Man oh man, total oogling excitement over here! I absolutely love when a favorite designer project comes on the market. Professional portfolio shoots or magazine pictures are so styled and edited that often it's tough to get a real sense of a home. But real estate photos, even if there's a really good photographer, are so much better at showing how a home really lives on a daily basis.
Lo and behold - this Anthony Baratta designed favorite, named Highview Hall, has hit the market in Connecticut! Let's have a look at this gracious country home!
A gigantic Dutch gambrel rambler, as you find in coastal Connecticut and Long Island.
Millwork to die for in this entry hall. Love the inlaid floors, that enormous needlepoint rug, and the abundance of different lanterns!
Obsessed with the blue and white runner leading down towards the dining room. And the paneling up the staircase is lovely. All the white paneling and millwork works to balace out the craziness of the various accessories in this expansive foyer.
The living room is country-granny-chic to the max. Another giant needlepoint rug graces the floor and adds so much color and movement. The walls are a solid Delft blue to balance out that rug, the fabulous red upholstered chairs, and the collection of country antiques. There is so much friendly warmth in this sitting room.
The dining room is pure country elegance. The mural paper depicting a farm scene is beautiful and appropriate, and ties into the blue/green/brown color palette featured in the rest of the room. I love the blue and white floral window treatments and how that floral-in-a-geometric motif is repeated in the rug.
This masculine, wood-paneled, office is somewhat of a dream come true for the boy who won';t grow up with its large train art above the fireplace. The bookcase print rug is a nice alternative to the lovely, but predictable, bookcase wallpaper.
The cheery sunroom off the living room is bright and happy. I adore the blue and white floral on the cushions mixed with the tonal blue and white floral wallpaper. And obviously, the collection of blue and white trays on the wall is lovely.
Love it, hate it, or, as I like to say, love it in someone else's house -- this has got to be one of the most famous kitchens of the past 15 years. The gingham ceiling, the painted floors, this is Sister Parish on acid.
The Adirondack inspired family room off the kitchen is even more of an Americana whirlwind. As is the Baratta M.O., I admire and applaud the absolutely fearless mixing of pattern.
This upstairs sitting room is a comfortable, and sunny spot to curl up with some tea and a book or some Netflix. I love the paisley upholstery and window treatments and the exploded paisley carpet. Even though all the rooms in this home have such intense schemes, I love that they all very clearly fall under the umbrella of a cohesive decorative program.
If you're in the market for an $8.9 million dollar, 10,000+ square foot manse on 4.5 acres in bucolic New Canaan, Connecticut, then this could be your lucky break! And even if you're not, this bold American classic is a feast for the eyes!