Bench, Your Name Is Mud
Get ready for the upcoming warm, wet spring—and muddy shoes!—with the Mudroom Boot Bench, available exclusively from Hillsdale General Store. Opened earlier this year by interior designer Matthew White in the building that housed Dimmick’s General Store in the early 20th century, Hillsdale General Store features classic American-made merchandise, from Case pocket knives to baskets and brooms to locally made honey, maple syrup, and pickles. There’s also an old-fashioned candy counter. “I love old American companies that stay true to their vision and great classic products,” says White. Hillsdale General Store also sells practical and durable furniture pieces made exclusively for the store by local artisans, like the Mudroom Boot Bench. Measuring 40” L x 17-3/4” W x 19” H (not including the console for keys and other doodads), the bench costs $895 and is made of hand-wrought iron, jute webbing, galvanized steel, and reclaimed barn wood. Hillsdalegeneralstore.com.
Put That Knife Away
Last fall, Sherry Jo Williams of culture+commerce project in Hudson asked several of the emerging furniture, lighting, and fine art makers she features in her gallery/showroom to create smaller, less expensive items for the holidays. Designer and furniture maker Jules Anderson of Slowood Studio (Slowoodstudios.com), who lives and works in Hudson, created the handcrafted cedar Knife Storage Box exclusively for culture+commerce project. Simple, handsome, and functional, the box’s cedar is nautical grade—ideal for wet environments like kitchens—and the inserts are naturally anti-microbial bamboo. The inserts also allow the knives to move freely without dulling blades, as traditional knife blocks tend to do. The bamboo inserts are easily removed for cleaning, or for easy repurposing: Just pop in a glass vase for a chic wooden flower box. Two standard sizes (large: $225; small: $200), plus custom options. Available at culture+commerce project, 428 Warren Street, Hudson. Facebook.com/culture+commerceproject.