It was a four hour drive through the lush farmland of the Catskills that led us to Bouckville, an annual week long antique fair that has been running for over 40 years. We were lucky enough to be invited by Juliette Hermant of Maison Bergogne and Anie Stanley of Woolheater Wares, who were there to scour the tents of over 2,000 vendors to source for their clients.
We didn’t need much more than the promise of fields upon fields of antiques to be convinced to take the road trip up, but when Anie and Juliette also included a very stylish camping excursion, we were had. In partnership with Tenttrr, a new site that connects local landowners with people looking for unique camping destinations, we set out to camp in the fields of the antique fair, an experience that couldn’t have left a deeper impression on us.
“The tent references an era of pioneer times, the gold rush and an old fashioned Americana aesthetic,” says Anie of the interior design of the tent that she and Juliette created. Juliette channeled her French ancestors when choosing details like striped ticking, French linens, mattress fabric, and touches of fur, which added a warmth and cozy atmosphere to the canvas tent. Outside, four windmills stood in the distance, while nearby, Anie and Juliette’s vintage red pick-up truck was parked and ready to be filled to the brim with their antique finds. We felt that we had been placed in a far away era and savored our days full of stove top cooking, star gazing, and antique rummaging. If you have the time, make sure to take the trip up next year.
“There is a gentle romance and sensual flair to all the camping scenery,” says Juliette of the tent design.
Piles of fur, antique ticking, and vintage luggage filled the back of Anie and Juliette’s truck; items that they brought from their home in Narrowsburg to serve as props for the tentrr design. Though the very same truck had to accommodate their antique finds after three days of shopping, they somehow were able to make it all fit.
Anie first visited Bouckville when she was a young girl, tagging along with her sister who is an antique dealer. She started going again about six years ago to shop for a client and has returned every year since.
“I love to compose with what I can find in my direct surroundings; my interiors are always functional and in direct reflection of present life,” says Juliette of her design approach.
Our cookout lunch exemplified Juliette and Anie’s love for their local Narrowsburg community: corn grilled in the husk, roasted veggies from their community garden plot, and sausage cooked in a spice blend from their friend Laura Silverman of Glutton for Life.
When a coffee filter could not be found, Anie created a makeshift device with vintage linen fabric. We all enjoyed a final cup of Foster Built coffee from Bovina before heading to the fair.
When setting out for the show, Anie and Juliette had a long wish list of items to find for Juliette’s store Maison Bergogne, for various clients, and for a special new seed library they are working on at the Western Sullivan Public Library.
Juliette and Anie have formed so many relationships with the vendors over the years, so reconnecting with them has added a lot of meaning to their experience.
Anie and Juliette floated from object to object with a studied eye, looking for that special something that no one had discovered yet. Navigating through the fields of Bouckville with them was an educational experience. They were looking for history and beauty and often found it in the overlooked and disregarded.
Back at the campsite, Juliette arranged her spoils of the day. In the end, they found everything they were looking for and many unexpected surprises like an 1880s hand-stitched men’s tuxedo.
Traveling with Juliette and Anie was a beautiful experience that cannot be matched. Their sensitivity to detail and pioneering spirit comes through in every move they make. To see more of their designs, visit our post on Smokey Belles, an airbnb bungalow that Anie built and decorated in partnership with Juliette.