One of the great things about travel – even if it’s only a weekend getaway, is the discovery of new things, people, and decor stores. You weren’t going to say that last bit, were you? Well, that’s what makes me – me, and you – you. I can be engrossed in a project, intent on relaxing or working out, and the mere hint of an excursion to a new design shop has me donning my Dolce’s, and grabbing my bag, faster than you can say hot farmer.
While I can’t say whether or not the co-owner ever did any farming, he was most definitely hot – sadly I think Joel is married. You should visit anyway. The property they purchased is rustic, the vintage outdoor stools, chairs, benches, and re-purposed objects for planting are made hip and inventive with a bucket of paint and a little creativity. The prices make Home Goods look like the 8th Floor of Bergdorf Goodman they are so good. No one need leave empty handed when a cute table, fit for the entry of any brownstone parlor will run you the cost of lunch at Abe and Louie’s, with a glass of wine, naturally. Who couldn’t forgo a lunch or two?
Situated on Route 5 at the Junction of Route 91, Exit 5 in Westminster, VT. The Cottage by the Brook has a tiny main house, a leanto, and a shed, all cleverly furnished with found objects, beautifully staged – one need not bring too much imagination. They are supplying it aplenty.
If you fear this simply won’t work for your city home, think again. There are few things as inauthentic as a home that was shopped from a catalog, that possesses none of the character that comes from collecting things over time. Stories, whether real or imagined, they are the stuff of life. Now least you think I have fabricated it all – make a visit, check out hot farmer, buy local.