Keep Me Where The Light Is

I have mentioned before my appreciation and obsession with Christopher Spitzmiller lamps. The odds are substantial that if you see a beautifully designed room, his lamps are somewhere in the mix. Spitzmiller is the master of his craft, so it is no wonder that his upstate New York home would be crafted with the same meticulous eye for detail. The comfort of being instagram friends with Spitzmiller has made me feel very accustomed to this home (in the weird way that social media can make one familiar). I love scrolling through to see Spitzmiller’s and Sam Allen’s posts of the view of the garden at Clove Brook Farm in rain, fog, snow, and sunshine. Imagine my delight when I see the latest Architectural Digest, featuring a cover-worthy,  glossy and in-depth look at their home at Clove Brook Farm.

The glossy, orchid color door is a cheerfully chic indicator that this Greek Revival farmhouse is going to be something quite delightful. Sure enough, the interiors are elegant, polished, and gorgeously colored, just like Spitzmiller’s lamps. Clove Brook Farm is an ideal retreat that has the warmth of home and the roaming grounds of the countryside. This farmhouse is full of natural light by day and Spitzmiller’s light by night. In my opinion, that is how it should always be!

William Waldron featured in Architectural Digest. Architectural designer Jonathan Parisen advised, Harry Heissmann collaborated on the interiors, and P. Allen Smith assisted with the landscape design.

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The oh-so-timeless Greek Revival farmhouse shared by two very talented individuals. I can’t get enough of those glossy, deep orchid doors.

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An incredible open kitchen area all dressed in white. Imagine the glow of the fireplace in the tall wood-beamed room.

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Dodie Thayer lettuceware is a vibrant pop of color in the kitchen. The use of wood work is incredible.

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Elegant, layered, and full of scrumptious texture. How ideal would this room be on a snowy day?!

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A fabulous blue floor and red patterned walls gives this guest room a sophisticated Americana ambience.

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A serene setting for a goodnight’s sleep after a day on the farm. Harry Heissmann had the chic wallpaper custom made.

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What a picture perfect farm! I encourage you to follow Christopher and Sam on instagram. You won’t regret it!

 

A Chic Duo

I recently linked you all over to one of my favorite blogs, The Belclaire House, for a post she did on the fabulous Mario Buatta designed home featured on Bravo’s Southern Charm. Not long after,  I stumbled across an article on the Architectural Digest website about two homes designed by Mario Buatta that were just too chic not to share. The most lavish detail of all was that these two homes, one in Palm Beach and one in the Hamptons, were owned by the same couple, Hllary and Wilbur Ross. The homes are seamless with a timeless style and breadth of fresh flair.

The Prince of Chintz enchants the homes with his signature eye for whimsical tradition, a craft that he has mastered better than anyone in the field. It is this whimsy talent that takes my favorite color combination of blue and white to the next level with pillows and patterns sprayed in a classical eclectic manner. These homes are just edited enough, without looking in the least contrite. Sometimes it is fun to twist tradition, and Buatta proves that it can be done with a gracious sensibility. So let’s go into this Wednesday slightly green with envy that this couple gets two high end addresses with superb design inside.

 

Photos by Eric Piasecki and Scott Frances via AD.

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The garden and the terrace are what dreams are made of…breathtaking.

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Timeless, but never stale. Buatta knows his blue and white.

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A care free and polished combination of color. Notice how he used the paint all the way on the shutters as well.

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A playful sophistication with this drop-dead gorgeous hand painted wallpaper by Haleh Atabeigi. The blue ceiling is a well executed touch.

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If your not careful, this room at first glance looks like a child’s room. What it really is, is a continuation of the outside. A cabana ceiling and hand painted hedges.

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That traditional twist is apparent in the lines Buatta uses throughout, here it is in the bed frame.

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Sweet simplicity. Nothing more lavish than a well hedged pool.

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The use of the boxwood is classic, but the curvature is eclectic.

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A stunning Hamptons home.

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The Ross’ have a fantastic collection of modern art which juxtaposes beautifully with the more understated elements.

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A phenomenal canopy. I have never seen potted hibiscus topiaries. Unreal!!!

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Palm Beach perfection.

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Gracie wallpaper that will make anyone green with envy, mixed with a more whimsical multi-colored window treatments.

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A piece of modern art in a hallway of neutral hues.

 

I Left My Heart…

…In San Fransisco. Well, I didn’t leave my heart anywhere, but someone who holds a big place in mine is moving there this weekend. Finding friends is hard enough, but finding best friends is a whole other category. I am lucky to have a few very close friends, the kinds that just aren’t available when it is convenient or their significant other is out of town. While I just recently lost one to Nashville, loosing another so soon feels almost unbearable. On the bright side, I will have much more time to make for all of my boxwood friends 😉

Fortunately for me, my friend Katlin decided to move to a pretty cool city that is close to lots of wine (which suits her perfectly). She also is choosing to live in a very posh neighborhood (which also suits her perfectly). So while I write this with tears streaming down my face, I also write with a tremendous amount of gratitude that I was able to find such a great friend and have great anticipation for all of the fun we will have in our visits together in a lively, winding, and close to wine country town.

Best wishes Kat and Nawder…engaged and in a new place to stay! I hope this post will inspire your current house hunting ambitions.

This  spectacular Pacific Heights home is by Susan Greenleaf via Lonny.

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A 1967 Pacific Heights residence. Look at the door, the boxwood, the beautiful black- in love!

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Contemporary art, classic furniture, and very sophisticated juxtaposition.

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Blue and white on display. Notice the block moldings of the wall.

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Herringbone floors and an eclectic combination of accessories in this hallway.

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A kitchen of gray and chic subway tile. Definitely an image you have seen before on the blog.

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I love how Greenleaf doesn’t let any one type of style dominate a room. Everything counteracts each other to create balance.

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I love the mirrors flanking the bed and the pop of blue.

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I love this!

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All of the bathrooms in this home are so perfectly appointed. Playful wallpaper, contrasting floors, and chic combinations of color.

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The art keep the bathroom bright.

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Fantastic detail from the door to the tassel.

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Notice how the walls play on the colors in the bed,

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I love the dynamic nature of this home. An addition of contemporary to a very currently classic interior.

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Soft pink and a subtle mix of pattern.

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Notice the potted boxwood on the roof. The more of them the merrier.

 

England Envy

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but I fell in love with an image. A bed, in the manor home of Nancy Cutting, covered in blue and white Colefax and Fowler chintz from the 1970’s. Upon researching this house, I discovered that this entire estate is chicly refined and, pardon the pun, well mannered.  It is absolutely charming from room to room. Full of blue and white, fresh cut flowers, and stunning antiques.

It makes me wish I could waste my summer away sleeping, reading, and relaxing in this timeless estate. However, I have other plans for the summer (stay tuned)….

Photos from House & Garden UK and Architectural Digest 

 

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I had to start with the bedroom first (which has been relocated since the pictures were taken below).  I could literally look at this all day and be just as happy as can be!

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What a bedroom. Perfectly scaled.

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A close-up of the fireplace. A blue and white delight.

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The house itself, Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire. Decor by Tom Parr (RIP)

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Exactly how  you expect an English house to be… wood paneled, full of florals, and lovely antiques.

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A perfect place for a rainy summer afternoon. A great room for cocktails and entertaining.

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I adore the green in this bedroom. So well done!

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Look at the urns of boxwood upon the edge of the garden. English gardens are so effortlessly chic.

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A door to the garden. I love how everything isn’t overly fussed over, the black and white is a fun touch.

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I love the mix of texture. fabrics, pattern. material and everything in this room. What a wonderful estate!

Talented Tablescape

de Gournay has always been one of my favorite textile houses, so imagine my delight when I discovered that one of my favorite interior designers, Nick Olsen, collaborated with them to create an incredible tablescape at the Lenox Hill Spring Gala. The setting, labeled “The Dark Side Of Eden,” is full of de Gournay’s spectacular hand-painted porcelain and fabrics that evoke a vivid feeling of a lush and complex landscape.

From coral snakes to a hand-painted tree to the fabulous palm tablecloth, de Gournay and Nick Olsen won the night with this playful and colorful tablescape. Plus, how divine are those oversized shiny red apples?! Olsen took his luxurious and high drama design to the next level with the timeless and ever chic work of de Gournay. If only combinations like this could happen every day…

Images courtesy of Nylon Consulting.

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Nothing says a luxe night on the town quite like this tablescape. It has an almost Tony Duquette vibe. It has such a powerful ambience.

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Look at the custom cushions made with de Gournay’s midnight blue duchess satin with Red Roman piping. I can’t decide what I like more, the snake on the plates or on the seat cushion?

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An aerial view of tablecloth. A striking combination of palm leaves on a jet black.

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The intertwined detail of this snake..and to think it is all hand-painted!

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The inspiration for the centerpiece design, “L’Eden.”

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A truly custom dinner plate. Very meticulously crafted and designed, and with such a chic approach.