Style Means Everything For Your House

Painted furnishings and brightly hued accessories fill a Vermont artist’s lovingly restored home with the spirit of warmth and whimsy

DWDLWhat’s the surest and quickest way to elevate a room’s mood? I Start by injecting a healthy dose of color. Textile artist Susan Sargent learned that lesson well during an extended stay in Sweden, where it has long been the custom to rebel against the pall of long, dark winters by dwelling amid lighthearted hues. Susan applied this rime-rested theory–and utilized her own marvelous eye for color, pattern, and texture–when decorating the refurbished 1860s Vermont farmhouse she shares with her husband, Tom Peters, and their two sons. The playfully patterned pillows, hand-tufted rugs, applique coverlets, painted bed linens, ceramic tableware, …