While these two houses were built nearly 200 years apart, both are dripping with character and feature modern amenities. Which is your favorite?
Upstate NY: Malta, NY
This 200 year old farmhouse is more like an estate – complete with a barn, carriage house, and potting shed. I love the exposed beams and wide floorboards, but the highlights of the house are the four fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll need the extra warmth to battle the upstate winters since this property is pretty far north of our usual territory.
Sometimes when I’m having a particularly stressful day, I like to mosey over to the Consignment Galleries a couple blocks from my office in Somerville. It’s a 2-room showroom with many different antiques from all different periods and styles. There really is nothing like being amongst the old things when you’re feeling a little overloaded by technology and life. Today I stumbled across the lovely little set of antique silver. I am a particular fan of the delicate patterns and detailing, and often vintage silverware makes me wonder how many dinner parties and wonderful meals these pieces have been a part of. One of the challenges can be finding pieces that don’t have age-telling spots or tarnish. You can find some great tips for how to give old pieces a new shine with some regular household items here, and some beautiful other examples here. Enjoy!
In just about 10 days, we’ll be hanging out together at the beach in Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here are a few items that we’d love to have for an afternoon of sun and swim.
1) A great pair of vintage beach chairs
– our friends would be so jealous.
2) A tall ships beach towel
that reminds us of the Boston Harbor.
We love the look of shingled houses. With the dark trim, as with the house in the Hudson Valley, a shingled house can take on a cabin feel, or with white-washed trim and a worn grey tint, as with the Cape house below, it feels perfectly coastal.
Upstate New York: Gardiner, NY
This shingled farmhouse, built in 1865, retains much of the original details. Check out the amazing wood plank bedroom door. While the house only has one bathroom, it’s the size of a bedroom itself! I love the large, well kept barn too.
After our incredible weekend at High Pocket Farm in Shelburne Falls, we’ve fallen more in love with the Berkshires region!
Upstate New York: Stephentown, NY
I love this little farmhouse, with its cozy living room and sunny kitchen. With over 300 acres, it is the largest private property available in the Berkshires, giving you plenty of land for hikes or horseshoes. And with five bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for a family getaway or for entertaining friends.
5 BR/2 Bath
New England: Lenox, MA
I absolutely love this Victorian house tucked away in Lenox, MA, not far from the Tanglewood estate, where the Boston Symphony Orchestra decamps to every summer for a series of outdoor concerts. The amazing Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is also only a short walk away. The house itself has charming, farmhouse detailing and a lovely little hammock in the side garden for afternoon naps overlooking the meadow.
6 BR/4 Bath
High Pocket Farm is a beautiful, secluded house nestled high up in the mountains in Colrain, MA on the edge of a working goat farm. We stayed here this past weekend and just loved having such a peaceful and relaxing escape from city life.
See the baby goats and more about High Pocket after the jump…
Shelburne Falls, MA is a charming and picturesque town right on the edge of Vermont and the Berkshire Mountains. We spent a long weekend there to celebrate Cathy’s 30th birthday and soak up some of the local culture.