Hi Hart Beat. This weekend was super snowy in Brooklyn. Seeing all this snow outside my window in Brooklyn has me missing my hometown in the Berkshires. Lucky for me (and you) I recently discovered an amazing Instagram and ecommerce site called And North, a site and brand dedicated for sharing a curated look at upstate New York. The founders and contributors to the site are based in Brooklyn and use their love for exploring new places to share with us urban dwellers the beauty of upstate.
I love the And North website but most of all, I’m obsessed with the Instagram account @andnorth curated by the group that runs the site. The photos are a combination of shots that they’ve taken while traveling upstate and crowdsourced by their hashtag #andnorth. Even though I didn’t technicaly grow up in Upstate New York, the Berkshires in Massachusetts we’re that far off. I love seeing the hills, fields, forests and small towns that I miss all the time. For anyone (even those living outside of New York) this is an Instagram account that I couldn’t recommend any more.
Hola Hart Beat! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Oh were you stressing in the city? Don’t worry, I was relaxing in my beautifully renovated farmhouse Upstate that features not only a fireplace in the bedroom (my dream) but, a porch floating over the creek next door. Just kidding. But really, isn’t this the perfect house? Designed by Givone Home, this “floating farmhouse” just looks like the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. As Liz Lemon states, “This is MY house.” Why don’t we take a tour this lazy Sunday morning (and try to forget what might happen after a massive rain storm when the creek creeps up to the land…)
Sited at the edge of a pristine creek, with a waterfall cascading over an ancient dam of hand-laid stone, the Floating Farmhouse was sinking shop when first discovered. After a design and rebuild process spanning four years, the 1820 manor home is now a study in contrasts: fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements, including a curtain wall of skyscraper glass in the kitchen, polished concrete and steel finishes, minimalist interiors, and a cantilevered porch “floating” on the surface of the water.
Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! I hope all of you lovelies are staying warm and toasty wherever you are. I took a wonderful walk this morning, as Frances McDormand says, “And it’s such a beautiful day.“Anyway, let’s move on to better and warmer things.
A few days ago I stumbled on the beautiful photo bellow on my regular Pinterest roundup. What I didn’t know is that the dress is designed and hand-made by a fellow Berkshire County resident. Jeni Leigh, the amazing woman behind all the dresses featured here, lives just across the NY State border from where I grow up and works as a French teacher at the local private school in the area. After studying her Etsy page and blog, I am now such a huge fan that next time I go home I’m going to try to meet with her and talk about the Prairie Clothing Company.
My idea of the perfect dress is one that is sexy yet classy and not overly provocative. A woman can wake up, put on a PCC dress and boots, play with her horses and then change her shoes and add some pearls and go on a date.
My god, as soon as I get Aquarius Made up and running this is the kind of artist I want to represent. Not only do I love every single one of Jeni Leigh’s dresses but the photographs featured on her Etsy store are equally breathtaking. The poses are so natural and refreshing and I love that they are all taken in the county I grew up in. What do you think, Hart Beat? What is your favorite dress in the collection?
I like subtle sensuality. And that’s what this line is.
All I can think about when I see these dresses in this photo are Elizabeth and Jane Bennet frolicking through the English countryside. I want in.
Thanks Rural Intelligence
for the great article featuring Jeni Leigh. For more information visit the designers blog here