It's evident that this is a home of artists, with paintings and personal treasures around every corner. Tucked under the glass top of Amy's desk are sketches by her children. One wall of the living room is covered with landscapes—pictures of their home as well as the weathered barns, quiet woods and snow-covered fields around Granville. The work is by Paul. "He gave them to the kids and me one year for Christmas," Amy says.
The early-20th-century mercury glass in the living room was a gift from Amy's mother, who found the vases in New England shops and yard sales. Amy collects 19th-century brown-and-white transferware, displayed on the shelf below.
Through the windows in the master bedroom, one can see the black pump that used to be the home's only water supply; once merely utilitarian, it's now the centerpiece of a still life, perfectly positioned between two maples. And from the kitchen, there's a view of the pond. After dinner, it would be hard to resist settling into one of the plump chairs that offer front-row seats as the sunset turns the water's surface into a looking glass.
"I try to make my home and my work creative, and peaceful," she says, certain she's found the place to do just that.
For Amy Hamilton, quality is...
A home studio. "Because we're blessed to be able to work at home, my husband and I can greet our children when they hop off the bus from school each day."
Fields of fireflies. "It was our dream to raise our children in the country so that they could experience nature."
Art. "The majority of our time is spent creating art, whether it's Paul's painting or my millinery. We pour our energy into what we do, and it surrounds us in our home and in our studios."
Inspiration out the window. "On our property, there's a constant supply of inspiration that the whole family takes advantage of. I clip blooms from the garden and then recreate them in silk for my hats. Paul has painted images of the water lilies on the pond and the structures on our property many times. Marcus creates rafts from fallen branches to float on the pond. Lillie took a walk in the woods the other day and came back inspired to write a poem."
For more information on Amy's hats, visit granvillemillinerycompany.com.
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