Here are some glimpses of TheBarn and of some of the items Elizabeth Benson-DuMaurier has for sale at her website, thebarnus.com.
TheBarn, on Elizabeth Benson-DuMaurier's two-acre property. The metal door was salvaged from a Brooklyn brownstone by Elizabeth's husband, Noel DuMaurier.
Benson-DuMaurier looking at swatches inside TheBarn,
A set of six porcelain transferware “Carp” canape dishes from Boston for $135. Benson-DuMaurier on why she likes it: “It’s a handsome pattern, plus the fact that there are six of them makes it a terrific value.”
Corkscrew and bottle opener
A stainless steel corkscrew and bottle opener from France for $55. “This is a staple in everybody’s silverware drawer. You always need an opener for wine or your favorite bottle of pop,” Benson-DuMaurier says.
A handmade vintage pewter pitcher from Italy for $575. “I like it because it’s so simple," Benson-DuMaurier says. "Pewter was the poor man’s silver.”
Six pewter coasters from Italy for $268. “This is definitely a luxury, but practical in preserving your furniture," Benson-DuMaurier says. "The best part about them is the holder.”
A bedecked George Steck piano
A vintage wine barrel platter, 1930s smokey quartz Baroque lamps and local artists' mixed media art are set on an 1800s George Steck piano in a corner of TheBarn.
Vintage prints re-colored by hand, a cabinet of swatches and resource literature, a brass lamp with a navy shade and Christopher Pourny furniture and leather tonics are artfully arranged.
Elizabeth Benson-DuMaurier calls some of the things she is drawn to "invisible fashion'' -- items with lasting (but perhaps tarnished) beauty that some people find easy to overlook.