We are very honored that the fabulous Laura Zindel took some time to answer our Dwelling With... questions this month. Her Vermont home was recently featured in Country Living, we already loved her pottery and now we love her home too!
Q: How do you define your Style?
A: Our house is an old farm house so it dictates a casual country style of its own. I have a lot of antiques that have been passed down to me by my family that I mix in with art and objects from my friends and favorite designers. I like things comfortable so there are a lot of cozy places to sit and lay down. There is a bit of the Cabinet of Curiosity going on here as well.
Q: Who is your favorite designer?
A : I make housewares so I tend to like others that do the same. I like John Derian, Diana Fayt Patch NY, Klein Reid, Douglas Little… the list is very long.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
A: A t-shirt and jeans with a cashmere sweater.
Q: Idea of the perfect family vacation?
A: We went to St Thomas for Christmas last year. All we had to do was get up, walk to breakfast and snorkel all day. Perfect.
Q: Number one tip for new moms/dads?
A: I have no advice but to trust you own instincts. You know your child best.
Q: Most embarrassing fashion era?
A: Has to be big hair 80s. My hair tends to get big no matter what I do, and I had a “layered look” in the early 80s you can really only imagine it.
Q: What are the top 3 things that happen in your world every day?
A: Working in the studio, asking “what should we have for dinner?” and I love you.
Q: What’s one thing you could never live without?
A: Hugs from my husband and son.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to visit?
A: My family has a house on a Lake. It is always my favorite place to go.
Q: Your favorite kids’ book?
A: Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. When my son was first starting to read he memorized every word and could act it out. He totally related to that pigeon’s frustrations.
Q: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Cracked Pepper Kettle Chips.
Q: What was the last song played on your ipod?
A: The sound track to the Woody Allen movie Vicki Christina Barcelona.
Q: What’s your hometown’s best kept secret?
A: Strolling of the Heifers, a cow parade in June.
Q: Your favorite neighborhood haunt?
A: We just bought a turntable so we can spend a lot of time at our local record store “In the Moment” in Brattleboro.
Q: How do you decompress?
A: Porch, wine, food, friends.
Q: What do you think is the best gift to get? To give?
A: The best gift to get is other people’s time. My friend Sharon just came over with a homemade bowl of grits and shrimp, for no reason. That was amazing! I like to give people perennials to plant in their yard, the gift that keeps on giving.
Q: Tell us about your favorite room, or piece of furniture?
A: Our back porch is amazing in every season. I love the kitchen table that my husband made for me out of the wood from an old shed we had to tear down.
Q: Do you have a favorite DwellStudio Pattern?
A: The new Thistle Vine pattern!
Thank you Laura!