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THE HUNT MAGAZINE wINTEr 2018/19
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cutting board is adorned with cheeses, nuts, grapes and more. It’s made from a fallen tree on the farm. “Fruit is edible art,” Elizabeth notes.
More than 10 feet long, the bench by the table was their first antique purchase together. They found it in an Amish barn in Lancaster. It’s just the right length for the table and “can seat lots of bodies,” says Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and Vincent are both old souls—the only kids whose hands went up when members of the previous generation asked if anybody wanted sentimental pieces from the past. Vincent’s aunt saved a cocktail shaker, which now sits on the bar, set up on what was once his grandmother’s kitchen table. Elizabeth’s mother passed along her decades-old Christmas balls, now threaded with twine and transformed into napkin rings.
In Touch with Nature
The couple has repurposed and reinterpreted architectural artifacts
to create unique vignettes, like a feed trough filled with white birch logs and pine boughs. The metal brackets that hold votive candles on the wall above
the buffet were originally snow guards, forged in 1923 and installed on a store in central Pennsylvania. “They took off the guards when they redid the roof, and my father put them in a bucket and saved them,”Vincent recalls.
A circa-1963 wooden boat, bought on a trip to Vermont, is destined for the farm’s expansive pond. For the holidays, it’s docked upright in the barn, an oar’s length
from the Christmas tree, a balled spruce that will be planted on the property. Boxwoods displayed in decorative urns also are earmarked for the garden.
The tree keeps with the theme. It’s
bedecked with dried hydrangeas from the garden, gold antler ornaments, and pheasant feathers. “I saw a huge batch of feathers—pheasant and peacock—at a going-out-of-business sale and bought them all,” says Elizabeth.
An extravagant centerpiece of roses and lilies from her favorite market sits atop the large table, the blooms arranged in an antique cast iron garden urn.
Past Meets Present
Like their antiques, there are other reminders of the past—albeit their own. A wooden sled, sleigh bells and a bright yellow snowboard owned by Vincent’s son are just a few of the winter-themed mem- ories on display. There’s also an Ironstone bowl bought on a trip to Michigan, filled with the pinecones it came with.
Shutters discovered in the farmhouse attic were relocated to the barn, framing a large window with a view of the pond. “They have character,” Elizabeth says.
That section of the barn is furnished as a lounge, with a leather settee, a brass chandelier and a Hoosier cabinet passed down by Vincent’s grandmother. A stack of hay bales is crowned with
a creche made over 100 years ago by his grandfather. “See how he wired the thatch to the roof ?” Vincent muses. “I think of all the time he must have put into making it—and we’re still enjoying it today.” o



































































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