Last week I had the pleasure of spending the day with my friend Denise and seeing her sweet home and captivating neighborhood and I thought I would share it with you. Although I’ve lived a short drive from her home for many years, I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this hidden gem of a neighborhood.
I put ‘Country’ in quotes in the title of this post not because her home is in the country. It just looks like it is. That’s what makes it so special. She and her husband have the best of both worlds. It is, in fact, just a short train ride to Manhattan where her husband commutes to each day, and Denise spends much of her time tending to her home, volunteering and keeping up with her Etsy business.
As you enter into Denise’s neighborhood, you know immediately you are headed somewhere special as you pass stone walls and you spot a lake, a unique feature for this area. A short drive will bring you to her cottage style home complete with stonework and a pristine garden.
Across the street is a fairy tale cottage owned by a bachelor who has completely renovated the inside and according to Denise, has done a fabulous job. Wish I could have seen it! Just to the right is the lake. Can you see it? Wouldn’t you like to have this view from your front door?
Have you ever met someone and thought ‘they should be a blogger’? Well, that’s what I think Denise should do. She loves the thrill of the hunt, and has picked up numerous treasures for fabulous prices. Here’s an antique ice box she purchased through Craigslist that she uses as a bar.
While I was taking pictures, I noticed my camera was acting a bit strange. It wasn’t letting me change the aperture, and a lot of the pictures were coming out blurry. It wasn’t until a few days later while I was at the cabin that I realized what the problem was. The lens wasn’t secured. You would think the camera wouldn’t let me take pictures, right? Well, unfortunately it did and so many of the pictures that I took that day and a few days later aren’t fit to show you. You can see how blurry this one is, but I’ve included it anyway. Don’t you just love this piece?
Denise’s husband is an avid gardener, and judging from these pictures he’s pretty good at it. She thoughtfully put together a book for him that highlights some of his most notable blooms. Peonies are my favorite flower and they have some gorgeous ones!
Isn’t this the cutest family portrait you’ve ever seen? Sadly, one of their fur babies passed away just a couple of weeks before my visit.
Look at this face? She could give ‘grumpy cat’ a run for his money. She must be thinking ‘go away lady, you’re sooooo annoying’!
Denise’s taste leans toward traditional, with some primitive and antique pieces thrown into the mix.
They’ve done lots of traveling and enjoy showcasing pieces they’ve picked up from exotic locales.
Their kitchen is small but well thought out. Notice the MacKenzie Child mat? She has several pieces in her kitchen, which complements the black and white color scheme.
As cozy as the interior is, the real star is the outside. They spend a lot of time in their enclosed porch, and who can blame them?
When it rains, water flows over these rocks into the nearby lake, the soothing sound of the running water filling the air.
The nearby lake, which serves the 76 families that reside in this community, is well used during the summer months. Weeping Willows are my favorite trees. Don’t you think they are so romantic?
After a quick lunch, we stopped off at Maryknoll, a world renowned missionary organization. Founded in the early part of the 1900’s, Father Walsh, one of the founding fathers, traveled to the Orient and set up Maryknoll’s first mission in Kwangtun, China, hence the Asian design influence you see here.
You’re probably wondering what this next picture represents. I know I was! Well, it’s literally hundreds of ‘wishes’ that are written on thin pieces of wood and tied with string. I couldn’t pass up the chance to put my wish in.
I hope I can share what it was very soon!
Maybe Denise will invite me back in the Spring when their garden is in full bloom :).