Today is Thanksgiving. The day to give thanks for what we have and what is beautiful in life. A day we think about family and comfort, but also the beauty of the home. We cultivate and curate the perfect, delicious meal and environment to appreciate and enjoy with our loved ones. Old meets young and a harmonious, symbiotic relationship is nurtured to create something "nu". So what better day could there be than Thanksgiving to embark on a blogging adventure that is intended to bring all of those wonderful ideas to you any day?
A few days before Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of taking a quick excursion to Milford, PA and Barryville, NY. Milford, PA is quaint town that is home to great antique shopping and artist galleries. Located in the Delaware River Valley, it is a place of amazing natural beauty and design inspiration, a place where old meets "nu".
First stop: Upriver Home
In town for 10 years, I have enjoyed cultivating from their perfectly curated store for years. These amazing birch veneer ornaments, created by a California designer friend of the store owners, are how I want to decorate my tree this year. And at $60 for a set of 27, your entire tree can feel modern and warm.
Located at 202 Broad Street, Milford, PA
Second stop: Since Yesterday Antiques & Home Decor
Blink and you might miss the sign for this adorable shop whose entrance is located just off the main drag. Housing a fantastic mix of old and new items, the antiques are unique and in great condition, however it is a new item that caught my attention. This set of four glasses by Usful Glassworks is not only beautiful, but their mission (helping people find jobs through their glass repurposing program) makes you feel good about buying these too. This couldn't sum up old meets "nu" better. The 4 pack 12 oz. gift set is $28.
Located at 322 Broad Street, Milford, PA
Barryville, NY is located in the Catskills right on on the border of PA and NJ. A resort town for hikers, skiers and all around nature enthusiasts, it also so home to a wave of design inspiring places that combine the beauty of what is original to Barryville with fresh perspectives.
The only stop you need for a restful and inspired night away: Hillside Schoolhouse.
Opening its doors to guests about a year ago, proprietor Bronson Bigelow took what was on an old schoolhouse and then a chapel and restored/renovated it with a nod to the beauty of the old, but clearly adding amazing new touches. Utilizing much of the original character elements, like old chalkboards and wide plank hardwood floors, but adding modern necessities like updated and lovely bathrooms, a kitchen and a staircase, it's a perfect blend of old meets "nu". With only two rooms, it was a peaceful break from busy everyday life. But not only is the property an inn, but Bronson also uses the main space as a showroom for his custom made furniture and beautifully restored antiques. I could not resist taking these guys home with me.
Pair of wood block and brass horse bookends $50
Located at 259 Van Tuyl Road, Barryville, NY