Ashley Morrison's Blog

April 19, 2014

Candle Light Cottage.

Just down the road from Jackie & David’s farmhouse was this sign saying…
Sign
.. Candle Light Cottage.

Set amidst the famously beautiful Vermont countryside, Elinor’s home is everyone’s dream of what a period New England cottage should be. Built in 1810, it is the oldest home in the picturesque town of Stowe which is near the Canadian border.

And so this was it…
Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage in the Vermont town of Stowe
.. our next home on Jackie’s list, which she had lined up for us to shoot.

Having lived and worked for several years in Washington DC, Elinor’s former husband was offered a job in a law firm in Stowe. As Elinor explained, “while we both loved Washington, it seemed a wonderful opportunity for us to experience country life. As a young girl, I had spent my summer holidays in Maine and subsequently attended college in Boston, so I knew and loved New England”.

So while Marie started working on re-arranging a few things to suit the camera…
Setting up the shot in Candle Light cottage
.. as well as lighting the fire – which I must say she is very good at…
Setting up the shot in Candle Light cottage
.. I set about lighting up this room – which also served as an art gallery for Elinor’s business…
Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage in the Vermont town of Stowe
.. or should I say I turned it upside down…
Setting up the shot in Candle Light cottage
.. before capturing the beautiful light…
Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage in the Vermont town of Stowe
.. which just made everything look great, including this little old kitchen…
Kitchen in Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage in the Vermont town of Stowe
.. which it seems was next on Einor’s list to replace – as this whole place has been a major refurbishment job for her.

Anyway, the master bedroom was a completely different story when it came lighting…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Candle Light cottage
.. as that wooden ceiling and corner fireplace may have created a wonderfully warm and cozy feel…
Master bedroom in Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage in the Vermont town of Stowe
.. but it took every light I had to capture that.

The upstairs guest bedroom was in contrast super bright – with its sunny yellow wallpaper to add warmth and complement the antique wooden country furniture – so besides Marie having to move a few thing to suit the camera…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Candle Light cottage
.. we were pretty much done inside…
Guest bedroom shot in Candle Light cottage
.. in no time at all.

Which then gave us time to take a few snaps outside – of things like this dining table…
18th Century millstone at Candle Light cottage
.. which it seems is an 18th Century millstone from the first grist mill in Stowe – and this little old building at the rear…
Changing house at Candle Light cottage
.. which was once the changing house for swimmers at Moss Glenn Falls, a popular waterfall and swimming hole.

I could go on and on – but then again, you can read about all about it in the magazines in which it appeared – like 25 Beautiful Homes…
Pages 54 to 58 in the March 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Elinor Earle's Candle Light cottage set amidst the famously beautiful Vermont countryside near the town of Stowe which is near the Canadian border.
.. and Property Life…
Pages 14 to 23 in issue 9 of Templeton Robinson's Property Life magazine featuring Elinor Earle's 'Candle Light' cottage set amidst the famously beautiful Vermont countryside near the Canadian border town of Stowe.
.. who both, not surprisingly, gave it fantastic multi-page​ spreads.

By the way, I’m writing this as a memory of what we did a few years ago – and therefore must add, it is with sadness that I recently discovered when checking her gallery address, that Elinor has passed away – Candlelight was an absolute tribute to her flair and creativity – she was genuinely delighted with our images – I think she would have been happy for me to share them with you.

Gone, but definitely not forgot – as this is one that Marie & I still talk about to this very day – which we would like to thank her for.

From Marie & me @ ampimage, remembering our time at Candle Light Cottage in the picturesque town of Stowe.

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1 Comment »

  1. Great job! This post and beam home looks charming. As someone who lives in a circa 1775 house (built before we became a Nation, I can say there’s nothing more pleasurable than to live in and take care of a piece of history. Sorry to hear about the passing of Elinor. This was a nice tribute to her.

    Comment by Amy Dolego — April 19, 2014 @ 12:44 pm | Reply


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