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Evolving Style: Streamlining A Farmhouse + Giveaway!

by Garrett Fleming

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

In today’s edition of Evolving Style we are heading back to the Vermont home of Jessica and Dustin Glasscoe, a farmhouse we first peeked at eight years ago. At the time the plot was doing double duty: in one part sat the headquarters and wood shop for their brand, Vermont Farm Table, and on the other side, family life flourished. Since then, however, they’ve moved their company outside of their home and in turn reclaimed some much-needed space for their growing brood.

Just as their family and work have evolved, so has Dustin and Jessica’s style. They even recently took their entire home back to basics in order to instill it with a renewed sense of tranquility. “As we have gotten older and busier in our lives we crave simplicity, a sense of calm and retreat from the world,” the pair begins. “We want our home to feel like a haven away from the hectic pace of life and to inspire a sense of calm and slowness for [our] family.”

Scroll down to read more about how the family has refined their house and to enter for a chance to win your own “Hunter” dining table from Vermont Farm Table. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us how your home has changed over the years. Entries close at midnight Central Time on July 5th, 2019 (no purchase required). Jessica and Dustin will then contact one lucky reader who gets to bring home a “Hunter” table in their choice of color. Enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Daniel Schechner

Image above: The brand’s “Hunter” table in Ash now fills one of the family’s bright and airy dining areas.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

Since we last caught up with Jessica and Dustin their business and family have grown exponentially. They rely on their home’s simplified interior to help them keep calm amidst the swirl of their busier days.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The home’s new exterior is made of solid pine, “which will age and darken over time like the old barns you see dotted around the landscape of Vermont.”

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

“We have always loved and appreciated the way wood can bring warmth to a space and love [having] the dining table as the center of our home and traditions.” – Jessica and Dustin

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The family’s home is broken into two parts – a newer addition and an older section. Jessica and Dustin fully renovated the kitchen in 2018 to help the two feel more cohesive.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

“Overall we wanted the [newer] space to feel clean, open and filled with light,” the couple says.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

Jessica and Dustin had a sofa custom made for their space.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The family is slowly incorporating color into their home’s neutral palette, but it’s taking time: “It’s a slow process to find meaningful objects to add back in!”


We are very conscious (0f) only bringing into our home what is useful, meaningful and that we will want to have around for a long, long time.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The home’s aesthetic was partially inspired by the “very minimal but design-forward hotels” the family stayed in on a trip to Spain and Portugal.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The couple chose pine floors because the wood wears patina well, and its hue lets the material’s natural variations and character shine.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

Dustin’s dad taught him all he knows about construction and how to tap into a space’s architectural potential. This allowed Dustin and Jessica to do a lot of the contracting themselves.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The renovation and redecorating process taught the couple valuable lessons they’ve applied to all aspects of their lives: “We learned a lot about the importance of clear communication with each other and showing the appropriate amount of appreciation for your partner.”

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

Varying materials in complementary neutrals create a calming – yet eclectic –bathroom.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The bunk bed in the girls’ room is a custom piece.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The girls’ revamped bedroom.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

18-month-old Judah’s bedroom evolution.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The plan is to eventually finish the basement so the kids can run wild and leave their toys out. Until then, Jessica and Dustin will keep their rooms organized through simplistic storage solutions.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

The guest room is now free of built-in cabinetry.

Evolving Style: Streamlining a Farmhouse + Giveaway, Design*Sponge

All of the home’s windows are purposefully curtain-free. The trick helps blend the interior and exterior together.


Dining Room
Dining table, benches, chairs – Vermont Farm Table
Grapevine light fixture – made by Dustin
Art – Julia Jensen from Northern Daughters Gallery
Frames – Pottery Barn

Art – Hannah Secord Wade and Pamela Smith from Northern Daughters Gallery
Lighting – Rejuvenation
Kitchen table, dining chairs, countertop, bar stools – Vermont Farm Table
Pottery – Jeremy Ayers
Dinnerware – Match Pewter
Baby Chair – Stokke

Living Room
“See Vermont” poster – Common Deer
Pillows – Schoolhouse Electric, Hedgehouse
Lamps – West Elm
Rug – Heja Home
Coffee table, side tables – Vermont Farm Table

Guest Room
Bed frame – made by Dustin
Linens – Coyuchi
Lumbar pillow – Hedgehouse
Leather poufs – Citizenry
Rug – Heja Home
Pouf – vintage
Art – Gregory Beauchamp

Bed frame – made by Dustin
Linens – Coyuchi
Pillows – Schoolhouse Electric

Baby’s Room
Crib – Ouef
Toy Storage – Crate & Kids
Large stuffed animals – Melissa and Doug
Rug – Serena + Lily

Girls’ Room
Bed – Custom built
Library book cart – Crate & Kids
Linens – Schoolhouse Electric

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  • We bought our home almost a year ago and since we have slowly been decluttering and buying newer more stylish furniture a little at a time. We bought a home in a small farming town and have been incorporating the more farm style furniture and decor.

  • Hi!

    Our house had changed immensely since we purchased it—when we did, it hadn’t been updated since 1970! It was amazing how much fresh paint and refinishing the hard floors did to transform our home initially. Throughout the past couple of years we’ve invested in larger projects—our new kitchen made the biggest impact as it’s where we spend most of our time when we are home because we absolutely love hosting. That said, it’s ironic because we are still looking for the perfect dining table to pull our kitchen together.

  • Our house has changed in color, style, and feel since we moved in a year and a half ago. One thing that has become more important to us is making it our own, since it’s a 15 year old builder home, not a beautiful old home with tons of unique character. We just recently moved the furniture around and it has made a big difference in the flow of the house and how we use each room. One of those moves was to put the dining room closer to the kitchen, so now we are looking for a new dining table! :)

  • Our house has only changed minimally since we purchased it as our first home 10 years ago. It’s a 1902 farmhouse with LOTS of character, but due to finishing graduate school, my husband starting his own business to be able to be more flexible in raising our kids, and just focusing on our kids over the last decade, we’ve neglected to really update our home in the way we want to. We’ve taken initial steps to refinance to have the ability to renovate a significant portion of our home — hopefully transforming the space into a place that we truly love and where we are happy staying for the next decade as our kids finish high school. We love Vermont Farm Table – which we first saw on our friend Jessica Klein’s Instagram post from Oh, I design!

  • As we’ve grown older I keep hoarding more plants and removing more material belongings. I love the green it brings into every room.

  • I think the thing that has changed the most in my home is how I FEEL in it. Moving from a small city apartment to a big craftsman style home in Maine took some adjustment. I felt like I was banging around in all the space. Now I feel embraced by it. It will never be “finished” (the bathroom is in the midst of a to the studs renovation as we speak), but it will be home for as long as the gods allow it to be!

  • Loving the light and can this space showcases. I’m leaning the same way in my own home these days. Adding plants for life and getting rid of stuff. Though with 3 littles, there will forever be too much stuff!

  • Well my home has changed significantly over the years, partly due to new moves…but I have also done a better and perhaps a more thoughtful job in decorating by really considering how one piece of furniture or decor item relates to another. I would also say that I have done a better job incorporating plants throughout my home vs, having them localized to one area.

  • My home has changed so much, especially in the past three years! After getting married, my husband and I immediately moved to a smaller apartment than we had been in, got pregnant, and then had his teen/my bonus kid come to live with us. I used to be controlled and thoughtful about everything in my home, and now I’m surrendering to the chaos that another adult sized person and a toddler bring to the mix. I’m endlessly searching for the right storage solution to solve all of our space problems, but as we have a tenancy towards maximalism – my husband with a large collection of books, myself a substantial stash of antique glassware – I’m learning to embrace the lack of control and focus on creating a lived-in feeling of warmth, comfort and togetherness for the people who call that space home.

  • I completely love the look and feel of Jessica and Dustin’s family-focused house. My own home is about 30 years old, and served well to raise a family of boys. Although there is still a lot to do in repainting and updating, I’m making progress in a gradual transformation to a brighter, less-fussy state. A major step in the past year was motivated in part by the antiquated green birdhouse wallpaper border above all the cabinets–it seemed so awesome in the 90s, if one can remember back then, but it was ann eyesore to me now! We totally gutted the kitchen–my favorite part was removing that border and the soffits it adorned–and now love the updated warm, comfortable, and more functional space. A Vermont Farm Table would definitely be a perfect gathering place to complete the transformation!

  • I find the neutrals very calming. Love the minimalist look. We are currently the process of de-cluttering and downsizing now that our youngest has graduated from high school.

  • This home and it’s furniture is beautiful. I like things clean and simple too but my home more often has toys all over these days. Enjoying this special time though. The kids are getting bigger and it’s probably time for investing in some new furniture.

  • The house my fiance and I live in originally served as a horse barn less than 25 years ago!

    My finances grandfather, Vovi, was a contractor who raised his family in the house next door with his wife, daughter, her husband and their four grandchildren. As their family outgrew their childhood home, Vovi decided to use the old barns foundation to build a single family home for him and his wife! To this day, my finaces mother and father still live in the house next door.

    Since living here the past 3 years, we’ve began to renovate our 70s inspired barn and like Dustin and Jessica have opted for lighter, brighter more mininalist designs. We’ve switched the mustard yellow trim, dark green and maroon walls for more neutral color pallets, taken put the old leaking fireplace for a large picture window and added a deck!

    We love the charm and quirks of our home and are fixing and restoring what we can while incorporating our own style and this table would be the perfect addition for our family.

    –Jess, Dan, and Oakley

  • There is so much to be admired in this home’s thoughtful simplicity that was seemingly carried over into the crafting of their tables, and of all furniture to focus their skill on, the place where we find ourselves daily for nourishment and respite. An especially lovely bounty of Vermont-a state our family has cherished for three generations (just visited with our fourth little son for his first time a few weeks ago!). The Hunter table’s elements seem particularly made for gathering with those we love :)

  • I love everything about this! Fresh and clean. I live the wide floors and naked windows. Simple and beautiful!

  • When we bought our home 24 years ago, we fell in love with the wide open field in front of it and the vast old forest behind it. We transformed this bland old 70’s ranch into a artsy craftsman. Our vast field is now a large housing development, but the forest remains, a canopy of protection and full of wild life. We added a 2 level addition, have changed wall colors, light fixtures and faucets, and carpet. Now as I am ready to update again, I see changes that I would like to make to just about every room: kitchen cabinets; remodel the main bath;a face-lift for the fireplace, but I am going to start with my main bath and go from there. I love making something old new again.

  • Our home has changed by putting new subway tiles in the shower last week. The overall feel of our house is older rustic look. We have a 7 year old so we put in a pink bunkbed with space underneath it for her dollhouse.

  • Our space has changed as our family has changed. We now have two young kids, so we have a lot of toys underfoot. We bought a new (old) home, though, and I intend to be more intentional about what goes into our new-to-us house. This family’s home is very inspiring!

  • Over the years our house has changed from having stuff simply to have stuff , to a more curated, thoughtful collection of items that have history, sentimental value or put a smile on our face.

  • With the gift of time and perspective (and the example of my mom), my home has shed some of the excess, focusing on what’s important. In this stage of life with a toddler, I struggle a bit to quell the wave of stuff that has started to take over but I’m also giving me/us some time to work through what works. Loving the style and sensibility that you have shared. I’d remiss not to note #ilovermont.

  • My home has changed as my husband and I have been able to start saving and investing in pieces! It’s a slow process, but it’s finally starting to feel like a curated adult apartment, rather than a college student apartment filled with IKEA!

  • Since buying our house, we’ve adopted a cat, gotten married, and had a kid. Our home has been constantly evolving.

  • Our home has changed states (Washington D.C. to NYC to Richmond, Va to NYC again and now to Providence , RI where we plan to stay put for a while. We have added two kids and a dog to the mix, and home is feeling pretty darn good these days.

  • Making the conscious decision to decide that *I live here*, instead of passively renting a shared house has given me motivation to invest time and heart into my spaces. Buying furnishings I actually enjoy vs accidentally acquire has made my room more restful and I love it!

  • Over the last 4.5 years, my husband and I have brought 2 children into the world and lived in 3 different homes in two cities. Our home has become more cluttered with kids junk, but also happier and more intentional. In making room for children and in the process of packing and unpacking and repacking, etc, we’ve had time to think about what we value and how best to use those things. And of course, most importantly, our home is much more joyful now than ever before!

  • After buying a house and knowing we will be here awhile, rather then moving around in rentals, we were able to buy a few quality pieces that really fit the space. Our place feels like it’s filled with things that are actually our style instead of the hand-me-downs and quick buys from before – we were able to take our time, which really makes a difference!

  • My home has taken on more color and calm — I have redesigned several rooms to complement the colors of fabrics from my travels. So every corner has texture and memories! Indigo from around the world, Cambodian textiles, and images that take me to another’s world for just a moment.

  • My home has become brighter, less day-to-day clean because I’m busier, but more importantly it’s functional. Spaces flow with ease. Living room for lounging, office only for work, bedroom only for sleep (no phones), etc.

  • I keep dated pictures of my house because of how much its changed throughout the 10 years I’ve owned it. I did a half ass kitchen reno 5 years ago. To save money I painted the crappy cabs myself and added a new backsplash, sink, and countertops. IN a few weeks custom cabs are going in, though I’m keeping the newish countertops and sink. Sadly the backsplash tile has to come down but I’ll be doing something similar to my 5 years ago pick. I’ve put up wallpaper in most rooms as well as repainted. I’m constantly changing art and rugs and every once in awhile new to me pieces are brought in. I love my house and while my style hasn’t changed that much (mid century mixed with some old farmhouse stuff ) my house has.

  • Beautiful space. The clean lines and light neutrals make it feel very Scandinavian. Great inspiration for our new build Happening this summer!

  • Our home has changed over the years simply because of geography! 7 homes, 4 countries, 4 years! All with three kids! It’s been an adventure but now that we have purchased a home in the PNW and see ourselves settling in, the comment of being mindful of only bringing in useful, and meaningful items really resonates. Our time as relative nomads really drove home the point that we don’t need as much as we think … so make what you do need a joy to have and use!

    Beautiful article and table and family. Cheers!

  • We’re newlyweds slowly changing our home from dark and drab to bright and clean!

  • Love the the calmness of this home! Like most people I am striving for a minimalism. For me this means getting away from decor pieces in favor of functional pieces (lamps, chairs, etc) that are interesting or make a statement. Also, I have a four year old so it’s been a challenge staying tidy, but I try not to stress about it. My solution there is to buy things I like to look at like vintage toys from my childhood lol.

  • My family and I live in a 100 plus year old home that has been added onto. The addition is open with large windows while the older part of the house has multiple small rooms. It makes for a funky house but I love it for all it’s quirks. I think homes are always evolving but the biggest change factor in my home has been that with my divorce I’m finally in a position to choose furniture and accents that feel like me. Until recently, I’d never selected a piece of furniture for our home so it is incredibly liberating to be the one making the choices. Resources are tight so most of the changes I’ve made have been in paint colors, lamps and plants. I can’t wait to choose a dining room table – my current table is made of glass so it’s hard and cold – the opposite of the feel I want for our family meals. This is the table that we eat every meal at, that my children do their homework on, that we play cards around and often is partially covered in puzzle. I’m a big believer in makes our home a sanctuary – for ourselves, our family and friends!

  • I’ve lived in my home for about 1.5 years! While I haven’t been in it for a long time, it has changed in fits and spurts as I declutter and clean. I’ve done a little painting to satisfy my urges to rehaul the entire interior (my budget’s not there quite yet!) and have spent time gardening outside. This home revamp is my dream interior — I love how it feels like a natural extension of the outdoors and how calming the palette is. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  • Our home hasn’t changed too much since we bought it seven years ago so I’m kind of excited we are moving to a new house soon- it’s a fun opportunity to start over and rethink our asthetic. Wish us luck!!

  • Wow! Beautiful transformation.
    I am surprised by the distance between my comfy safe style of dark wood and upholstery versus feeling comfort by light.

  • Gosh, I love the LIGHT in the ‘after’ photos above. I’m a fan of a layered, eclectic style, which is pretty forgiving of changes over time. Right now, that means a lot of kid-friendly materials (things that are durable, safe, and easy to clean). My favorite pieces tend to have some history: an oak roll-top desk that my dad gave me, kitchenware and a quilt we received as wedding gifts, art created by talented friends. I hope to have all of them for years to come, as my style and home evolves.

  • The change in the windows, to me, makes the biggest difference. I don’t see a source for the windows, or am I missing it? Thanks!