Saturday, July 29, 2017

Living Large in Color!

Today I have a guest post over at
 A Joyful Cottage....

I am a regular follower of Nancy's blog and I love her series,
Living Large in Small Spaces. You can imagine my excitement then, when
I realized that my own niece, her husband and daughter are
doing just that.

Thank you to Nancy for allowing me
to share with you their sweet, small home
in Upstate New York.

To see my guest post, click here.

AnnMarie xoxo

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Burnap's Bed & Breakfast and Beyond

"I needed a spark in my life and this has done it".

Spoken from the heart of Kendra Burnap who has dedicated the past year to opening a magnificent bed and breakfast in an 1876 Victorian brick house in the heart of apple and wine country in Upstate New York.

I love a good day of thrifting and picking and treasure hunting. Today I found a true gem in the Burnap's Bed & Breakfast and Beyond. It is all that I imagine a bed and breakfast to be.

Being a farmer most of her life, Kendra never imagined she would be an innkeeper of a bed and breakfast. It was never a dream of hers but when the stately brick home on Lake Road, Sodus, New York was offered for sale, it all fell into place. She loves events, food catering and entertaining so to incorporate that into a newly restored home makes a winning combination.

Since Memorial Day she has been hosting guests in the Bed & Breakfast and holding events on the back deck, gazebo and lawn.

There is a very private, serene and relaxing feel in the back area where acres and acres of apple trees can be seen, the orchards stretching back away from the lake.

This view is from one of the bedrooms on the second floor....

Her brochure says it best....

The 1876 Victorian Brick house has been
transformed into a gorgeous B & B
in the heart of apple and wine country.
Sitting on 120 acres of pristine orchards and vineyards
it overlooks Lake Ontario and is open to host
overnight guests and custom events.
The B & B offers 4 grand bedrooms,
each with private bath. It is proud to have it's own
Chef to cater to custom weddings, farm to table luncheons, dinner
parties and events.

Shall we take a tour of the inside? Let's enter through the grand front entrance....

All of the wallpaper in the house is original, as are most of the chandeliers. Kendra has done a wonderful job of sourcing chandeliers to match the originals and finding furniture from the period of the house at area antique shops. She quickly had to become a picker, junker, antique hunter (as I like to call it) to fill this home with wonderful furnishings and accents. She did a wonderful job with all the details, right down to the tassels on the doorknobs.

To the right of the staircase is the parlor....

To the left, the common area in a gorgeous aqua which has been updated to match the original color.

Toward the back of the house is the dining room. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast cooked by the B & B's own Chef. There are eight different hot choices plus a buffet and coffee.

There is a nice sized kitchen and pantry that will be expanded to a commercial kitchen, and behind that a newly built apartment for Kendra's parents. At a later date three more bedrooms will be added above that as guest rooms.

The upstairs has four beautiful guest bedrooms, each with a private bath, all named for heirloom apple varieties, which I think is so special having lived in apple country for over 30 years. The furniture was found in the Boston area by Kendra's sister who was given the "mission and a credit card" to find period bedroom sets.

Two of the bedrooms have private balconies...

The Monroe has the original red rose wallpaper, a four poster bed and lovely details.

The Winesap room has pale pink rose wallpaper....

and the most interesting bathroom set up. Three of the bathrooms in the bedrooms were made out of small existing closets. A solution to fit all that is needed in a bathroom turned out so pretty in the room....

.....the toilet and shower in the "closet" and the sink outside in the room. The faucets do work
right out of the wall!

 The Liberty has pretty blue wainscot walls and the original bathroom of the house.

The details in the rooms are so pretty and styled perfectly. Kendra worked closely with her contractor to renovate and decorate each room to recreate the original decor. I think she did a wonderful job, don't you agree?

 The Braeburn has pretty beige walls and a unique bathroom that has it's own hallway.

It has a gallery wall of Norman Rockwell prints....

There is a full elevator that goes from the basement to the attic.....but let's take the stairs back downstairs and walk around the grounds.

Herbs and flowers outside the kitchen door....

The back view....

The area that this B & B is located in is a beautiful part of Upstate NY, rich in farming and abundant in fresh fruit and produce. If you live anywhere in the country and have always wanted to visit New York State, this area is a wonderful place to start.

Right down the street is Burnap's Farm Market and Garden Café, part of Kendra's family for 20 years, offering garden fresh produce, baked goods, ice cream and so much more.

Contact information if you'd like to book a stay or an event at this beautiful B & B....

Kendra Burnap
7094 Lake Road
Sodus, NY 14551
(585) 820-1114

For private events at the B & B....

Sarah Cramer
Event Coordinator

I was excited when I found out that the construction company that renovated this home is a family I have known for over 20 years and are very dear to me. I was honored to see first hand the high quality workmanship in each room that they worked on.

Randy Cornelius and his sons Adam and Michael make up the crew at Cornelius Construction.

Cornelius Construction

Monday, July 10, 2017

In Full Bloom

This post is a photo diary of my July garden, after lots of rainy days in Upstate NY.

I am joining Pam at Everyday Living, at her new garden party that she is hosting throughout the summer, called Gardens Galore.

My "Garden" sign is blooming....

The Hostas are ready to bloom.....

Almost, but not quite there.....the Black-Eyed Susan, which is what makes up the whole first part of my middle garden, will be in all it's blooming glory in a few weeks...

To see more beautiful gardens, click on the link at the
top of this post to go to the party....

AnnMarie xoxo

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