When driving on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove, you may notice a yellow house with orange and pink trim that seemingly appears out of nowhere amongst the commercial spaces that line the avenue. What you probably don’t know is that inside this bright home are antique treasures and handmade furniture that are truly spectacular. Read on to learn more about what’s behind the colorful doors at Gypsy Farmhouse in Cedar Grove.
About the Owner
The Gypsy Farmhouse was opened in 1999 by Patty Cain, an interior designer with deep roots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Patty moved to Montclair, where she still resides, in 1972 after growing up in Lancaster.
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Prior to becoming the Gypsy Farmhouse, 106 Pompton Avenue sat vacant for two years. After purchasing the property and naming it Gypsy Farmhouse, Patty found out from neighbors that it had previously been owned by gypsies. This big coincidence solidified her feeling that she was meant to open this store.
While decorating her clients’ homes, they always loved the pieces she’d bring in from furniture makers and antique dealers in Lancaster County. This inspired her to open the Gypsy Farmhouse and sell these pieces directly to her community.
What You’ll Find
The store specializes in farm tables and handmade chairs, but also sells antiques from Lancaster County, Morocco, Europe, and India, as well as architectural salvage from torn-down barns and homes. Gypsy Farmhouse’s goods are eclectic, unexpected, and of high quality.
Patty scours Lancaster County’s shops and estate sales to find these special antiquities. She also works with five different furniture makers in that area who create entirely custom furniture pieces for her customers and design clients.
With Gypsy Farmhouse, you can choose the exact wood, stain, design details, wood width, etc. that will be used to create your furniture. Most of the wood used is reclaimed from 1800’s barns throughout Lancaster County. Patty’s furniture-making partners also utilize live-edge wood that shows off the trees’ gorgeous veining and bark.
Patty’s pieces and project sizes range from a small, reclaimed wood bedside table you can buy on-site to furnishing an entire restaurant with custom wood furniture. Recently, Patty and Gypsy Farmhouse supplied all the dining tables, a 20-foot-long farm table, the counter, all of the reclaimed wood picture frames, and large shelving units for Montclair restaurant, Samba.
A Treasure at Each Turn
Each room of the Gypsy Farmhouse is full of one-of-a-kind goods that will elevate your home’s décor. Some of the pieces that stood out to us during our visit are the blue glass light fixture, which is made of antique glass insulators, and the salvaged cupboards that can be found in the storage sheds outside.
Many of the cupboards feature hand-painted grain doors, a painting technique used by the Amish. This type of painting adds character to plain wood that does not show any wood veining. The doors on the cupboards are reclaimed from cabinets and other old furniture and given a second life.
There are also stunning salvaged doors and windows that would make your home a showstopper on the block. Around every turn, the Gypsy Farmhouse wows with its modern farmhouse goods.
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Whether you are looking for a new dining room set, furnishing an entire restaurant, or are on the hunt for standout antiques for your mantle, Gypsy Farmhouse has it all.
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