Homes That Heal & Nurture Your Soul

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Homes That Heal & Nurture Your Soul

First Published: July 31, 2020


I recently read an article in the Washington Post about a designer (Stevie McFadden) who, inspired by her own divorce, created a formula for a home that heals.


Photo by Mick Anders (Washington Post)


"As we experience the collective trauma of the novel coronavirus pandemic, McFadden hopes her process can help people reconfigure their spaces to make room to recover. Our surroundings matter more than ever, she says, and creating a home where we can feel happy, supported and safe during times of uncertainty is necessary....'People are fearful of how to put a space together. They need to trust themselves,' McFadden said. 'If there are things that bring them joy or that have a great story or that they just like because they are beautiful, don’t feel afraid to incorporate them. An interesting home is a beautiful home.'"


I couldn't agree more! Our homes have gained special importance to us these past few months. For me, it was my cozy salvation in March and April and come spring, the outside gardens brought joy. With more free time, I cooked more, rearranged my furniture, cleaned out my closets and baskets filled with old magazines and papers and, in general, organized my home so it was peaceful yet stimulating to my mind and soul. For that I have such gratitude!


This is my new normal. I spend much of my day here in my dining area which has become my office space. And there's my most cherished source of joy...Etta...waiting for squirrels outside the back door!


We asked some of our staff members to share photos of the places in their own homes that have brought them joy and calm. Here are a few examples:

wanda furman kitchen with island

We all love Wanda Furman's Kitchen!


britts terrace spaceBrittany Dessler loves her outdoor terrace overlooking their backyard

drews window corner collectionDrew Evans finds a comfy nook for his amazing collections

sarahs wall art with cat in foreground

Sarah Hooper and her kitty, Esme, love everything in this room!

drew photo collection in corner with chair

Another fab collection of Drew’s lives in this corner



screened porch with swingMy daughter, Dana Simpson's, screened porch is a relaxing and peaceful place


rhonda porch with flag

Rhonda Cayea’s front porch brings her joy every day

olivias daughter on sofa

Olivia Runge’s daughter, Effie, has found her happy place!


argazzi art space between buildingMy friend Judith (of Argazzi Art on Route 44 in Lakeville) calls this her Covid Garden. It's sandwiched between her gallery and the shop next door. She loves spending time here!

Jessica living room with seda sofa

Jessica Churton’s living room (with that nice Seda Sofa) is her getaway place!)

alicia and her dog


seth churchill orange chairs in joans yard

 I love these orange Seth Churchhill chairs in my backyard

Now that you're able to visit our Hammertown stores we hope so many who come through the door and say "I could live here"...will also be inspired. We appreciate all of your support so much during these past months and hope to be part of your own cozy salvation.


  • Nancy Fadis

    I would like to order one or both pillows like those you are showing at Dana’s house on the porch swing. They are in the lovely light blue/dark blue/white floral print. If available to order, please advise. If not, please tell me the brand and pattern name of the print. Thank you so very much.

  • Louise Koval

    One of my calming places is looking at these photos. Always like your before and afters too.
    Great shop! Great Site!

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