The Honeywell farm

Lest you think (and rightly so) that I am turning into a crabby old miser, I'm going to give you a present. A really really good present to make up for all of the whiny crap I've been churning out this month.

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Remember the barn? Yes, of course you do. Who could forget. Well, if you thought the barn was good, welcome to the house that barn belongs to. It made me honest to goodness cry. Walking around it the first night, I was all teary. It was really embarrassing.

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And now for a bit of back story-

I work at a truly spectacular antique store on the weekends. A store to make doves cry. A store that I haunted long before ever I worked there and a store that when I stand behind the counter, my heart still races with crazy antiques fever. When I got the job, I was thrilled because I could stay in the shop for hours staring at things and have it not be weird, cause hey, I worked there.

The store is called Moon River Chattel and if you live within a 3 days drive of williamsburg, you should pack your bags and leave tonight to meet me there on friday. If you have any sort of soul, you will not be disappointed.

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Long story short, this is Mr and Mrs. MRC's house upstate. On a 23 acre former dairy farm. Living the dream.

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They invited us three shop girls up for a weekend and the trip blew a fuse in my brain. Now all I can do is mumble and sigh a lot when I try to describe how perfect it was.

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Like right now. I should have something insightful to say about how they left the original layers of wallpaper etc... but I can't even get a proper, non idiotic sentence out. I'm too busy being googly eyed and stammering.

39 comments:

  1. Wow. How great is that- Honeywell Farm.

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  2. i can't even imagine...my heart, it is actually fluttering!

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  3. Spectacular. I love old walls like that. I'm still trying to come up with a way to recreate them in my own home without the need to wait for all that time to pass.

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  4. Isn't it wonderful to know that places like this really do exist...it's not just the stuff of dreams? And the fact you got to go there to be inspired (and probably to be inspiring!) is icing on the cupcake!

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  5. Must...have...picture...window.

    *wipes drool from chin"

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  6. it's wonderful. really wonderful. what a dream life indeed.

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  7. we LOVE that shop, especially the garden out the back door. the farms looks awesome, love that big window in the last photo.

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  8. oh my word! the layers of peeled walls are my favorite! my mom has something like it in her kitchen, and laraine has something like it in one of her staircases. deconstructed walls make me happy happy happy!

    lovely, lovely post!

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  9. stunningly beautiful, how could you leave?

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  10. For some reason I was really hoping this was in NH, because that would be very doable! If I was not moving all of this week and on the weekend, I would really consider it.

    Honestly, if I saw this place in person, I'd be teary eyed too. It is basically my dream home.

    I've been endlessly searching for an antique farmhouse that has not been renovated in the last... at least 50 years. One that has a face only a mother could love. Craigslist is very unkind. Maybe it's the Massachusetts area? Who knows. But, this place keeps my dream alive a little bit.

    Thank you for sharing. The next time that I am in NY, I'm definitely stopping at the antique shop!

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  11. Dreamy barn, dreamy house, and 23 freaking acres? O, they're living the dream--MY dream. GUH.

    Also: you work at Saipua, design*sponge, and MRC? Okay, you must be busy, but lucky lucky lucky you!! That's the trifecta of Brooklyn design awesome, right there!

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  12. Googly-eyed and stammering puts it well!

    Gorgeous!!!

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  13. Just beautiful - you have the most amazing jobs - flower shop, antique store. I love hearing about all the cool things you do! - Amanda H.

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  14. hmmm...if i got in the car right now, heading east on I-94, it would take 1 day and 19 hours, 2865 miles. do-able, very do-able!

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  15. Why do you have the life that I so desperately want? *sigh*

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  16. Wow. These photos are phenomenal! And I'm going to join the group in saying...lucky lucky Mr. & Mrs. MRC!!! The only thing that would make it more perfect for me...is do they have ghosts?!

    ♥Spot

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  17. Oh, oh, oh! Thank you for the present. The walls... the light... the walls, the furniture, oh my god, the ceilings. I am totally getting the mumbling incoherently thing.

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  18. i've been to moon river chattel a few times and it is too expensive for me. i came away once with book ends as a gift. that was about it.

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  19. So cool! I love the charm of this gem of an antique estate. By the way, I totally dig the barn, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Wooow!! That's basically my dream house! Can I move there too? :P I just love the simplicity,huge windows, old layers of wallpaper, furniture...everything!

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  21. Their house tells a lot of stories. It is so unique and beautifully nostalgic that looking at it seems like you were given a glimpse of the wonderful people and the lives that used to inhabit the place.

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  22. "I am beside myself." (You were beside me when I said that and also beside yourself. Remember?)

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  23. I saw these photos in your flickr stream a little while ago and was absolutely drooling all over my desk! The patina porn! My god! The patina! Those layers of wallpaper peeking out and the moody light were making me light-headed! (I would have been wandering around the house crying too, if I was lucky enough to get a peak)

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  24. more details! i need to see a bathroom! a kitchen! outdoors!

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  25. JC- i am the trifecta of brooklyn busy. Work nearly 8 hours every freakin day of the week.

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  26. I hope you aren't overwhelmed by all the comments you receive! And if you are- forgive me for adding to the pile:

    This is indeed a breathtaking space. I have no more words to share.

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  27. Very busy and very blessed.

    To have such generous bosses who are also friends. How many employers would consider taking you to their personal retreat? It is obvious how remarkable they must be when you see the way they live.

    And how amazing you are to be able to juggle 3 perfect jobs and a botanical drawing class!

    How do you be you?

    The farm house walls remind me of an archeological time machine.
    Truly unique. I bet being in there was magical, like stepping into the pages of a rare book.

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  28. Can we go to the store when I come visit? CAN WE CAN WE? Oh my gosh afternoon of antique and vintage with Amy. YAAAY.

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  29. Very nice and i can smell the mould...or is it mold?

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  30. You have completely wrecked me for the day. All I will be able to do is stumble around in a fog dreaming of this house. Best. Place. Ever.

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  31. Hi. As a professional home stager I see many houses and many places, but I must say that this one is exceptional! Really beautiful! Amazing space, amazing windows and amazing surroundings. I'm slightly envious, I guess. Anyway, enjoy it there!
    All the best,
    Sara

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  32. this place is insanity, i would die if i can shoot a story there. i die!

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  33. This place is positively what dreams are made of! Fabulous!

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  34. Breathtakingly beautiful. Truly. There are no words - you're right. Any word pales in comparison to the images...

    -maria

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  35. I can't say anything about Honeywell farm,but picture perfect,very beautiful!!!

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