A Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Happy Eclipse Day!

I’ll be signing off shortly and head South for a better view but not before a quick Monday post. I wrote about architect Gil Schafer’s Middlefield home a few weeks ago and recently came across his latest published project. In its September 2017 issue, Traditional Home Magazine offers a tour of a beautiful Dutch Colonial style “new old house” with architecture by Schafer, interiors by designer Libby Cameron and landscape by the talented Miranda Brooks. What a great trio!

One of Schafer’s calling cards when designing new homes is a strong connection to the past. His homes are perfectly appointed for modern life yet retain an old world nostalgia. In this particular case, the Dutch Colonial style home is built with historical accuracy in mind.  Many old house on the East Coast started life in the late 18th century and “if they’re still around today, they probably were added to by each generation”, Schafer explains. Painted wood-shingle siding gives the home a cozy scale. Homes  evolve over time and it’s precisely this attention to historical details that makes Schafer  great.

Cafe Design | Exterior

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Dutch Door

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Hallway

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Entry

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Stair Detail

My favorite spaces in the home tour are the kitchen and the guest bedroom shown bellow. An iconic wallpaper envelops the sloped ceiling of an upstairs bedroom while an eyebrow dormer brings light into the adjoining bathroom. The kitchen is a farmhouse dream. Painted ceiling beams, wrought-iron hinges, painted knobs and recessed panel cabinetry create a traditional kitchen with a timeless appeal.

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Guest Bedroom

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Bath

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Kitchen

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer Butler's Pantry

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer 2

Have a great day!



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  1. Lisa
    August 23, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Such a stunning home! Gil Schafer always gets it right!

    • Eva Contreras
      August 23, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Yes, he does! xo

  2. August 23, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Gorgeous home! I would never guess it was new. Love the blue cabinets and breezeway (if that’s what it’s called), thank you!

    • Eva Contreras
      August 23, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you, Jolain! Making the new feel old and loved is not an easy task and Gil Schafer does it beautifully… xo, Eva