A dear friend of mine sent me this wonderful story from the NY Times and I just had to share it with you…it features a Pennsylvania farm brought back to life by its passionate homeowners, Esther and Brian Dormer, and their innovative designer, Lisa Dagnal…when the Dormers bought the farm 11 years ago, its 150 rolling acres were covered in trash…the family spent weekends clearing the debris and eventually hired a professional farmer to help them grow organic food for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank…from 2001 through 2007, the farm donated more than 150,000 pounds of food! Bravo to the Dormers for their vision, hard work, and generosity! After seven successful years of farming, they decided to turn the working farm into a weekend getaway for family and friends…it is filled with a brilliant mix of decorative and utilitarian ideas…my favorite, the wheelbarrows in the lower barn that have been dressed up with silver and dark brown paint (top photo)…they transform into ice buckets for parties! What fun!
But this post would not be complete without a little story to accompany the photo above…the glowing greenhouses recall a magical day that is forever etched in my memory, one that I shared with my friend who sent me this article…a most heartfelt thank you to her for thinking of me!
It was cold winter afternoon…I was walking mimi and bella around the back neighborhood and, as always, we pass by Busa farm (in Lexington, MA) on our way home…except that afternoon I noticed something different…the glass greenhouse, which is usually dark that time of year, was all aglow with a warm golden light…it was absolutely beautiful! I stood there at the edge of the sidewalk for as long as the dogs would allow, soaking in the quiet beauty of this luminous glass sculpture amid the winter landscape…for me, this image is a glorious reminder of that special winter day…please enjoy!