Before moving from South Carolina to Vermont, Dustin and Jess Glasscoe sold virtually everything they owned. So when they bought this former sheep farm located on a dirt road bordering Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondack mountains, they had to start all over. For Dustin, this means frequently running to the studio to build a new piece for the house. That drive to create led to Vermont Farm Table. In only two years, the garage-born business has grown to support five employees, a full woodshop and a retail store. Since moving into this home, the business wasn’t the only thing to grow; the couple has added two children to their family — Eloise, two years, and Ada, four months. (There’s also a dog, Moose, and five chickens running around.) Whew! No wonder Dustin makes furniture that looks better with wear and tear! Thanks, Dustin and Jess! — Amy A.
Image above: This is our outdoor dining area. We dismantled a hideous old deck on the back of the house with the intention to rebuild; like most things, when you strip away the complexity, you find the beauty. Once the deck disappeared, we found that we preferred the open and inviting space just as it is. Instead of spending $5,000+ on a new deck, I purchased $300 worth of river stones from a local quarry, and viola! The table pictured is made from 100% reclaimed materials and non-toxic finishes. Jess and I found the bistro chairs at an annual flea market in Hillsville, VA ($65 for all 4 ). The light is courtesy of IKEA.
Image above: When we remodeled our kitchen, we did not finish the cabinets because, at the time, I did not know how to build kitchen cabinetry. Now two years later, this old wooden box and rope handle seems to have fit the bill just fine. This box took me an hour to build and less than $15 in materials. The wood is almost 150 years old. We now sell similar wooden boxes in our store in Burlington, VT. The rope is new and was purchased at Lowes Home Improvement. The sink is courtesy of IKEA.
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Image above: Our dining room and kitchen are connected in one big room. The floor is reclaimed pine, and I paid $50 for the wood. The best part is that the old patina makes it nearly impossible to spot new spills and stains — a huge benefit with two daughters under 26 months old! The table is a custom pedestal built by Vermont Farm Table. We even steam-bent the aprons ourselves, which is a big deal to do in the world of woodworking. (The apron is the round wood under the top. You can see the table in the shop here.) I made the light above the table in a crunch when we needed to move into the house (all found objects). The bar area is a reclaimed corner cabinet that I purchased on the side of the road for $35. The chairs came from a local architectural artifacts company run by my friends. The yellow paint in the laundry room is Mythic Twist of Lemon and the bar cabinet is painted Chinchilla by Martha Stewart.
Image above: The bed frame is made of metal and reclaimed wood and is one of our new product prototypes — it’s not complete yet. The side tables are the same combination of materials and are sold in our retail showroom in Burlington, VT. Occasionally, we will offer these tables in our Etsy store — they are the most popular item in our retail store. The rug is 100% wool, handmade here in Vermont by Magnus Wools, and the yarns are hand-dyed in a solar tube with locally harvested and naturally occurring pigments. As for paint, we tried three colors, and this one is it. We were going for a gray/purple/bluish shade. The first color was cotton candy pink, the next was baby blue and then we landed on Heavy Goose by Martha Stewart.
Image above: A close-up of our reclaimed wood kitchen floors. The door I found at Mason Brothers for $25. My briefcase was picked up in Italy on our honeymoon — it was one of those items I passively searched for my entire life and couldn’t believe it when I saw it! I am drawn to products that will last my lifetime and beyond, and that’s probably my affection for antiques — when you find something that has been around for 50 years, it is likely to be around for another 50 years. Longevity is a guiding principal in all the things we make. Sometimes, I daydream about all the tables we build and how they will outlive me. It’s not an egotistical thought; it’s more a sense of responsibility I feel toward the products we make.
Image above: This is our guest bedroom and bath. The contemporary Windsor chair in the foreground is made of cherry and tiger maple by one of my good friends at Warren Chairs Works. They are 100% handmade in Vermont and Rhode Island. The small table is 100% reclaimed wood and available in any size from our store in Burlington. The painting is one in a series of five created for Jess’s grandfather’s retirement party — all commemorating his favorite drinks!
Image above: Ohhhhh the kitchen! The day we closed on our house, my wife, Jess, went back to work, and I drove to Charlotte with a sledge hammer. I gutted the entire kitchen in one day. We had no plan, but I knew making the mess before we moved in was the right thing to do. Even if it meant living with a camp-stove and washing dishes in the bathtub for a few weeks. So, we moved into our new house with no kitchen and only a blank canvas. The wall color is Mythic White (basically primer), and everything you see wood-wise was made from leftover wood in our first year in business. We live for food, cooking and entertaining. We choose primer white because it helps the food be the hero in this room — the same way a nice white ceramic plate is used for plating. The cabinets are nothing more than 2 x 4s and plywood from Lowes Home Improvement with a facade of 200-year-old trim. I installed the trim the day before my mother-in-law visited for the first time, and it’s been a winner since then. We received a quote for custom cabinets in the $7,000–$10,000 range and simply couldn’t justify the expense.
Image above: I learned the importance of family meals and Sunday dinners from my grandmother Rose (pictured center above), and I learned to cook in Telluride, CO, under great chefs and restaurateurs. I made the cutting boards you see here, and we sell them at our store.
Image above: Cutting fresh peonies represents a marking of time for me and the welcoming of summer in Vermont. I look forward to placing these beauties around the house all year. This is my daughter Eloise’s room. The flowers are in a vase from Match Italy, and the table they sit on is made from wood estimated to be 200 to 225 years old.
Image above: This is another shot of our guest bedroom. The bed was one of the first large pieces of furniture I made, almost eight years ago. Here in Vermont, we don’t have TV (well, we do have Apple TV). So when guests visit, we offer up plenty of reading materials. Most of the books on this wall are cookbooks — about one-tenth of our collection.
Image above: This is my daughter Eloise’s bedroom. She is two years old, and she gets the biggest room in the house! Instead of buying or building a fancy first bed, we placed a queen mattress on the floor. It works great, and she never rolls off the bed. At night, she loves to pull all the covers off and “bounce” for hours. The rug is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the comforter is from Pottery Barn and the shades are from Lowe’s Home Improvement. I made the table pictured. It is constructed from a single piece of wood that is 21-inches wide and estimated to be 200 to 225 years old.
Image above: My wife, Jess, is one of the best bakers I know, and these ladies are her secret weapons. Yes, I know it is cliche . . . move to Vermont and get chickens! Really, I grew up on a farm in North Carolina, and we gathered fresh eggs daily. Nothing compares to your own free-range eggs.
Image above: We try to make the most of summers in Vermont, and this is where you will find us most afternoons. Pictured above is our outdoor living area. After dismantling an old deck that once stood here, we decided the open air was better than a screened-in porch. We made this structure ourselves using wood from a local sawmill. The chairs are from Sky Chair in Boulder, CO, and are made of DURAVAS™ canvas.
Image above: Pictured above are my wife, Jess, who is on the brand team at Seventh Generation, my daughter Eloise Violet, our dog Moose (German shorthaired pointer) and The Chickens. (Not pictured, our four-month-old daughter, Ada Rose.)