Introducing: Our Vermont Home (Before Photos)

December 15, 2017

In case you missed our big announcement on Instagram, we are now part-time residents of Vermont!

We have fallen in love with Vermont ever since our first trip for Friendsgiving 4 years ago (read more about our first trip). We’ve come back several times since and can’t get enough of this place. There are so many outdoor activities (basically everyone is outside all year long), insanely beautiful mountains, skiing (which we both love), flannel for days, adorable general stores, and more cheese and maple syrup than you could ever want.

Cody and I discussed the idea of owning a piece of property in the future during one of our trips last year and well, it happened much sooner than we ever anticipated!

The Story: Cody’s dad recently retired and moved here from Arkansas to be closer to us (it has been so great to have at least one family member nearby). Since he had visited Vermont with us before, we knew he would love it there (at least that’s what we hope). So Cody’s dad is going to live here full time and we get to come visiti him! Since it’s only 2 hours from Boston, it’s the perfect escape from the city and a place we can continue to make memories with our family and friends.

The Home:

This is basically my mid-century modern dream home and referred to as a “Deck House”. It was built in 1973 and sits on 1.17 acres on a hill in Quechee (near Woodstock). It has 3 bedrooms (1 on the main level and 2 downstairs), a huge living room/dining/kitchen on the main level, a family room downstairs that could also be for extra guests, and two full bathrooms. Cody and I have been doing a little research into these deck homes and found they were prefabricated to reduce waste and typically have mahogany door frames, vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, TONS of large windows to “bring the outside in”, and decks off the dining and living rooms. The homes were also designed to bring the outside, in. Here’s a link to some deck houses that look similar to ours.

Meanwhile, Deck was founded in the 1950s by William Berkes, a Gropius disciple out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Deck House remained more mid-century modernist in look and principle than Acorn. – Bill Janovitz, Modern Mass

Our Plan:

Cody is thrilled to have some outdoor space to be able to design (he’s a landscape architect) since all of our previous homes haven’t had an outdoor space. We are going to slowly design the interior as I want to be thoughtful and intentional about what we bring to the home. Plus, it’s a big expense to furnish another home at the moment. I want to share the before photos to give you a sense of the space (sorry they aren’t the best quality).

We are thrilled to take you guys along on the design process and will be sure to update you here and on instagram.


I cant wait to see what you do to this space! What a great blank canvas to work from! Congrats to you and your fan!

Thank you so much, Shauna!! Hope to see you soon in Boston! xo