Millbrook Manor

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? 🙂

Ashley Whitaker


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.

Window seat

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.

Living Room



I love the playfulness of the dining room. Frances Elkins style dining chairs pair beautifully with a more traditional dining table.

Dining Room

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.


Library Close-up

Antique oversized bird prints and floral fabrics are a great way to add a natural touch.

Ashley Whitaker

This right here is window seat perfection!

Window Seat Red



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  1. Diana Bier
    November 28, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Wow, Eva, this home is stunning! Would you know the name of the floral pattern on the living room club chairs?

    • Eva Contreras
      November 28, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Hi, Diana! I’m glad you like this home! The fabric on the armchairs is called Bailey Rose, Cowtan and Tout (I’m obsessed with it too) but a close one is Nancy, Grisaille from Schumacher.

      • Diana Bier
        November 28, 2017 / 6:17 pm

        Thanks so much, Eva!

  2. Kate Robinson
    November 28, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Love the fabric on the shade above the window seat. Do you know the manufacturer?
    Also, any suggestions where I might find legs with casters like those on the living room ottoman?
    Love your blog!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 28, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by! The fabric is Jardin des Plants, Quadrille. As for the legs, you can find many ottomans on casters through the major online retailers (One Kings Lane comes to mind) but you can also purchase the casters separately in a hardware store and have them installed on armchairs or any piece really.

  3. November 28, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    That is a fabulous home. I must have missed this publication, which surprises me as Ashley Whittaker is one of my favorite designers. Thanks for sharing!

  4. November 29, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I love everything that Ashley Whittaker designs and this is no exception! The library is fantastic–she always creates such sophisticated yet cozy ones. There seem to be so many pretty properties in Millbrook–I have never been there but think I might need to take a day trip there when we are out east in the summer. Thanks so much for sharing this gem Eva!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 29, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      I agree, Elizabeth! Ashley Whittaker is great, her love of saturated hues and lacquer finishes is so bold yet she gets it right every time! Millbrook is on our list too… 🙂

  5. Marta
    December 11, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Gorgeous! Love The Hague Blue!!

    • Eva Contreras
      December 11, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Thanks, Marta! xo

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