|Thomas Burak and Michael Devine, at home in their garden in Kinderhook.|
Their charming Upstate escape feels like stepping back in time. Located in downtown Kinderhook, you enter the house through Michael's street level shop, which is packed with his beautiful fabrics. Upstairs is a charming flat, which overlooks the back garden.
|Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of depth - use them indoors and out!|
Just off the house is the seating and dining area followed by a quadrant of planters, some with flowers, others with vegetables.
|This potted plant on stand creates a focal point.|
At the end of the garden is the ‘bagatelle’- a simple shed that has been delightfully overgrown with vines.
The interior of the bagatelle received a dose of its owner’s styles - the simple wood floor was hand painted, the shed door was replaced with a pair of French doors, and a chandelier is the final touch for transforming this space from storage to an elegant entertaining enclave. The walls are draped in Michael’s fabric for a whimsical tent like feel.
After a tour of the garden, Michael and Thomas poured cocktails over home made ice cubes that had been frozen with flowers from the garden. Such thoughtful touches make guests feel extra special, which is something these two know all about.
Michael is currently writing a book for Rizzoli about entertaining in the garden. Michael and Thomas entertain in their garden all year and I can’t wait to learn more of their tips when the book comes out.
|Beautiful table setting for our dinner; dinner's ingredients came right from the garden!|