So many beautiful homes exist in this part of the country, it is difficult to leave Pennsylvania when I keep finding more beautiful homes to talk about. Lauren Sara, designer of stylish maternity clothes and author of Expecting Style, purchased this Colonial Revival when it was covered in "vines and weeds." Unlike the Wyeths and Frolic Weymouth, she "gutted the interior." She wanted a "loftlike space" in which to showcase her American folkart and beautiful antiques, and she succeeds as the photos from Architectural Digest, June 2006, reveal.
A view of the library with those long bookcases and deep windows. I always want my tables to have nothing on them, but someone always puts car keys or remotes on them.
Fish decoys are displayed in this bedroom, and a "1775 comb-back Windsor chair sits at a desk with and inlaid-leather blotter." So tasteful.
"Floating shelves that Sara designed hold shoes and leather boxes in the dressing area." (My fantasy dressing room would look like this; my reality dressing room does not.)
Love this guest room. While the master bedroom is beautiful, the size of this one seems cozier. The decoys on the deep window sill, the antique basket and primitive portrait are perfect.
I'm setting my next outside table with those multi-wicked pillars at one end and a spray of flowers on the other. Looks so inviting and a little funky. Look at that view.
Landscape designer, Edwina von Gael "convinced her client that her house didn't need the shrubs that surround most houses." Lauren Sara "didn't need much convincing." She thinks it now has a "quiet, regal appearance." It really does seem regal; it has great bones.
I hope you love this house as much as I do. So different from the homes in my earlier posts, yet it contains so many similar elements: stone exterior, authentic antiques, and elegant taste in beautiful countryside.
If I can find the magazine I'm seeking, my next post will be about a very talented sculptor who also lives in Pennsylvania. Keep your fingers crossed.