Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress from Moschino and Valentino flats.
Happy Friday!!!! Zippity do dah——-Fall finally came today! The wind chill was in the 30’s when I woke up! Going to sleep last night with the rain on our metal roof was so delightful. The roof is gorgeous but the sound of the rain on the roof is my favorite part. Poor Lacie Rue had to take her doggie Xanax because of the thunder....it sends her over the edge. Poor baby!
We installed the dining room draperies at my job in Arlington yesterday....oh how fabulous they turned out!!!! Look at the bottom of the blog for some shots. It was quite a production installing them...the ceilings are so tall they had to set up scaffolding and the cornices were heavy so it took two men on the scaffolding. We were there from 10:30 until 3:30. They are breathtaking! I cannot wait for the custom rugs to get here at the first of next year and the room completed.
Monday I have a photo shoot all morning for an upcoming article in Dallas Style & Design magazine. I am SO excited!!! I get interviewed on Thursday for the article. I am beyond thrilled to get to share this house with the world!!!!
It will dip down enough for us to have our first fire tonight!! Always thrills me!! We got the cable box fixed downstairs ( it was really Riley who messed up the tv the last time she was home.....) so I am set to go to work on my Christmas cards all weekend and get to watch football. I am truly hoping to make BIG headway!
The article today comes from the October issue of Elle Decor. What started out as a trip to New York’s Hudson Valley to get an antique clock repaired turned into purchasing a “burned -out, gutted house on the Hudson River.” The 1850’s house was designed by Richard Upjohn who brought Gothic Revival style architecture to America . The homeowners.... a descendant of William Randolph Hearst and her husband... took on the four year renovation themselves with help from a former high-school classmate Suzanne Tucker who added the crowning touches. They took 13 bedrooms ( Heavens!) and turned them into 5....and combined rooms to have bigger living spaces. Being a traditional girl at heart.....even though I design all styles in my work.... I love the antiques in the house and the gorgeous wallpaper and draperies. Enjoy this stunning home and have a super weekend!!!!!!
Gillian Hearst descending one side of the double staircase that frames a view of the Hudson River. The Valentino dress she is wearing is FABULOUS!!!!!
Oh....my...goodness...this is the powder room! With a fireplace in it !! Knock my socks off!!!!the wallpaper is from Scalamandre and the custom chair ( so darling!) is done in a Claremont fabric ( which is not represented in Dallas....so wish it was !) I wish there was some mention of the unusual shutters and the what looks to be ribbons from a horse show. The chandelier from Maison Bagues is gorgeous.
A wonderful view of the entry with the double staircase......which was added . I love the symmetry on either side and the Minton majolica on the center table. I have a thing for spited tables—-always lets me get another layer in the room.
Another section of the foyer. Hearst flew to London for furniture and architectural elements ( that would be a dream for me!!) The marble pilasters were found there. The stunning custom damask wallpaper from one of designer Suzanne Tucker’s additions. The large painting is 18th-century Dutch. Longtime friend and art consultant Thomas F. Knapp helped her with the project.
The mahogany room features custom elements from Tucker ....the sofa, chairs, cocktail table, and drapery fabric. I love the use of the bullion at the bottom of the sofa and chairs. Bullion disappeared from the design industry for a while....I am happy to see it’s return. What a warm and elegant room.
When I first looked at this kitchen the orange really jumped out at me. The Viking appliances were made in a custom Hermes orange . Now that is a true accessory and conversation piece to the room!!!!
Hearst found the vintage panels of wallpaper in a little store in Tarrytown. She said it was “serendipitous “ to find this depiction of monuments in Paris that would fit in her newly expanded dining room. The wallpaper is from Twigs fabrics & Wallpaper and was originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amazing. The Antiques look beautiful against this backdrop.
This is the Upjohn guest room. The mantel is the only original mantel remaining in the house. The vintage Jacobean-style canopy bed is so romantic draped in more fabric from Claremont. I love that Teddy the dog got to be in the photo session!!!!
The vaulted ceilings in the Tower room are not original....even though they could be. The original ceiling was open with with barn beams painted red. No thank you. This ceiling is so dramatic and elegant!!! The antique arm chairs and table are Syrian. A collection of Fuller Pottery is displayed in the bookshelves. I love the layers of oil paintings. Of course I love the rolling ladder.....one of my favorite elements to add.
This is the opposite end of the tower room...which extends 20 feet up. I don’t know which element O love more.... the incredible 19th-century neo-Gothic Irish mantel or the antique brass alms plates displayed above. The planters in front of the fireplace are Minton majolica. The artwork are paintings of the owners dogs. This four year project certainly was worth it. Magnificent job!!!!!!
“TOUR A DRAMATIC HEARST FAMILY ESTATE IN NEW YORK’S HUDSON VALLEY” article featured in Elle Decor October 2019
BY INGRID ABRAMOVITCH AND PRODUCED BY CYNTHIA FRANK
The dining room draperies. This corner cornice is a work of art! The fabrics and wallpaper is from Quadrille. The accent pink is from Osborne & Little. The trim on the top is a Samual & Sons.
The draperies are tied in several places to help them hang properly after installation. They are not decorative! I usually leave the draperies tied for about a week or two for them to hang perfectly. These draperies truly take my breath away!!!! The gilded table and crystal piece in the corner are prized possessions from my client’s grandmother.
Last night for dinner I had fried chicken, asparagus, and leftover cous cous.
One of my favorite songs from Nat King Cole.