the most gorgeous misty morning!
I was thrilled my daughter got to experience the house when it is flooded with sunshine.
A wall of glass captures every bit of the early morning light…
Our days started off in the beautiful open concept kitchen with tea and coffee in the light filled breakfast nook.
Dad hasn’t gotten around to building a bigger dining table. I have a sneaky suspicion that they may never happen.
One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Stonehouse Antique Center in Chester. My parents have been looking for just the right piece of furniture (at the right price) to use for a liquor cabinet/bar. They have been searching for the better part of a year…it has become a quest. Lo and behold my mom spotted a rustic cabinet that was the perfect depth and height. My dad didn’t think much of the chippy blue cabinet, but my mom and I knew it was perfect. Poor Dad didn’t stand a chance with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter lobbying for the vintage piece. Kelsey and I were quite a sight squeezed into the back of the SUV with the cabinet!
We also found a sweet little antler at the antiques center to finish off this simple coffee table vignette.
Upstairs, my dad finished the barn doors for the guest room closets.
A few changes have been happening outside too. My folks scored a teak table, set of chairs, bench, and an umbrella at a local tag sale for $250. I told you they were thrifty! It sits just outside the glass living room doors on a gravel patio overlooking the breathtaking view.
The pergola over the kitchen window had been completed since my last visit.
When I return in August, I’m sure there will be more projects completed and others to tackle…one of which is naming this extraordinary house. A few of the ideas that have been tossed around are The Work Farm, Over the Hill, Journey’s End and some others that sound more like a retirement home or a place where you go to die! Geez! I think we can do better. We’re still open to suggestions…