With Thanksgiving coming up in t-minus two days, I'm craving that smoky smell in the air and a charming New England farm house. Connie Newberry's classic home in New York's historic Hudson Valley would be the perfect place to curl up by the crackling fire and welcome in the coziest season of the year.
A glossy melon front door leads you into this welcoming foyer.
The Clarence House paper has a vintage wood block feeling that goes well with the historic nature of the home. Looking into the butternut squash colored dining room from the green foyer immediately conjures feelings of autumn no matter what time of the year it is.
In the dining room, the regency style double pedestal table anchors the space. I love the square shape of the table as opposed to the more obvious oval. Floor-to-ceiling architectural prints of Rome are framed in glittering gilt and give the room some glamour, along with the rich silk drapes. The wrought iron lantern and simple braided sisal rug balance out the room with their humble country appeal.
The living room is a picture of patrician ease, with its relaxed country home beauty. The white walls give the space an airy quality and allow the fabulous Brunschwig & Fils floral to be the star of the show. The myriad traditional elements of the room if wonderfully balanced by restrained shots of contemporary flair, like the coffee table and the painting above the fireplace. The floral chintz is not only featured on the curtains, but also on a fauteuil and the sofa cushions. And a slipper chair upholstered in a persimmon colored linen pulls a rich color out from the floral for a bright, but relatable pop of pigment.
The breakfast room provides a more casual spot for relaxed family meals. The English waiting of a flamingo adds a bit of nature-related light heartedness, and tops a wonderfully pertained Welsh buffet. And, be still my heart, make sure you don't miss the green chair cushions with their pale yellow button tufts and welting.
The library is a truly stellar example of balancing traditional and contemporary in creating a functional and beautiful family space. The dark green-grey color of the room, built-ins filled with books, jade colored English sofa, framed prints, and side chair with an old tartan throw are all classic elements of a country home library. And then the shock of the red lucite coffee table, and the playful appeal of the Stark antelope carpet give the room a modern feeling perfect for today's families.
I usually don't like a red bedroom, especially a red and green bedroom (!), but this master is so charming that I think the palette really works. In this country house context, the red walls conjure images of bucolic barns, not fancy drawing rooms, and the contrast of the oversized Canovas print of fruits and florals is actually a super graphic approach couched in super trad clothing. And, obviously, that green and white leopard dresser with faux bamboo trim is divine and I want it.
Katie Ridder wallpaper in the master bathroom continues the oversized natural motif established in the master bedroom. The print is both a quirky kind of paisley and an abstracted let pattern which jives well the with the overall outdoor-inspired of this relaxed yet classic home.
The setting of this gorgeous country home is the perfect autumnal fantasy. The house graced with a stunning yard featuring lawns opening to an expansive view of the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, which are particularly beautiful when alight with the changing colors of fall.
This classic country abode is both steeped in northeastern bucolic traditional and spiked with splashes of chic contemporary style, all while staying delightfully welcoming and comfortable - a recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving retreat.