In addition to the main house I live in which is mid-century modern with warm touches, I also own a cottage home on the Delaware River right outside of Frenchtown, NJ. It’s very country and has been photographed for the pages of Country Home, Philadelphia and Life magazines. Funny how two of the three have folded…. but I digress!
I stopped by the house over the weekend to get it ready for some guests: a group of prop stylists from New York City were coming to Pennsylvania to work on craft projects in my craft studio. I suggested instead of staying in a hotel, why not use my cottage house to live in instead? This way, they can cook their own meals and stay somewhere more comfortable. And they could bring their dogs, too! What I love about the cottage house is that it’s still decorated as if I live there: these vintage bottles are all lined up on the front porch. Love them.
On the stairway inside, I have a whole collection of plates I reglazed using Porcelaine paint from Michael’s Craft Stores. These plates have been featured in lots of magazines and in my book Simply Green Parties. I love living with the projects we create for magazines, books and TV segments. Why put them in storage?
I brought some wonderful cookware for them to use during their stay. The orange one is from Calphalon and the beautiful blue casserole is from JCPenney’s COOKS collection.
Of course, all the bedding was freshly washed and prepared. Did it all myself! The duvet is from John Robshaw and I think it looks pretty great in the guest room.
And I semi-stocked the fridge: a bottle of Prosecco and wine from one of the best wine stores in Stockton, NJ….fresh organic sweet corn, peaches and apples from the farmers market…organic coffee…and even an eye mask just in case someone needs it. On the side are lots of Boylan sodas—regular and diet—which I absoutely love. I also left a note with instructions to local markets, farm stands and stores where they stock up on items they need during their stay.
Hope they enjoy their stay!