Editor's Note: Today I am wearing wool pants by Vince, pearl sweater from Ann Taylor, scarf from Escada, and suede pumps from Ann Klein.
I must admit my magazine reading time is at a minimum with the holiday season in full swing so, I have cheated and looked only at the articles. Today I want to talk about a beautiful home in New York's Hudson Valley that was designed by Richard McGeehan. This home was once the Astors Family's garden pavilion that was transformed for fashion designer Robert Duffy and his family. Robert Duffy is the founder and deputy chairman of Marc Jacobs International. The whole house is like a jewel box as far as I am concerned. Not only beautiful furnished but the architectural is gorgeous! Happy Friday everyone! One more week of Christmas merriment and shopping to go. Make it a great one!
The beautiful Brunschwig & Fils damask used on the upholster in this room is so rich against the multitude of the Persian rugs laid on the floor. The 1910 portraits are by Charles Webster Hawthorne and add a regal air to the room.
What a fabulous entrance!
On first glance of this gorgeous Dining Room the de Gournay wallpaper steals the show. Every piece of furniture in this room is an antique. My love for antique starts when I was 22 years-old. I spent my graduation from college money on a table and six chairs. So needless to say this room full of antiques sends my heart into orbit!
What a gorgeous painted cabinet topped with 18th to 20th century blue and white ceramics. As you have heard me say many of times blue and white is always the right answer! The elegant draperies are a Scalamandre damask. Scalamandre has gone through so tough times but I think is coming back strong. Such a beautiful fabric house!
What a great book filled library! It reminds me of my best friend Beast library in New York. She is an editor so you can imagine how much she loves her books! Note the precious brass library ladder from the 19th century on the right.
Another room featuring de Gournay wallpaper! If you have ever seen a room done in de Gournay wallpaper you will know that it is a true work of art going around the room. As many times as you stare at it you can see different elements painted into the design! The antique lacquered bed is incredible. The draperies are from Lelievre and add the finishing touch to the room!
What a gorgeous sculpted garden!
How cool is this hallway?! It shows the original front wall and doorways of the Astor house. The lantern is Morocaan from the 19th century. The wallpaper in this hallway is from Fromental! I am installing my first Fromental wallpaper in February and I am very excited. It is equally as beautiful and special as de Gournay.
This pool house pavilion reminds me of the pavilion in the Sound of Music. What a gorgeous copper roof!
"Fortune's Folly" article featured in Elle Decor October 2016 Issue
Text By Gully Wells
Photography By James Merrell
Produced By Robert Rufino
Interior Design By Richard McGeehan
Steel Magnolia Tip # 98: Christmas traditions are cherished and past down from generation to generation.
Dinner last night was a stuffed pork chop served with spinach and a little crab salad from Central Market. Delicious!
One of my favorite Christmas carols!