Home again, Home again….


We are back home, from a long stay at our ski condo in Vermont, where we recently rang in the New Year.  And, boy was it cold up there!

Last year, my time in Vermont, was completely consumed with fixing our new place up.
This was fine with me, as I would rather be decorating than skiing anyway.  Below, are some shots I took of the place “Before”.

                       my daughters’ room                       
the main floor living room

                        two shots of the master bedroom                               

 The place needed quite a bit of work, and I was a bit overwhelmed at first.  Since it’s really a weekend place, that we would presumably only be using in the winter,  I wanted to take some risks (choices that I might not normally make in our regular abode).  Even though I was willing to embrace the ski/rustic/lodge theme that (almost) is mandatory for a ski house, I wanted to give it a different spin as well.  Luckily, I found some great ideas in a House Beautiful photo, of a Connecticut home, designed by  Healing Barsanti.

Once I spied that black and white Cole and Sons woods wallpaper, I knew I found my design inspiration.  First off, it reminded me of the view from our window {two top photos} and, I knew the strange ceiling shape in our bedroom would look great covered with this amazing paper.  Below are my “Afters”…

The house is still a work in progress…this year we hope to tackle the kitchen and finish my son’s room.
But at least we got a lot accomplished, and I am glad to have more projects to keep me nice and warm INSIDE.

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  1. Are you kidding me??? Your afters are fabulous!! That wallpaper makes me happy all over. I need to see more!!

    Published on 1.7.10 · Reply
  2. Cashon&Co wrote:

    i can't even believe the afters are of the same house. oh my that master and that family room!!! wow! I am going to link to this if you don't mind?? I love it and think everyone should see it!

    Published on 3.24.10 · Reply
  3. Cashon&Co wrote:

    hope you don't mind, but i had to share 🙂 your space if fabulous!!!! just posted it!

    Published on 3.24.10 · Reply
  4. Joyce wrote:

    I love what you did!!! OMG I am so in love with the little white squirrel holding an acorn! I try not to ask too much of where people get things to respect their space, but if you have read my relationship with the squirrels, I would love to know if you remember where you got your little guy? Simply beautiful my friend. xo

    Published on 3.24.10 · Reply
  5. Wow – the place looks amazing!!

    Published on 3.25.10 · Reply
  6. Kerri wrote:

    What an amazing job! Thanks so much for popping in to my blog, I'm so glad you did because now i've found yours. Sensational!
    Kerri x

    Published on 3.27.10 · Reply
  7. Whoa, the wallpaper room is AMAZING.


    Published on 4.21.10 · Reply
  8. nicole wrote:

    OMG… Love this! you did such a great job. That wallpaper in your bedroom is ULTRA AWESOME!

    Published on 4.23.10 · Reply
  9. Wow what can I say, your bedroom and that wallpaper are amazing!!! So cosy and warm looking.

    All things nice…

    Published on 4.29.10 · Reply
  10. Wow, what an amazing job! Love that wallpaper you chose too:) Thanks for visiting my blog, so happy to know yours now too! Have a great weekend!

    Published on 4.30.10 · Reply
  11. Sue, I have not seen this until you put it up on your side bar. I am blow away! It looks fantastic!!! And I really mean it! You could not have picked a better wall paper! Wow!

    These after pictures belong in a magazine. And if this is what your cabin looks like, then I never dare to have you over to my house! (:

    Bravo, Sue! I am so proud of you!

    0x, Mon

    Published on 5.3.10 · Reply
  12. BTLover2 wrote:

    Just found your blog via avante garde design and I'm so glad I did!! Your vacation home is AMAZING! Can't wait to browse through your site. You're an inspiration!

    Published on 5.4.10 · Reply
  13. I love your ski condo! Beautiful! Wherever did you find the squirrel with the acorn? I love It!

    Published on 5.9.10 · Reply
  14. i just took a peak. i LOVE your bedroom. it looks like it belongs in a decorating mag or website. i love it. and your hermes tray-dying!

    Published on 5.10.10 · Reply
  15. Marcela wrote:

    The place looks amazing, and the wallpaper is o nice 🙂

    Published on 5.10.10 · Reply
  16. DECORICA wrote:

    Wow. Love, love, love your bedroom. That wallpaper is so perfect for a winter getaway. Nice job!

    Published on 5.17.10 · Reply
  17. What a gorgeous place to get away!
    So glad you put the link on the side of your blog.


    Published on 5.23.10 · Reply
  18. Krystal wrote:

    wow lady, you did an amazing job!

    Published on 6.3.10 · Reply
  19. Naturally talented! You rocked it!

    Published on 6.3.10 · Reply
  20. Mamma mia how come I didn't see this until now…!!?
    It is rockin' darling! You have done such a great job and I LOVE the wallpaper you chose. Perfect!

    Very very well done hon. You are spot on!
    Can't wait to see the rest.

    xx Charlotta

    Published on 6.12.10 · Reply
  21. Gorgeous job! Love the way you handled the master bedroom windows. I would never leave the condo. Especially since it's freezing cold Vermont. Yikes! (Those Chanel skis couldn't tempt me either!)

    Published on 6.18.10 · Reply
  22. You are so talented! What an amazing space to spend family time! That wallpaper is amazing and I think you were right, it handles all those angles well. 🙂

    Published on 6.23.10 · Reply
  23. I love what you did so far! That wallpaper is so awesome! It really looks amazing in your room. Beautiful job!

    Published on 6.27.10 · Reply
  24. Wow! And to think that you are entirely self-taught! I'm so impressed with the work you've done to your house! Saara and i also really enjoy your blog and your comments. Thanks for all the support!

    Published on 7.22.10 · Reply
  25. Marie Z. wrote:

    What a gorgeous home!

    Published on 7.26.10 · Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Just found your blog. Its fabulous.
    We have the same wallpaper!.
    I'm looking for an Hermes tray, can you advise where you got yours from?.
    Many thanks
    London reader (sorry I don't have an account so had to choose anonymous but don't mean to be rude).

    Published on 7.28.10 · Reply
  27. Whaaa???? This is your home away from home?!!!! LOVE it! Your bedroom is AMAZING! Oh yeah, we can be friends!

    Published on 7.30.10 · Reply
  28. Yahnay wrote:

    Your ski lodge looks amazing. It is such a massive transformation. I love it how all the wallpaper connects even though your walls go in different directions. It makes the room look seamless. Your style is very me. I love it. I think I will be back to look at this post a few more times.

    Published on 8.18.10 · Reply
  29. Julie wrote:

    Congratulations, the house it's coming along beautifully. And what a great vision you had when you picked this wallpaper. It fits perfectly.

    Published on 9.25.10 · Reply
  30. Greet wrote:

    Sue, I discovered the picture at the side bar of your blog and of course I would see this!
    Beautiful place!!! I would love to go there for skiing and relaxing!! Sue, you did really a great job with the decoration of the house!! Congratulations! I really mean this!!

    Published on 12.3.10 · Reply
  31. shopgirl wrote:

    Wow! I really love how you managed to make the pieces that inspired you to come true. The little touches go a long way.


    Published on 12.3.10 · Reply
  32. Jaimie wrote:

    Wow, I was just looking at your before and after pictures of your Vermont home. Unbelievable!!! I just love every little detail from the wallpaper in your master bedroom to your daughters room. We're in the process of re-doing our master bedroom right now and seeing your before and after pics is a great idea. You have amazing taste!!! Jaimie

    Published on 12.27.10 · Reply
  33. Sue– Great tour! The black and white Cole and Sons woods wallpaper folds like a beautiful origami crane in the bedroom. It's really stunning!

    Are you planning on keeping your knotty pine boards on the wall in your living room? I have the same boards in mine – but at a 45 degree angle!


    Published on 1.16.11 · Reply
  34. Wow- what a beautiful transformation. I love the wallpaper choice! Rustic and chic!

    Published on 1.23.11 · Reply
  35. gosh, you're a superstar…LOVE LOVE LOVE! esp the master bedroom…swoon!


    Published on 2.23.11 · Reply
  36. looking GREAT. I am going to tackle our ski condo this summer. I'd like to add some grey stain to the beams.
    Nice job.

    Published on 3.15.11 · Reply
  37. I am in love with your vacation home! Your bedroom is fantastic. The wall paper is to die for. 🙂
    Health and happiness,

    Published on 3.15.11 · Reply
  38. Wow, you've done an amazing job, I just LOVE the master bedroom! Nicolex

    Published on 5.21.11 · Reply
  39. claudia wrote:

    where is the hermes tray from?

    Published on 8.5.11 · Reply
  40. Great job. I have the same chandelier in our beach kitchen. Going to work on our ski condo this year…it's not pretty.

    Published on 9.11.11 · Reply
  41. Jennifer wrote:

    where oh where did you find "the tray"??? GREAT find!

    Published on 11.2.11 · Reply
  42. wow.. its fantastic, thanks about this post
    this is my first visit for this blog but i will follow it

    Published on 10.23.12 · Reply