It has really just been a whirlwind few days of just being in the house, unpacking, shopping, and just trying to sit still a bit and enjoy. Finding this house came together quite quickly. We are both still shaking our heads a bit, as this has been something we have wanted, planned for, and have been dreaming about for close to 20 years. A dream realized in some ways does feel like a dream initially.
A bit about the house. We bought it from an architect who lived in NYC and this was his country home. He moved to New Orleans a few years ago, and decided to put it up for sale as he was using it so rarely. He put a tremendous amount of love & care into the place over the years, meticulously renovating it.
It is interesting how aesthetics can somehow align, as there really is close to nothing we would change. The moment we walked into the house we knew it was the one. The above screened in back porch has a big fireplace in it that we can’t wait to use on chilly visits.
The house was built in 1920. The area has been one of our very favorite for years. We are in the Hawthorne Valley, so you really get the rolling hills that are so iconic to the Hudson River Valley. There is the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School less than a mile away, which emphasizes environmental education and organic farming. They have a 400 acre biodynamic farm. The farm store is right next to the school in the village and it is extraordinary. That will be our grocery store. We have been to it several times each day already.
Those we know who have seen the house so far say it just seems like us. I love that. The spaces just feel good. There is a tremendous attention to detail throughout, and you all know how important I think the details are.
Of course entertaining will always play a big part of the life of any house we are in, which ultimately I think makes it a home. A smattering of hotel silver, a Hugo Guinness, a few glassybaby, a bar set-up–and we are off and running!