I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think. So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move). One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American House. I’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.
Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home. Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:
This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.
So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.
Every detail just sings, but in such a subtle way (those little windows above the porch! The hudges!)
The crisp hedges give the garden a contemporary edge.
What a property!
I love how streamlined the landscaping is– not fussy or overdone, just a few repeated favorites- boxwood, hydrangea, grass and beautiful stone work.
The interior has that combination of ease and formality that is actually trickly to do without it looking forced.
Those floors! It’s hard to believe this is a newly built home!
This project (which is on the cover of his book) is a renovation of an 1843 Greek Revival home in Charleston, SC. Combining rustic and grand design, they restored it to its original glory.
Charleston is such a charming city, and the secret gardens are my favorite– this one happens to be pretty darn spectacular!
How insane is this dining room mural?
The lack of furniture here makes you really note just how amazing this building is (those windows!!!)
I die for this bathroom.
A cozy study.
A bold color choice for the halls, but one that works perfectly.