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.
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.