The Big Yellow Farmhouse
Meet the Big Yellow Farm House
This is where we lived for one year in downstate NY, 1 hour outside NYC. This is a journal of the art that was inspired by, and that was, this special haven to our family. Originally this was written to help sell the house.
Around the Property Across the Seasons
This land WANTED us to be creative and serendipitous.
This is what Fall Looks Like Around the Property
In Spring the Forsythia Hedges are the First Thing to Bloom
In the Barn and the Coops, space for animals, here are the Guinea Hens we kept
View of the barn
There was a flower garden, a vegetable garden with more thornless blackberries than you can eat, an orchard with 7 types of fruit trees
Mature tappable maples
Collecting eggs and making fresh jam
Upclose delight of nature
The North property line was a Cemetery Park
We always played on Saddle River (off property but immediately adjacent)
And the Pond (off property about 20 steps)
Our cat was happy here
And our dog was too
Here is an art video I shot on the property during a snow storm
Back yard had a custom 2 story child-sized “fairy house” that looks like a giant birdhouse, complete with hand crafted stairs, opening windows, and lockable door.
The original well is now decorative.
Several hundreds year old trees with old soul
The stone wall was hand stacked by the master stone artist who lives next door (along with a former owner) and is in the curvy style of Andy Goldsworthy’s river-emulating stone walls
The insane old fashioned gas stove had a gas broiler/grill that would knock your eyebrows off.
Dog face loved the dining room
Bed and bath
My favorite room in the house was the finished attic which I used as a creative lab space. The basement had a root cellar and wood working area at ~1000 sq. ft.
The attic was great for silent concentrated work, filming, and watching movies. It’s a cave in the sky with its own mezzanine overlooking the property.
There was some pretty serious history to the house going back to the 1800’s. Henry Tallman, the first post master, was the original owner, and the house was once run as a carriage house and was the only house on the street.
Here are some plans from half a century ago.
There was a unique air conditioning alternative installed in the attic with two industrial fans that pull air throughout the house and out the roof.
There were secret passage ways upstairs and the house essentially felt like a Totoro labyrinth, with circular pathways and stairways that go up, back down, and then back up again.
Sometimes we caught wild bunnies in a basket in the middle of the night,
Sometimes a herd of animals was glimpsed crossing Saddle River
Note: Props to the former owners, the T’s, for doing most of the ingenious work to make this place so magical, and a shoutout to Henry Tallman.