Almost two years ago Amanda Brooks quit her job as Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director and left New York for a life in the English Country side with her family.  To say her new life in Oxforshire is storybook like, is an understatement.  Storybooks aren’t this picturesque and “rustic” never looked this chic.  I am obsessed with following her in Instagram. Where she chronicles her daily activities such as riding, hunting, writing,  making perfect al fresco lunches for her family and chasing after an excaped pot belly pig here and there.  The Selby also did a editorial on their home and family life.  As a animal and horse obsessed little girl, this would have been my dream house in which to grow up.  Warning: It is all very landed-gentry, Downton Abby, Pride and Prejudice perfect.  I love it!

From The Selby: The House


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A little girl’s dream:

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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

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I have said it here on this blog before, the South shines in the Spring and New England in the Fall.  And nothing is more quintessential Fall in New England than apple picking.  The other weekend we ventured to Lookout Farm, to partake in all the fall festivities.  Pumpkin patch, apple picking, farm animals, apple cider doughnuts surrounding by the gorgeous New England foliage, a photographer and 1 1/2 year old’s dream.


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A Bushel and a Peck

July 16, 2013

The Grand Opening party for The Savvy Hen in Boulder, Colorado was fabulous.  The store was constantly swarmed with people, kids were dancing to the bluegrass band, Hen Scratch, and the food was delicious.  I could not be more proud of my brother and more importantly my sister-in-law, who is really the vision and mastermind of this all.

The shop and grand opening.

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My darling sister-in-law, Melissa.

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My brother.

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The chicken coop at their home.  Cutest thing I think I have ever seen.  Friday night my daughter met the chickens, played with their 8 month old golden retriever puppy and had a dinner of fresh eggs straight from the coop.  No need to tell a bedtime story that night.  We just relived our amazing day.  Boulder is truly one special place.

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The Savvy Hen

July 9, 2013

I am so excited to announce the opening of my brother and sister-in-law’s venture, The Savvy Hen!  The grand opening party is this Saturday and we are of course packing our cowboy boots and heading to Colorado this weekend.


The Savvy Hen is an urban farm and feed store located right in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Their focus includes chicken feed products, gardening supplies, beekeeping products, and natural body-care products all hand selected by my sister-in-law Melissa.  They are also offering beautifully designed builder contracted coops.  Their own backyard coop echoes the arts and craft style of their home.  It has to be the chicest chicken coop I have ever seen.

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Don’t even get me started on the interior.  White washed walls, a pink chandelier, baby photos…too much!  Makes me want to hang out and play.

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On top of all this they even have an in store classroom where they will have seminars on chicken and beekeeping, gardening topics and make-your-own skin care, so if all of this seems overwhelming, they are there to help.  I cannot wait to see them and the store in person.  Oh and their adorable golden retriever puppy, Mosby, unofficial store mascot.  Here is a peek at the store right before opening.

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See you soon bro!

Chicks Man

March 13, 2012

My brother and sister-in-law are building a chicken coup!  They live in Boulder, CO and have a darling bungalow right in town.  I am so jealous of their beautiful Boulder life and a chicken coup in the backyard is just the pies de resistance to the laid back, outdoorsy, eco-friendly lifestyle.  Mind you, this is no ugly coup with chicken wire for walls.  The design matches their house and is seriously nicer than my first apartment out of college.  My sister-in-law is a budding photographer herself and has shared these photos as the chicks wait for their home to be finished.  Perfect timing for Spring and Easter!


Introducing, the newest ladies of Boulder.  (Hopefully they are all female…no roosters are allowed in the city of Boulder.)

All photos by: Melissa Winchester


First up we have the blonde of the group, Buttercup.  She may look cute, but watch out if you ruffle her feathers.


On lead cluck-tar we have Camile


The sassy one of the bunch with her dramatic eyeliner, Littley


And the tough girl, Little Jerry.


I’ll have Melissa send me photos of the coup once completed.  That’s all folks.


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