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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Estate, in Fairfax County Virginia was the plantation home of George Washington, the first President of the United States.  The original structure was built by his father in 1734. Washington began leasing the estate from his older half-brother Lawrence’s widow, Ann, in 1754. At this time the home was smaller and less decorated.  … Read the full article

Clermont House

“The spirit of Clermont is one of love, loyalty, generosity, and right living and one cannot remain within its walls and harbor thoughts contrary to that spirit—nor live a life unimbued by its enobling influence.” – Peyton Miller, 1927, A Frequent Guest At Clermont   Clermont is the oldest of the mid-Hudson River Valley estates. … Read the full article

Glenview Mansion

The Glenview Mansion listed on the National Register of Historic places as the John Bond Trevor house, is located on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, New York.  The stone house, designed by Charles W. Clinton, was built in the 1870s in the late Victorian architectural style.  John Bond Trevor, a New York Financier, built the home … Read the full article

Westchester Butler’s Pantry

I just love the historical presence of a main kitchen with a Butler’s pantry as an elegant staging area just before entering a dining room. As I have discussed in the past, most of my inspiration comes from the aesthetic of many historical Butlers’ pantries. I was fortunate in that the existing space for the … Read the full article

Kykuit

I spend a lot of time traveling to different homes that were primarily built during The Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was a Period of time in United States history that lasted from around 1879 to about 1905. Not too long after the civil war, this era was one of very rapid economic growth in … Read the full article