Before Stowe, Vermont, became a winter destination, it was a quaint town with only two inns. When skiers began flocking there in the 1930s, those inns filled up quickly, and it’s said that locals housed skiers with no place to stay.
You’ll find that spirit of warmth and welcome ever-present in a historic home in downtown Stowe. Homeowner and designer Wendy, who previously lived on Nantucket, moved to the now-renovated Cape Cod-style farmhouse 15 years ago. She was in search of a place with “that charming New England feel,” and she not only found it in Stowe—she created it inside her own home.
Upon opening the door, visitors are greeted by a stone fireplace surrounded by cozy farmhouse-style furniture. From the sitting room to an upstairs bedroom, with drapery made from antique quilts, each room speaks to Wendy’s love for “Old New England” style—that is, with a modern twist. Leaning toward the latter, bold black-and-white accents fill the master bedroom, and a luxurious master bathroom features a two-inch-thick honed stone counter.
“You’ve taken the best parts of all things old and brought them into style and modern [design], and it just warms my heart,” says our host, Parker Kelley, following a tour of the house. Says Wendy, “It’s cozy, which is key.”