sneak peek: emersonmade


for the last few months, grace and i have all been seriously obsessing over the gorgeous handmade fabric flowers from emersonmade! so we we’ve all been dying to get a peek at where these fantastic creations are dreamed up. ryan and emerson moved from new york city to a seaside town in new hampshire two years ago. what was once a one-woman operation has grown into a full-scale business run out of a nearby historic mill. (next on the horizon is a full clothing line due out later this year! yay!) if you’ve been smitten with emersonmade, like us, you might recognize their home from some of their product photo shoots where the super cute couple model their own creations! {thanks emerson & ryan}amy a.

[We purchased the house about 2 years ago when we moved from NYC and we had to completely renovate it – it was a shambles when we got it! We wanted it to feel open, relaxing and inviting. The type of place that immediately puts guests at ease. This is our library. [photo above] We have driven all over the Eastern seaboard picking stuff up. Everything in this picture, other than the sofa, are from our excursions. The floor was initially covered in a non-slip paint with sand bits in it. We had them stripped and found this old heart pine.]


[photo above: We built this fireplace with two things in mind, 1. That you could look straight into the fire, and 2. that you could have a place to sit next to the fire if you wanted. We incorporated all the original hardware from the previously non functioning fireplace so it looks like it did 130 year ago. The nautical map, on the mantle, charts the ocean from NYC to Maine – it traces our move from Manhattan to New Hampshire.]


[photo above: Another view of the library! It is beautiful in there during the day because it is northern facing and gets no direct light. It glows with the reflection of the trees! The lamp is beaded chandelier with probably 30 little beautiful light bulbs.  when we turn it on at night look like little full moons behind the beads!]


[photo above: This is where we eat! We wanted to be able to eat dinner next to the fire. It’s open to the kitchen since that is where we spend most of our time. The table and chairs are from our collecting excursions. It sits 10-12 people comfortably.  We have those fold up chairs all over the house! if you want to have a party in the grass you can bring them outside! The chairs get around.]

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[photo above: Emerson collects vintage clothes and a few are hanging here.  We have a lot of guns around, this one is a quick grab to protect the farm from any varmints.]


[photo above: We designed our pantry so that everything would be visible. We have mostly unrefined ingredients because we don’t eat sugar, flour and processed ingredients so we just line it all up in here and grab what we need.]


[The fantastic sink was found on craigslist for a bargain price, and we had the butcher block built. We use it for all our food prep.  Ryan bought Emerson some initial pieces of ironstone for their anniversary and the collection just took off from there.]


[photo: This is the music room. It’s still in work in progress! We have Two-Man music parties in there! The map is a little map of Rome. It has beautiful colors – we found it for $1.]


[These beds date back to Emerson’s grandmother’s childhood. Her mom used them as a girl. They are really sweet and bright – especially in the morning light.]


[This chair is also from Emerson’s grandmother – she has a fantastic collection of furniture.]


[photo above: We had to tidy up that beside table! Usually it is piled sky high with too many books about health, gardening and new projects! The books covered in kraft paper are Emerson’s sketch and scheduling books for the EmersonMade line.]


[photo above: Laundry room sink and folding table. That rooms got lots of light! We got the sink from an old man who collected beautiful sinks in his barn way out in the woods! Emerson covered the old farm table with linen and padding to make it an ironing table. We make those little flag banners at EmersonMade and we have them all over the place!]


[photo: This is our front door which leads directly into kitchen area. Ryan’s brother made the beautiful Emerson Farm sign.]


[photo above: We have a lot of chickens and ducks that free range all over the place. They love the front yard for some reason. The ducks and roosters are always causing all kinds of chaos out there.]

  1. Some of these homes are just insane!
    Thank you very much for posting

  2. Celeste says:

    where did they get that pantry shelving system? i love the unfinished wood.

  3. nat says:

    WOW!! Just hard to believe how beautiful this home is. I love those bright yellow beds, such a wonderful, cheerful idea! I am crazy about the Emersonmade line, I’ve been buying their stuff since they first started! (collectors items?)

  4. Beautiful! Unique and fresh, just like Emerson’s beautiful things and witty blog. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mindi says:

    Oh, my god. This is absolutely my DREAM pantry. I have been looking for the wicker container just like that. Do you know where can I get it ?

  6. Lea says:

    Where are those folding chairs from? So many of the ideas in this house are so perfectly flexible, I could use them in my tiny apartment. Everything is casual and deliberate, comfortable and classy -love it!

  7. lauren says:

    love, love, love!! i’ve always wondered about the brains behind emersonmade – where their home is and what it looks like! it is as wonderful as i imagined it would be! she has such a knack for styling! thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Sara says:

    I absolutely love this house – especially the pantry, dining room, kitchen and blackboard! The pantry is so pretty and neat – just how it should be. It is such a great idea to be able to ‘see’ food instead of searching endlessly in the kitchen for something! I love this house! Thanks Design*Sponge for the inspiration :)

  9. Beth says:

    I am obsessed with the bed in the master bedroom. Can you tell me where it’s from?

  10. in tears! How gorgeous! Emerson and Ryan’s home exudes peace and beautiful living! Such and inspiration…thanks for sharing!

  11. Suz says:

    added a pic of the Emmerson Farm pantry to my blog as my dream pantry..hoping to do a version of it in my own kitchen early in the new year..absolutely fabulous love it love it love it

  12. amy says:

    i love this house! the pantry is great – interesting how they dont eat sugar or flour etc but she smokes cigarettes…!?

  13. Most beautiful home! Love the pantry and the clear lighting. Could you tell me where to find those pendants? Thanks so much!

  14. mm says:

    love the pantry wall….was the shelf unit; off the peg…if so., could you give the manufacturers name brand….we store in kilner jars but cant really afford custom shelving, which so far is all that seems available….thank you

  15. Lizzie says:

    The Pantry is awesome. I am actually ridiculously jealous! I am in desperate need of self storage solutions for my kitchen. I have too much stuff and not enough space. Although, as beautiful as the pantry looks I don’t think I can live without eating sugar, flour and processed ingredients. Well done you guys!

  16. Anyone able to provide source on lighting in pantry “hallway”, three in a row, hanging down? Thanks.

    tricia16 at hot dot rr dot com

  17. Anyone able to provide source on lighting in pantry “hallway”, three in a row, hanging down? Thanks.

  18. KathieB says:

    I’m with Mirjam. A very accessible-looking gun sitting on the floor in the same house as a high chair???????

  19. jackie says:

    Need to know the neutral paint color on walls! Desperately seeking.

  20. In Hampshire says:

    One break in this chain and the whole thing comes to a grinding halt of course.
    The norm is to do the activity, hope that everyone enjoys themselves and simply
    remembers the event in a positive light. Just as
    you would hang family photos and mementos in your primary home, you can do the same in your vacation space.

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