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Elegant Farmhouse In New York Featured in Architectural Digest

From its Federal-style wing to its neo-Victorian carriage barn, a new home in Dutchess County blends a century of American country heritage into a single transcendent whole.

Design by Gil Schafer

Design by Gil Schafer

In the entrance hall, the antique English gilt-wood mirror and the 19th-century Irish mahogany bookcase are both from Niall Smith Antiques.


A Walton Ford painting spans one wall of the living room; the lamps are by Vaughan, the Gustavian chairs are from Evergreen Antiques, and the circa-1880s Sultanabad rug is from Beauvais Carpets.

I think the artwork is bizarre

I think the artwork is bizarre

A de Gournay wallpaper lines the dining room, which hosts a Regency table and chairs; the gilt-wood chandelier is from TheronWareHudson, the George III mirror is from Cove Landing, and the sisal rug is by Beauvais Carpets.


Munder-Skiles chairs accompany a skirted table on the ground-floor glazed porch.


The kitchen features Schafer-designed cabinetry and light fixtures by Ann-Morris Antiques; the hood and range are by Wolf, the microwave is by Viking, the sink is by Waterworks, and the barstools are by Mulligan’s.


The family room contains a chesterfield sofa designed by Schafer and upholstered in a Nancy Corzine velvet; the suzani throw is from Yellow Church Antiques.


A Robert Kime linen from John Rosselli & Assoc. dresses the window and bed in the master bedroom; the swing-arm wall lamps are from Circa Lighting, and the ikat pillow is by Madeline Weinrib.


The master bath’s alcove frames a Waterworks tub; the sconce is by Ann-Morris Antiques, the window-shade fabric is by Robert Kime, and the sink stand was designed by Schafer.


A bedroom is lined with a Ralph Lauren Home linen stripe; the lamps are by John Rosselli & Assoc.


A columned cabana is situated alongside the discreet swimming pool.


Behind the cabana is the Fountain Garden, designed by Alexandra Kasmin; the granite basin is by Stone Structures, and the benches are by Munder-Skiles.


A Greek Revival veranda overlooks the rolling landscape.

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Scala Al Paradiso

Scala Al Paradiso translated from Italian is “it climbs to the paradise,” and that can be translated to Stairway to Heaven. I was inspired by the staircase in yesterday’s classic home to search out other amazing stairways.

This one is very interesting – it reminds me of a book I read to my kids – “The Spooky Old Tree.”

The Spooky Old Tree - Image Coloribus

The Spooky Old Tree – Image Coloribus

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The American Legacy – Tumblr



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Georgian Design – Tumblr

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Sara C Mills – Tumblr



There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she cant get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty-First Century World

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Please Read The Letter

Big Orange Landmarks Blog

Big Orange Landmarks Blog

Beautiful historic home for sale for $1,100,000 in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, the Santa Monica Freeway plowed through the neighborhood in the 1950’s, and the home has been on the decline since then.  It is almost uninhabitable.


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And, then there is a music video that was filmed in the now spooky old house – Please Read The Letter – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss


If you want to see lots of pics of the home

If you want to see the real estate listing

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty First Century World

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