End of November in the Midwest – sunny and breezy, with temps in the mid 60s so one can’t complain too much! I had cold winter days in mind as I prepared today’s post but early springtime will do as well.
A while back, Ashley Whittaker designed a cozy Millbrook farmhouse after my own heart – with comfort and relaxation in mind, a daring palette and lovely patterns throughout. You might remember it from this year’s House Beautiful April issue but I came across new shots of the interiors that didn’t make it into the magazine. Don’t you just love it when designers update their portfolios? 🙂
This house looks amazing year round but the saturated hues and cozy floor plan make it an ideal home for the holiday season. Each room is inviting and colorful, filled with comfortable chaises and sofas covered in the prettiest prints. To our delight, not a single wall was spared – wallpaper and lacquered millwork envelop the entire house.
The living room was designed with entertainment in mind. A lovely assortment of sofas, chaises and club chairs can comfortably seat large gatherings while the purple and green palette will be a great conversation starter. With the lacquered walls, the room must look amazing at night.
I love the playfulness of the dining room. Frances Elkins style dining chairs pair beautifully with a more traditional dining table.
The client’s William and Mary style cabinet displays a collection of blue and white porcelain. The shelves are covered in a Les Indiennes block print – a great way to update an older piece or family heirloom.
The library is yet another dramatic design. The wall paneling is original to the house but Whittaker brought it back to life with Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue in a lacquer finish. More window seats ( can’t have too many) and ample club chairs are enough to make me never want to leave.
Antique oversized bird prints and floral fabrics are a great way to add a natural touch.
This right here is window seat perfection!