An 18-Century Farmhouse Gets a New Life in Picturesque Silvermine

An 18-Century Farmhouse Gets a New Life in Picturesque Silvermine

Since the late 17th century, historic Silvermine has morphed from a rural farming community into a coveted suburban neighborhood. It was in this quaint corner of Connecticut with its narrow winding roads meandering through thickly wooded homesteads that Lisa and Eric Hilderbrand set their hopes on finding a remodeling project. “It was 2001, and I was casually seeing what was on the market in the antique fixer-upper department,” says Lisa Hilderbrand, an interior designer. “And there it was: 7,200 square feet, seven fireplaces, seven bedrooms, sleeping porches and a ballroom.”

Designer Steven Gambrel Returns a Greenwich Village Row House to Its Historic Roots

Designer Steven Gambrel Returns a Greenwich Village Row House to Its Historic Roots

Although some people might argue that Greenwich Village has sold its soul to commercial interests—just take a stroll down Bleecker Street—countless artists, writers, and musicians still make their homes in its historic row houses. The four-story redbrick charmer on these pages is a rescue, lifted from years of abuse by loving owners and the talents of designer Steven Gambrel, whose office is only a few blocks away, off Sheridan Square.

O'Neill Rose Architects Revives a Faded Townhouse on the Upper East Side

O'Neill Rose Architects Revives a Faded Townhouse on the Upper East Side

Sometimes, creating a suitably modern home requires turning back the clock. That’s what O’Neill Rose Architects did when they renovated a landmarked Romanesque Revival townhouse for a couple with three school-aged daughters. Like many city brownstones, the formerly grand five-story structure had suffered the indignities of being chopped up by developers into floor-through apartments over the years. “There were something like 20 different renovations over the course of the building’s life. We wanted to recapture its elegance, but create a totally contemporary home.”

Philip Gorrivan's Treehouse Is a Fantasy Come to Life

Philip Gorrivan's Treehouse Is a Fantasy Come to Life

A couple of years ago, designer Philip Gorrivan designed a tree house at his Washington, CT, house for his two kids, but admits that having a tree house was always a fantasy of his. Not wanting anything too cutesy, he dreamed up a structure with a sleek Scandinavian-like feel and had a local carpenter bring his vision to life. Standing 40 feet tall, the structure is clearly the work of a designer.

Cricket Burns' Carnegie Hill Home is Filled with Crush-Worthy Finds

Cricket Burns' Carnegie Hill Home is Filled with Crush-Worthy Finds

For fashion editor and new-media maven Cricket Burns, life is a mix of color, memories, Mick Jagger, and Chanel. A veteran of magazine publishing, Burns has spent her career sniffing out style on a daily basis. When it came to redoing her present digs—a three-bedroom apartment in a century-old building that she shares with her family—Burns was all too happy to paint it with her characteristic broad brushstrokes.

Lee Ann Thornton Keeps it Fresh and Young for a Family of Five

Lee Ann Thornton Keeps it Fresh and Young for a Family of Five

Interior designer Lee Ann Thornton likes to plan ahead. So much so that when a young couple seeks her expertise for their home, she often begins by envisioning the baby shower, followed by the tenth birthday party, high school graduation, maybe a wedding in the living room. “I think about families being together and being together in every room of the house,” she says. “I think, too, about every joyous celebration that a family could observe over the years. I design with that in mind.”

George Stacey's Women

George Stacey's Women

Though not nearly as well known as his contemporaries, such as Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish, interior designer George Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-century decorating—in addition to an impressive client list, as Maureen Footer points out in her new biography, just out from Rizzoli

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