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67 actually Shaker) and stayed under their revived roofs — the most heartfelt inns on either side of the Hudson. The Inn at Kenmore Hall, Richmond, Massachusetts I was ready for a respite after a retail pilgrimage to Connecticut's Litchfi eld County to visit Bunny Williams' new boutique, 100 Main, and Plain Goods, the historic pavilion hall turned lifestyle shop that reorganized my list of top brick and mortars truly arbitrating craft-born taste. Luckily, in my room at The Inn at Kenmore Hall, I found a pillow wrapped in Matteo linens. Thus, after rearranging a well-stocked and -styled bar cart, I was ready for my repose. The Inn at Kenmore Hall, a bed and breakfast in Richmond, Massachusetts, is the masterwork of the former head of menswear design at J. Crew, Frank Muytjens, and his artist/restaurateur husband, Scott Edward Cole, who together restored a 1792 Georgian-Federalist house built for a Revolutionary War soldier turned merchant, whose penchant for millwork and molding remains evident. Muytjen's background is felt throughout, from the design books in each room to the vignettes of found fl ora and fauna gathered from the 20 acres of meadow and woodland surrounding the inn. The couple's Velcro vizsla, Dutch, and I enjoyed Aaron Copland from a vintage portable cassette player. But it was during the sumptuous breakfast the next morning, when I fully realized the northern hospitality of design celebrities who own an inn. The Filomena, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts Hospitality continued a few minutes south on Route 41, one of The Berkshires' main arteries alongside Route 7, which hosts just about every domestic interior design resource and heritage manufacturer Instagram can conjure, with names such as Tillett Textiles and Shandell's (artisan lampshades) tucked into the wooded landscape. I met my friends Nick Spain and his husband, Michael Bolognino, in Great Barrington at Prairie Whale, which is Mark Firth's country rendition of his Brooklyn eatery successes Diner and Marlow & Sons, house-party vibes intact. But the real house party was after dinner, at "home" with Nick and Michael at their luxe Air Bnb in West Stockbridge, The Filomena. Brooklynites themselves, Nick (an interior and garden designer) and Michael (a longtime storyteller for Google) turned their HGTV dreams into reality with the fortuitous fi nd of a (continued) former Catholic Church rectory and a whole lot of push and grit. Riffi ng on the home's traditional Italianate bones with the infusion of objects inspired by 20th-century Italian design, the couple honored the building's historical character while leaving room for additional layers of narrative. Loosely based on C.S. Lewis' Wood Between the Worlds, each room functions as its own universe. I stayed in the colorless Zen room before fi nding Nick watching Big Dreams, Small Spaces (garden porn) in an ultraviolet parlor the next morning. After breakfast, I exited by way of the kitchen garden, wild with amaranth and borage — no doubt the source of the home's treasure of color. thefi 33 Main, Lenox, Massachusetts En route to the next stop, I slowed at 33 Main in Lenox — the luxury bed and breakfast designed and owned by textile designer and home-industry powerhouse Annie Selke. I was the fi rst person to book a stay back in 2017 upon its opening. I had long been a magpie of Selke's brands (Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert, Annie Selke Luxe) as one of her cornerstone retailers at my post at Kuhl-Linscomb. I felt like 33 Main was my Barbie Dream House, with eight rooms to suit eight unique looks. Each room features a suite of Annie's bed linens, rugs, and draperies, Hästens mattresses, Ralph Lauren wall coverings, and Ann Sacks tile in the Here and below: The Inn at Kenmore Hall, Richmond, MA Gaskins restaurant, Germantown, NY The Inn at Kenmore Hall Plain Goods, New Preston, CT

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