Sean Scherer, a painter, bought this 1840's Cape-style farmhouse on 90 acres in the Catskills in 2002. The beauty of the surrounding farmland kindled a passion in Mr. Scherer for the rustic humility of early farm furniture. His home is now an "eclectic collection of 19th-century pieces...enhanced by clever juxtapositions with contemporary art, anatomical sculptures, botanical prints, mercury glass, old mirrors and tintypes that he started collecting when he moved to the area."
Friends soon encouraged him to open his own store, which he did. Kabinett & Kammer, a collection of natural and manufactured curiosities, opened in 2006. Mr. Scherer's ability to pair high and low pieces, contemporary items with barn-sale finds have earned him quite a cult following. As one friend said:
Sean creates these a-ha moments... His eye is utterly unique. He will find something that you and I would completely ignore and instantly recognize its beauty. He's more likely to go for a pipe fitting than a velvet pillow any day.
This is probably one of our favorite homes that we've seen profiled in The New York Times. We simply love the eclectic/vintage mix: the rustic furniture, the old wall charts, the anatomical oddities. But of course it takes a good eye to make it all work together!
Read more about Mr. Scherer and see more pictures here.
Images: Tony Cenicola for The New York Times