Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A visit to Harriman, NY

Christmas always lingers at Paula and Blaine Hill's annual open house in Harriman, NY. It was a treat to visit the 1860 stone schoolhouse on Sunday, and marvel at her various collections and decorated Christmas trees (yes, that's plural).There was also a ton of food. It felt like an old-fashioned New Year's open house -- at least how I imagined that tradition was when it was more widely followed 100 years ago.


These photos don't convey the number of people who were there, the plates and dishes Paula made, or neighbors and friends brought over. You can catch a glimpse of the old house's many fascinating corners, and Paula's knack for decorating with her collections. 

Of course, we made our way downstairs to her first floor shop, and browsed cabinets, shelves and boxes of vintage scrap, paper dolls, paper toys, postcards and childrens books. Joan Burke and I found many interesting things.

Karen Ham and Carol Carey also found treasures. Paula had pantins of Santa Claus and other interesting prints on the wall.

This was my special find: a page of cut-outs, possibly British. Or German, perhaps?


  1. Where ever did you find this page of cut-outs? They're amazing.