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’ve spent the better part of my life in search of what it means to have a home. Like most folks, I grew up with my parents in the suburbs. I had seven other siblings and we were always on top of one another. Even though they were my family, I understood from an early age that that place wasn’t really where I belonged. And so, I left my parents’ while still young and traveled across the country, landing in New York City. I had just turned 19 and it seemed like a good fit. Who knew I’d end up living there for nearly fifteen years. I moved around a lot. Trying to make a home in New York City goes something like this: Find an affordable apartment. Sign a lease. After a year, the rent goes up. After another year, it goes up again. Move out. Repeat. I must have moved well over ten times. As much as I liked living in New York City, it never really felt like home because I was never allowed to settle in, not like I have up here. This coming year will be my fourth anniversary upstate. Short as it may seem compared to my time in the city, my life up here truly feels like home. This feeling was validated a few months back.

I was driving along one of our bucolic roads, letting my mind wander, when all of a sudden I was struck by something so visceral that I started to cry. I realized that I was crying because I had fallen in love with this place. In that moment, I became fully aware of my surroundings and began to truly appreciate its beauty. I also began to appreciate the freedom granted to me by this region, which has allowed me to express my life in exactly the way I want. That was it: Beauty and Freedom. It’s what I had been searching for my entire life in a home and I finally found it here. Being here—without all the financial constraints of the city, without all of its distractions—has helped me transcend all the background noise and fully appreciate what is right in front of me. And that’s what this issue is about. It’s about people searching for beauty in their lives and for the freedom to express themselves in the homes they have built––whether it be an offthe-grid trailer, a rural villa filled with exquisite furnishings, or a simple cabin in the woods. Because home is where the heart is, and each one of these personal refuges is a tribute to love.


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“This is a picture of my Cabin. It sits on the edge of a little ridge, which slopes down into a stand of swampy Hemlock and Mountain Laurel. From there the woods grow on for a hundred acres. At night-time those woods are filled with the voices of owls. Inside my cabin there is light and the things of my life. Home is a place where we begin the world, that shore from which we spring upon dry land from the oceans of our thoughts.” – Artist Will Lytle,


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dairy until the industry became monopolized. There are a lot of tree crops like apples, and tree related fruits grow very well here with the proper practices. And blueberries go bananas here.  We have a variety of hazelnuts that I think can be a big crop potentially.  Vegetables work really well in certain spots in our region.  I think we're ripe (no pun intended) for a few crops that could really define our area agriculturally and economically and could be a part of our regional identity and culture.  These crops would need to be developed and then expanded.  There's also a ton of potential for integrated systems or polycultures where you do a mixed planting, say a row of hazelnuts and then a row of Asian pears and so on.  You have to keep it on the simple side but it's good to diversify your planting from both a financial and ecological perspective.  Developing these regional crops could really draw a lot of people to the area.

LAWRENCE: How's it going Sky? SKY: Pretty well man. Observing the first snowfall of the year. Pretty early to see this.  LAWRENCE: Yeah, sure is. How's the farm? SKY: Just another year on the roller coaster that is farming.  Mark Dunau at Mountain Dell Farm says farming is like gambling.  So I guess it's a gambling roller coaster, which actually sounds pretty fun, unless of course, you lose.  Right now we're harvesting storage crops and filling up our root cellar. We're also getting our winter greens ready in our high tunnels.  I'm also starting to feel the cold rush in– it's actually pretty rejuvenating to me.

LAWRENCE: Interesting. So tell me more about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) because I know your model is a little different than the traditional.

LAWRENCE: How did you get into farming? SKY: I left college during my second year in Santa Fe, NM and started working on a nearby produce farm–that was my first experience working on a farm.  But I grew up working outside. My dad was always working in the yard, telling us about plants and landscaping.  It didn't really come together until I moved back home in 2005 and bought the farmland with my three siblings.  We actually grew up at the Himalayan Institute, but we lived right outside of Honesdale, PA.  LAWRENCE: I often refer to Honesdale as being in “Upstate PA.” I suppose the more accurate description is the Upper Delaware. What can someone coming to this area expect to find in the landscape and local culture?

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Eusebius "Sky" Ballentine, owner of The Anthill Farm and Lackawaxen Farm Company, talks about food, the future of farming and his favorite local spots.

SKY: Well, we're definitely in the heart of four seasons country. Its weather is constantly changing and we can get some pretty extreme heat and cold.  Our area is a rich highland environment with lots of lakes, streams, ponds, forests and wildlife abounds.  I'd say the towns along the river are all works in progress.  I think we're very fortunate to have a lot of motivated and creative people around here that have vision and a strong desire to improve peoples' lives, regardless of political affiliations. LAWRENCE: There are some newer businesses that have opened up in the past few years in Honesdale. What do you make of it? SKY: I'm super excited about everything that's going on. There are a lot of people out here working really hard to make this area a nice place to live and it's really inspiring.  That's really why I moved back, besides getting chewed up and spit out by the city. A small community is an easier context to work within.  Community building and using a holistic approach to improve quality of life is fun because it

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improves our own lives too–it's called enlightened self interest. I think food and health are at the heart of a strong community of able and aware people and that's why I feel really strongly about creating a situation where folks can make a living growing high quality food.  That's why I started my farm.

SKY: A CSA is traditionally about prepurchasing a share of what a specific farm produces in a season.  It is yet another creative way for farms and their customers to support each other and perhaps get around some regulations at the same time. Lackawaxen Farm Co. does a multi-farm CSA where we source from 15-20 farms and that enables us to have amazing variety in our shares each week.  We spend a lot of time sourcing the food and curating the boxes in a way that people will be able to enjoy.  The multi-farm aspect of our CSA takes the pressure off individual farms to have consistent variety from a production standpoint and they can focus on what they do best.  It's also a great outlet for farms to move larger amounts of product. LAWRENCE: All this talk about food has me hungry. By the way, what are some of your favorite local restaurants to eat at? SKY: I’m going to have to mention a few. There’s Mustard Seed Cafe, Dyberry Forks, Willow River Gallery and don’t forget about Ba & Me and Alley Whey Cheese Shoppe at Maude Alley. LAWRENCE: And what do you do for fun around here?

LAWRENCE: Food is one of our most basic needs and being so close to the source and working tirelessly like you do, to make local food more accessible to people, you must have a good handle on what people are eating and what they're looking for there.What are the best products that a region like yours could produce and how does that play a role in the local economy?

SKY: I have two young daughters so my sense of fun centers around activities to do with them. The Cooperage Project always has something interesting going on, anything from music to theater to family game night and open mics.

SKY: Well, if we look at our growing region, it's actually a pretty good growing climate. Generally it's pretty rocky, but the soil is decent and can be improved quickly.  Based on our geology, climate and the plants that naturally grow well here, we have a lot of options.  I would say grass fed beef and dairy are a good one. This area was huge in

SKY: Come up and get involved in the community. A lot of folks have done it and our area has really benefited from the influence of New York, Philadelphia and other metro areas. There’s an incredible spectrum of people that live in the Upper Delaware Highlands–it’s really amazing.

LAWRENCE: If there was one piece of advice you would give to those wanting to move up here, what would that be?





hat it means to be a man in our culture is in a continual state of flux, though it does appear to remain, as Norman Mailer once said, “not something given to you, but something you gain.” Ever since the first Neanderthal grabbed his club and headed out in search of meat, men have been leaving the comfort and safety of the home in pursuit of sustenance in one form or another. Where once this may have been food, it has evolved to encompass the kind of challenging adventures that allow a man to face— and conquer—his deepest fears and vulnerabilities. To climb that mountain, to ford that stream, is truly to become a master of the universe. Peter BuchananSmith bears little resemblance to a Neanderthal, though he is a man of relatively few words. When he does wax poetic, it is never in service of his own accomplishments, which include things like winning a Grammy for designing the album cover of Wilco’s “A Ghost is Born” and founding a successful business that has become the thinking man’s go-to brand for functional, beautifully designed outdoor gear. After a 15-year career in graphic design, including stints as creative director of Paper Magazine and design director for Isaac Mizrahi, Buchanan-Smith launched Best Made Company in 2009 with a collection of hand-painted axes. Despite being built to split actual logs, they tapped into something primal in urban men, who seem to crave a connection with the wilderness.


We empower people to get outside, reconnect with their hands and nature, and in doing so, embark on a life of great adventure, says Best Made’s website. It’s an ethos born out of the real passions and lifestyle of its founder. Buchanan-Smith grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario and has put in time baling hay and planting trees. Though now

firmly rooted in New York City, he loves to get lost in the great outdoors, often in the company of rugged companions like C.W. “Butch” Welch aka Cee Dub, a former game warden who literally wrote the book on campfire cooking, or Craig Buckbee, a legendary Catskills fly fisherman. Their adventures

in places like the Yukon, a remote island in Patagonia and the Scottish Highlands turn Buchanan-Smith’s business into pure pleasure. His girlfriend of several years, Meagan Bennett, a children’s book designer, occasionally accompanies him, but these trips are largely menonly. (As a personal friend, I often give Buchanan-Smith guff for not making the brand more inclusive. His typically

evasive response? “Women’s clothes are so hard to make!”) It undoubtedly has more to do with age-old traditions of male bonding than rank chauvinism, but the times they are a-changing. In 2014, Peter Buchanan-Smith purchased a small cabin perched

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on a rocky outcrop high above Andes in Delaware County. A big picture window (Meagan broke the original one doing a yoga handstand) looks out over 700,000 magnificent acres of Catskill State Park. On the deck is a wood-burning stove and a grill for the kind of rustic outdoor cooking at which he excels. Inside, another woodburning stove has pride of place, this one a super-engineered Danish design that rotates 360-degrees so you can aim its blast of heat at will. From the rafters hang several Wide Ruins Navajo rugs purchased by his parents on a 1960s road trip through New Mexico. These are among few additions BuchananSmith has made to the cabin—“a constant work in progress”—which retains much of what the previous owner left behind, including many of the furnishings and all the taxidermy. Once ensconced on the mountain, BuchananSmith rarely leaves, other than to go flyfishing around Roscoe or to enjoy the occasional dinner at Brushland Eating House in Bovina Center. There are plenty of fires, slow-cooked briskets and whiskeysoaked evenings, many of which end in the white cedar hot tub. He spends most of his time upstate “manscaping”— cutting wood, clearing brush and generally keeping nature at bay. Sergeant “Sarge” Nibbles, his trusty Norwich terrier, is usually by his side. To get around the property, there is a 1961 Mercedes Unimog, the ultimate all-terrain military vehicle with an efficient design so beautiful it is in the collection at MoMA. Buchanan-Smith is certain to take it where no man has gone before.



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YOUNGER & WISER Writer and director Ben Younger has taken a long road to get to his latest film, Bleed for This. Along the way, he’s had a political career, worked with Meryl Streep and learned how to race motorcycles and fly airplanes. But most of all, he's learned what is really important to him. Interview and Photography MICHAEL MUNDY

MICHAEL: Let’s start from the beginning. Where did you grow up?

time? I was excited because it was the first guy I voted for that won.

BEN: I grew up in New York, Flatbush. My mom went to Jersey, so I split my time between Jersey and Flatbush. My dad stayed in Brooklyn.

BEN: You remember voting for Clinton?

MICHAEL: I read that you’re a writer first, and then a successful director. But you were also in politics. How was that? BEN: I was a political science major, I was very excited by, it’s funny to say it now, but I was very excited by the documents that this country was founded on. Going to Yeshiva… the idea is learn a profession and keep your head down. Being from the next generation of Holocaust survivors, there’s not a lot of emphasis on chasing your dreams, it’s just about learning a profession, that really was it. So political science was a good middle ground. It felt like it was a legitimate course of study. MICHAEL: What year did you graduate with your political science degree? BEN: Hmm… I don’t know. It would have been ‘92? MICHAEL: Okay, so Clinton was in office. What were your thoughts on Clinton at that


MICHAEL: Yes, and being excited that he won. BEN: Yeah, I was excited. Clinton was great, we had a surplus. I mean, we screwed up on Rwanda but we got Bosnia, right? I thought we were stepping into the right conflicts, generally, and we were doing good for the world. At least, that’s how it felt to me as a 20-something year old. I realized I was going to go into that world, and then all these balloons burst. My father died when I was 19 and my professor, Alan Hevesi, who was a city controller took me under his wing. I was at Queen’s College and there was this great program where he would take political science majors and put them in a state assembly person or senator’s office as an intern––like a legislative’s aid––for a whole semester. So people in my class spread out around New York, but because my dad had passed and I wanted to be near my family, Alan said you can be my legislative aid for this session. It was great, I got to spend all this time with a pretty strong male figure who helped me get through the loss of my dad. He was great to me. MICHAEL: And what was his district?

BEN: It was the twenty-eighth assembly district. It was Forest Hill’s Regal Park Middle Village. I became the youngest campaign manager in New York City history because I ran the campaign for Melinda Katz who ran for his vacated assembly seat. And that campaign went south. The opponent went negative in his campaign and made some allegations about my candidate’s extra marital involvement with Alan, which was not based in fact and the whole thing just got so dark and terrible. MICHAEL: Sounds like you punted from politics. BEN: Yeah, it totally ruined my taste for it. MICHAEL: So how old were you when you left politics? Was that when you started Boiler Room? BEN: I was 21. That was a couple of years later. So I quit the controller’s office with a job to go work as a grip on a movie that fell through the day I was packing up my stuff. I remember, it was Friday. I got a call that the movie had fallen through. I was like, what do you mean? I quit my job today! So a guy named Will Arno called me. He knew what I had given up, so he brought me on to Kill a Priest–a music video by the Wu-Tang Klan. And that was my first job in the business. I didn’t know shit.



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MICHAEL: Why a grip? BEN: It was because I wanted to work with my hands. One of the other things about the upbringing I had is that there was no value put on the physical. There was no value on anything tactile. It was purely intellectual pursuits. But that’s been my whole life, just trying to cultivate that side of myself. That’s why I’m up here, and that’s why I race bikes and fly planes and cook. All these things are tactile. MICHAEL: I can relate to that but I’m curious about your take on it. When you touch things, what happens? BEN: Well it’s physical for one. The feedback is instantaneous as opposed to the kind of pursuits that we were taught to go after. Which also were very rewarding, but they weren’t immediate. Look, I chose to be a writer so there’s a part of that that I enjoy very much but it’s not immediate and I wanted that immediacy. And that’s what you get from putting your hands on something—from cooking a meal, or being a grip, and just the manual labor of moving sandbags around, there was something that was very satisfying about that. MICHAEL: Let’s back up even further. You’re in politics. What makes you look towards film? BEN: I always loved movies. But again, the same way there was no emphasis on physical, there was no emphasis on artistic pursuits growing up. Which is funny, because if you look at Jewish contributions over time in the arts, it’s staggering. MICHAEL: It’s huge, almost lopsided. BEN: Yeah, Orthodox Judaism is very different from Secular Judaism. We may have the same lineage, but it’s really different when you add that religious aspect to it. I love movies, but because there wasn’t an emphasis on the arts, you never make a connection between the movies that you love and the idea that someone makes them. But then every time I visited my dad, that’s all we would do. We would watch movies. MICHAEL: Let's get back to your writing. Did you keep a journal? BEN: Yeah, I kept a journal forever. I have them all. Haven’t cracked one, but one of these days. It’s still a little early for that. Don’t want to get too nostalgic, especially now I feel like I’m just on the verge of getting into a more industrious part of my professional life. I want to work now, so I’m not eager to look back

right now. But yeah, I remember writing my first script when I was 20, 21. It was about an Orthodox Jewish bowler called Lanes of Glory: The Martin Danzer Story. I wrote it with this guy named John Cops. He was my roommate’s older brother, and he liked movies too. MICHAEL: You haven’t shot it?

a great story, I’m going to write this. BEN: Yeah, you know, that didn’t take any foresight. If you were in that room, you would’ve been like, okay, this is it. It was so obvious that there was a story there, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

BEN: No, I was gripping for a while and one winter it got slow, so I interviewed at a real boiler room thinking I was just going to get a job, and then that’s that.

MICHAEL: How long did it take you to write it?

MICHAEL: So that story is true?

MICHAEL: I remember reading that Ben Affleck was so impressed by the writing that he decided to do it, which is a huge compliment.

BEN: I never worked there, but yeah, it’s true. I sat through that Ben Affleck scene in real life, where that guy just talks at you, tells you you’re going to be a millionaire. I saw all these bright-eyed kids in the room. And growing up in Brooklyn, it was so obvious it was a scam, but these kids were eating it up. I remember just thinking, are you fucking kidding me? MICHAEL: So you leave there thinking this is

BEN: Six months.

BEN: Yeah, he’s the reason the movie got made. I mean, New Line, who ended up making the movie, offered me an incredible sum of money to sell the script and walk away. But I realized I wanted to direct. I’d been gripping and I worked on some sets early on as a production assistant. I remember thinking,


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that’s the job I want. So I thought, it’s worth it, let’s hold out. But that’s nice to hear. I never read anything that Ben said that. MICHAEL: Apparently he didn’t want to see any scripts for a period, and someone said just take a look at this, read it, and he was sold on the writing alone. BEN: When he signed on, the rest of the cast tumbled in and then, we came back to New Line, and at that point they felt like, even with me as an unknown, with this cast, with these producers, with this script, how bad could he blow it? MICHAEL: That’s awesome. It’s like, here’s the keys to the store, go have some fun. BEN: I remember I’d only got $10,000 for the script. That’s how I made the choice not to sell, because I asked my agent at the time what I’d get if I directed it. She said the minimum you would make is $155,000, and I thought, that’s the lottery, that’s so much money. I couldn’t believe it. So I was like, I don’t care if I’m not going to make it on the script side. And if you want to tie it back to my upbringing, I remember going to lunch with my grandfather. I took a photo of the check and showed him the photo at lunch. I thought, he’s finally going to have to give me credit. Because when I told him I was quitting the controller’s office, he said it was narishkeit, which means nonsense in Yiddish. So I showed him this check and he studied it and studied it and then he looks up and he goes, ‘Did it clear?’ He wasn’t kidding. MICHAEL: So you did Boiler Room, and that was great. What happened to you in your life at that point? Did your life change? BEN: Massively. I was in New York City and I just made a movie with Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel. The cast was deep. I mean, if you look back those were some heavy hitters. Nicky Katt, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Everett Scott, Jamie Kennedy, Scott Caan, Ron Rifkin. We didn’t know it at the time. I didn’t know anything at the time, except that I was making my movie. So yeah, it came out of that. The movie wasn’t a huge box office hit, but it had a cult following. MICHAEL: Maybe it was a New York thing, but people certainly were talking about it. So, you wrote that, and then did you go right into your next script? BEN: No, I was running around New York. For the first time in my life, I had access. I told you, I was growing up in Brooklyn and we didn’t go into the city much. It was this other world we didn’t have access to, even though it was right across the river. Suddenly, access. So my brother’s in Boiler Room. He and I were just going out every night, and just having fun.




MICHAEL: So you’re tearing up New York. BEN: Tearing up New York, I bought a M3. I was so happy about that car. MICHAEL: When did you get back down to work? BEN: That’s the thing, it took me five years. I just couldn’t believe that I got there. It felt like, I’m good, I did it. I was all over the place. I should’ve gotten right back to work, but I didn’t. MICHAEL: It wasn’t your main ambition. So what was your main ambition? BEN: To not die. MICHAEL: Okay, that’s important. BEN: So everyday was a huge win. And now I had some money and a car. I wasn’t thinking long-term at all. I was truly living in the moment. MICHAEL: I find that important. You know, the rest of the world does want you to plan long term, but there’s so much to be missed when you do that. BEN: That’s true, but I went too far maybe, and then had to correct. But I think that’s normal too, right? I never did drugs, so it was never about that. It was about the cars, the women, and the freedom, running around. Even that, three years of that––some part of me must have known that this isn’t sustainable. So I bought this house here upstate at 29. I don’t know how I had the wherewithal to buy a house, but it’s the only smart thing I did with my money. I mean, that car is long gone, and a bunch of other stupid shit that I bought. But the house lives on. MICHAEL: Did you start writing Prime up here? How did you get Meryl Streep? BEN: I finished it up here in 2004. I must have been up here, because I remember where I was standing when I talked to this agent. I had left the agent I had and I went to CIA and I remember saying to Karen Sage, who was my then agent, you want to sign me? Just get me Meryl Streep and I’ll sign with you. It was that Brooklyn kid again, man. MICHAEL: That took some balls. BEN: Yeah, but you don’t think of it as balls. You’re like, this is how you buy a rug, and this is how you get Meryl Streep in your movie. You bargain. It’s a New York sensibility, and its funny because when I do tell people that, I realize that’s not how the rest of the world does it. She got Meryl Streep, so I signed with

her. And again, that just fortified the idea that I can do this, I can do anything. Because when I finally took my leisurely five years to get the script done, as soon as it was finished––oh yeah, Meryl Streep is doing my movie. I still didn’t have the appropriate amount of gratitude for the work I was doing. It finally caught up with me after Prime. MICHAEL: You’re just realizing the depth of it. BEN: That’s probably a better way to describe it. MICHAEL: You know, it takes a while in the creative world to realize that what you’re doing is work. It took me the longest period before I realized I actually have a job. I started shooting pictures and had success at an early age. By the time I was 26, I had a big contract. I was seven years into it and I still didn’t really realize I had a job. I just took pictures, went to parties, had fun and got paid. BEN: Yeah, but there’s also something to the idea of not admitting how badly you want something that protects you from the possible failure. So like, things were going well. I made Prime, and I still didn’t have to stick my neck out. I guess what I’m saying is, to really get to the top of your field, to really do the best that you’re able to do, you have to admit how much you love something, and thereby, by admitting how much you love something, if you fail, you’re going to be heartbroken. You have to make yourself vulnerable to the loss of something that you love to love it completely. MICHAEL: Wow. BEN: You’re a parent, so you get that. MICHAEL: Yeah, something I don’t want to think about but I think about it everyday. I do get that. BEN: Because you can’t control it, and so you’re able to fully love your children because you understand that you could theoretically lose them. MICHAEL: That would be the end of everything. BEN: Right, and that’s why you’re able to fully love them, because you have to accept that vulnerability, that’s part of the deal. And I think that I kept myself from doing that, which protected myself, on one side, and on the other, it kept me from doing my best work. There was a part of me that was like, yeah, I can do this, I could be a chef, could be a bush pilot in Alaska, and yeah I could do those things, but it meant I wasn’t doing this thing to the level I could do it. And I’m finally past that.



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t is a late fall day in Sullivan County. The few leaves left on the trees have turned a sad rusty brown, with an occasional dab of muddy mustard mixed in. The clouds, in many shades of grey, are draped deep from the sky like heavy velvet portières. Once in a while, the sun breaks through as if to reassure us that life is good. The moment you arrive at Benoist Drut’s home, hidden deep in the woods, you see it right away: Life is good.

There is a new driveway made from crushed local stone. Take a left, the lord of the manor had instructed earlier, even though a left turn seems only to lead deeper into the trees. But suddenly you come upon a designated area that sports the sign “Porsche Parking ONLY.” Drut, a gallery owner and collector, thought it would be funny to nail the instructions to a tree. It is here that Carol Egan, one of his artists, leaves her vintage Porsche cabriolet before moving on to the house, where a tiny French flag is waving in the wind. The Frenchman loves his little jokes and they can be found throughout the garden. There is a 6-foot-high Eiffel Tower made of rusty iron 20



set smack in the center of an alley of pine trees. Little lamps illuminate the structure at night. (No, he does not hide his quirks.) There are ceramic frogs next to a small watering hole, proudly indicating that their French owner is, after all, a frog himself. A giant white elephant sits in the company of other oversized cement animal figures that spit water when connected to a hose. “Kitschy, n’est ce pas?” winks Drut. His friend is expecting a baby and he’s already imagining a cute little blond boy happily playing in these magical woods.

In the last decade, Maison Gérard’s scope has expanded into Art Nouveau and, spearheaded by Drut, into works by contemporary artists.

The imagination, the free roam of thoughts that comes with leaving the city behind, is important for Drut, who arrived in New York from Paris in 1992. His urban environment is prettier than most—the 45-year-old is the heir apparent and creative head of Maison Gérard, the renowned gallery in Manhattan. Founded in 1974 by now-retired Gerardus Widdershoven, the dealership has long specialized in French Art Deco furniture, lighting and objets d’art, with a particular focus on the French design studio Maison Leleu. A particularly brilliant piece by Leleu, a sideboard from the Fireworks series (Meuble feu d’Artifices) from the late ‘30s, was recently snapped up by a New York collector after a year of careful deliberation.

mix of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. And then some.

In Drut’s house in Sullivan County, a beige linen-covered Leleu sofa graces the center of a living room of epic proportions. It appears to be about 2,000 square feet with a cathedral ceiling soaring up to 28 feet. (The owner does not keep track of such irrelevant information). But he has no doubt that a coral-red lacquer table dates from 1930. The furnishings are an unabashed

When he started to look for land twelve years ago, Drut gave himself a two-hour radius from the Village. “I don’t mind driving two hours to come here. I do not like to be dealing with neighbors,” he remarks. Which isn’t to say that he lacks interpersonal skills; his considerable charm and persuasive talent have been instrumental in the success of Maison Gérard. “I wanted privacy, I wanted to be away from a thoroughfare, at the end of a long driveway. And I could not afford anything near Hudson.” After being invited for a weekend in the Upper Delaware Valley, he fell in love with the


neighborhood. Building took a while, in part because he chose an Italian architect based in Paris. “I wanted to have a view of the creek and a view of the pond and to be far away from any road,” he explains. “And I wanted each room to open to the outside, even the bathrooms, so that I could capture the beauty of winter without going out.” Beaver Dam, as the property is known, is a two-bedroom house, but it is grand. Drut knows how to stage this. “At night you have light coming in. You have very few lights in the kitchen, because the light is streaming in from the lanterns outside.” The house is by no means difficult to heat, he insists. One of its focal points is a huge fireplace. Two hands are required to tame the embers. Drut grew up in the tiny village of Omerville near Giverny, across the river from Monet’s famous garden. “We are a family of people who love fire. We always had a big fireplace.” He recalls how one stormy day, pieces of ember went up, got stuck in a flue that had never been cleaned and caused a fire. When he was just 14, Drut bid on his first collector’s item at auction: a Dinky Toy. At the time, it was illegal for him to bid because he was too young. The auctioneer, amused and possibly moved by a young boy’s passion, let him get away with it. The miniature vehicle is still around somewhere, buried among many other treasures of wildly exotic provenance. After school, Drut set off for Paris, where he worked for a small but reputable auction house specializing in African art. At the time, it was mandatory to study law to become an auctioneer, so he chose that route, only to abandon his studies when he became bored. Since then, Drut has established himself as a connoisseur of 20th century decorative art, but brings something else to the table. Christina Grajales, owner of the namesake Manhattan gallery of contemporary art and design, says: “I love his passion and warmth as a gallerist.” The house reflects both. The dark cement floor (“Built way before it became fashionable!”) provides a spectacular backdrop for an everrevolving juxtaposition of treasures. Almost every week, the gallery’s driver brings in new loot and takes bits and pieces away. One would be hard- pressed to find a favorite spot, but a pair of buttery leather armchairs from Yves St. Laurent’s Paris pied-à-terre is certainly a contender. Designed by Jacques Grange after



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Jean Michel Frank, their slightly frayed edges, enough to catapult another collector straight into buyer’s remorse— didn’t bother him the least when he snapped them up at auction. “That’s life,” he shrugs. Drut’s life has room for beautiful imperfections, like the Louis XVI chairs, war-torn and all, which he found in Tivoli near Hudson. He combines them to great effect with a clear-lined limed oak stool by Carol Egan. Many of Drut’s purchases are the result of happenstance that he cannot—and does not want to— avoid. A grouping of Royal Czech vessels was bought in Brooklyn, near the Maison Gérard warehouse. “There is a small store with lots of shit in it and it’s always closed, but one day I saw the elderly couple—the husband looking rather sick and the woman very active but no young chicken herself,” he recounts. “I asked if I could see those cups in the window and it took them 10 minutes to move the many vases in front to access them. But she did so nicely that I was forced to buy them. I needed to buy something from them because it was good karma.” For his home, Drut does not care if his pieces—or his outfits or his mutt, Maxine—have a pedigree. His personal style at home tends to be laid-back, stylish lounge wear accessorized with Moroccan babouches that just happen to look like Alexander McQueen. “I’ve fallen in love with Marrakesh,” he exclaims. “Morocco is so beautiful and so full of French culture.” Drut loves to travel and it’s always productive for the business. He incessantly scours new sources and makes new connections. “These bowls are made by a friend—a former accessories designer for Givenchy who uses a traditional Moroccan technique,” he says, holding up a sand-cast bronze piece that is polished by hand. “Every bowl is different and the imperfections are part of the design. If you can’t live with that, it’s your problem.” Landscape designer Kimberly von Koontz, who is currently reconfiguring the garden sums Drut’s aesthetic: “Throughout his space, there is a pervasive, deeply romantic acknowledgement of classical beauty, strikingly presented within a raw, modern setting.” Obviously, she adds, this is a combination many try to strike these days. “But by his hand, there is something touching and totally knowing about the proportions and the sincerity of this mix. The way Benoist invites objects into his world, it’s very sensual, very provocative…very felt.” 21




ust to live in the country is a full-time job,” wrote E.B. White and Ambika Conroy is living proof. The 36-year-old entrepreneur has managed to create an online avatar that is a reflection of her actual self—no small feat at a time when everyone we know seems to be more concerned with their social media image than just about anything else. Ambika, whose Hindi name translates to “goddess of the moon,” embodies the self-assertive female who practices what she preaches—and happens to look really cool while doing it. She lives on 100 acres she won in a tax auction, in a 250-square-foot Winnebago that previously served as a traveling sex education van. She spotted the rusting trailer by its lonesome, adorned with spray paint and dirty carpet coated in flyers for STD awareness, and decided to make it her temporary home. “We gutted it and put all wood inside, so it looks like a little wooden cabin on wheels,” she said. A jack-of-manytrades, Ambika was raised in an ashram in the Catskills and split her time between South Fallsburg, NY, and the countryside outside of Mumbai. Though her upbringing was nontraditional, she wasn’t taught how to refurbish an old mobile home, nor how to siphon spring water into the holding tank in which she bathes every day. “I didn’t grow up in a family that was always homesteading. I really started to learn all of this stuff in the last 10 years, when I moved out of Brooklyn and came back home. That’s when I got into things like foraging, farming and living off the land.”


When she was 19 years old, Ambika dropped out of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and started crocheting fancy swimwear. It was soon spotted on the derrières of cover models in Sports


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When Ambika spotted some angora rabbits at a fair, she became completely obsessed. At first, she kept two in her apartment in Brooklyn, but soon after moved upstate with the bunnies. Because they needed to be sheared on a regular basis, she was accumulating a lot of fiber. Inspiration struck and she started designing incredibly sumptuous fur hats and vests to wholesale, although the business now operates on a custom-made basis. The swimwear and angora line grew into Ambika Boutique, a sustainable, earth-friendly fashion brand. A typical day for Ambika currently involves balancing three different jobs—four if you include living dayto-day in the country. “I make angora clothing and have the rabbits and other animals to look after. Then, I typically get on a call with my crocheters. And I’m also launching a website called “The Well-Made Life,” which is going to be in-person workshops and job sourcing for sustainable jobs,” says Ambika. “After that, I go for a good hike, go mushroom hunting and work on plans for my house here. I’m also cooking and chopping wood. And figuring out how to take a hot bath!”

Illustrated and written about in the pages of Vogue. “I was very much in the fashion world and hated it—it was never my thing,” she explains. “I was making swimwear for girls who would rather not wear swimwear, those who would rather swim naked most of the time.”

Although she’s a certified badass, even the goddess of the moon can’t endure a winter in a Winnebago in upstate, NY. She keeps warm with a woodstove and hopes to get another week of running water before she has to “go bucketing it out of the spring.” Soon she’ll head south of the border. “We’re driving our truck to Mexico with the dogs. Hopefully by next year I’ll be in my new house.”


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t the corner of Frasier and Anawana in the heart of Borscht Belt country—I know, it’s practically the setup for a Henny Youngman joke—Marisa Scheinfeld pulls off the road and leaps out of her car, a gleam in her eye. She scrambles through a broken chain link fence, passes a crumbling pool filled with black, dead-leaf-strewn water, and zips up the steps of a sagging, weather-beaten bungalow. A plywood door hangs open, like an invitation to a horror movie. Inside, the floor is covered with dirt and old ceiling tiles; a fallen refrigerator cuts diagonally through a rotting kitchen. “Be careful,” she says over her shoulder. “Do you smell the smell? Like old books and mildew, but more. Seeping moisture and paint. It’s like time.”

She skirts the refrigerator, snapping Iphone photos, and points out a bird’s nest on a ceiling fan in the front bedroom: “That’s been there for years.” Then she ushers me into the back bedroom, and when I stick my head through the doorway, I gasp. Not because it’s scary— because it’s art. What lies before me is an image straight out of her book The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, published in October by Cornell University Press. It’s one of the most remarkable photos in a book that boasts many: a paneled bedroom bathed in afternoon light, a washed-out pink spread on the twin bed, bureau drawers haphazardly open, as if the final occupant fled in a hurry. What blows my mind is that a year and a half after she took the photo, nothing in the scene has changed. A lone tissue box is unmoved on top of the bureau. Scheinfeld’s face in the doorway is impish with delight. “Same freakin’ drawers,” she says. “It’s bugged out.” With The Borscht Belt, Scheinfeld has become



the unofficial visual historian, documentarian, and diarist of the sad, dwindling flame of the Catskills’ once-thriving resort community. A Monticello native, she came of age in the ‘80s when the big hotels were in a freefall decline following their ‘50s and ‘60s heyday. She played on the playground at Kutsher’s, worked

as a lifeguard and had her first love as a teen at the Concord. “This was my childhood,” she says. But like a lot of kids from hard-hit upstate areas, she got out when she could. She was a photography graduate student at the University of San Diego when the shuttered Concord became a firefighter training camp in 2007. “I was, like, surfing,” she says. “I wasn’t thinking about photographing the area. I moved away and didn’t think about it for a decade.” A project photographing Holocaust survivors was so emotionally taxing that she needed to switch gears. “I had to stop. I’d have really bad dreams, I’d go home and be so angry and sad.” A mentor steered her toward what she knew best: home. At its peak, the Borscht Belt offered more than 500 hotels and as many as 50,000 bungalows. Scheinfeld began making trips on school breaks, cruising up and down back roads, sometimes getting permission to enter properties, sometimes sneaking in. Because of its economic collapse, the Borscht Belt was in a state of intact abandonment rivaled in America only by Detroit. Nature was intruding on the sites, turning indoor pool decks lush and mossy, trailing vines through broken windows toward crooked desk chairs. “I started out wanting to document the past,” she says. “But I realized it wasn’t about the past at all. It was about the unruly state of the present and the effects of time. I was enthralled with each season—what one room would look like in the spring versus what it would look like in the fall, and then when icicles would be dripping from it in the winter.”


When I look at Scheinfeld’s photographs, I experience loss and disbelief. Graffiti and mildew streak the once-magnificent multi-tier lobby at Grossinger’s in Liberty. A moldering roll of paper towels lies on the flooded kitchen floor of the Pines in South Fallsburg.

A hallway overpass at the Pines is a wreck of drooping fiberglass insulation. And yet the work is compelling for more than its depiction of disaster and decay. As a photographer, Scheinfeld has a gentle touch: she uses natural light and never rearranges or stages objects for effect. “I never wanted to alter my images

or oversaturate them or make them look not true to what my eye saw. Photography can lie, but I try to use it as a form of objective truth.” In a present rife with anxiety over climate change, she gives us a sneak preview of a world without us, and, if nothing else, reassures us with its still, silent beauty. She brings a surprising empathy to her subject, an almost teen-like enthusiasm for exploration. “I like the idea of returning,” she says. “Returning here allowed me to connect with myself, connect with my past, reconcile it, think about the future. Everyone left. So maybe now they’ll return, even if it’s just through the pages of the book.”



MADE IN HEAVEN Taylor Foster has modeled for Vogue, traveled the world and worked with some of the most prestigious brands, but she's not just a pretty face. With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, an upstate empire and now a holistic skincare line, Foster proves that she can do just about anything and then some.

Interview MICHAEL MUNDY Photography ROBIN LI Styling Y U I K O I K E B A T A

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MICHAEL: I know you as a model but I also remember you are a great pastry chef. You have this talent and you’ve worked with some great people. Can you tell me about who you’ve worked with in the past and what you're doing now? TAYLOR: Well, yeah I got my associates degree in baking at the Culinary Institute of America. From there, I worked at King and Lance, a health spa in Tucson, AZ. I’ve always been more health-minded, you know, vegan things and gluten-free things. So I had a recipe development office there, and developed new recipes for the different programs. That was a really great springboard and challenge for me. And that was back in ’96, a long time ago. MICHAEL: Yeah, that is a long time ago. TAYLOR: So I did that, and then I started modeling because I wanted to open up a bakery––that was my lifelong dream––and I was flat broke. So I was like, well, maybe I should try this modeling thing again. I can save some money to open a bakery! Right when I started modeling again, it was like this moment that kind of hit hard for me––which was great. And I kind of ran with that. And then I got burnt out on fashion so I started working at another restaurant, Danielle’s in the city. MICHAEL: I think that’s where I met you, no? I seem to recall, or maybe it was just after that. TAYLOR: I think it was actually, because I



remember I had short hair when I shot with you. I was working in the kitchen there, so I chopped it all off. And that was lovely. I had gone from, you know, like, traveling the world and shooting for Vogue and watching all the runways, and then I went into the kitchen of, you know, an amazing five star restaurant in New York City. I’m just going to make my chocolates, and no one cares about anything else other than how good my chocolates are. I was making six dollars an hour, which was a huge difference. MICHAEL: Where were you born and raised? TAYLOR: Miami. Yeah, I know, another oddity about me. MICHAEL: And what was life growing up in Miami like for you? TAYLOR: I mean, it was good. I grew up mostly in Miami but we had a house just south of Islamorada, in the Keys. So I spent a lot of time in the Keys as well, and grew up on boats, snorkeling and in the ocean. When you think of Miami, you think of the city, which of course it is, but it’s also a very sprawling city. I grew up in Kendall, which is so very different than it is now. MICHAEL: When did baking things start for you? TAYLOR: Always. I was one of those little kids, like at four years old, when you asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would


respond, I want to be a bakery. My mom would try to correct me and say, you mean a baker? And I’d say no, a bakery. I’ve always loved math too, which kind of goes hand in hand with needing to know your formulas. MICHAEL: And also running a business… Were you baking at an early age or just dreaming about it? TAYLOR: Oh yeah, I was always baking and always experimenting. I remember my first cookbooks. I remember finding a copy of the Fanny Farmer Baking Book which is a big, hardcover—I read it cover to cover. I just took it all in and always trying to make lollipops and weird things. But it was great, I always loved it. MICHAEL: So you eventually moved to Manhattan, became a model, became a successful chef. And so when did you find your home upstate? What was the genesis of all that? TAYLOR: I think it was just shortly after I met you. I got laid off after September 11th at Danielle’s. They closed down for lunch permanently after that, and then they let go of people and I was one of the last that had been hired, and so I was one of the first to go. So then that threw me back into modeling. I bought my first house just around then. I don’t even know what year that was, maybe 2002. MICHAEL: Where was your first house? TAYLOR: My first house was actually in this


little town called Grahamsville in Ulster County. It was right on the boarder between Ulster County and Sullivan County. That was short lived. I was engaged to someone and we bought it together, and that relationship fell apart. I didn’t get the house. Then a good friend of mine had a place in Roscoe and he had this one-room schoolhouse that had been converted on 60-acres. I was spending a lot of time there. He bought the house for a 100 grand and was paying 600 dollars a month, and I was like, oh wait a minute, this is doable. And I just came up to Delaware County and it struck me in a whole other way. I really fell in love with the openness of it. Obviously the beauty, but it was a different landscape than Roscoe, where I’d been spending my time. I went back to the city and started looking online for things that were for sale and the building on Main Street in Bovina popped up and I just fell hard. MICHAEL: Why? TAYLOR: Because this 1860s building had been a restaurant. The main floor was a commercial restaurant space, and it had two beautiful lofted apartments upstairs. Two days later, my then-husband and I drove up, saw it and I just started crying. It was one of those rainy, crappy days. I remember it specifically, we walked through the whole thing. We got back in the car and I looked at him and I just started crying. I was so in love. So in love with this place and I didn’t even know how I was going to buy it. But I called. I made an offer. It was accepted and I was like okay, I’m going to figure this out. And that’s how I got my first place here. MICHAEL: Amazing. And that became what? TAYLOR: That was Heaven, the café I opened. Yeah, exactly, my plan did work. I did model, make the money, bought the building and opened the bakery. MICHAEL: Your dream came true. TAYLOR: My dream had come true. I wasn’t quite expecting to start it at that time. Like I said, I didn’t have tons of money to pour into it. I didn’t know the area at all. I didn’t know a single person in the town. I didn’t know anything about it, but I just fell in love with this building and was like, okay, this is it. MICHAEL: This beautiful girl moves into town, opens a bakery, and what does the town think? TAYLOR: They loved it. And I was so thankful I ended up where I did because it was such a great community of people. Looking back, that was so risky of me to make this transition and open a business when I knew


nothing about the area. And then amazingly enough the community started coming in. It was a great mix of city people, of local people, and everyone was super supportive. MICHAEL: Amazing. So then how did you end up finding your spot where you are now? TAYLOR: I ended up also buying the house across the street from the café. It was a fivebedroom house and I did a bed and breakfast there—for a minute. This was before AirBNB, and I had so many people coming in. There was barely any place for anyone to stay and people were visiting and coming up and wanting recommendations of places to stay, and I was like, yeah, I don’t know—there’s this crappy motel twenty minutes away, but that’s about it. So the house came up for sale, and we jumped on it. We did three rooms, did all the rooms up and then literally had four guests and I was like, I can’t do it. I was running the café. I was baking everything. I was running the whole business side of it and it was hard to find someone that I could really trust and work with. So adding on top the bed and breakfast part of it and I was heading real fast to the burn out phase. And I was still modeling and going back and forth to the city. I was doing a lot of commercial work at the time which obviously supported everything, but it was a lot. MICHAEL: That is a lot. TAYLOR: Yeah, so I ended up saying, you know, this isn’t for us. We need to move out of town. I really wanted some privacy, and I wanted to get off Main Street. I was living above the café initially. And then we moved across the street. And now we’re across the street, we have a little bit of separation but it wasn’t enough separation. We needed to move farther away. So we were actually looking for a house, and then—this is kind of another happenstance moment. I ended up running into a friend on the street from a house I was looking at, and he said, “You know, if I had to do it all over again, I’d start from scratch and not fight an old system and do exactly what I wanted.” I hadn’t really considered that I could build a house. I asked my friend if she knew of any great properties. And she did. So again, we went up, came back, put an offer on it and got it. MICHAEL: Definitely meant to be. TAYLOR: Yes, very meant to be. My husband and I at the time got this property. He started building. He’s a fashion photographer but he always had this penchant for building. And he really wanted to do it himself and so, we built the cabin. MICHAEL: That’s incredible. Let’s talk about the cabin then. You’re not the typical girl,

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who—I don’t know, it’s a pretty rustic cabin. TAYLOR: I was having a conversation the other day and explaining it to Carmen, a designer I work with, and I was like, there’s no running water, there’s no electricity. It’s super rustic, and it’s amazing, and I love living in that way. But also I have a great community of friends here as well and it would be harder if I didn’t have that. Because we go to our friends’ house, and do laundry, and take showers in the winter, and fill up our water bottles. So, we have some perks around here. MICHAEL: So what’s home like when you're here? Are you baking? Are you creating? TAYLOR: The only oven on the property is in the sunset trailer. There’s a propane oven in there that I can bake in if I want to. I bake bread in there. I bake cookies, quiches and things like that. But things also unexpectedly transitioned about a year ago when I started making all this skincare. I guess I just enjoy having a lot of different things going on, and following whatever I’m passionate about. MICHAEL: What’s your skincare line called? TAYLOR: It’s under the Heaven brand, but it’s Cloud Nine. Cloud Nine was the bed and breakfast originally. And then inside Heaven, I had a side room of designer and vintage clothing that I called Cloud Nine. Everything had been dead for so long, so that when I did the skin care, I was like, I still have Cloud Nine! I can still use that, you know? And so I did. But skin care is something I’ve always done for myself, and I just started doing the skin care as an easier, fun thing for me to do. I didn’t need a professional kitchen. I find the alchemy really similar, between baking and mixing up, because I layer in lots of different ingredients. I’ve always been really drawn to scent as well. That was a big factor in it for me. MICHAEL: Is there a typical day up at your cabin? TAYLOR: The cabin is very dependent on seasons. It’s a lot of work. Obviously, to wash any dishes, you have to go and get water. I have this great little run off pipe that comes off the mountain and we fill our bottles there, bring them back. But you’re carrying everything in and its labor, and its filling bags, hanging them, and then boiling water if you want hot water. To wash the dishes, it drains into the pot, and you bring this huge pot outside and dump all that. MICHAEL: It certainty puts things in perspective, no? TAYLOR: Yeah, it does. We’re so


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by, who can lend a hand and a conversation— everything seems to be magnified in a sense. It really shifts your values a lot and simplifies things and makes them very clear. TAYLOR: I love having people come visit us at the cabin, whether it’s friends or friends with kids. The kids, obviously, are always truly honest, and you get that learning curve of like, what do you mean there’s no TV? Or like, I have to go to the bathroom. Or, you know, there’s too many bugs! And I’m like, look, we have to stop freaking out over the bugs, we’re in a cabin and this is it, okay? And just kind of reeducating all these people that come through. MICHAEL: So what’s going on now, for you? Do you think you’ll be full-time up here? What will life be like for you then? TAYLOR: Yeah, I’m actually planning on transferring my son Duncan after Christmas break and coming up full-time, so just a couple of months away. I’m excited. We’re also talking about starting a little progressive school up here as well. I’m excited about that too. MICHAEL: How does your son see you? It must be pretty amazing for a boy to see his mom being celebrated for her looks but has such a wonderful approach to life. TAYLOR: I think that he’s pretty good now that he’s six, but he was definitely a struggle the first few years for me. But he’s very strong willed, and it is an adventure, as you know, growing with these amazing beings that do wonders for really pointing out all the things about us that we work hard at. I used to think I was a really patient person, then I met my son and was like oh my gosh! Not as patient as I thought! MICHAEL: Maybe one day he’ll look back and realize what a gift this is, to have these experiences. I mean, your home is small, he’s definitely going to be close to you. disconnected from that. I have such a different viewpoint. Then when I do go to the city, too, I’m like, look at all this free flowing water! MICHAEL: You mentioned a couple times in this conversation the word “community.” It’s a word that’s sometimes not used enough these days, but it seems people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of it. Can you talk a little about what’s it like upstate for you?

level of comfort that’s here is so different then the city environment, for me. Especially at this point, you know, with my six-year old son, I feel so isolated in the city. You’re surrounded by tons of people, but I feel incredibly isolated, and I barely have anyone to reach out to. When I come up here, I know, instantly, who I can call, not even have to call, just stop by and have a cup of tea and chat with. Or if I’m stuck, and I need help with something, they’re there for you.

TAYLOR: It’s actually a big part of why we’re moving up full-time now. I don’t know if that influenced your decision as well, but I’ve been in this community now for ten years and it’s amazing. Even from the beginning, I remember thinking I’m much more social up here than I am in the city. It’s odd. And then I thought, is that because I’m running a business, and I know everyone? But the dinner parties, and the

MICHAEL: That’s something we’ve learned also. Our values have shifted. It sounds silly, but you’ve already said it in this conversation— running water, the importance of water. Our well pump broke down recently, and suddenly, we were forced to live a few days without water, and we were completely altered by the experience. The same thing with people, our neighbors, the value of a person who lives close


TAYLOR: No, it is amazing. I love that it is a small environment. That really forces you to have a different approach to personal space. We are on top of each other, and that’s the way we like it. There’s 22-acres of land if you want to get some space. Get outside! MICHAEL: Yeah, I walked in your place and felt so comfortable right away. TAYLOR: That’s what I would love for everyone that comes in to feel––a welcoming vibe of like, we’re all one big community. Whether or not we see things different, we all still have a common thread. At the end of the day, we all just want love. If I can create an environment that people walk in and feel that way, then I’ve done well.

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implicity is a gift, and one that is ever harder to come by in this era of endless options, however “curated” they may be. Our senses are bombarded with the constant onslaught of bigger and better, our antennae always attuned to the next big thing, so it’s refreshing to enter the orbit of Kazusa Jibiki. With an ease that inspires, the Japanese-born restaurateur moves gracefully between her two businesses in downtown Manhattan and a small, spare cabin in Roscoe, NY.


them a hot upstart named Marc Jacobs, fresh off his controversial tenure at Perry Ellis. After eight years sourcing everything from clothing to vintage American pottery for retail in Japan, Jibiki decided she was ready to venture into the world of food.

Lovely Day in 2002. The name was inspired by a bucolic sketch of the restaurant drawn by another friend, the artist George Skelcher, and also by the Bill Withers song. Then I look at you And the world’s alright with me Just one look at you And I know it’s gonna be A lovely day…

By this time, she had a circle of friends in the city, a number of whom were involved in the

Jibiki envisioned Lovely Day as “a place for the community, a casual neighborhood restaurant where everyone could find something to eat.” The place has a sweet simplicity that appeals to a wide swath of downtowners. Its walls are covered with a floral wallpaper that harkens back to the sample books of her childhood. There are red booths and a small bar, bohemian waitresses and an eclectic clientele ranging from groovy artists to families with young kids. It’s definitely got a high cool quotient—downstairs is an additional space where galleries, designers and artists frequently host private parties—but it’s also casual, welcoming and uncomplicated. The menu has cozy Thai curries and Japanese ginger-fried chicken, or you can order a steak and a Manhattan.

On a crisp fall Sunday, clad in a colorful flowered dress and well-worn clogs, the seemingly ageless beauty is as free of pretense as she is adornment. Her modern shag haircut frames large, lively dark eyes. Jibiki exudes calm and efficiency as she works in her tiny upstate kitchen, preparing a traditional Japanese meal from local supplies, including brown jasmine rice bought at Pepacton Natural Foods, vegetables just purchased at the Roscoe farmers market and fish from Beaverkill Trout Hatchery. To these fresh ingredients, she adds ginger, miso, yuzu juice (an imported citrus) and tamari. This is not fancy food, but it’s the kind of healthy home cooking that Japanese families have been eating for centuries. It’s also the focus of Jibiki’s second Manhattan restaurant, Gohan, which opened in September. Paradoxically, it’s not what Jibiki grew up eating. During her formative years spent east of Tokyo, her parents struggled to build their business designing and constructing restaurants and bars. Money was scarce and Jibiki was often the only one at home taking care of her brother, who was born with Down’s syndrome. Eventually, the business took off, but a live-in nurse was hired to run the house while the adults worked even longer hours. Jibiki remembers it as “a difficult, strange childhood” in which wallpaper catalogues took the place of picture books and there were no family dinners. Perhaps it was inevitable that she would open her own restaurant. But first there was art school in Tokyo and a position at a design consultancy that specialized in restaurants and spas, collaborating with such luminaries as Tadao Ando and Michael Graves. Jibiki found an early calling doing food styling and designing menus. She was also fascinated by the way a restaurant develops its own unique culture, with a specific clientele and a particular vibe that seems to arise organically. Wanting to improve her English, Jibiki asked her parents to send her to the U.S. Worried about the perils of Manhattan, they agreed to a year in Westchester. She arrived in the late 80s and never left, making her way to the city after that first year. She found a job with Renown, a Japanese fashion company looking to import American designers and brought

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restaurant business with establishments in lower Manhattan. When your support system includes Brian McNally (Café Lebowitz, Indochine), Serge Becker (La Esquina, Café Select), Luigi Comandatore (Bread) and Frank DeCarlo (Peasant), your chances of making rookie mistakes are seriously diminished. These seasoned veterans helped Jibiki find the right location—a former vegetable wholesaler on Elizabeth Street—and even secure financing. With a small business loan and a tidy sum made on a successful line of hair accessories she had designed with a friend, Jibiki was able to open

After 14 years, Lovely Day is still going strong, no small feat in the rocky landscape of New York restaurants and a testament to its cult status. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jibiki saw a need downtown for a place that served healthy and comforting Japanese home cooking—traditional meals of miso soup, pickles, rice, vegetable sides, small portions of fish or meat and tea. She approached Atsushi Numata, whose Ni Japanese Deli serves up vegetarian bento boxes in the Essex Street Market, and together they opened Gohan on Orchard Street. Although she still checks in daily at Lovely Day, Jibiki is now focused on getting the new place on its feet. “Gohan is my baby, so I have to raise it,” she says with a small smile. Most weekends, she still manages to escape the city with her boyfriend, Michael Tower, a nature-loving Minnesota native who designed menswear for Ralph Lauren and now builds window installations for the brand’s flagships. His carpentry skills come in handy at their place upstate, a two-bedroom hunting cabin with a stone fireplace that sits on twoand-a-half wooded acres. Tower also does much of the grilling on a tiny squat Weber just off the front porch, though they occasionally have dinner down the road at the weekendsonly restaurant run by Northern Farmhouse Pasta. Some afternoons, they hike up to Russel Brook Falls, a multi-tiered waterfall in the Delaware Wild Forest. When they sit down to their Sunday lunch of miso soup, grilled trout, delicata squash and rice steamed with sweet potato, the couple murmurs a short Buddhist prayer of thanks. “It’s a way of acknowledging that the things you are about to eat had a life and died for you,” explains Jibiki, “so you voice an appreciation for them and their sacrifice.” It’s a small gesture, but freighted with compassion. Like everything Kazusa Jibiki offers up, it is simply wonderful.


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awley, Pennsylvania, is nestled near Lake Wallenpaupac, where Middle Creek enters the Lackawaxen River. The town, colored by brick buildings and lined with antique shops, nearby The Hawley Silk Mill—built in 1880 and said to be the largest bluestone structure in the country—still remains, though now it functions as more of a community hub, housing retail spaces, galleries and a fitness center. Hawley was named after Irad Hawley, the first president of the Pennsylvania Coal Company, and traces of the manufacturing industries remain to this day. Among them is the Hawley Antique Exchange, a shop with an impressive variety of pristine vintage glass sets and servingware, as well as a cut glass museum on the lower level. A ten-minute drive into the woods leads to Tree, the restaurant inside the grand Woodloch Lodge hotel and spa. Beneath a massive candle chandelier and skylight, a huge set of Tibetan glass singing bowls sets the scene for this tranquil getaway. Guests float by in fluffy white bathrobes, fresh from their morning massages. Lunch includes a salad bar where you can make your own concoction of arugula and baby spinach, with any number of toppings and a sweet maple-sage vinaigrette. The tomato-herb soup is just right on a chilly fall day, but we also get the flatbread stuffed with local cheese and the crab roll, full of avocado and sesame seeds. Tree adds a bit of French flair to its farm-to-table food. The rustic wooden beams, sweeping forest views and roaring fires make it a cozy and appealing place to stay a good long while.

We head back into town to explore the main drag on foot. There is a closed bar and coffee shop, Ravyn & Robyn, in a gray stone building that formerly housed Hawley National Bank. The inside looks dark and comfortable, perfect for nursing a Guinness on a chilly afternoon. Around the corner is The Ritz Company Playhouse, whose fluorescent sign hails “44 Seasons!” of local performances and events. Though the summer season is over, The Ritz also offers concerts and social events like the Hawley Harvest Hoedown 34



in early October. At Time Machine Antiques, I meet Ed, who has owned the place with his business partner since 1998. They have a few other locations, but in Hawley you can find antique firearms and some other gems, including two original Andy Warhol sketches that Ed snatched up years ago. His pal Willey, a tiny black-and-gray terrier mix, comes out to pose for my camera and Hawley seems like the most charming place I’ve discovered lately. Down the street, we stumble upon Café Vostichniy, an authentic Uzbek restaurant that excites my authentic Uzbek partner. Still full, but unwilling to leave Hawley without trying their lamb, we go inside and wrangle some take-

out. Filipp ends up chatting in Russian with the Uzbek chef- owner, who says he opened Café Vostichniy to offer local residents an alternative to the ubiquitous Chinese food and pizza. It’s good to hear that the business is doing pretty well. The chef looks distressed as he hands us our styrofoam containers of samsas and shashlik (savory pastries and lamb shish-kebab) and later Filipp tells me that he was concerned that the food would not be as good by the time we got back to Brooklyn. When the sun comes out, we eat our food by a stream and the delicious pumpkin samsas really warm us up. Ledges Hotel is just up the hill from the center of town, but feels a world away. Situated inside the restored John S. O’Connor Glass Factory and just beneath the Silk Mill, it is built into the edge of the river gorge and features a seasonal waterfall. The hotel itself is modern and warm, with wrap-around views of the water and stone. Our room is two levels with a full kitchen, two bathrooms and a Jacuzzi. It feels excessive, but it’s not unappreciated. If you make it to Hawley, have dinner at Ledges’ restaurant Glass, which is just beneath the hotel. Chef Ben Sutter has worked in restaurants around the country and draws upon his varied experiences to create small plates that offer new takes on modern American cuisine. He presents a few of the dishes to us

himself, including the first course, a soft sixminute egg on a bed of shaved prosciutto and pickled onions. The ingredients are fresh from the farm since the kitchen works with as many local vendors as possible to build a truly seasonal menu. In addition to the egg, we enjoy a charcuterie board of local cheeses; a juicy sirloin on a bed of garlicky mashed potatoes; duck with pumpkin-coriander puree and cherry gastrique; and spiced cauliflower with chick peas, raisins, pickled onions and vadouvan. Our final stop is Cocoon, the café inside the former silk locker at the Silk Mill. We eat house-made quiche and drink Electric City coffee at a large wooden table, beneath the original steel beams that are now adorned with Edison bulbs. Shelves of used books line a wall for reading, or they can be purchased for two dollars. Juan Espino, a local artist, sits inside the lobby of the Silk Mill, painting historic renderings of the town as it would be today. Instead of cars and parking lots, there is pasture and horses and the Silk Mill, still standing as it did a hundred years ago, but filled with worms and their keepers churning out silk for manufacturers nationwide. Mr. Espino gives me the full tour, complete with a detailed history of Hawley and the mill.

We manage a last bite at The Boathouse. I opt for a blackened chicken salad and Filipp gets the steak sandwich on buttery garlic toast, not a crumb of which is left behind. We take a post-prandial drive through the russet-colored mountains. Stopping at the lake, we watch the sun slant heavy in the sky before heading back to our city life.

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roadside diner of dreams and a bastion of homemade food sits amidst bucolic farms, rolling hills and the yawning barns of Tyler Hill, Pennsylvania. Overflowing plates, flakey, fresh baked pies and bakery egg French toast meet the weary traveler. Proper breakfast offers optimism for the soul. It is a sign, an omen, a beautiful beginning to the day. But it’s easy to drive past Dutton’s Tyler Hill Diner without noticing it. Dutton’s doesn’t advertise. There is no website to click. No Facebook page to like. No Twitter feed announces daily specials. It sits, unassumingly, a speakeasy in plain sight. Beloved institutions require no advertising. On any given summer Saturday, 300 plus eggs are poached, fried and scrambled by owner, Tracy Dutton. Fluffy golden buckwheat pancakes, larger than the human head, are dolloped with yellow butter, drape over plates and fly from the grill. Bacon and hamburger sized sausage snaps and sizzles. Warm walls reflect morning light. Crowds flock out the door. Tables are first come first serve. No reservations. Counter seating offers a front row opportunity to watch kitchen theater with Tracy as conductor and her classic ingredients, a willing orchestra. Her sheet music comes from the orders hanging on a hand crafted chit holder. Crescendos build as orders of her famous toasted cinnamon buns come though. Hunks of butter are thrown to the grill, erupting in bubbles. Once slick, the cinnamon buns are tossed, bottoms toasted, while powdery white confectioners icing oozes and drips down the side. Leave all gluten and dairy free requests at home. “If you are on any sort of diet, don’t come in here,” says owner Tracy. “It’s not going to work out well for you.” Don’t dare ask for egg whites, “The whole reason the egg white exists,” says Tracy, “is to support the yolk.” Tracy’s insanely tasty dishes might stem from the fact that even after all these years, she still adores it. “I serve breakfast for dinner to my family at least one night a week. I love a good breakfast and I love eating. Who doesn’t want to see someone enjoy what they’ve created?”


The Olaf is a stand out dish for the savory palate. A momentous mound of peppers, onions and potatoes are presented with fried country sausage, topped with twin eggs. Sausage grease filters down to the bottom of the plate. Working though the mound of potatoes to the base, you are confronted with the holy trinity of fat, flavor and crunch. The dish is named Olaf, after a regular who visited the diner for years and who requested this special order. Customers, fascinated as the dish floated by, began asking Tracy for it. She placed it on the menu. “Mis en place” is apparent in the neat organization of Tracy’s open kitchen. No one operates the grill, cracks an egg or flips a

pancake other than her. If Tracy can’t work, her mother operates the grill in her place. No mushy potatoes or soft wimpy veggies languish. Everything is served al dente, snapping with flavor and vibrant color. The home fries are crispy and the optional county fair style peppers and onions are cooked to order. Looking past your greedy taste buds, you realize more resides at Dutton’s than simple comfort food. Dutton’s is a community institution since opening its doors in 1985 when Tracy’s father decided to retire as a truck driver and open a country store. Tracy’s mother installed a grill and opened the diner on the other side. The historic building once held a general store with voting rooms upstairs and original 1920s gas pumps. Teenage Tracy and sister Christy were often called on to pump gas. Tracy eventually took over the diner. The words “Hi Trace!” and “Bye Trace!” echo repeatedly as loyal customers, community members and friends come and go. Many have watched Tracy grow up. Summer tables are filled with visitors, families and councilors

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from nearby Tyler Hill Camp who make Dutton’s visits an annual tradition. Slew of local businesspeople and farmers gather to discuss the weather or comment on the rising and falling cattle markets. Cheerful paintings of chickens and cows hang on the wall, all of it for sale and all painted by neighbor and friend, Barbara Polny. Tracy’s been showered by marriage proposals, usually from the older gentlemen who pepper her counter. Would be suitors settle for coffee and Tracy’s warm wit since she is married to contractor Micah Wilcox with whom she has two children. Dutton’s Diner holds no pretense. It stands in the tradition of great American diners with a feminine, comforting twist. It doles out heaping plates of quality that are not easy to come by in the modern age. A place for community and family. Come for butter, bacon, sugar and smiles. Don’t forget to order a slice of homemade pie or cake on your way out. And be sure to get there before 11:30am when the breakfast menu switches over to lunch.

The crowds calm down a bit in the off-season. But even this is evolving. “The biggest change I’ve noticed over the years are the second home owners,” says Tracy. “They used to close up their houses in September. We wouldn’t see them till the following year. Now, people use their second homes year round. We see ‘em every weekend.” 37

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Mick's Barber Shop... For the well groomed gentleman. Located on Main Street in historic Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Mick's is a fourth generation, four chair barber shop. We specialize in traditional as well as modern barbering techniques in a clean, comfortable and classic atmosphere. Have a seat... you're next. 511 MAIN STREET, HONESDALE, PA 18431 | (570) 253-2910 MICKSBARBERSHOP.COM

Enjoy an unparalleled dining experience in Delaware County at Signatures on the SUNY Delhi campus. Elegant meals are prepared and presented by the college's awardwinning hospitality students. Guests enjoy a four-course menu that includes selections from Classical French Repertoire, Global Influences and American Regional Cuisine. Prix Fixe is $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Selection of Beer and Wine available for purchase. Open select Fridays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. SIGNATURES AT SUNY DELHI IS LOCATED IN ALUMNI HALL | (607) 746-4351 WWW.DELHI.EDU/SIGNATURES

Red Cottage Inc. is recognized among savvy travelers as the go-to source for vacation rentals in the Catskills, Delaware River Valley and Hudson Valley. With our carefully selected portfolio of rustic cabins, bright country farmhouses, sunny lake houses and country estates, guests know that Red Cottage Inc. provides the finest lodging experience to complement their Upstate travels. 7991 STATE RTE 55, GRAHAMSVILLE, NY 12740 | (845) 985-7153 REDCOTTAGEINC.COM | RENTALS@REDCOTTAGEINC.COM

HANCOCK, NY RENTAL Indoorsy for the Outdoorsy! Gallery: Original paintings and screen prints by Jim and Laura McManus. Vintage Rugs: Collection of antique tribal rugs (Kilims, Yastiks, and Turkmen) from Istanbul to Samarkand of Austin, Texas. Shop: Handcrafted Modern Camp Style Furniture and handpicked mercantile items to give your home a “Cabin Vibe.” 422 E. FRONT STREET, HANCOCK, NY | (607) 637-4120 JLB@THECAMPTONS.COM | WWW. THECAMPTONS.COM

Cadosia School House offers a unique home rental experience for large groups of family or friends looking to enjoy quality time at the top of the Delaware Valley region. Situated in a charming hamlet and bordered by rushing streams on two sides the red brick property features a creative loft like ambiance that will inspire and refresh any traveler. Also includes use of our fully equipped music studio for writing or rehearsal. Recording rates on request. HOMEAWAY/VRBO LISTING #266452 CONTACT NICK & JAIMIE (917) 417.5425 | GREATINTERFACE@YAHOO.COM


At Country House Realty, we’ve experienced buying a second home in The Catskills first-hand, and understand the desires and concerns that come with choosing a country place. Our user-friendly and informative website provides a dramatic platform for exciting properties, and we relish the opportunity to share our knowledge about the market and the nuances of this special, spectacular area.

From your ideas, we build a design and remodel plan that matches your needs and budget. Working with our craftsman and construction team, to bring your ideas to life.



Steve's Music Center is a full-service, independently owned musical instruments store. We feature new and used acoustic guitars, electric guitars, guitar effects, amps, bass guitars, drums, pro audio equipment, guitar pickups, school band instruments, and guitar accessories. We accept all major credit cards. We try to be competitive on all our lines. If you see a product advertised for less, please let us know. We will try to match any authorized dealer's best advertised price on in stock merchandise. 248 ROCK HILL DRIVE, ROCK HILL NY 12775 | (845) 796-3616 WWW.STEVESMUSICCENTER.NET

Catskill Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is an integrative medical practice utilizing the best principles and methods of conventional and alternative medicine, led by Barry Scheinfeld M.D. Established in 1986, acupuncture and nutritional assessments are among the services offered. David Behar, LAC and Yvette Guzman, LAC, bring years of expertise in healing through Chinese medicine. Allison Scheinfeld, MS, RD, CDN helps clients achieve their nutrition and wellness goals through personalized one-on-one counseling. 14 HARRIS-BUSHVILLE ROAD, HARRIS, NY 12742 | (845) 794-0209 BSCHEIN100@MAC.COM | WWW.CATSKILLREHAB.COM

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Willow and Brown is a purveyor of smart, high quality women’s and mens clothing. We also carry an assortment of carefully selected accessories, gifts, housewares and innovative kitchen tools. 36 MAIN ST, LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY 12758 | (845) 439-1088 WWW.WILLOWANDBROWN.COM

CAS features contemporary artists from the region and across the country. In the galleries this winter: “Small Things of Unknowable Value” by Matthew Bliss, “The Thing Is” by Paula Elliott, and “Encaustics” by Donise English on display from January 7 – February 12.


Buck Brook Alpaca offer high quality luxury fiber, comparable to cashmere. We produce most of our yarn from local mills in Sullivan County and NY State. We offer quality products such as blankets, rugs, hats, scarves and many other accessories. Alpacas and the alpaca fiber industry is an industry we believe in. We strive to keep our animals clean healthy and happy with the end result of producing award winning luxurious fiber. 99 BESTENHEIDER ROAD, ROSCOE, NY 12776 | (845) 807-3104 BUCKBROOKALPACAS@YAHOO.COM | WWW.BUCKBROOKALPACAS.COM

Beautiful and distinctive pottery inspired by the natural landscape surrounding this mountaintop studio. For artist Carolyn Duke, the transition from life in NYC to Sullivan County has been a journey of creative discovery. Duke Pottery has an art gallery and gift shop showcasing a wide variety of talented artists and local producers. 855 COUNTY RD. 93, ROSCOE, NY 12776 | (607)498-5207 OPEN FRI-SUN, 11-5, OR BY CHANCE/APPOINTMENT WWW.DUKEPOTTERY.COM

Explore THE STONEHOUSE, a tiny Boutique filled with an eclectic mix of Home-Decor, Tribal Rugs, Art, Objects and beautiful Textiles from all over the World. Open Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am-5pm Sunday 10:30am -3pm 92 MAIN STREET, DELHI NY 13757 | (917) 224-6718 INFO@THESTONEHOUSE.NYC  | INSTAGRAM @ANDREAMENKE 

Roxbury General purveys a wide array of goods in a beautifully restored 19th century building on Roxbury’s Main Street. We are especially happy to offer locally crafted jewelry, wall hangings, serving boards, handbags, coffees, pasta, sauces and rubs, soaps, creams, salves, and tinctures, as well as useful and beautiful items from the sublime (vintage silk dresses) to ridiculous (whoopee cushions) and much more. Come explore our ever-changing stock, including seasonal and holiday cards, ornaments, gifts. 53538 STATE HIGHWAY 30, ROXBURY, NY 12474 | (607)326-6174 WWW.ROXBURYGENERAL.COM | INFO@ROXBURYGENERAL.COM


Quality hand-made stoneware table lamps and fine locally produced goods for the home.

Come explore and enjoy our shop, featuring appliances from Cusinart, KitchenAid & Sodastream. Cookware by All Clad, Lodge and LeCreuset. Plus candles, cookbooks, local pottery, soap and many more interesting items.

Store Hours Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 11am to 6pm





Madame Fortuna Jewelry is for the fashion forward, the visionaries, women who enjoy creating a story out of every day and telling it their way, who lead rather than follow, who dream big, play hard and seek to inspire others.

For over two decades, Dyberry Weaver has integrated weaving traditions and techniques from Europe, Africa and Asia. Our colors and designs span from bold and dramatic to subtle and intricate. We offer rugs handmade with linen, wool, silk, alpaca and worsted acrylic. Visit our showroom located in beautiful Narrowsburg, New York.



Liza Phillips, designer of rugs and Alto Steps now offers handwoven nettle Table Squares.  The minimal geometric designs combine the bold certainty of De Stijl and Minimalism with a tactile simplicity and an environmental awareness that is completely contemporary. Available at Nest in Narrowsburg and Livingston Manor, and at 


MayerWasner is a collection of Avant casual pieces that you will gravitate to season after season. Featuring our house made collection Pamela Mayer (shown), Gary Graham, Lauren Manoogian, Raquel Allegra, Samuji, Feathered Souls, CB I hate perfume, local jewelry designer Melissa Easton and local shoe and sock designer Lisa b.


FLORAL DESIGNER Getting hitched? Hosting an event? Hire us to be your flower girl.  We cover the Catskills and NEPA with your favorite flowers and also can plan your entire event down to the very last petal.  We deliver! EARTHGIRL FLOWERS | 845-807-3747 WWW.EARTHGIRLFLOWERS.COM

Natural wedding documentations since 2010. Aiming for connectedness but navigating unobtrusively, creating a timeless aesthetic. Mixing film and digital mediums. It will feel like you added two more friends to your guest list. Serving Upstate and beyond. UPSTATE NY AND BEYOND | INFO@COUPLEOFDUDES.COM  WWW.COUPLEOFDUDES.COM

WILLOW DREY FARM WEDDING, PARTY AND CORPORATE EVENTS Create your dream wedding, party or corporate event in a four-season event venue with a spectacular view. Vintage china farmhouse tables and schoolhouse chairs available.   Also enjoy house concerts, weekly yoga classes and figure drawing during the week. 985 HYZER HILL ROAD, ANDES, NY | (917) 859-5397 WWW.WILLOWDREYFARM.COM | WILLIAMDUKE153@GMAIL.COM

Melissa Easton Jewelry is hand-carved, cast and hand-finished in 10K recycled gold. Her pieces are simple and modern, with a classic whirl. They become personal signatures that you’ll end up wearing every day. Available online and at MayerWasner in Narrowsburg NY. Come and visit us at Indie Mart in Narrowsburg on December 10 & 11. CALLICOON, NEW YORK 12723 | (845) 887-4740 WWW.MELISSAEASTONJEWELRY.COM

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FAVORITE SEASON IN THE CATSKILLS? Fall is my favorite season, especially the seasonably warm weekends. Great for day hikes and a cozy fire at night. FAVORITE RESTAURANTS UPSTATE? Momiji is extremely good Japanese food in Stone Ridge. We often go early on Saturday to beat the crowds and get amazing chicken tempura for the kids. I love to duck into Market St. in Rhinebeck after a day of shopping to have the organic lacinto kale salad with pecorino, currants and pine nuts, and a crisp glass of wine. Mercato in Red Hook (shown) is my go-to for quality rustic Italian food. They have mind-blowing bolognese. And lastly, we haven't been yet, but are looking forward to trying Gaskins in Germantown. WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND UP HERE?


I love cooking and baking on the weekends. The local farms have great produce and I finally have the time to really experiment. This all culminates in fun dinner parties with friends. DO YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS MADE IN THE CATSKILLS? Tree Juice Maple Syrup; we love the bourbon or vanilla bean. Also, Harney's Tea, Greentree Home candles, and Westwind Honey (shown). FAVORITE ALBUMS TO LISTEN TO UPSTATE?

Rina Stone, Creative Director of InStyle Magazine, discusses with us her eight fall favorites. After growing tired of the summer time-share scene in the Hamptons, a friend introduced Stone to the area eleven years ago and the rest is history. According to Stone, “We all own homes up here now.” A born-and-bred east coaster, Rina grew up on Long Island, NY and spends almost every weekend upstate with her husband, Timonthy Brittain of Hudson Woods, and their two children.


These days, albums don't seem to be how I consume music. I listen typically song by song, and I’m into Belle and Sebastian, Jens Lekman, and Ben Folds, and then the kids fill the house and drive with super current pop music. DESCRIBE YOUR WEEKEND UPSTATE IN THE FALL/WINTER MONTHS. During the fall and winter months I'll start up a beef bourginon in the morning and then we'll go for a long stroll with friends or guests. Then I’ll head home to sit by the fire and enjoy a nice glass of wine with cheese. And finish the day with the big, hearty dinner.

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP HERE? I don't really do much clothing shopping upstate, I mainly buy housewares and decor. In Rhinebeck, I love The Blue Cashew for kitchen supplies, Hammertown for all kinds of home decor for the country, and Hundred Mile for more modern decor for the city. In Hudson, Hawkins NY is great for modern home goods. The local hardware store, JC Rogerson Co. is also really awesome. WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT BOOK YOU READ? The Accidental Life (shown) by Terry McDonell, an editor I used to work with.


A Curious World

Profile for DVEIGHT Magazine

DVEIGHT Magazine Issue #5  

Featuring Model Taylor Foster, Director Ben Younger and Best Made Founder Peter Buchanan Smith.

DVEIGHT Magazine Issue #5  

Featuring Model Taylor Foster, Director Ben Younger and Best Made Founder Peter Buchanan Smith.


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