THE ELEVATION OF PREPPY
bold stripes in primary colors.....
plaids and checks....
sweater over the shoulders....
THE ARMY GREEN COAT
THE PERSISTENCE OF MINIMALIST CLASSIC
|The best view of the farmyard is from the treehouse where you can see the side of the cottage, the old grain barn and sheds in the distance. The stables and old piggeries (where Christopher's painting studio is) are across the track on the right side.|
|Zach headed down the fireman's pole.|
|Zach drawing in the treehouse. We have since transformed this space into a little art studio for the kids.|
Old Land Rovers are the best family cars for the countryside. We can fit 10 people inside comfortably (with seat belts!) and you can cross even the most muddy, bumpy terrain. We love ours.
Giving Zach a cuddle in the Land Rover.
It's funny to me that I look at home in the garden here because I am so not a gardening person, apart from liking to pick the flowers to make arrangements for the house. Occasionally I do some weeding, but it is really more Christopher's passion.
|Poor Clementine. We went out to feed her one morning and she had died. She was only a year old. Life on the farm can be really harsh sometimes.|
Coco feeding her twins - Clemmie and Hamlet.
Jack Bauer and Inspector Clouseau chowing down on fresh grass.
|Coco always says she's going to train the donkeys to be ridden, but it hasn't happened yet. But otherwise, she is a real pro on the farm - helping out with all the animals and not afraid to get her hands very dirty.|
|I posted most of the interiors of the house in my last Selby post, but there were some nice details he included this time, like the 70's fashion illustrations I bought at a yard sale on Shelter Island.|
|I don't know what it is about England, but we eat an unfathomable amount of toast here. Therefore, many condiments are required.|
Cheese! We eat a lot of cheese here too, as we did when Todd came to visit. My shirt and vest are by Proenza Schouler, by the way.
|I love this picture of Christopher. Our house is really his genius. He converted it from a cart shed 25 years ago.|
A silhouette of Christopher by artist Elliott Puckette.
|A glimpse of Christopher's motorcycle collection from days past.|
The most photogenic part of the farm is definitely the garden shed. People love to fantasize that there is some cute little guest bedroom with a fireplace in there. As much as I would like that to be true, it really is just a garden shed. Christopher feels it's pretentious to convert every old building into something overly cute and decorated, so it just is what it is - a garden shed.
|The inside of the garden shed. Doesn't get more real than that.|
|Another view of the garden shed. It has since been organised a bit, but nothing dramatic.|
|Coco has since moved onto to a bigger horse, but Polo will always be her true love. He has taught her everything she knows about riding and now it's time for her to teach a younger horse how it's done. Polo remains a legend around here though - he has been ridden by my niece and many neighbours over the years so all the local trainers and teachers from pony club know him well and give him lots of shout outs. Recently he also became a top model when he appeared on the cover of JCrew and the back page of Teen Vogue. As you can tell he is very loved.|
|Some of Coco's rosettes in the tack room. The rest are in her bedroom.|
|In the summer I get very into arranging flowers for the house. Occasionally I mix, but on the whole I like very simple arrangements with just one variety of flower.|
|The barn. Ugh!!!!! What an amazing space, right? But you can see what a money pit and a time suck this would be. Sometimes we get so excited by the idea of doing it up and living on a bigger scale but then we think about how much we love the simplicity of our lives at the moment and realise how grateful we are for what we already have. Maybe some day.....|
|A window in our "master bathroom" in the barn.|
|Even though we have no current plans to start construction, the fantasy lives on in the reclaimed wood, windows, and architectural details Christopher has accumulated to one day use in this project.|
|Gingy girl, catching her breath on the top of the hill.|
|Christopher showing off his perfect soil from the compost pile.|
|Have you ever seen such a smile?|