Vermont FarmhouseFarmhouse Entry, Burlington
photo by Susan Teare
What Houzz contributors are saying:
A bench not only looks welcoming, but provides function and design to this hardworking area of the home. Here, a long bench allows for baskets to be placed underneath. Hooks line the entire perimeter of the room above the wainscoting, and a charming antique urn for umbrella storage completes the look.
2. The peg rail. The Shaker peg rail, a simple board affixed to the wall with evenly spaced pegs, can be used to hang up just about anything, from clothes to tools. Traditionally, the ladder part of ladder-back chairs could be hung on the peg rail to get the chairs out of the way while someone was sweeping up.
After all, McKeeby — the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dentist used as one of the models for Wood’s painting — likely didn’t look agrarian until the artist painted him in overalls with a pitchfork in his hand. The classic farm implement makes a simple statement in the house here, by Joan Heaton Architects.
9. Stoneware crocks. Widely used for food storage before refrigeration, stoneware crocks of various sizes are a frequent antiques fair find. Smaller crocks can hold kitchen utensils or flowers, while the larger ones are perfect for storing umbrellas or rolls of wrapping paper.