Pamela Reed is a recipe developer, urban gardener, tea lover, and cat mama of five. She runs Brooklyn Farm Girl, which is focused on easy-to-make recipes, urban gardening, and city living.
Our Tiny Upstate Escape
We might have done things backwards – first we bought land, then we built a garden, and then a greenhouse. All we needed for our upstate New York farm was a place to stay.
I’ve loved the idea of making an eco-friendly small home out of recycled materials – in our case, a 320-square-foot shipping container. Since this would be a vacation home we wouldn’t spend much time in, we knew we didn’t need anything big or extravagant. We wanted a small home that had the basics, made us comfortable, and made us feel like we were back in our NYC loft even though we were on a grassy field where bobcats and deer ran by at night.
Thinking Small and Living Large
To double up and stretch our space, we went with a New Spec Sofabed, a modern cherry-red piece that serves as a couch during the day and a big twin bed by night. To carry the modern aesthetic throughout the living room area, we added a Modway Wooden Armchair in gray, which helps balance out the colorful red couch with a more neutral hue.
I threw a Belham Living Allover Tufted Square Ottoman in teal in front of the armchair—perfect for putting my feet up after a long day of gardening. A coffee table would take up too much space to walk around, so we went with the Dimond Home Hive End Table instead, and finished off the space with a colorful nuLOOM Mod Stripes Area Rug.
Farm + Table
Since we have a big vegetable garden where we grow our own food, I wanted the dining area to be especially inviting for our garden-to-table dinners. We went with the LumiSource Oregon Dining Table, and paired it with four multi-colored Flash Furniture Collins Dining Chairs.
I had a hard time finding a small kitchen island that suited our style, but as soon as I saw that the Home Styles Design Your Own Kitchen Island came in white with a stainless steel top, I knew it was perfect. To complete our dining area, we stocked up on the Red Vanilla Pure Vanilla 16 pc. Rimmed Dinner Set and the cutest Cathys Concepts Jack-O-Lantern Stemless Wine Glasses.
Smart, Stylish Accents
In addition to the couch, a key furniture piece for our tiny space was the neon green Phoenix Miami 3 Drawer Sideboard. It’s a strong, modern piece that give us plenty of storage to hide away our belongings.
We added a few stylish and functional accessories to finish off the container, such as the Adesso Louise Floor Lamp, the Authentic Models Solar System Mobile that hangs from the middle of the container, a Décor Wonderland Frameless Leona Wall Mirror to make the bathroom seem larger, and a super cute Pumpkin Parade Coir Doormat that I almost feel bad for wiping my muddy boots on.
Now that summer is here, I can’t wait to escape from NYC to our upstate shipping container, where I can garden all day and then sleep comfortably all night.
— Pamela Reed of Brooklyn Farm Girl