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Current Obsessions: The Antiquarian

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Current Obsessions: The Antiquarian

September 9, 2017

This week the Remodelista editors are admiring an antique home in an artists’ haven, sleuthing finds at Brimfield, and more.

The daughter of the late artist and landscape designer Judy Tomkins tipped us off to one of the more magical properties we’ve seen in a while: Tomkins’s 1750s house in the artists’ hamlet of Snedens Landing, New York, now on the market. It’s a house with history: It’s rumored that George Washington used the original stone room as his office in 1780; later the house played host to Tomkins’s dinner parties with the likes of Jasper Johns and Julia Child. The first three-legged Sawkille stool was designed for Tomkins, based off her own design. Her daughter writes: “Stepping into Judy’s house is like stepping into another world. Another time. Another sensibility. A world where artists once gathered and nurtured each other. A world where the simplest gestures of life were elevated to the art of living. A world where ‘home’ was a reflection of a life well lived.” Stay tuned for a tour of the gardens next week on Gardenista.
Above: The daughter of the late artist and landscape designer Judy Tomkins tipped us off to one of the more magical properties we’ve seen in a while: Tomkins’s 1750s house in the artists’ hamlet of Snedens Landing, New York, now on the market. It’s a house with history: It’s rumored that George Washington used the original stone room as his office in 1780; later the house played host to Tomkins’s dinner parties with the likes of Jasper Johns and Julia Child. The first three-legged Sawkille stool was designed for Tomkins, based off her own design. Her daughter writes: “Stepping into Judy’s house is like stepping into another world. Another time. Another sensibility. A world where artists once gathered and nurtured each other. A world where the simplest gestures of life were elevated to the art of living. A world where ‘home’ was a reflection of a life well lived.” Stay tuned for a tour of the gardens next week on Gardenista.
  • Justine spent yesterday at the Chairish tent at Brimfield, identifying fall trends and sourcing vintage finds. New Englanders: It’s not too late to head there yourself; Brimfield continues through this Sunday, September 10.
  • Margot’s current favorite Instagram feed: @lostruralindustries featuring
    photographer Bridget Bishop’s photos of British rural manufacturing from the 1950s, like rush mat weaving and trug making (and discovered when we toured her daughter-in-law’s tiny beach house on the Thames).
  • New Yorkers: This year’s Piecework Collective quilt exhibition is running next weekend on 13th Street. More info here.
  • Meredith reports that Copenhagen-based Frama just released a new fragrance in their Apothecary line, notes of lilac and seaweed included.
  • Anticipating the release of Athena Calderone‘s new cookbook, Cook Beautiful, now available for presale.
  • Julie is noting the collections of designer Kim Ficaro’s New York–based, Morocco- and Oaxaca-sourced housewares shop Totem Home. (The Mexican-made small ceramic cups were recently chosen by Rene Redzepi for the tables of the Noma pop-up in Tulum.)
, with an exhibition by designer Margaret Howell on Penn’s “Nine Villas in Suffolk.” More info at The Modern House. (Shown here: one of Penn’s Suffolk houses built in 1966.) Above: For readers near Suffolk, England, architect John Penn’s Beach House on Shingle Street will be open to the public today, September 9
, with an exhibition by designer Margaret Howell on Penn’s “Nine Villas in Suffolk.” More info at The Modern House. (Shown here: one of Penn’s Suffolk houses built in 1966.)

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