I have a lovely home tour to share with you today and it is so beautiful that I had to share nearly every picture that I was sent. So brew that pot of tea, and settle down for a long visit! It is the home of the team behind Collectivitea store StoneHouse Artifacts, Lydia and Kurt Scherer. Lydia Scherer is a professional musician with six CD recordings to her name – Lydia McCauley. She taught piano for several years, and created Garden of Simples – a Vintage Shop on Etsy. Kurt Scherer has designed and built 20 homes, mostly by himself. He is a wood-carver, map collector, and producer and sound engineer for Lydia’s music. They have two grown daughters, a grandson, and one granddog. StoneHouse Artifacts offers a curated collection of the most lovely, global style antiques and vintage finds such as architectural items, furniture and textiles. Lydia and Kurt travel extensively to find beautiful items for the home and in addition to their online presence, their (physical) store is located in their home. Before I let them tell the story of StoneHouse, I want to share with you why this home tour is so special. The house is beautiful and is put together with so much love, but that’s not all. The style is a perfect blend of East and West, each complimenting the other and bringing to brighter focus the power of the two together. Clean lines and a hint of austerity, tempered by antique elegance. I was reminded of the neutral palette of Belgian design (think Axel Vervoordt) styles mixed with black Cuddapah limestone tiles, rosewood and granite pillars and set against the lush backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. SWOON! In my opinion, It’s also an homage to a way of life. Of less is more. Quality over quantity. That homes are created over a lifetime and are a celebration of our creativity, and coming back to the Gloria Vanderbilt quote, that decorating is autobiography. Lydia Scherer gives us a tour of StoneHouse…
Kurt Scherer, Designer and Builder, Completed in 2013
Home of Lydia and Kurt Scherer, Bellingham, Washington
“StoneHouse is located in the Pacific Northwest, in between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. It was built by Kurt, who has designed and built homes one at a time for the past thirty-five years. His building style is influenced by our travels to Europe and Asia.
“After taking several trips to India, we found beautiful materials that we wanted to include in this house, such as Cuddapa tile (black limestone), old rosewood pillars and granite pillars for the exterior. Kurt worked with artisans in Pondicherry, India who made recycled rosewood doors, the Rumford fireplace, neem wood library shelves and cabinets according to his design and specifications. We invested in beautiful old handmade furniture and had it all shipped across the ocean.”- Lydia Scherer
“The building process took two years and Kurt did most of the labour himself, including the exterior stonework and landscape design. We have always enjoyed a neutral palette with white walls and wood. It sets a simple tone throughout the house. I suppose we are traditional deep down, but with a fresh and personal feel that includes time-worn pieces that are both rustic and refined. We can’t live without Persian carpets, a library for old books, windows that open out, wall paneling, our fireplace. Our gardens are filled with climbing roses, lots of lavender, hostas and ferns. There are trails through the pastoral meadows and woods, which we walk each day.”- Lydia Scherer
Let’s be honest here. The house had me at rosewood pillars, but if I needed anything more to fall in love, it would be the library, filled with books and complete with Persian carpets, and jugs of roses! Many of our readers will recognize familiar colonial influences- cool stone floors, neutral colors and ornate wood furnishings contrasting with a spareness- it reminds me of the homes of my summer vacations in India. All I need is that familiar, indoor swing and I am taken back to another time- where time itself seemed to stand still and where homes were forever.
“Home to us is a sanctuary where we have space and time to create. Kurt loves to garden and is a groundskeeper at heart. I enjoy working with herbs and essential oils, making soap and lotion. Our antique shop, StoneHouse Artifacts, is here on the estate and it’s lovely to be able to work at home. Our buying trips to India are filled with adventure. We have deepening friendships with people around the world, and we love traveling. However, its always nice to come home to StoneHouse.”- Lydia Scherer
All images credit/copyright: Lydia and Kurt Scherer/ StoneHouse Artifacts