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Tranquil living in pound ridge

Stylist and Art Director, Kate Jordan, has found her haven in Pound Ridge. She lives there with her husband, David, and their super-smiley toddler Izzy. It's just an hour outside of NYC, but has the feeling of being worlds away. The family welcomed us into their home and community to share some of their enviable summer pleasures: gardening, horse farms, and farmers markets among them.

Photos by Alpha Smoot

What are your family's favorite local summer activities?

The farmers market on Saturday mornings every weekend! IT's the absolute best. Izzy's become a real helper in the garden, too; she loves watering everything and digging all of the holes. Always try to get our hands in the dirt as much as possible.

Your house is so stylish - do you have any decorating tips for families with toddlers?

Oh gosh, it does definitely feel like it's been overrun plenty a-time! It's like the stuff multiplies while we sleep or something. But keeping things low and in sight for her helps her to be able to find whatever she's looking for (and therefore I dont' have to go digging). I also have baskets pretty much in every nook as a catch all for things that would otherwise just be left strewn on the floor.

Can you tell us a bit about the landscape and your community?

Our house looks out on preserved land, so we're lucky to always have this feeling of living in an absolute treehouse. In terms of our town, the roads are windy and narrow and the majority don't have streetlights. I also love that we don't have any stoplights!

What is the best part about being a mom? What are the challenges?

I love being Izzy's mama so much that it's almost overwhelming at times. I love holding her hand and reading her books and singing songs in the car with the windows down with her and even just helping her brush her teeth at night. I love sitting down to breakfast with her in the morning and I love how she holds my hair while she sleeps. I love so many things about it all, it's just crazy. But yes, there are challenges! Getting out of the house on time at any point ever is definitely one of them.

Izzy's picks:

Horsey toys all day, every day. Dancing to her favorite songs and (just like her mama), trying every cheese and bowl of greek yogurt.

Kate's picks:

The Ward Pound Ridge for camping, hiking through the Mianus Gorge, and great local restaurants, The Kitchen Table and Jean-George's The Inn at Pound Ridge.

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