With a degree in architectural history and a lifelong passion for gardens, landscape designer Glenn Hillman devoted 17 years caring for his family’s historical gardens in Litchfield County, Connecticut. His appreciation for color and love of traditional structures resulted in an exquisite, historically accurate property.
When his parents bought the 18th century house, two decades ago, Hillman went immediately to work in redesigning its outdoors. One of his first decisions was to remove the swimming pool – it didn’t fit with his plans for a classic New England garden – so it had to go. In the process of designing the landscape plans, Hillman drew inspiration from visits to Colonial Williamsburg and analyzing many colonial gardens.
In its current state, the garden is symmetric and traditional in feel. It includes a potager and herb garden, and is surrounded by brick paths connecting its different corners. Hillman placed focal points throughout: bee skeps, an armillary, crisp white picket fences and birdhouses. The herb garden in particular is a place of beauty and unexpected plants: parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme blend in with perfumed perennials like lilac and roses, geraniums and irises. Unlike any other herb garden, this one is filled with colors and textures. I find it extremely beautiful!
For well over two decades, Lynn Morgan and her design team have been creating beautiful homes throughout the country. Their projects range from serene vacation properties on the island of Nantucket, condos in Palm Beach and the Rockies to sleek Metropolitan New York and Connecticut apartments.
However, her coastal projects are particularly beautiful and among my favorites. Overall, Lynn’s design philosophy is one I adhere to. Her appreciation of classical design and architecture is evident in all of her projects and her personal take on tradition results in interiors that are crisp and vibrantly colorful. Famous for her love of blues and greens, her designs are always fresh.
What set this home apart is how relaxed and collected it feels. Set in Wilson Point and a decade old, it still looks great!
Lately I’ve been thinking more color and pattern than usual. Looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon this beautiful bedroom designed by Cathy Kincaid and thought it hit all the right notes. It might be too much for some, but I love its old world feel. That oversized paisley alone is enough to get my attention. Add to that the fact that this bedroom is part of a gorgeous NYC penthouse overlooking Central Park!
The spring issue of House Beautiful is out on the newsstands and it is gorgeous! I feel repetitive when it comes to House Beautiful, but they are on an incredible streak of gorgeous issues and have my full attention. The March edition talks color in countless ways, and displays some wonderful projects in vibrant hues, signed by designers like Nick Olsen, Melissa Rufty, Chloe Warner and Elizabeth Bauer Watt. To name just a few.
With a vast portfolio that is as diverse as it is beautiful, the Manhattan-based firm Carrier & Company has cemented its status as one of the best design firms in the country. Their clientele includes Anna Wintour, Jessica Chastain, Jason Wu and Annie Leibovitz to name a few. Their aesthetic is a fun mix of old and new, best described as timeless sophistication. This Southampton project is no exception. Many years after its publication in Vogue, this home remains a fresh inspiration.
The interiors are a canvas of neutrals on which a subtle story of blues unfolds. From delicate prints and fabrics, to chinoiserie jars and wallpaper, the different ways in which blue is used make the home unexpected, layered and colorful. The fact that the landscape design was imagined by the talented Miranda Brooks is a wonderful bonus. Enjoy!