“Starting over and building from scratch is not for the faint of heart, nor is living in this most northern cold-weather state,” says Britt Witt, one half of the waxed canvas goods business Red House. Still, this is exactly the situation that Britt and her husband Matt found themselves in in 2011, when the two packed their bags and brought their family—two children and a pup named Buckley Jones—to a quiet village in Vermont, sight unseen. The gamble of leaving well-paying city jobs and most of their possessions turned out to be a fortuitous move. It allowed them to kickstart their new business and create a life they had always dreamed of, in a charming red house that was tailor-made for both. Since their move-in, Britt and Matt have made over this forest cottage according to their vision, making updates that allowed it to function as a live/work space for their family and entrepreneurial endeavors. Centered around a wood-burning stove, it is a space that brims with warmth and creativity. Take a tour + learn more about this little red house below!
Photograhy by Carey Nershi.
“When we bought this house it was quite different than from what you see today,” Britt says. “Every room was a different color, spanning from a salmon pink to a pale lime green. There was a thin, rough grey carpet throughout, accented by some white tiles here and there.”
“The first thing we did was create a blank canvas by painting the entire home a bright white. We followed with a dark wide plank floor. This immediately made the space feel larger and more open which allowed us to see its full potential.”
“The natural surrounding of Vermont is a huge inspiration to us and we wanted to invite the outdoors in. We put up a wood stack right out our windows to create a cozy living room with an outdoor feel.”
“Our small but mighty kitchen that we built ourselves just a few years ago. We tore down overhead cabinets and put in open shelving in order to make it feel simple and light.”
“Our wood stove is by far my favorite thing about this home. We have not turned the heat on once in all the years we have lived here. The stove pumps so much heat that we often open the windows a bit on some of the coldest Vermont days and nights. This house could be completely empty and still be cozy with the crackling of the wood stove going.”