Have you ever dreamed of bidding adieu to the daily grind and moving to the countryside? That is exactly what Amanda Brooks did in 2012 when she and her family left Manhattan for Fairgreen Farm, a 17th century Cotswolds farm that has been in her husband’s family for generations. Amanda, a former socialite and fashion director for Barneys New York, began chronicling her idyllic new life on Instagram, and she quickly developed a loyal following.
In her new book, Farm from Home, Amanda says “Before moving to England and simultaneously discovering the miracle of Instagram, I wasn’t aware of how many people had the same inclination that I had had, whether it was to simplify their responsibilities to live a more peaceful life, or to make it easier to focus on family or animals or nature. And then once I acted on that notion, it was as though I had become the guinea pig, the subject of the experiment. How is it? everyone wanted to know.”
These questions were answered when her family’s one-year sabbatical turned into a permanent stay. In addition to her popular new book, Amanda recently opened Cutter Brooks in a 16th-century building in Stow-on-the-Wold. The charming new boutique contains home goods, fashion, and gifts carefully curated by Amanda to represent her English country life.
Cutter Brooks also offers British customers products they won’t find elsewhere with inventory largely from continental Europe and the United States. Treasures include porcelain flowers by Vladimir Kanevsky, exclusive tableware designed by Cabana Magazine and from La Tuile à Loup, Zojara linens, Scanlon Apparati paper goods, Astier de Villatte ceramics, Atelier Vime wicker furniture, antique quilts, pressed botanicals, vintage wool sweaters, scrunchies made from vintage Hermes and Liberty silk scarfs, Florentine nightgowns from Loretta Caponi, Buly 1803 beauty products, and Amanda’s own homemade jams.
Let’s take a glimpse inside Amanda’s world!
Cutter Brooks will soon be available to shop online, but in the meantime, additional information can be found @cutterbrooksshop. You can also follow @amandacbrooks on Instagram, and Amanda’s new book, Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures, and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country, is available via Amazon. She is also the author of Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion and I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style.