Living Double Lives: City to Farm

Jan 08, 2016
Whether you live in the city or on a farm, The Beekman Boys, Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, have you covered on all-things home and food related, taken from their experiences traveling from city to farm.

The lifestyle brand gurus created Beekman 1802 to share their experiment in living better lives, transitioning from city to farm. You can check Brent and Josh out on the Cooking Channel’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys, get the best gifts from Beekman 1802 and whip up some delicious meals from their bestselling cookbook, “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook,” all inspired by the Beekman 1802 Farm in Sharon Springs, NY.

We got the chance to sit down with the duo to learn more about life on the farm. Check out what Brent and Josh had to say below!

Q: What is your ultimate comfort food? What do you eat if you’re having a bad day?
A: “Anything with cheese.”

Q: What’s your favorite chore?
A: “Mowing the lawn – it’s very meditative.”

Q: If you could be gifted with one super power, what would it be?
A: “Teletransportation (Teleportation), we hate wasted time in travel.”

What was the best party you’ve ever attended and why?
A: “The next one, anticipation is always the best sensation.”

If you had to give up Facebook or Instagram, which would you pick? 
A: “Impossible choice.  We use them both so differently – (@beekman1802boys).”

What are your best tips to help homeowners with curb appeal year-round?
A: “Take a photo of your home during every season, but actually look at it during a different season. For instance, study the winter home during the peak of summer. Having different perspective will help you think creatively.”


What has been your most embarrassing fashion choice?
A: “Choosing comfort over style.”

What should homeowners look for when it comes to working with a contractor or interior designer?
A: “In either of these professions, you are only as good as your last job. Make sure to listen to what prior clients are saying.”

What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you
A: “We’ll do anything at least once.”

What is your favorite space to makeover and why?
A: “Bathrooms! People are naked in this room more than any other – it should be the most comfortable.”

What’s one thing you think people should splurge on
A: “Quality. Buy less, but buy better.”

What’s one simple thing homeowners can do to improve their landscape or garden?
A: “Keep your lawn seeded and aerated.”

What’s the best way for homeowners to incorporate the latest trends into their decor? How can you tell what has staying power and what doesn’t?
A: “Spend time thinking about the structure and layout of your room and put the most of your money into quality furniture pieces. You can easily and cheaply purchase 'trend-driven' decor pieces at places like Target and HomeGoods to keep the room looking fresh and current.”

Make sure you catch Brent and Josh at the NOLA Home Show. They'll be gracing the Williams-Sonoma Home & Cooking Stage on Friday, January 15th at 4pm and Saturday, January 16th at 1:30pm. 

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