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Country living in upstate New York

Posted on Mon, 28 Feb 2022 by midcenturyjo

“This white-clapboard 1854 Greek Revival house rests on five acres of rolling hills in upstate New York. The historical narrative we contrived involved a refined, eclectic European family who had migrated in the nineteenth century to begin life anew in the Catskills. The decor therefore represents a fusion of old-world finery and New England practicality, layered and cultivated over time. For authentic texture, we preserved the original fireplace of rough-hewn brick. In the bedroom, the decorative olio encompasses Indian block-printed fabrics, Tunisian and Turkish carpets, a Louis XVI–style chair in worn green leather, and a pair of gilded and painted Italian oak beds dressed with an African Kuba coverlet. A cosseted refuge from the city.”

A wonderful make believe story for a wonderful all too real house. For when geting away is a getaway in time and place (but with all the modern conveniences). Fall Clove by Billy Cotton.

A manor house in New Jersey

Posted on Sun, 27 Feb 2022 by KiM

I would have guessed this stately manor home was located somewhere in Europe. If you have the right builder and architect and property you can build a dream home like this anywhere, even New Jersey!

Located on a private lane in horse country, this house sits on a site once occupied by centuries-old family farms. The client envisioned a new manor house and outbuildings on the land that would occupy the same footprints as the historical farm structures, which had become derelict over time. For the main house, Peter Pennoyer Architects designed a classical stone manor that, by virtue of its thin plan, enjoys views to the east and west. PPA leavened the formality of its facades by its simplicity; indeed, only in the entryway and in a few places does the exterior display fully developed classical themes. PPA designed the outbuildings, including a guest house, a staff cottage, a garage, pool house, and a barn, in a simple wood vernacular of board and batten. On the interior, the ample scale of the rooms allowed for a robust program of moldings and paneling that take classical traditions as a starting point for a more ebullient and voluptuous style.

Landscape Design: Miranda Brooks Landscape Design
Photography: Eric Piasecki

Cressy Hall

Posted on Fri, 25 Feb 2022 by KiM

This jaw-dropping home in Lincolnshire, England is currently for sale via Inigo, and has me dreaming and scheming of living there and cooking in the kitchen with its original three-arch stone fireplace, and then lunching in the garden surrounded by all that beauty, and afterwards wandering among the topiary trees….. *sigh*

Cressy Hall is a striking Georgian hall, surrounded by nine acres of verdant gardens and meadows and the bucolic Lincolnshire fens. Grade II* listed, the house has an exceptionally handsome façade and a plethora of original features inside, from a sweeping, sculptural wooden staircase, to the shutters that frame each sash window. A set of stairs lead to a complete set of 18th-century cellars, including a boot room, a wine cellar, a game larder, a wet and dry room plus a coal cellar, all set against a combination of herringbone brick and flagstone flooring. From here, a doorway opens into the studio; a particularly bright and voluminous room, it is lit from above through a glazed ceiling, with a mezzanine running along three sides. Currently used as a painter’s studio, it could easily be an office or expansive study, and has its own separate entrance. The staircase ascends to the first floor, where four bedrooms can be accessed via the central hallway. The top floor is home to three further bedrooms, a linen room, and a billiards room with fantastic striped wallpaper. Outbuildings include the old stables and a workshop, now with planning permission to convert into a one-bedroom cottage. These are flanked by a tool shed and a three-bay open store/woodshed. There is a very spacious garage and a large barn. The garden extends across nine acres, and a combination of formal and kitchen gardens. The garden is most notable for its incredible topiary, such as the yews at the front of the house and a box wave hedge that runs along the driveway. The vista runs the whole length of the garden, past a walled kitchen garden and through a clipped yew circle. Parallel to this is a pleached lime walk leading to a small summer house.


Posted on Fri, 25 Feb 2022 by KiM

Opulent, elegant, sophisticated and refined. Not to everyone’s taste but there’s an other-worldy quality to Alidad‘s spaces that provide an escape to the everyday.

A 13th century castle in Italy

Posted on Sun, 13 Feb 2022 by KiM

Where do I sign? What a dreamy little slice of ancient history in Italy, and can be yours for €6,450,000 (for sale via Sotheby’s). Set in the delightful village of Monteleone not far from Cesena, this magnificent castle dating back to 1200 is well maintained with all the original features, restored and preserved with great attention to detail, protected by its high walls and the two ancient towers that act as sentinels, inside it hides a small church and a precious private garden. The complex adjacent to the castle consists of two renovated units and other cottages scattered over the property grounds. The property also has a large panoramic terrace, where on clear days you have a splendid sea view and a view of the uncontaminated and hills of Cesena. The property includes approximately 360 hectares of land, of which 8 hectares are vineyards in production.