Armchair Junking: Wine Tasting

I’m so excited to be visiting the Willamette Valley in Oregon and the Russian River Valley in California this week! It makes me want to set up my own wine tasting room at home. I’ll need a few supplies to go with the bottles of delicious west coast wine that I’m trying to take home with me.

1) Taste various wines from vintage French tastevin cups.

2) Why use paper or plastic when you can choose a reusable bottle tote to carry your wine home from the store?

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Farmhouse Friday: Farm Houses

There is something about summer in the city that just makes you want to hightail it to the country as fast as possible. Maybe it’s the heat rising off the blacktop or a crowded subway car or the epic heatwave that’s been tormenting most of the east coast, but this week has me dreaming of open space, vegetable gardens, and swimming holes – so we’re taking a look at working farms and the beautiful historic farmhouses that accompany them.

Upstate New York: Accord, New York

While it looks like this property needs some work, it is the oldest house in Accord. And while you often see exposed brick, it’s not every day that you see the exposed walls of a stone farmhouse. The property also boasts of a wagon house, milk house and rare Dutch barn. The sale is pending, and we consider the new owner to be very fortunate to live in such a historic house.

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Get It Together: Bringing Nature Indoors

I loved this Apartment Therapy picture from a recent round up of rooms featuring botanical-inspired art. The modern lamps and industrial cart are nicely accented with worn elements like the suitcases and exercise pins.

Start with a reclaimed wood and metal console table and add a pair of green bottles, that you could easily have wired to turn them into a pair of table lamp, topped with textured shades in a natural fabric.

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Armchair Junking: Memorial Day Military Round Up

This military themed Memorial Day round up is especially for our friend Mike, an Army medic and one of our biggest followers. Mike, hopefully you and Greer can set up a nice man-cave inspired by some of these great mantiques.

1) For you bookshelf, display this great pair of brass vintage military binoculars.

2) Decorate the walls with vintage photos, such as this WWII army panoramic picture.

3) While this vintage army cot may not be a comfortable bed for a human, Ella the cat may find it to be a cozy perch.

4) Cover the cot with a stack of wool army camp blankets

5) A green Army flashlight could be used as extra lighting.

6) This industrial metal Army container marked “Reusable Container. Do not destroy.” could be great storage for remote controls or magazines.

Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rental (Part 3)

When we chose to look at summer rentals for the first Farmhouse Friday in May, we found so many charming houses that we decided that May should be summer rental month. If you haven’t booked your summer rental yet, here are more of our favorites below.

Upstate New York: Chatham, NY

This eyebrow colonial farmhouse is part of a 460 acre working farm, where guests are invited to gather fresh eggs for breakfast and wander the pastures. I love the bead board ceilings, and my favorite room is the downstairs den with exposed stone walls and wooden beams.

3 BR/2Bath

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New England: Damariscotta, Maine

One of our favorite places to visit is near Damariscotta, and this perfectly decorated house would make a wonderful home. I love the touches of cornflower blue throughout the house – the kitchen cabinets, the upholstery on the living room ottoman, the Adirondack chairs outside.  Check out the wide fireplace that spans the dining room table too. And how luxurious is the master bedroom that fits a four poster bed?

Sleeps 8/3Bath

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Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rental (Part 2)

When we chose last week’s summer rentals for Farmhouse Friday, we found so many charming houses that we decided to make May summer rental month. Check out our favorites below, and then book your own summer vacation!

Upstate New York: Glenburnie, NY

This cottage near Lake George in Upstate New York is 105 years old and the oldest in the community. Enjoy the fireplace from the living room or out on the sprawling porch in some cozy Adirondack chairs. Take a swim in the lake or bring your boat to cruise around. While I’ve typically spent time on the west side of the lake, the east side is known to be quiet and isolated.

6 BR/3 Bath

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New England: Grand Isle, Vermont

This beautiful 1920’s farmhouse in Grand Isle, Vermont offers beachfront access to Lake Champlain and stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. You could enjoy many lazy afternoons in the spacious sun room or grab a kayak and head out on the lake. Afterwards, you can easily enjoy dinner or a show in nearby Burlington.

5 BR/3 Bath

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Armchair Junking: Horse Round Up

With the Kentucky Derby coming up this week, and a trip to a Berkshires Horse Farm in a couple weeks for Cathy’s birthday, let’s just say I have horses on the brain. And so I thought today was a perfect day to take a look at some horse- and stable-related collectibles to add a little of that fun and preppy racing spirit to your home!
1. A cool and affordable horse weathervane would make a fantastic addition to the lawn of a country farmhouse.
2. This horse dental chart is curious and unique – definitely a conversation starter!
3. Who could resist a mint julep, the Derby’s classic cocktail, in one of these horse design tumblers?
4. I just love the pattern on these cotton fabric scraps – you could make some amazing accent pillows!
5. A wonderful door knocker design.
6. A pair of horse racing-inspired prints (top and bottom) make great wall art.
Will you watch the Kentucky Derby this weekend?