Christopher Spitzmiller’s Clove Brook Farm: Before and After

Photo by using Andrew and Gemma Ingalls

If you aren’t already familiar, Christopher Spitzmiller is the world renowned ceramist who has cornered the market on beautiful, handmade designer lamps. It used to be that all rooms in shelter mags had a high-end Hermes blanket visible somewhere. Now, that token high-end covet-worthy piece is a Spitzmiller lamp or two, by the way a pair of these handcrafted masterpieces can run you upwards of $10,000 .

His portions are suitable, and are in all likelihood the mostly lovely glazed portions you will ever find. His shapes had been copied again and again thru plenty of home decor manufacturers looking to offer the "search for much less" to budget aware customers, however not anything will ever suit his signature potential to create a lamp that shines brighter than the bulb. For greater data at the lamps and how they may be made, I extraordinarily propose taking a study this One Kings Lane interview and article on Spitzmiller’s studio.

Christopher is first-rate buddies with fashion designer Bunny Williams and her antiquarian husband, John Rosselli. He also always rubs elbows with the likes of Carloyne Roehm, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Martha Stewart to call a few.

Recently, I was on the phone with my friend Joni of Cote de Texas, where I found out that a post I had been working on was one she had already touched on here, and I realized I had to start over. I went to my books and magazines, looking for inspiration, and I realized the inspiration was everywhere, room by room, book by book, page by page – Spitzmiller lamps. While his Hudson Valley farm had been featured a few times, I realized that there was no ONE place to find all the pictures of the farm house, including comprehensive before and afters. That ends today, with this post!

Reader note: It’s no longer a brief submit. Grab a few coffee, or wine, or vodka … You’re gonna be right here some time.

The House

The earliest portions of the house have been built within the 1700s, and it’s been stated that it became completed within the 1830s, and additionally within the 1870s. I’m now not certain which is correct. With a number of possession over the last 250 years, the house had a honest percentage of renovations and revisions. When Christopher sold it, he enlisted the help of NYC architect Jonathan Parisen to assist with the work, however it changed into his long-time friend and mentor Albert Hadley who designed the brand new layout of the first floor to better match Christopher’s wishes and to present the residence better flow.

A reasonably sized domestic for a circle of relatives, it is quite the vacation house for one. A little over 2,six hundred rectangular feet, the house had serious wishes while Christopher bought it in 2005.

Before and After




Changes covered new roof, new windows, shutters, changes to the third ground attic home windows, porch replacement and repair, a entire gut preservation of the interior, and an intensive replanting of the grounds, a fieldstone patio, custom fencing, and pinnacle to bottom decoration thru Spitzmiller and Hadley alum, Harry Heissman.

There are very few images to be had of the foyer. It’s a small area in what appears to be a hardly ever entered front door of the farm house. However, the lobby boasts one of the maximum splendid corridor timber I’ve ever seen:

As I stated before, the complete residence was gutted, save for the antique moldings and trims which both stayed in location or have been loving eliminated and reapplied. Below, a photo of development:



This touchdown on the second one ground is simply out of doors of the main bedroom, and offers a incredible place to study a e-book, and a desk for preserving track of the significant gardens at Clove Brook Farm. For now although, we will head lower back downstairs, beginning with the dwelling room.

Architectural Digest showed the farmhouse to the general public in 2015, 10-years after it were purchased and all renovations had been completed. In 2016, Quintessence did a video with Christopher on the farm, however most each room that become proven have been the rooms of the AD article.

Thanks to instagram even though, there are more snap shots of the rooms available today. Including this one from Christopher’s instagram.

Here you may see the detail a touch higher at the upholstery of the leather-based side chairs. The red twill trim is carried across the room in the different upholstery, fabrics and accessories. The partitions are painted in a welcoming yellow from Benjamin Moore.

Interesting note. When Christopher was a younger man (I mean, he’s still young), he was discovered while he was an artist in residence at Mecox Gardens in Southampton by none other than famed interior designer, Albert Hadley. Hadley had been a mentor to Christopher, and before Hadley moved to Nashville from Manhattan, he sold and gifted Christopher with iconic pieces Hadley had owned for years, including the hooked zebra hide rug, and Mark Sciarillo cocktail table in the living room at Clove Brook Farm.


When Christopher went to Hadley’s NYC apartment to pick up the rug, Hadley hadn’t told him that it was glued to the floor! Christopher spent hours with a spoon and goof off carefully removing the rug so as not to cause damage to it, or the floor. Can you imagine?

After the AD article, Christopher switched out the rug inside the den for one with a pink twill border:

In an earlier ornament of the room, AD term however now not photographed, there was a bookcase and tv in the den.

Today, that has been changed through this bar installation on a small library table. Love the composition right here.

The eating room might be my favourite room at the farm house.


Up near shot of the birds in the wallpaper

The hand painted wallpaper have been originally hung inside the 1930s within the home of a family buddy to Christopher’s mother. When they sold the house, the new proprietor did not need it, and had it removed. Thankfully, a person with remarkable taste and the good sense to save such appropriate paper kept it stored in a basement for 20 years in black rubbish luggage. Christopher requested for a small pattern from his mother questioning he would possibly find a purchaser who would need the paper but decided after seeing it that it changed into the correct answer for the dining room at Clove Brook, which he calls a "bowling alley of a room".

The kitchen is the original 1700s dated structure. The rest of the house sort of was built around this throughout the 1800s. You can also see more of his kitchen inthis video. Above, in a before, it had been renovated (probably in the 80s) prior to Christopher buying the house. What he did with it was incredible!



What a lovely space. I love the painted floors – original to the house, and covered by layers of linoleum.  When this room was first furnished, Christopher had a long table in the kitchen, mimicking what his mother had in hers. But when designer Markham Roberts saw the room, he told Christopher he really needed a square table in the space. Christopher got on the phone with antiques dealer, David Duncan, and shortly after grabbed the table you see here, whichBunny Melon had once owned.




You can see here the home windows have been modified from the 2 small to the triangular window with diamond mullions.


Notice how the eaves of the room were became garage, and the HVAC tube is hidden below the built in window seat. So smart!


Here a view of the finished garage space, whole with magazines marked with notes, books, and a tv. The window seat is protected in the fabric matching the wallpaper, and pillows.

This room is actually the cover image of the new book from D. Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens.

Another guest room on the third ground.

On the second ground, a visitor room has a stunning John Roselli cover bed:

AD gave us handiest a peek into the Master Bedroom, but through instagram, different pics of the room have surfaced.




It’s a stunning home – warm, inviting and comfortable. There’s nothing about this house that feels fake, staged, or incongruous. It’s a retreat, in all senses of the word. That  brings me to the next phase of this post, and the only thing that might be more beautiful than the inside of the farmhouse: the Gardens, designed by P. Allen Smith and Christopher.

The Gardens

The farm sits on six acres of land, and it became usually a part of the overall plan to have gardens and out homes as part of the entire campus of Clove Brook Farm. Here, the first lawn from plotting to planting to fencing. When this become executed, Christopher determined it became time to add a folly to the Garden.

He had this dovecote designed, and built within the middle of the prevailing garden.


The dovecote may also were the first folly, however it wasn’t the first out constructing to be built.

When Christopher offered the house, the Nineteen Twenties era storage clearly provided little extra than area to store firewood for the house. It needed to be torn down, and re-imagined.

Now, the 2 car storage has a comparable porches to the kitchen wing of the principle residence on each aspects, and abuts the garden providing a partial wall to the space this is otherwise covered by means of a hedgerow and customized fence.

Looking off into the returned acres, you may see that there are a few Adirondack chairs, and a pile of timber simply waiting to be became an epic bonfire. Of route, Christopher had plans for this space, too.

Looking a chunk one of a kind, right? The oval pool was inspired by means of a photo of a garden inside the scrapbook that Albert Hadley gave him. Here it’s miles, poured and anticipating the final coats of black pebblefina, and subsequent to it, a rectangular of concrete. The footings of part pool house, part folly.

Christopher became inspired by Bunny Williams and this folly, which become designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman, the husband wife electricity duo chargeable for a number of the maximum terrifi landscapes in the UK and past for the reason that Eighties:

This folly in the garden of Arundel Castle was designed by the Bannerman’s, who have a book, Landscape of Dreams , which I also highly recommend.

Are you prepared to look how Christopher’s became out?


Pretty cool, huh? Christopher opened his residence and lawn up to traffic as a part of The Garden Conservancy of Dutchess County and their open gardens series, and a few fortunate traffic posted pictures of his gardens and the pool residence:

inclusive of this image of the pool residence bathroom, in development:


I mean, what!? This is going to be as splendid as the interiors of the farmhouse, it truly is for positive! The fence to the pool residence is likewise as garden folly as it’s far important.

Newly planted hedgerows will eventually create a verdant green fence for the pool and gardens, with access thru a gate that matches the others near the farm house, but in black. Stag horn busts guard the entry, and an iron statue with a beautiful patina looks out over the pool.

Before I close up on Clove Brook Farm, I desired to expose only some pix of the porches and patios Christopher has so lovingly embellished:

Fieldstone patio off of kitchen

Porch connected to the storage

Pool residence porch

Side porch to kitchen, contrary of patio

Like maximum top notch design, it would not come together with one pair of arms by myself. So if you’re involved, here’s greater at the splendid human beings who have inspired and helped to shape Clove Brook Farm to the splendor it’s miles nowadays. Design recommendation and steerage from Harry Heissman, Markham Roberts, Bunny Williams, Albert Hadley, and Furlow Gatewood.

Books by means of Christopher’s lawn dressmaker, P. Allen Smith, and creators of the foundation for his pool residence, Isabel and Julian Bannerman:

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