We FOUND Joy in 2020

Tis true…we asked our amazing shady peeps where they found joy in this most challenging of a year. We also know that by sharing joy, it will spark MORE joy, which will ignite EVEN more joy and soon, we’ll have a joy avalanche that will push us through into 2021!

Our team wanted to share their most joy FILLED photos of 2020 with you. From weddings, to new puppers, to glorious sunsets, 2020 wasn’t all murder hornets, flying snakes and toilet paper shortages.


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“Meet Sedona (a/k/a Seddie), my new grandpuppy. My daughter rescued her a few months ago. She has her Thanksgiving treat from grandma on her nose waiting to be told it is ok to eat it. Isn’t she beautiful? She makes me happy!!”
– Ginny
“This is Lexy & my ONE and Only sunrise this year on the dock at camp…”
-Michele
My husband and I did a very ‘touristy’ thing over the summer. We took a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain and I’m so giddy we did. The sunset made me aware that this crazy world will continue to spin, no matter what. It was profound reminder, this too shall pass away.”
– Jody
“In the beginning of the pandemic, after a particularly difficult day and sleepless night I went to my car and saw this. The beauty of it stopped me in my tracks – I literally was able to exhale a breath I hadn’t known I had been holding. It was a gorgeous reminder that we are surrounded by beauty. I slept well that night. “
-Kelly
“Riding with combat vets on the perfect peak foliage day. Freedom and beauty during a time when our worlds where a lot smaller.
– Amy
This because I always wanted a deer since I was a kid. No one in my family is a hunter so I never got to learn. As an adult, I had to teach myself. Many years of learning through failures, and this year got my first one and it was one of those “wise old bucks” that are very difficult to take when you are in their house.
– Greg
“In a year when not many people would say that this was one of the best years of their lives, I am able to. I found so much joy, happiness, and life to be thankful for. 2020 brought me a new home, an engagement, a new puppy, and a wedding! All of these life changes were impacted by the events of 2020; however, a lot of great memories were created along the way that I will cherish forever.”
-Kathie
” In August Steve & I went on our Vermont “staycation” to Woodstock – we had a glorious day that included a trip to the Billings Farm and Museum … on the property was this awesome Sunflower House! 10,000 square feet of so many varieties of sunflowers and of course their resident BEES! 
Loved it !!! “
– Barb
“Here is a photo coming down Mt Mansfield on the way to hike a total of about 15 miles of the long trail to get to Bolton Resort. This was a fantastic Summer and Fall to be hiking, and this hike was the most challenging I did. It was painful, but oh so rewarding. And had it been a “normal” summer I might not have fallen in love with hiking so much.”
-Andrew
It was late winter vacationing in Marco Island, Florida, when all was right with the world.”
-Tom
“In March of this year I had the chance to ski with three of my grandsons at Sugarbush. Not long after that we stopped being able to see each other. This is a very fond memory of a fun day!”
-Alan
“Moving into our first home on Thanksgiving week certainly gave us something to be thankful for. Looks like a good place to spend 30+ years together.”
-Connor

We’re grateful to each and every member of our work family. Each person brings something wonderful to our company that’s uniquely valuable.

Annnnnnd we are grateful FOR our AMAZING customers! Thank you to each and every one of you, near and far for making the most out of 2020!

2020 Home Trends!

In the British Vogue 1939 issue, product designer Gilbert Rhode was asked what people in the 21st century would be wearing. He had NUMEROUS thoughts. According to Gilbert, in year 2020 we would have NO buttons, pockets, collars or ties. Men will have revolted against shaving. “His hat will be an antenna, snatching radio out of the ether. His socks—disposable.” Rhode declared.

Does that sound like our modern-day hipster living in NYC to you? The antenna…we’re close…with airpods, amirite? *curious side-eye*

Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Pantone‘s selections for the prestigious COLORS OF THE YEAR!

Sherwin-Williams went a little darker for their pick: “Naval”

“Giving a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering new year and fresh decade of change. This deep shade evokes a prominent sense of confidence that fuses timeless color with a fresh mix of natural materials and textures that bring navy blue into a new era.” – courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Benjamin Moore went for a softer hue with their selection: “First Light”

“First Light” is warm, rosy pink.Benjamin Moore’s first time choosing a pink hue for Color of the Year, and symbolizes an upbeat and hopeful start to the next ten years. A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.” – Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Pantone’s choice: “Classic Blue”

“A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” – courtesy of Pantone

1.Black and White Interiors.

It’s BACK! (And this trend I thoroughly enjoy, on a deeply personal level.) There are endless ways to explore this yin/yang trend into your home. Black chairs and sofas, white throw pillows, black ceilings, black and white marble. So many delicious textiles and pattern variations that marry these two colors. For the more daring, try a black ceilings or walls. In 2020, the interior designers of the world are already looking forward to the endless possibilities of bringing this bold, yet classic trend to your homes.

2.Velvet.

OH MY! Vivacious Vibrant Velvets are on trend. So DELISH. Ok, take a moment and JUST imagine for a moment, stunning floor-to-ceiling, in Pantone’s Classic Blue velvet drapery adorning your home. Phew! I just might faint. So gorgeous! And if I do faint, I’m gonna collapse on one of these GORGEOUS sofas, in Ben Moore’s Color of Year and recover in my bed with the tufted headboard in Pantones’ “Classic Blue”

SWOON

3. Geometric Patterns.

This is not new. This design accent has been on the upward trend for the past couple years now. It’s easy to fall in love with it, and use it everywhere, but resist the urge. Pick an area of your home where you want the geometric pattern to make a bold statement. How about geometric bathroom floor tiles, or a thin-lined geometric wallpaper? Check out those cellular wall shelves or accent table? SO CELL. SO AWESOME.

4.Maximalism.

What exactly is maximalism? While minimalism focuses ‘less is more’, maximalism is about embracing the idea ‘more is MORE’.  Like Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Interior designers across the globe are drooling with this trend. This decor style can EASILY get out of control. Ok, OK….before you get too carried away, you’ll have to use SOME restraint. Pick a single room to go all excessive and BOLD with saturated colors and carefully curated collections of art. Keep in mind, maximalism encourages utilizing your space in the boldest way possible.

5.Neutrals.

If that maximalism tredn is just ‘too much’ for you…I get it. I totally get it. Instead create a serene, calming oasis for your living room or master bedroom and go neutral, and you’ll still be on trend. If you think, “UGH Neutrals are SO boring….”  I’m gonna tell ya something, you’re wrong. Neutral are whites with cool or warm undertones, mixing with shades of beige and grey. Don’t underestimate the power of neutrals. They make an excellent choice for your walls, allowing your artwork to POP! They’re also great options for furniture (furniture covers for families with kiddos/pets recommended) including sofas and bedding.

6. Biophilia.

The term “biophilia,” an affinity for the living world, was coined back in the ’80’s by American biologist and author E.O. Wilson. “We have an instinctive drive to connect with nature”, he said, “and the more we connect, the happier we are.” That’s why a walk in the woods can feel SO friggin good, or hiking up our very own Mount Mansfield will change your life. A daily hike not an option? Bring nature indoors, with plants and a hot trend now, moss walls. SO cool. So tactile. LOOK! Don’t you just wanna touch these moss walls? I know, wouldn’t be able to resist. And how bout that skylight rainfall SHOWER?! UGH. WANT.

Click here for step-by-step instructions to make your own.

7. Floral Wallpaper and Fabrics.

What’s that saying, “Everything old is new again” ? A throwback with a VERY contemporary twist. We are not talking those small blue or pink floral patterns that all of our Nana’s had everywhere. Sorry, Nana. This 2020 trend is NOT your grandma’s florals. GIGANTIC, gorgeous abstract blooms, that are oh so bold. Wallpapers for powder rooms, and accent walls.

Oh, the joys of the new year! So let us honor Earth’s trip around the Sun with new personal goals, new resolutions and these latest trends. Ya know, one trend that will NEVER go outta style, energy efficiency.

We LOVE what we do, sooo stick with us. We got you covered in 2020.