Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The "Other" Upstate NY

I was tempted to title this post The Real Upstate NY, but everything is relative. If you live in NYC I guess the Catskills would seem like upstate. The last few days I've been in Central NY, where I grew up. First stop was Clinton, NY - a cute village that is home to Hamilton College. Love these doors!

Isn't this an interesting house? The red really highlights the terrific trim detailing.

This may look like a farm but it's home to Tired Iron Auto Repair in Sauquoit, NY. This is where we buy our used Saabs and have them serviced. Yes, it is absolutely worth the 6 1/2 hour drive to have our cars taken care of by Claude Hutchings - he's the best! Check out this beautiful view. Not many auto shops can offer this!
Here's a view into the shop. Not only do they sell and repair Saabs, he and his son race them. But, I digress... back to design. I also had a chance to stay in Skaneateles, NY where I found this gorgeous home! This one could rival my dream seaside cottage (right border of the blog)





This home has the best of both worlds, situated in the village, it also it right on the lake.

How cute is this boat house? It looks like it's flying an Irish flag.


A bakery in town. They've made a living wreath out of red impatiens.

A very impressive house right in town.
Love the doorway to this house with its unique arch trim.



I've got more to post soon from my trip, including some pics from Wolfe Island, Canada. I was only gone 5 days but somehow managed to fit in alot!



I'd also like to say thank you to Yancy of Designing Life. I was the lucky winner of her second giveaway. I can't tell you the number of times I almost bought a bird figurine like this one. Thank you Yancy! Yancy is based in Miami and is studying architecture. Be sure to check out her blog.

26 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a charming collection of houses. Beautiful Americana, even with an Irish flag!

Pink Martini said...

I love central NY state! Such beautiful pics. *sigh*

Lavender and Lilies said...

gorgeous pictures.

pve design said...

pretty in the summer, but we know the winters can be cruel...
pve

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh...I know that end of the world well! We lived outside of Syracuse...spent many a summer with friends in Skaeneatles. Cazenovia is a beautiful town too!

Avolli said...

That is such a pretty little boat house. It almost looks like a play house. Soooo charming.

Tricia - Avolli

Scott Fazzini said...

I'd gladly move to that darling little town in a flash! It looks like a movie set... adorable!

Lrerg said...

One of my brothers-in-law has just been moved to Skaneateles for a job. Thanks for the local views!

thomas said...

looks like a movie set!

Blue Muse said...

Oh that bakery and the house below it... be still my heart!
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I want my mechanic to be in such a picturesque place!!
xo Isa

Semigloss Chic said...

That boathouse makes me want to chuck this city life out the window and move in. How tempted where you to knock on the door and try to get a look inside?

ana said...

Oh those are very pretty houses... I love the blue door in the first two pictures... have a nice day!

Yansy said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic time. The place is amazing, I wish Miami had places like this. I can't wait to see where you place the bird figurine.

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LindsB said...

I'd love to live in a houseboat like that one- so cute!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Absolutely picturesque!

Blushing hostess said...

As another "upstater" ie "upcounty Westchester" dweller :), I have to say, there isno place that looks better in this month of the year than the real upstate. My Brother went to Hartwick and we spent a lot time exploring on to-and-fro...
I also drove Saab's and had them serviced by a peach. Great minds...

Lauren said...

so pretty!!! crazy over that huge row of hostas leading up to the white house!!

Ideezine said...

The secret language of doors. What tales they've told and secrets yet to receive. Great snaps so relaxing and cozy.

Bette

Morna Crites-Moore said...

With a daughter entering her senior year at Hamilton College and cousins who run a 200-year-old family farm in Cold Brook, I have grown to love my visits to this beautiful area of central New York. However, most of my romanticism about the area hibernates while the "lake effect" snows rule the winter months. :)

Debra said...

Fabulous homes and doors! Love your choices for photographing. I have a nice collection of door photos-near and far. One day I will get to paint them all. Lovely post here.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY house on the water! How are you? GREAT... I hope!
ENJOY!
Fifi

J. Fudo said...

YES! Upstate has so much to offer! The Fingerlakes area has so many great cultural resources and the Architecture is so rich!

Maria Killam said...

I love that turquoise door! Beautiful pictures!

Marnie said...

pretty pics - the impatiens as a wreath - and boat house - the tractor and landscape reminded me of prince edward island - never been to central ny state

Sara Bella said...

I went to Hamilton College and believe it or not my senior year I lived in the taupe house with the red trim! Clinton really is beautiful!

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