A few months ago I was asked by a local realtor to offer ideas in helping them furnish a rental home that was on the market in northern Dutchess County. Little did I know, the person who ended up renting the house would become a valued Hammertown customer. Anne Dee Goldin is a transplant from the Hamptons. I met her at the store and I could tell right away that this woman had amazing taste. I really loved everything she bought, including the new and interesting antiques I bought on my trip back from Maine. Something told me I just had to see her house! And, I did. When I walked in I immediately felt at home. (Due in no small part to the fact that the first thing I saw were these two Madison swivel chairs that had originally been in my Roundfield house. I almost died when I saw them and was so happy they had found a “good home”.)
Here is Anne’s story in her own words (along with some of my photos and comments). Enjoy.
A few years ago I spent a long weekend at Kinderhook FarmStay that changed the course of my life. I immediately fell in love with the openness of The Hudson Valley, ripe with endless farmland, undulating roads, beautiful vistas, and an abundance of historic homes…a far cry from what had become of the Hamptons, where I have owned my beloved 1865 home, Plum Cottage, for the past twenty years.
“I immediately fell in love with the openness ofI was so inspired, I uprooted from the Hamptons and rented a cottage in northern Dutchess County!
the Hudson Valley…
I felt a kinship with the like-minded, creative influx of new “settlers” here and wanted to be a part of it. I was so inspired, I uprooted from the Hamptons and rented a cottage in northern Dutchess County this past September. I found my dream home. Built in 1860 and restored to perfection, the house sits on five meadow-like acres of land for my dogs to wander and is replete with my wish list: a screened-in porch, a swimming pool and a fireplace (the pond was a bonus)…a slice of heaven.
I have always been an avid collector and have an innate sense of style. I believes one’s home is a true reflection of oneself; a self-portrait. So even though this was “just a rental”, it was important that it be an expression of myself. The house was partially furnished with items from Hammertown so I had an ideal base to build on.
I also unearthed great “finds” in the garage and the basement that remained in the house from previous owners. I now faced the arduous task of breaking down Plum Cottage and deciding which pieces of furniture, art and collections I would bring with me. The goal was to “shake up the mix” and reutilize my prized possessions in a new and fresh way.
I photographed each piece, recorded the dimensions and took photos, videos and measurements of each room of my “new” home. I spent hours poring through the photos, brainstorming layouts and developed a plan.
The combination of my well-edited selection with what already existed in the house (and yes, some new purchases) is a seamless blend. It all just fell into place as if it was meant to be. Indeed, my furniture fits the space perfectly and the rooms, filled with natural light, are an ideal showcase for my collections.
The result is a well-curated home; studied but not staged that is filled with character, a touch of wit and lots of love.
For me, this is an ongoing process. I am always rearranging, editing and “on the hunt”. I believe home interiors should never become stagnant and need to continually evolve.
“It all just fell into place as if it was meant to be.”