In other country-house-news, let's take a moment to obsess over this stunning home of lamp-maker-to-the-stars (and the President) Christopher Spitzmiller. It was featured in this month's Architectural Digest and it is sheer country home perfection.
The house, which was designed with the help of Harry Heissman, is complete with views that rival Stone Barns.
I love that he kept the kitchen feeling like a country house. It would have been easy to gut it and do a white marble extravaganza, but this kitchen, while updated, still feels like a natural part of the house. The fireplace, wooden table and exposed beams make you feel like you're in the French countryside (always a plus). The colorful door adds an insane amount of character to the space. I only wish he would have done a dutch door so the top could be stay open.
I never totally understood the obsession with Dodie Thayer's lettuce ware...until now. Now, I want to fill my house with it. It's like a little art exhibit on the shelf (no surprise that Spitzmiller would appreciate that). By the way Tory Burch has just relaunched Dodie Thayer's lettuce ware so we can all get in on the action.
I'm not usually a big fan of wallpaper murals, but this one has my heart. (I'm flip flopping like a politician over here). The jewel tones are gorgeous and the print looks like a magical watercolor. And those Frances Elkins style chairs? Divine.
This room is my absolute favorite. Albert Hadley's firework wallpaper (available through Hinson) is fitting for a country house where every day should feel like the Fourth. Painting the floors is such an easy way to update the space and add an unexpected design element to the room.