HOMESTEAD HOUSE CALL – A Christmas visit to a house that is a Colonial – Mid Century mix.

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On a small road, nestled at the top of its own hill, a transformed colonial (former) worker’s cottage sits proudly on view. I’ve passed this home many times and now finally have been able to photograph it to show you the surprise that waits inside.

The owners (One an accomplished painter and the other a horticulturist) have furnished this house with a daring mix of mid century modern and classic colonial. Add to that a layer of vintage Christmas decorations (pyramid windmills, nutcrackers, and hand blown glass ornaments) that have been scrupulously collected over the years and you have a surprisingly harmonious style combination! -VLR

The lovingly transformed, 18th century former worker’s cottage, sitting proudly on its own little hill, has a surreal quality in the morning light.
The front entrance of the cottage has been completely restored (Note the “eyebrow” windows on the floor above)
As you come through the front door, you are in a double sized room which was once the full cottage. On the left is a small sitting area that is an adept mix of mid century and classic colonial pieces. Antique Christmas figurines are on the fireplace mantle with an oversized mid century Italian decanter and silver 19th century candlesticks.
On the right is the dining area. Mid century modern chairs are paired with a classic mahogany table over which hangs a 50’s modern light fixture. The 3 paintings on the wall are by Howard Danelowitz the artist / owner who’s style ranges from classic realism to abstract modern.
On the dining room side wall, an early 19th century lady seems to survey the room. On the side table, Italian marble fruit and vintage nutcrackers for the holidays.
Directly off of the main room is an addition that is now the artist / owner Howard Danelowitz’s painting studio.
A work by one of the owners Howard Danelowitz who is an accomplished artist.
Directly on the right of the entry to the studio is an elegant inlaid breakfront table with 18th century dishes and two mid century Italian hand blown glass lamps. During the holidays, the collection of vintage trees are added to create a marvelous winter landscape.
Now we go directly into the kitchen which has its own exterior entrance. The cabinetry is simple in keeping with the cottage feel of the house and the lamp on the wall is lit by candlelight.
The floor boards in the kitchen are from the 1800’s and two period doors hide a pantry on the other side. Directly on the right is a door that leads to a hallway with a wonderful surprise… (see below).
Though the hallway, you are led into an amazing formal great room with large windows and a massive fireplace.
Directly on the left as you enter the great room is a door that leads to a beautiful stone patio and garden (something I hope to photograph in the spring!) Note the nutcracker and the key wind up music box on the side table.
Once again, here in the great room, we have a deft mix of mid century and classic elements. The space is dotted with orchids and other indoor plants that have been taken from the patio outside to be safe during the winter months.
The central fireplace is the star (dating from the 1800’s, then entire room was built around it) highlighted by a stunning sputnik style chandelier. Note the creche figurines on the side table that are placed for the holidays.
From the great room, we go back into the kitchen and then into the original entry room (sitting and dining areas) where a staircase leads us to the second floor.
At the top of the second floor landing is a bathroom that is reminiscent of the 1930’s. Both the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms are newly renovated in this classic style.
On the second floor, there is a mahogany dresser topped with a mid century lamp and a Christmas carousel pyramid.
The theme in this bedroom is classic Americana with a four poster bed and a red, white and blue color scheme. The two cats who live in the house were playing on the bed and one (picture) looked very comfy on the flannel comforter so I didn’t want to disturb him! The painting on the wall is by the artist / owner.
Thanks for taking the tour (and many thanks to the owners of the wonderful house)! – VLR

6 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Wonderful cozy and elegant! Love the Italian glass and vintage Christmas decorations🎄


    I find it very interesting to see just how well the two styles mix and really love the result. I am also very impressed by Howard Danelowitz’s abstract art and intend to look further into it. So, thank you!

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