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.
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.
Have a great day!