I fell in love with this image many years ago, from a photograph torn out of an old issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. I had no clue about its owners, its location or anything more really than this picture of its exterior. But it was enough because I’ve never seen a home more beautiful, more charming or more inviting than this one. With perfectly manicured hedges, a white picket fence and an old world lantern by the front gate, white shutters on white exterior, cedar shake roof – this home spoke to my love of old houses and classic design. It is a dream, and the?front yard alone is impossible to rival, in my opinion. I knew right there that the owners must have impeccable taste and suspected its interiors must look just as lovely.?And I was right!?I’ve recently found out through Instagram that the home is located in Lyme, CT but it wasn’t until last week that I accidentally found a real estate listing for it. It turns out it is for sale, although I can imagine it must be with heavy hearts that the owners are parting with it. Here’s what I found out from a Sotheby’s listing.
Life has been on the fast lane this week, with several home projects wrapping up, craft festivals, trips to the library, playdates…Before I even realized, autumn has set in, the days got shorter, warm jackets and rain boots are out and my to-do list exploded. I promised you a look at our living room projects and we’re almost done with the bookcases and painting so, probably by mid-next week, I’ll manage to write a blog post with details and pictures.?
For today, since it’s Friday and we’re all looking forward to some weekend R&R, maybe even a few delicious home-cooked meals,? I thought we’d revisit together, virtually of course, the much-admired barn of celebrity chef Ina Garten, the queen of home-cooking.? I know, I know…you’ve probably seen it only a million times before, but it’s so pretty and I’ve got some new images of the interiors ?that I’m sure you won’t mind. Her show is one of the few things we watch on TV (except PBS Kids of course ?? ) and I’m always trying to catch a glimpse of the decor. The episodes where she entertains outdoors and we get to see her amazing gardens are my favorite.?
As you may know, Ina’s barn was built on an adjacent plot to their main house, that she and Jeffrey bought when it came on the market. It’s walking distance from their house and was inspired by the simple country homes of Belgium. Architect Frank Greenwald is responsible for the build, while the interiors were designed by Robert Stilin with a new library/hangout space addition by Daniel Romualdez.??
Entrepreneurial powerhouse Tory Burch was not looking for a home in the Caribbean but chance brought her an unexpected tour of the late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s Antigua property and she and her boys fell in love with its beauty. The home had sat empty for two decades but the bones were there, impeccably designed by Mellon’s architect H. Page Cross.? The legendary tastemaker and philanthropist had purchased the land in the 1960s and, with the help of Cross, had it filled with a meandering of buildings and rooms that harmoniously flow onto one other and take in at every angle the breathtaking views of the Caribbean. The interiors were carefully designed by Mellon in collaboration with legendary designer Billy Baldwin. Mellon’s request was to create rooms and furnishings that looked like they’ve been brought down from the attic. A carefully studied look of perfectly imperfect beauty is what Mellon had always wanted her homes to display. When it was all done, Baldwin called it “the prettiest house in the world”, while Bunny herself said “it’s the house I love the most” – and she had quite an impressive array to choose from.?
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One of the most coveted homes in New York’s Hudson Valley is Clove Brook Farm, the cheerful farmhouse of lighting-designer and ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it, having been featured in Architectural Digest back in 2016 and on numerous blogs, including Café Design. But the story of Clove Brook Farm is far from over. With every season, Spitzmiller delights us on his Instagram account with scenes of country life that capture the ever-changing beauty of his home and gardens. Designed by Spitzmiller in collaboration with Arkansas landscape designer P. Allen Smith and interior designer Harry Heissmann, Clove Brook Farm is the result of many years of dedication and hard work, and is continuously evolving into something greater with each new season. The gardens alone have come a long way. This year, there’s the addition of a pool and pool-house and the asian lilies are more stunning than ever… Here are some images that simply stopped me in my tracks, borrowed from Spitzmiller’s?Instagram account. Enjoy!
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are some of my favorite places I’ve never been to! We’ll soon be off to Cape Cod for a week and have day trips planned to both islands…can’t wait! My friend Tessa of Nine+Sixteen Home recently wrote a blog?post on planning the perfect day trip to Nantucket and I find it to be of great help. In the meantime, all I can do is daydream and share with you some of the beauty of Nantucket and the Vineyard. I know that there are many larger homes on these islands but I prefer the charming, more humble-looking ones. The smaller and older cottages have always been more interesting?to me. And since white picket fences overflowing with roses and hydrangeas seem to be the standard on Nantucket, I’ll have my camera lenses cleaned and ready.?Any tips on taking?breathtaking pictures? ??