Celebrating Local Makers at Stonyford Estate

On the first real chill of October, we gathered at Stonyford Estate to celebrate local makers with the team from West Elm. Together, in the stunning 19th century mansion restored by photography duo House of Brinson, we cozied up by the fire, enjoyed seasonal cocktails created by Laura Silverman, and met with friends new and old.

As guests entered through grand doors flanked by Hops Petunia floral arrangements, they were ushered into the beautiful foyer, where candles flickered and conversations between like minded creatives filled the room.

We couldn’t have imagined a more festive setting to celebrate the talent found in the areas north of the city. Events like these allow us to to bring people together who may not have an occasion to meet otherwise, expanding the community we feel so lucky to be apart of. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us. Read below to learn about some of the upstate creatives who contributed to this event. #kindredspirits

Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com

  Susan and Will of House of Brinson have been slowly restoring this 19th century estate north of the city for the past two years.

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  Kelli Galloway of Hops Petunia expertly crafted autumnal arrangements for the occasion. Learn how to make these fall arrangements by visiting the West Elm blog.

Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com
Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com
Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com

  Our Event Director, Katie Lobel, put the finishing touches on the table before our guests arrived. Here she stacks cut baguette from Bread Alone Bakery.

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  Piles of sliced vegetables and artisanal cheese were laid on top of marble slabs in this beautiful corner of Stonyford’s living room. We were especially excited to serve cheese from Vulto Creamery based in the Walton, NY.

Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com
Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com

  Our guest list was comprised of local makers and team members from West Elm’s local team, including: Jay Teske Leather Co., Silk and Willow, Materia Designs, Dusen and Dusen, as well as many other amazing  designers.

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  And North’s Founder and Creative Director, Emma Tuccillo, holds a tray of gougeres hot from the oven.

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  Laura Silverman of Glutton for Life created beautiful cocktails for the event using ingredients gathered from her garden and spirits from Catskill Distilling Company.

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  To learn how to make these festive cocktails, visit the blog post on West Elm.

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  West Elm maker, Emily Johnson of Hartland Brooklyn, enjoys Laura Silverman’s tumeric mocktail.

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  Owner of Stonyford Estate, Susan Brinson, talks with the local team from West Elm.

Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com
Kindred Spirits Cocktail Party with West Elm. andnorth.com

  And North’s Editorial Director, Alyssa Benjamin, holds a crate of Montgomery Place Orchard’s apples that Caroline Wilder graciously brought to the event.

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Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!
Co-hosts and Decor: West Elm
Location: House of Brinson
Cocktails: Laura Silverman
Liquor: Catskill Distilling Company
Flowers: Hops Petunia
Apples: Montgomery Place Orchards
Photography: Samantha Goh
Video: Dylan Tuccillo