oscar and annette de la renta’s connecticut country house in kent is everything you’d expect- grand, refined, sophisticated and chic! yesterday i did a post on their gardens in kent. today i want to peek inside the house. what you wouldn’t expect is a primary living space that serves as a living room, bedroom, dining room and library- sleeping, eating, reading, writing, living in one room.

i love oscar de la renta, i love reading, i love sleeping, i love writing, i love gardening. i love the concept of one room with it all. to be surrounded by all my books (as of now i think I’m around 1800) and all my magazines (20 years of about 30 different periodicals) would be heaven. my vast collection perfectly organized by category and date with plenty of sofas, chairs and desks for lounging, entertaining, reading and writing. this concept of a bed-sit seems very modern, very useful and very convenient!

ernesto buch, the archtitect who designed the punta cana homes of oscar, as well as, john rosselli and bunny williams, designed the 70 foot great room centered around a palladian window with breathtaking views of the magnificent gardens.

the design is inspired by the stately houses of 18th century new england. Corinthian pilasters, elaborate cornices and spectacular moldings are the details created by local carpenters. to die for english and french 18th century furniture pieces, endless yards of chintz and an overflow of books add the warmth, spirit, style and substance to the dream space. pure elegant anglophile taste.

the primary view from the palladian window is the boxwood garden, pristine compartments that bloom tulips in the spring and gardenias in the summer. spectacular! there is something so grand, yet so simple about this all-in-one self sufficient space. refined and modern, sophisticated and convenient…nothing like having it all. 

a room with a view- a room with it all!

Images in vogue, photography by francois halard

oscar and annette at the door of their connecticut country house- i love the abundance of potted boxwoods.

pristine boxwood compartments with blooming tulips.

the all-in -one self sufficient space- gorgeous architecture and details.

a small desk on the corner of the bed-sit-  sophisticated and useful.

books galore

18th century english secretary

georgian style bed in robert kime tree of life linen- i love the black lacquered doors, as well as,  the books and art leaning at foot of bed.

annette’s dressing room adjacent to her bathroom

colefax and fowler honeysuckle and butterfly linen- an early georgian secretary in annette’s bathroom- a room with it all!

a console in the main house- i love blue and white chinese porcelain.

18th century italian chair in the orangery that connects great room to the main house

main house dining room- love the painted chairs paired back to walnut table- books everywhere!

the view from the room.

an 18th century statue in the gardens.

oscars beloved tulips- the  fluting white triumphator  and queen of the night in full boom- amazing!

a statue of diana the huntress at the end of the allée of white flowering pears- what a scene- grand, refined, and sophisticated.


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