Holiday House

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Best Christmas in Vermont yet. We held our celebration on Christmas Eve this year, which was nice and felt more festive than doing it earlier. (The boys go to their mom’s house for Christmas Day, no matter whose week it is.) Sean made the most amazing meal, and we were all warm and cozy and content. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Roast beef with sea salt / thyme / rosemary rub
Roasted root vegetables
Asparagus galette
Mashed potatoes
Spinach salad
Italian rolls
Chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream

Winter Prep

It’s cold out there! We’ve been prepping the house for winter on top of the living room update, which is coming along nicely. I pulled out our vintage stash of tartan throws, ordered a new festive doormat, and finally got around to getting a log carrier so our sweaters and floors aren’t covered in wood debris. I really don’t know why I put so many basics off for so long – it feels amazing to get things dealt with and to build our little nest out. Here are some of my cozy finds to get you ready for winter!



1. Tartan Plaid Blanket // 2. Bean Boots in blue, rather than the standard brown. I feel rebellious. // 3. Russian Caravan Incense // 4. Les Confitures a l’Ancienne Powdered Drinking Chocolate // 5.  Log Carrier 6. Snowshoe Doormat  // 7. Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year // 8. Tartan Mug 9. Camp socks. I appear to have lost EVERY PAIR I had last winter. How is this possible? // 10. Oui Matches.

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Farewell to Fall

We’ve had our first dusting of snow, and the leaves are mostly off the trees – here’s some shots from around New England from the last two months to say farewell to a too quick season. The Christmas music is on and we’re starting to nest up here in Vermont – not much else to do when it’s dark by 4:15pm!






















Living Room Update: Take 2!

I’ve basically been having a complete meltdown over the state of our house – living in renovation / decorating flux for 3 years is starting to really wear on me, especially as I cruise toward turning 39 and feel soundly middle aged. Ok, I don’t really feel middle aged, but there are some milestones I’d like to reach. One is feeling like my home is comfortable, cohesive, and deliberate. The living room is next on the list to tackle, and it’s been a real challenge to get comfort, style, cat proof, nothing-disposable, and non-toxic all in one.

Here’s the vision I’m working on now – and will hopefully unveil before the holidays!

livingroom_update floor lamp (have similar dark green & brass vintage one) //  acrylic coffee table (done) // nelson lamp (done, see the before link) // coral leather pouf – 20% off right now but still steep // chinoiserie side table – found at an antique store – same shape, but no glass top and cherry wood instead of lacquer // built in bench – in progress, Matthew Smyth example here // regency eagle mirror, ours is a hand-me-down from Sean’s mother //  pillows – planning to make these, inspired by: havana pillowbanana leaf pillow, malachite green pillow // creamware – this is Setsuko Klossowska de Rola (she’s a huge inspiration in general) for Astier de Villatte, mine is an ever-growing thrift collection // the rug is the big decision: thomaspaul rug or gobi wool rug? //  x magazine rack (on order, will fit nicely under the chinoiserie table) // coral, antique hand-me-down from Sean’s mother

Just putting this all together made me feel a lot better about where we are – getting the bench finished and the rug decision made will go a long way!

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Snug Harbor Farm

Fast forward a month from the last post to last weekend! We headed back to Portsmouth and Kennebunkport for our 4th anniversary – it’s just over a 2 hour drive, so it’s basically the quickest seaside place we can get to.

Even though we’ve driven past Snug Harbor Farm dozens of times, we hadn’t stopped. This time, the front of the shop was stocked with pumpkins, so we stopped to get some for the house. SO CUTE. SO GOOD. It was like Tasha Tudor opened a version of Paxton Gate.  I’m tempted to head back around the holidays to see what gorgeousness they’ve created. I’m also tempted to drop out of my reality, get some mini horses, and recreate this entire farm, house, and shop in my backyard. Dreams.

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