Can This Be My Living Room, Please?

My Pinterest feed knows me so well! This past weekend I came across the prettiest farmhouse living room that Pinterest thought I might love and it gave me so much joy! When it comes to decor I like rooms that have rich layers of time-worn details and patina. There’s a fine line between shabby and chic but this room is both and so much more. It has beauty and charm in spades, but it also feels old and elegant – like a centuries-old English cottage filled with treasures. It took a little sleuthing to track down the details but I finally found its source. The property is in Hudson Valley, New York and is known locally as River House. It was published in 2015 in The World of Interiors and it belonged to antiques dealer Ron Sharkey, which explains all those pretty treasures. He has since sold the house and moved on to bigger and greater things (although judging by this room, I can’t imagine anything better) so I thought I’d share with you my findings. For a full tour on Zillow, see this link.

“c.1840 FARMHOUSE KNOWN AS RIVER HOUSE. This historic property sited on the banks of the Rondout in complete seclusion. Much sought after details include wide pine board floors and beamed ceilings. French doors lead to expansive blue stone patios and a setting that can only be described as magical. Glass enclosed and screen porch. Sweet outbuildings include a studio with gas hook up and electric.” – Zillow


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Ron Sharkey



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  1. November 7, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    What a treasure Eva! You did some fantastic detective work. The Zillow listing is quite something. What a beautiful property that seems plucked out of another era. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 7, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Hahaha, thanks Elizabeth! Within an hour I had a name, address and a phone number…the internet is a dangerous place 🙂

  2. November 8, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Very charming indeed, nice find!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 8, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thanks, Denise!