Edible Reads: Love Where You Live
For anyone who has considered either relocating to a country or just fixing up a long-neglected home in the bucolic Hudson Valley, a trip to the rustic, design-savvy depot of country living by the name of Hammertown is kind of a must, if for inspiration alone. Joan Osofsky has been operating the string of Hammertown stores since first launching her concept in a Pine Plains barn nearly three decades ago (locations now also include Rhinebeck and Great Barrington), providing a certain level of taste making to the country-chic set.
The success of Hammertown is based on the concept of place as well as design. In this home emporium, antique whisks become art; a throw crafted from local wool plays against a modern table. Osofsky's vision of "home" embraces the community; her shops frequently host art shows of local talent and provide a venue for food artisans to present classes and demonstrations.
Now Osofsky, along with fellow author Abby Adams, has materialized the Hammertown shopping experience and ethos into a handsome coffee-table book genially titled Love Where You Live (Rizzoli, 2013) that will motivate as much as it may stir up a bit of house envy. With pictorial profiles of 18 stunning homes in the area, Osofsky and company tour us through an array of styles and approaches that outline the creative process and vision taken to revamp and remodel such homes to reflect a personal aesthetic. It takes something old, something new and a good deal of resourcefulness and tenacity, along with heart, to make a home, but this book sure makes it look easy.
LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: AT HOME IN THE COUNTRY
By Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams
Photography by John Gruen
Rizzoli New York