Blog Posts - The Country House



Keep in mind that the country house Diamond State Maisons remains in France

Keep in mind that the country house Diamond State Maisons remains in Francecentury and in Italy, you’ll notice that this is often regarding the time of the baroque design. this is often a really early type of design, however a really lovely vogue.&...
by betta-fish.com on Mar 15, 2016

The Country House {From My Perspective}

Late last Summer – before we bought the New Old Stone House – I started a series of blog posts about different rooms and the decorating decisions I had made for The Country House. I had some ‘before photos’ and lots of ‘...
by ABCD Design on Aug 11, 2015

The Country House {From My Perspective}

Late last Summer – before we bought the New Old Stone House – I started a series of blog posts about different rooms and the decorating decisions I had made for The Country House. I had some ‘before photos’ and lots of ‘...
by ABCD Design on Aug 11, 2015

Painted Black Kitchen Cabinets {The Rise of the Black Kitchen}

Ever since the early to mid 2000’s when Christopher Peacock made the ‘all white kitchen’ the go to look for a clean and bright kitchen renovation, I have been speculating about what would be next. I fell head over heels for the tra...
by ABCD Design on Apr 27, 2015

Holiday Decorating and the House Renovation Begin!

You remember last week when I was feeling sort of low, right? Working on a complete historic home renovation while trying to keep The Country House picture perfect for real estate showings during the Holiday Season is likely contributing to the pres...
by ABCD Design on Dec 9, 2014

Holiday Decorating {and the House Renovation} Has Begun!

You remember last week when I was feeling sort of low, right? Working on a complete historic home renovation while trying to keep The Country House picture perfect for real estate showings during the Holiday Season is likely contributing to the pres...
by ABCD Design on Dec 9, 2014

Outdoor Holiday Decorations and Lighting {Better Homes and Gardens}

The most wonderful time of year has arrived! I stopped at Barnes and Noble last night to pick up a few Indian Cookery books and noticed that the December BHG is out. (Do you remember when Karin and Matthew visited with me last Winter?) I am delighted...
by ABCD Design on Nov 20, 2014

Domaine and Sketch 42 Blog {ABCDdesign Feature}

Do you remember earlier this Summer when Nicole Cohen came to visit the Country House? When she pulled into the driveway she said “I knew you lived in the country…but holy $!%# THIS is remote.” We ate, drank, went antiquing, and she...
by ABCD Design on Oct 16, 2014

The Country House: Wall Street Journal House of the Day

To my great delight, The Country House has been named Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day! This is a huge thrill for me and our real estate listing! You know the only section of the WSJ that I never miss is Mansion, right? I am obsessed w...
by ABCD Design on Sep 8, 2014

“When all is done and perfect, what do you have to dream about?”

A New York Times article in the Great Homes and Destinations section recently wrapped up with “When all is done and perfect, what do you have to dream about?” That statement definitely struck a chord with me. Ever since I put the word out on my F...
by ABCD Design on Aug 26, 2014

A NEW LOOK for ABCDdesign!

As you might remember, I went for rustic when we were doing the main floor of the country house – no pigment, lots of trowel marks and variation in monotone white and grey color – and then the epoxy failed and turned yellow two weeks befo...
by ABCD Design on Aug 7, 2014

A NEW LOOK for ABCDdesign!

As you might remember, I went for rustic when we were doing the main floor of the country house – no pigment, lots of trowel marks and variation in monotone white and grey color – and then the epoxy failed and turned yellow two weeks befo...
by ABCD Design on Aug 7, 2014

Old House {Gladiolus} LOVE

We’re having the most sublime weather in Northwest Connecticut right now – it’s been topping out at 70 degrees. I came up from the City yesterday to meet with our realtor so he could shoot a listing video. As I pulled in the drivewa...
by ABCD Design on Jul 30, 2014

Old House {Gladiolus} LOVE

We’re having the most sublime weather in Northwest Connecticut right now – it’s been topping out at 70 degrees. I came up from the City yesterday to meet with our realtor so he could shoot a listing video. As I pulled in the drivewa...
by ABCD Design on Jul 30, 2014

Old House {Gladiolus} LOVE

We’re having the most sublime weather in Northwest Connecticut right now – it’s been topping out at 70 degrees. I came up from the City yesterday to meet with our realtor so he could shoot a listing video. As I pulled in the drivewa...
by ABCD Design on Jul 30, 2014

4th of July {Lookbook}

Early last week I had Nicole from Sketch42Blog up to The Country House for a little pretty-making, photo taking and antiquing. She spends her Summers near the ocean, so from what she tells me it was a fun little getaway to see what “country liv...
by ABCD Design on Jul 7, 2014

Wisteria {Barely In Bloom} and Succulents

Do you remember last year’s show of magnificent Wisteria blooms? I had no idea how good I had it! Well, I take that back. I sort of knew, actually. The first two years we were in the house we had one or two blooms on it. Last year was a comple...
by ABCD Design on Jun 3, 2014

A Photo Shoot at The Country House {ABCD Guest-Hostess on #DesignLux}

Good morning folks! Wow, what a crazy fun week this has been. It started out with a trip to the City on Sunday evening. I woke up early on Monday and went to the NYC wholesale flower market where I picked up all of my very favorite blooms. I got peac...
by ABCD Design on Apr 3, 2014

BHG Photo Shoot {Packing Away The Pinecones: Spring is Coming.}

In the last few days I have seen signs that Spring is on it’s way. The Crabapple Trees outside the wee-red TV house in the back yard have dropped their Winter berries and the Robin Red Breasts have arrived to gobble them up off the snow! Each m...
by ABCD Design on Mar 1, 2014

ABCDDesigns Home {featured in} New England Home Magazine

At long last, the snow flies again in Northwest Connecticut. You know what that means, right? Our house is published in New England Home! I received a copy in my mailbox yesterday – which was completely and totally thrilling. To be honest, u...
by ABCD Design on Jan 17, 2014


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