Editor's note: Today I am wearing a Doncaster dress, Manolo Blahnik kitten heels, and a Rabbit Pom Pom cape. So snuggly!
Happy Tuesday! Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with a longtime client who is the mother of a bride and wants to refresh areas of her house. A day with Amy is always a fun day. One of the daughter’s showers will be held at my house in February-so there will be some refreshing of my own going on! I feel like October started yesterday and we are marching our way to November already! I have most of my Christmas shopping done-I buy all year long. I truly like to buy things that speak to me for everyone on my list, and boy does it take the pressure off in December. I love Christmas traditions and really try to savor the moment when it happens.
Today’s article is on a chateau that sat empty for over half a century. The 52 acre property was purchased in 1952 by copper heiress Huguette Clark as a sanctuary during the Cold War-but he never moved a piece of furniture into it. Fast forward to Reed and Delphine Krakoff off visiting the vast home out of curiosity. Is spoke to them-they purchased it and made it a loveable beautiful family home. As stunning and amazing as the finished product is-it is truly meant to be a home for a “family to inhabit”. Their new book “Houses That We Dreamt Of” features six homes that the Krakoff family have transformed for themselves and their children. I am sure to buy this book! Enjoy and have a fabulous day!
This chateau has nine bedrooms and eleven fireplaces-WOW! I get in trouble with architects when I want 4 fireplaces…This is part of the master bath-yes please! I love the fireplace that is casually off to the side and the all white and cream coloration-what a dreamy space!
Yet another fireplace in the master. I am having major fireplace envy! This guest room is full of treasures. The bench at the foot of the bed is y Hermes and the chair is a Jensen. The room is so oddly shaped-but so elegantly pointed.
Pictured here are Reed, Delphine, and daughter Lily in front of the fabulous painting by Al Held. This is on location in their Manhattan home.
How powerful is this set of 60! Drawings by Allen McCollum that cover the wall in the living room?? Fabulous and powerful! I love how there are 15 rows-with the middle five over the fireplace. This room is so serene in the muted coloration-allowing the art to steal the show.
This guest room is full of treasures. The bench at the foot of the bed is by Hermes and the chair is a Jensen. The room is so oddly shaped-but so elegantly pointed.
The felt wall sculpture by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is museum worthy. The oh so lovely antique dining chairs get a twist paired with the Martin Szekely white dining table.
Beautiful and simplistic kitchen with the encaustic cement tile floors. It warms my heart that this truly looks like a working kitchen. I design so many kitchens that I would kill to cook in that are purely for show.
The stunning exterior-so traditional and so French. The Krakoffs painted the original red brick white. I so love a white house-beautiful!
I love the quote from Reed Krakoff that “a house is not a still life-there always had to be a comfortable place to sit and relax.” Amen! This study is so fine-I adore the ledge that runs in the middle of the bookcases to display a book to the front. Just like a store-but better. The library table is by Joris Laarman-just wonderful!
Simple-yet so true!
For dinner last night I had my own version of a lettuce wrap with Bison ground beef and black eyed peas.
Always a great one from EW&F!!!