THE NEW GENERAL STORE: A BUCOLIC WATERMILL POP UP STORE OF SUMMER PLEASURES

by Marisa Marcantonio

Tricia Foley, the brilliant stylist, former creative director of Wedgwood, author and designer, has a seasonal gig she puts on a few times a year, called The New General Store. Friends and design industry visionaries gathered recently in the Watermill field of Peri Wolfman and Charlie Gold for a summer gathering of seasonal foods, design and beautiful home and tabletop products. The store went live for three days, and visitors were treated to foods prepared by Roy Hardin and gorgeous gifts with vintage patina galore. Products from Peri Wolfman of Wolfman-Gold & Good Co., The Old Orchard, Roy Hardin's steel firepits and firewood holders were displayed in a perfectly styled photo-shoot-ready scene. Finds included items you can use all year long. Like something out of another time, they created a true summer fair atmosphere.

Photos courtesy of Tricia Foley
The tented area welcomed shoppers to a farmstand meets great country store, with a chalkboard sign that read The New General Store in beautiful script

An old pick up truck owned by the talented photog Keith Scott Morton sits next to a modern angular tent that shades the flowers

Rough hewn and perfectly aged wooden chargers and plates sit stacked ready for takers

Strawberry rhubarb, peach, rosa rugosa, lemon verbena jams, and lavender honey, vases, and home accessories, baskets and crates are arranged in beautiful moments with pretty hang tags

Roy Hardin's amazing handmade steel firepits and firewood holders

Celebrating local grown and produced vittles, rosemary olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, lemon vinegar, sweet fennel vinegar, and sage vinegar for sale

Jasper Conran for Wedgwood White bone china mugs hang on a vintage bottle drying rack

Beautifully packaged soy candles in sweetgrass, linden, and lemon verbena make great summer gifts

If you want to track down some of these goodies now that the pop up is over, I will let you know how you can soon...

WEEKEND RETREATS- SUMMER IS HERE!

by Marisa Marcantonio

A getaway provides a change of scene and a chance to recharge. This is the season to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and escape for the weekend. Susanna Salk's newest book with Rizzoli, Weekend Getaways, shows country escapes of all kinds. Readers are invited into rustic, seaside, minimal, modern barn, federal and Greek Revival homes, experiencing their relaxing benefits. The appeal of the homes lie in their location, but also in their personality. Home owners bring personal touches to every surface of their spaces, providing a peek into what moves and inspires them.

Photos Courtesy of Rizzoli USA
This red guest cottage was originally a school. The Unionville, PA property includes a main house and a barn, creating a country compound. Staying true to the historical details, the designer owners imported floorboards for the house from a farm nearby, and used local antiques and glass.


A plaster bust by the front door welcomes guests and serves as a makeshift hat rack.


A Stanfordville, NY modern barn sits tucked away in a wooded area. The home was influenced by the owner's Dutch and French design sensibilities, showcasing their take on classic barn living.


Their mudroom with closets and hooks for Barbour rain jackets and mud boots to survive a rainy weekend.


Designer Tricia Foley's Long Island living room in all white warmed with wide wood floor boards and beams. Placing accessories just so, her stylist's eye is evident in her selection.


The white on white kitchen has open shelving for ease and all white serving pieces in great shapes.


A Newport home with stone detailing resembling a castle's turrets is eclectic and unexpected in this seaside resort, where massive cottages abound.


The upstairs living room has brightly colored accessories and casual slip covered upholstery. Easy living and entertaining are key here.


Painted walls, floors and patterned steps bring warmth to a foyer in an 18th Century Greek Revival retreat in New Preston,CT.


The sun room combines rustic antiques in natural tones from local antique shops, making the spot a soothing place to escape to. A focal point of an elaborate bird cage is a conversation starter for sure.