When Suky Werman decided to make over the suites at her B&B, Stonover Farm, in Lenox, Massachusetts, she knew exactly who to call. “I wanted Annie’s eye,” Suky explains. “I’d known her from the local community, and after visiting her offices and seeing how comprehensive and inspiring they were, I was so taken. I couldn’t believe this business was in the Berkshires.”
And when we went to visit Stonover, we were likewise smitten with the bucolic setting and the amazing restoration Suky and her husband, Tom, completed on the 123-year-old main house, guest house, and barn. So much so that Annie decided to use Stonover as the location for the upcoming Dash & Albert Rug Company catalog. (It’s in the works now, so keep your eyes peeled here for sneak peeks!)
We also discovered that Suky and Tom are a pretty amazing team. Both are originally from the Northeast, but moved to Los Angeles, where Suky was a fifth-grade teacher and Tom was a music producer for some of the biggest hair-metal bands of the 1980s, including Mötley Crüe, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, and Twisted Sister. After years in the fast lane and lots of traveling and staying in B&Bs, Tom hit on the idea of opening a luxury B&B that’s warm, welcoming, intimate, and removed from city life . . . but that also has modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPhone docking stations.
That was 11 years ago, and Stonover is now one of the premier B&Bs in the Berkshires, hosting a variety of singles and couples, and parties for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Tom and Suky do most of the work themselves, from cooking to bookkeeping, and they adore it. They also loved having the chance to redo their suites in a modern style that complements the historic inn. ”I really wanted the design to be home-grown and reflect the Berkshires,” Suky says. “Annie’s designs are high-end, but they feel so cozy.”
What else is on tap for Stonover? From July 19 through September 2, Suky, who once worked as a curriculum programmer for L.A.’s Craft and Folk Art Museum and is a huge fan of painting, decorative art, and craft, will host her seventh summer art exhibit in the property’s amazing Barn Gallery. This year’s exhibit was inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilters of Alabama and will feature several artists working in textiles and in painting, wearable art, and jewelry inspired by textiles—including a series of scarves Annie created based on the artwork of our own Melissa Lillie. Local art school IS183 has partnered with Suky to present the show, and will receive a portion of every sale. Call 413-298-5252, extension 100, to buy tickets to the opening-night reception, which includes a local-foods barbecue and live music by the incredible Brazilian-drumming group the Berkshire Bateria.
We’ll be profiling some of the Stonover artists over the next month, so stay tuned for more. For now, here’s a list of all the featured artists:
- Raissa Bump
- Bonnie Burton, Colorful Stitches
- Gee’s Bend prints courtesy of Deborah Ronnen Fine Art
- Elisabeth Lecourt
- Melissa Lillie
- A Peace Treaty
- Sean Riley
- Adrienne Rogers
- Karyl Sisson
- Olivia Valentine