AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER- PART 1- Bunny Williams

when i decided a few days ago to do a series on my favorite designers own homes, one home quickly came to mind- bunny williams and john rosselli’s new england home- a favorite designer, a favorite antique dealer- one of my favorite houses made into a home!

the story of this home, from a favorite book- an affair with a house, is similar to a story of a love affair! this new england house was bought 30 years ago by bunny and over the years she and john turned it into a lovely home! at first sight bunny knew this would be a home in which she could live in forever. the design has evolved over a long period of time- fixing one thing one year and another the next! the same process and love that goes into building a relationship goes into creating a home!

the grounds are made up of twelve acres that include the manor house, which is the main house, many porches, a sunken garden, the barn that was once used as a garage, a conservatory, the parterre garden, the most divine pool house, the woodland garden and the guest house (can you imagine being their guest?)- oh what a home!

yesterday was easter and as i write this post and reflect on yesterdays story on green gardens, i can’t help but think about how wonderful a place this would be to have easter- preparing dinner in the kitchen, giving thanks in the dining room, napping in the barn, reflecting on the porch, hunting easter eggs in the most breathtaking gardens ever- so inviting, so warm, so authentic, so real, so lovely- just like bunny and john- so very chic!

there are so many layers, parts, details, chapters to this home, too much beauty and inspiration to put in just one post- more to come! what i leave you with is the the universal story of the love and time it takes to create a home- a love affair with a house! an affair to remember! enjoy!

all images are from bunny Williams book an affair with a house- photographs by fritz von der schulenberg, richard felber, eric striffler, joe standart and jennifer greenberg.

THE MANOR HOUSE

the walkway to the entrance of the manor house is lined with boxwood balls planted 20 years ago by bunny!

THE ENTRANCE HALL- MELON WALLS, STENCILED FLOORS AND THE 19-TH CENTURY MIRROR WELCOME GUESTS.

THE LIVING ROOM- AN 18TH CENTURY ITALIAN CARVED AND GILDED MIRROR ANCHORS THis beautiful room!

19TH- CENTURY RUSSIAN TABLE IN THE LIVING ROOM- GORGEOUS!

 

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE LIVING ROOM- THE BENCHES IN FRONT OF FIREPLACE ARE ORIGINAL INSPIRATION FOR THE BEELINE PUG BENCH.

A VIEW FROM THE LIBRARY ONTO THE YARD

the library

a long view of the library looking towards the round pedestal table anchoring one end of the room

i love the gold and red color palette of the library!

A VIEW FROM THE LIBRARY INTO THE DINING ROOM

the dining room- green historic wallpaper provides a backdrop for a round dining table with black lacquered regency chairs- my favorite thing in this room is the black and gold tole light fixture- chic!

i love the dining table set with blue and white canton china- the blue accents in the green dining room is simply perfection! a perfect setting for easter dinner!

I COVET THIS kitchen STORAGE CLOSET- EVERYTHING FROM LINENS TO CANDLES- so CHIC!

the breakfast table with italian cane chairs in the kitchen

the MASTER BEDROOM- I LOVE THE HAND EMBROIDERED INDIAN COTTON AND GINGHAM BED HANGINGS- bunny does bedrooms so well, actually, she’s the best at everything!

the dressing table in the master bedroom- i love the curtains made from handblocked cotton by robert kime- chic!

the guest bedroom- the mirror hanging over the dresser is the original inspiration for the beeline point of view mirror

THE guest bath- b for blue!

one of the many porches- i love all the wicker chairs, the painted finishes and the sky blue painted ceiling!

an antique plant stand with an abundance of ivies, ferns and herbs- love!

a view from the master bedroom onto the gardens

the carriage house

the backyard and gardens- a perfect place for an easter egg hunt!

the sunken garden- i love the box hedges around the pool!

bunny and john’s home and gardens- an affair to remember!

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  1. Very inspiring hearing bunny speak at the SF Fall Antiques Show lecture series in 2010 during her “scrapbook for living” book tour.

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  2. This Book sits right on my Cocktail table, I never get tired of Looking through it, really lovely posts!! Bunny and John know how to live!

  3. I love Bunny Williams and all she decorates! I have had the PRIVILEGE of hearing her speak two times and meeting her. She is so gracious…beyond words. she evoked so much respect she received a standing ovation at the design bloggers conference in la this year. i like you love the way she lives her life and has an affair with her house!

  4. quite possibly my favorite design book ever because, as you say, it tells the story so well. it is truly about how you live with design, making a house a home and expressing your creativity and appreciation of beauty throughout every aspect of life!!

  5. Having just bought an old farmhouse in the litchfield area, this is great inspiration for some landscaping ideas. love BW and totally share the love of the area.

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  6. Oh, how I love bunny williams. though i truly enjoy and respect michael smith, i would have hired bunny to do the white house–it just felt as though it was her turn–and it would have been great to see her approach to the project. Thank you so much for bringing bunny to light today, mark.

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  7. Mark,

    How wonderful…I have adored both these very talented people for so long. There country house is a tribute to each…Indeed, “An Affair To Remember.” `mss

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  8. This Book has been a great help and inspiration to mE as i decorate our first home. The book “litchfield Style” Contains aDditional views of Bunny’S home – more Wonderful eye candy!

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