Trad home in the new AD

chijimMay 19, 2012

An Elegant New York Farmhouse by Gil Schafer

From its Federal-style wing to its neo-Victorian carriage barn, a new home in Dutchess County blends a century of American country heritage into a single transcendent whole

Jim

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chijim

Oops...The front.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 1:07PM
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natal

Beautiful home! That's a lot of meatballs in the yard.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 1:11PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

That is so unfair of you to post that! I am drooling and completely overtaken with envy.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 2:01PM
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texanjana

When can I move in? I love it.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:11PM
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palimpsest

The level of attention to small detail is what got me: the blind on the arched window in the striped bedroom that is integrated into a slot in the window frame, the small jib cabinet in the bathroom, the correctness of all the proportions.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:20PM
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porkandham

I love everything about it except for the painting over the sofa in the living room!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:22PM
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deedee99

It is lovely. And the partidges made me laugh!

Once the trees mature for a few decades it's going to be even better.

Thanks for sharing chijim.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:44PM
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palimpsest

Oh, that's Walton Ford. He riffs on Audubon.

From his gallery:

"Walton Ford's monumental watercolors expand the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting, meditating on the often violent and bizarre moments at the intersection of human culture and the natural world. Although human figures rarely appear in his paintings, their presence is always implied."

And a statement by Ford:

"What I'm doing with my paintings," Ford says, "is building a sort of cultural history of the way animals live in the human imagination."

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:55PM
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deedee99

Pal, thanks for the heads up re Walton Ford. What a hoot his work is!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ha!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 5:18PM
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awm03

Spectacular. I love the dining room best -- the wallpaper & orange curtains. Did you notice the ceilings were left plain & white?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 5:25PM
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kswl2

Fabulous house! Perfect example of today's casual /elegant aspirational lifestyle abode.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 6:11PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I love the shutters...the stone...the porch.

Also, the pale pink in the bathroom is lovely.

I have finally stopped drooling, but I keep coming back just to sigh over the entire place. Oh, and I love the Ford painting.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 6:19PM
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ellie45

How smart of you palimpsest to notice the small jib cabinet in the bathroom. Didn't know that was what it was called. Gosh you're good.

I love the chandelier in the dining room. Is that a transitional/modern piece? Also, the rug in the sitting room is so colorful and sporty. Why do we see these awful paintings of birds fighting? Must we? It is definitely a man thing.

It is a special home that should be kept in the family if the owners have good fortune and I hope they do whomever they are.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 7:19PM
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terriks

First, what is a jib cabinet?

Second, I hadn't noticed the ceilings on first glance, but on second look I don't care for the stark whiteness of them, except the porch with bead board.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 7:45PM
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palimpsest

A jib is a hidden door, one that is treated the same way as the walls, without trim; usually with concealed hinges and minimal hardware, to deemphasize its presence.

One of the quotes from the architect regarding this house is

"True authenticity is a lack of perfection."

--the imperfections must be awfully subtle.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 8:17PM
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Yorkies2

I love the painting of the Cassowaries. I'll never have a home with walls and ceilings big and high enough, but it looks wonderful in that setting.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 8:18PM
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birdgardner

Nothing says traditional like cassowaries trying to disembowel each other. Nothing else says come in, sit down, relax in quite the same way.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 10:59PM
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pudgeder

LOL @ Birdgardner!!

I could live there... that's for certain.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 11:30PM
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kswl2

I would replace that painting with real Audubons. The Ford tries too hard to be ironic.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 2:24AM
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Oakley

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 8:18AM
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palimpsest

Eh, a lot of Audubon's works are pretty violent, too. I wonder if it had been a genuine Audubon what the reaction would be.

The main difference in the Ford paintings seems to be the implied human presence. His birds are fighting on what appears to be someone's manicured lawn, instead of in the wild.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 9:05AM
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hhireno

Oooo, what a lovely place. Thank you for sharing it.

I could live there happily but I would never use the living room with that bird attack painting. Whimsical or ironic or whatever Ford is doing, I find it too unsettling in such a large size. I wouldn't replace it with an Audubon attack painting either. It appears there are plenty of other rooms for me to spend my time in, when I'm not on the porch enjoying the outside views, meatballs and all.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 9:15AM
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teacats

Lovely house! Do not like the huge painting of fighting birds in that serene elegant room ... it truly dominates the feeling in the whole space ... just my opinion ....

In the dining room -- I would have like to have seen a larger longer floral centerpiece ...

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:04AM
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nancybee_2010

I can appreciate the bird painting, but I am another who doesn't like it there. The room is so serene- the painting seems jarring. A picture of beautiful birds doing something pleasant would be perfect, IMHO. But I guess the one that's there is more dynamic, thought-provoking, or ??

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 12:31PM
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lazy_gardens

Nice house, but the confluent green excrescence covering the front is ugly.

It looks like a large colony of mutant slime mold.

and those cassowaries have to go.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 12:38PM
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stinky-gardener

Gorgeous! Breathtaking! Awe-inspiring! AND...I also could do with a fewer "meatballs" in the front landscape, and above all, I agree those who find the Dueling Bird Art unsettling. Im sure it's museum quality art, but such an image can only invite discord and disruption into a home. That's my Feng-Shui take on it, and I'm sticking with it.

Otherwise...ooh and ahhh...perfection!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 2:52PM
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chijim

That Walton Ford painting in the LR is 5'x10'

That's clipped boxwood in the front of the hse,

Gil Shafer the architect also did the ID in the hse above, usually he works with Miles Redd.

Some of his other work--his Hudson Valley home.
ID by Miles Redd

NY Apt

W/Miles Redd

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 3:49PM
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artydecor

I've seen cassowaries in the zoo, and they are horrible. Remind me of a sci-fi movie I saw when I was a kid, with scientists fighting carnivorous reptile-like birds on a deserted island. Ironic, my Aunt Fanny. Never!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 5:35PM
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nancybee_2010

It sure is easy to see the dinosaur/bird genetic connection in those cassowaries!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 6:10PM
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Bethpen

I love it. The art too. I'm not sure I'd run out and buy it, but it is very cool.

Beth P.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 7:16PM
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kswl2

It's not the violence of the painting, per se, although I wouldn't want that in my living room either---Walton OR Audubon. The colors in the Walton are particularly gaudy.

Love that house with the pumpkin color in one of the rooms....yummy!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 11:20PM
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deedee99

I don't know....without the Ford the room is just another lovely and well done traditional room.

Imo, just like people with an interesting dimension to their personality that is not right on the surface, every home needs one or two things that makes you want to dig a little deeper.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 12:03PM
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deee_gw

I hate those people. ;)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 5:12PM
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lynxe

I love the painting!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:21AM
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cooperbailey

Inspiring photos. Much to learn from them. Oh and to drool over. Thanks for posting.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:01AM
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stinky-gardener

I just can't take my eyes off that last pic! What a gorgeous stairwell! It's riveting. Features such wonderful details...rich teal wall color, shadow stripes, well worn rugs, old wood floors, and the curvy, graceful elegance of the banister! What a work of art. Swoon!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 1:24PM
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Oakley

I'm one of those people who ignores most decorating "rules" so it's fun to see a few little rules broken here and there. Just little stuff.

Again, I love the layered look!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 5:06PM
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suz1023

mmm, gorgeous---i'd love to live in the hudson valley in a home like that.
of course the stables would have an equivalent level of elegance,lol.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 5:19PM
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lazydaisynot

Wonderful. I think the boxwood is fantastic.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:13PM
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