I’m always on the look out for truly special homes to share with you. This 1860, Civil War era, Greek Revival home in Millbrook, New York made the cut. Though the exterior is grand, the rest of the home is cozy and beautiful. I will eat my hat (my imaginary hat since I’m not wearing one) if Mario Buatta didn’t have a hand in designing the Master bedroom. If he didn’t design it, he surely must have been the inspiration behind it.
At one time the home belonged to Blaine Trump, the sister-in-law of Donald Trump. She put it on the market a few years ago, so she doesn’t live there today. Is that a “haint blue” ceiling, I see? I think it might be! The home is located in Millbrook, New York and sits on 198 acres in the Hudson Valley.
The entry is very much what you might expect to find in a historic home. I wonder if the topiary trees normally live out on the porch. They seem a little too big for the entry and block the light coming in through the windows. Maybe the rug was fading and they placed them there to block the light on purpose.
The living room has two fireplaces! Can you imagine having both of them blazing away during a party. I’ve seen really large rooms with fireplaces at either end facing each other, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen them in this configuration. If this room had been a bit wider, it would have made a wonderful ballroom back in the day.
Plaid! If you’re going to do it, then do it big! I’m pinning this to my “plaid/tartan” board on Pinterest! Check it out if you love plaid, too!
Love the kitchen! Notice how they used a combination of wood and marble for the counter tops. They also added in touches of blue which ties in nicely with the sunroom we see through the doorway. Gorgeous floors!
A bay area with a window seat and table for dining.
This may be a hearth room or keeping room since it’s immediately off the kitchen, but I’m calling it a sunroom with all these glorious windows. This room could have made it into Carolyne Roehm’s book, A Passion for Blue and White.
This is one of the things I love about this home, the decorating isn’t wishy-washy. They went all the way with the design they chose for each room as we saw in the tartan/plaid room. Blaine must be a collector of antique blue and white porcelain.
You’ll notice wood stacked in almost every room which makes me think the wood-burning fireplaces were used on a regular basis. (Scroll back up two pictures to see the fireplace in this room.)
The formal dining room is surprisingly understated. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to dine here in the winter with a crackling fire nearby.
This is one of my favorite rooms in the home. It’s just so, so cozy! I would live in the wingback chair near the fireplace, perfect spot for reading each evening. I like the mix of floral fabrics (draperies, sofa) with plaid (chair, pillow). Okay, let’s check out the master bedroom that has Mario Buatta‘s name written all over it!
What do you think, did Mario have a hand in this? In love! A bed like that is on my fantasy wish list. Such a beautiful room!
Did you notice this bedroom has a “mystery” chair? If you’re wondering why there’s a chair at the end of the bed facing back toward the bed, check out this previous post, especially the comments on that post: The Mystery Chair. If I had a mystery chair in my bedroom, it would look like this, piled high with books!
Okay, so we know the origin of the mystery chair. I have another mystery for you. Check out the unique furniture here beside the bathtub.
At first I thought that was a chair frame, but it has a shelf built into it. Have you ever seen a piece like that? It appears to be there for holding towels. I don’t think it’s a chair that someone converted for this purpose because the legs are too low for it to have been a chair…unless they cut the legs down. What do you think? In all my historic home tours, I’ve never run across one of these.
This home has 7 bedrooms and 10 baths! This was the only other bedroom included in the listing. That beautiful window with the plush window seat looks like something out of an imaginary dream home, or a set for a movie. Sooo beautiful! We should be including these special little niches in all the homes we build today, they give a room so much warmth and personality!
I think this may be a back hallway which means this house has a back stairway, too! Love those in a home!
Notice the antlers and antique rattan fishing creel decor. This just feels like a home you could really live in and enjoy.
Here are a few more beautiful, historic homes with cozy interiors you won’t want to miss: Designer Carolyn Westbrooks home in Texas
You’ll find more information about the home featured in today’s post here: The Wall Street Journal