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.
We’re in Wellfleet on Cape Cod this weekend, and we couldn’t be happier. In addition to time at the beach, the agenda includes the flea market, a rosé tasting party, and cocktails in town to drink up these last few weekends of the summer! After all of this fun, it’s hard not to imagine owning a summer house out here.
This adorable shingled house is looking out on the bay on the main road heading towards Wellfleet, not far from Erika’s family home. For year-round living, the house boasts of fantastic outdoor decks (upstairs and downstairs, it appears?) and a lovely sunporch (As a side note, the owners would love our round up of wicker furniture!).
We adore the exposed beams and open living room/kitchen/dining area downstairs since it encourages vacation togetherness. Upstairs, all of the ceilings are covered in white washed beadboard and some painted wide floorboards. To be honest, we want it as is. We wouldn’t change a thing.
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.
While our haul was limited to small items, we picked up a few new favorites. Erika bought a lovely picnic basket as well as these amazing yellow and white drink holders on stakes for around the campfire or at the beach. I found a mahogany two drawer cabinet for my husband’s desk with deep drawers but a small profile.
Click for more about our AMAZING Brimfield finds…
Since January, we’ve spent countless hours talking about, planning, and getting excited for Brimfield. While we didn’t have any specific treasures in minds, we went open to ideas for great finds to bring home. I can’t count the number of times we said, “We need a house for all of this great junk!” Sadly, in the meantime, we picked up some great small items for our city apartments and had a wonderful day filled with great junk, entertaining vendors, and delicious hot dogs!
Click through for a tour of Brimfield…