masterbdrm-detail

We are outdoor people, and our regular readers will know that in the summer, virtually the ONLY thing you can get us to talk about is what’s going on in the vegetable garden, the flower garden or what’s going on our plates.

We get a lot of requests from people who want to know what the inside of The Beekman Mansion looks like.  Before now, we’ve had very few photos on the website showing the interiors of the house, because, well, it’s kind of sparse.  There are so many reasons for this.

1.  We are very deliberate in the items that come into the house.   We like each item to tell a story (and not the story of the showroom floor at Pottery Barn) and, when possible, we like them to be hand-crafted.

2.  We don’t like things that draw your attention away from the structure and the simplicity of the house itself

3.  Even though the house would have been “grand” for the time in which it was constructed, most likely the furnishing were spare and functional.  This was well before the Victorian Age.

4.  We are farmers, trying to make a living from farming.  And we have a HUGE mortgage.  Who can afford to be extravagant?

5.   Most importantly, we have a lot of work to do and don’t like to spend time dusting a lot of things.

deerchair

Despite our humble efforts, the art director at a wonderful local magazine called Inside Out took a shining to our minimalist decor and sent out a wonderful photographer, Michael Hnatov, to take some photos.

It’s always fascinating to see your space through another person’s eyes.

We’ve made a video compilation of some of Michael’s images.  Enjoy the tour.  We’ll be out in the garden when you’re done.



by Josh and Brent

Reader Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Buffy Gerald

Love your show, you make me want to move to an old house in the country!

You mentioned in one of your blogs that you have a floor buffer. Your floors look great,can you share the type of buffer and what type of floor polish do you use. I have dark wood floors in my home and have never found any product that achieves a great result.

Thanks for your help

Reply
Rhoda Stevens

I fully understand the sparceness of the furnishings..you have to have the right pieces and the correct historical furnishings for that wonderful showplace. What little we saw of it was beautiful!

What plans if any to ever make it into a B.& B.? What expertise have you brought in from your previous job at MSL to the farm.?

Did you purchase the mansion at a restored or an unrestored state?

Have you done extensive research on the property and its former owners?

Have you held any fab parties or balls there since you took over ownership?

I'm looking forward to the TV show!!!

Reply
Dr. Brent

Hi, Rhoda. All your questions (and more) will be answered in the upcoming episodes of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Stay tuned!

Reply
John

I don't know how I missed the home video, but the house and its furnishings are sheer perfection. Great job, guys. And you've illustrated perfectly the lesson my folks taught me: it is better to wait until you can afford to buy one thing which is beautiful and beautifully made – a great sweater, a quality sofa, a beautiful bowl – than to fill your life with a bunch of, well, poorly made, badly designed crap. Less really is more and your house proves it. Thanks for the lesson.

Reply
Dr. Brent

Hi, Alexis

My grandparents restore old picture frames, and they often find these portraits behind other paintings and posters. I've got quite a collection.
(It's my favorite room, too)

Reply
MIchael Moy

I just got your garden party invitation forwarded by some friends of friends, which guided me back to your website. Your website, is gorgeous, as are the photos of your wonderfully conceived and perfectly edited home. But you've heard that a zillion times by now. Not sure who's creative eye is behind everything, but I have to say it's genius.

Quite accidentally, I bought some of your goats milk soaps for a friend who is allergic to cows milk—not that he was going to eat them—it just made sense thematically, and they are exquisite. When I gave them to that friend (Douglas) for his birthday, he told me he was familiar with your farm and with both of you. In fact, he said he worked with Josh some years ago at an advertising agency. I've always been a fan of Josh's writing but didn't realize the connection with your farm until I went to your website to buy the soaps. Talk about six degrees . . . it's kind of making my head spin.

Hope my partner and I can make it to your benefit. It's such a wonderful way to bring the season to a close.

Reply
Dr. Brent

Hi, Michael

From the sound of things you are absolutely MEANT to be here. We see Douglas from time to time on Amtrak and thought he was looking quite handsome. Must be the soaps!!

Reply
Karin

Hi Josh & Brent,

What a fantastic video – thanks for inviting us in! I am sending your link to friends to "steal" a few ideas! Eileen and I are available anytime to come play in the garden and pull out a few weeds to pay towards our keep! Lots of love from a very cold Cape Town, Karin

Reply
Bill

Your kitchen is awesome–love the warmth of it. It seems to be the place where you spend much of your time? I like the walls of potraits in the sitting room. I have a portfolio of prints from Israel and was debating what to do with them and now I know–See you guys are inspirational. Thanks–Bill

Reply
Kathy Lehnert

Beautiful home! Nice to see the inside. We lived in Sharon Spgs. for 16 years and I do not know how many times we passed your home in all those years and watched from the road as it was being renovated. Wonderful and a real pleasure to see.

Reply
Andrew Ritchie

Such a beautiful space, guys. Tomas and I are similar in our approach to furniture, which is why our apartment still only has the bare essentials – with plans for perfect additions as we find them. Why rush to fill a space just to say it's "done" when there is so much still to discover?

-Andrew

PS: Your soaps haven't arrived at Anthropologie Toronto yet. Soon, I hope!

Reply
Phyllis

We borrow houses! My best one was a 1915 Craftsman in Memphis in 1972. We rented it for $75 a month! It had a great porch, one third of which was screened in. It had beveled glass in the front windows, casting rainbows over all in the afternoon, foot-wide window sills for my plants, a huge Wisteria along the front porch ( my children called it the Mysteria). It had such beautiful oak floors. The ghost of the former owner was concerned about her hydrangeas and lilacs. As soon as I had assured her that I would take good care of them, she didn't startle us any longer. The house was little by Beekman standards, 3,000 square feet, but had a finished attic the entire length of the house with lanterns all along the walls, and benches, as if it had been used for dancing. The children skated up there in the winter, sounding like thunder over my head! I have grateful memories of living in one good house in my life. The rest have been pitiful compared to this one. Now, I bless every place I live in, am grateful to have a home. I hang up all my pictures, hang up the kitchen utensils, plug in the washer and make fried corn! Fried corn is not actually frying corn. You need a great sharp knife to cut the kernals off twice, then scrape all the corn liquid into the bowl. There are recipes on the internet for this, or Brent can tell you how he does it. People who have never had fried corn, I am here to tell you that it tastes like heaven, even cold for breakfast. We used to get the Silver Queen corn for this, can't find it where I live now. CHEERS!

Reply
jeannie

you like it, you really like it! i was very excited to see the courting candle among the amazing photos.

xoxo

Reply
Dr. Brent

Hi, Jeannie O

We love that candle, and tell everyone the story of it. It's such a cool item. We may have to do a blog about it one day.

Reply
Elaine

Hi, Dr. Brent and Josh!

It is a wonderful video of your home and I really like the song. I think my favorite room besides the entry way and staircase is the kitchen. I could move right in there.

Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Reply
Mary A.

Beautiful house with many great features! Thanks for sharing the video. As an old house owner, I spend a lot time maintaining the structure like roof, wood siding, plaster, painting, etc. I'm amazed how you seem to keep the house in tact and manage the farm and all. The windows from the early 1800's look fabulous! Do you have the original glass in the windows?

Reply
Dr. Brent

Hi, Mary

We feel your pain. Sometimes it's all we can do to keep up with the upkeep. This old house, indeed! Some of the panes of glass are original. In the grand palladian window, almost all of the glass panes are original. Isn't that amazing to think about?

Reply
Kenn

I can't imagine the Beekman filled with 'stuff.' So beautiful. You certainly have inspired us to 'scale back' and edit our environment. "Things" often get in the way of the real beauty to be appreciated.

Reply
Yvonne

It's beautiful, just as I thought it would be. Thanks for inviting us in. Would love to seasonal/holiday touches in your lovely home.

Reply
Linda

It is absolutely PERFECT!!!! The hardwood floors are to die for!! One day i'd like to come and play in the garden. I will even pull weeds to earn my keep for an afternoon 🙂

Reply
Will

Interior perfection! I too believe in a "carefully edited" home environment. Creative folks tend to really get the concept "less is more". I enjoyed Kenn's photos of his visit to Beekman. Rest assured that your mortgage payment is money well-spent. The Beekman is in good hands and people will get inspiration from your efforts – something you can't put a price tag on.

Reply