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Weekend Escape

by habituallychic

01 . 07 . 08

When I opened the Escapes section of The New York Times on Friday, the last thing I was expecting to find was a design feature about the weekend retreat of one about the city’s most interesting couples, Derek and Michelle Sanders. He owns his own architecture firm that has designed the interiors of The Standard Hotel in LA and my favorite restaurant in New York, La Esquina, which is also co-owns. She used to be an editor at Vogue before leaving to work for Juicy Couture, Miu Miu and Donna Karen where she is now SVP of DK Collection accessories.

I profiled their New York apartment when I first started my blog but for those of you who missed it, you can check it out here. You can see similarities in the apartment and the rural retreat three hours north of the city in the use if white but I really like how they decorated the converted old barn with more rustic and country looking furniture. It really fits the space.

It looks like the place is still a work in progress in some areas. The floor in the living room appears to be just painted plywood while the kitchen has wide plant hardwood floors. I personally would have liked it if they had anchored the living room seating arrangement with some kind of rug but maybe they are still searching for one. I could see a braided rug fitting in perfectly in this space.

I think the large flag lends a nice Americana feel to the place. I wish the article had shown more photos but it was still fun to peak inside and see what this creative couple has been up to lately. It would also be nice if they would grant me access to the super secret VIP reservation number to La Esquina since I’ve written about them twice. I wonder who I need to talk to about that.

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  1. Alice Olive January 7, 2008 | 4:10 pm

    Fabulous. I love the kitchen and that dining table is to die for. I love the overall scale of this home. Big and beautiful while still subtle.

  2. Brilliant Asylum January 7, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I like the industrial-loft-meets-American-barn thing they have going. Their NY apartment rocks too.

  3. Mrs. Blandings January 7, 2008 | 8:09 pm

    Love the charcoal of the outside as well.

  4. Habitually Chic January 7, 2008 | 8:46 pm

    Hi Olive, I love overscale of the home too. It used to be a barn that housed cars before the redid the place. Amazing!

  5. Habitually Chic January 7, 2008 | 8:47 pm

    BA, I think The Sanders and their homes rock!

  6. Habitually Chic January 7, 2008 | 8:48 pm

    Mrs. Blandings, On the front of the Escapes section was a little photo of the red door and charcoal barn which was what intrigued me to look further. It’s a great building!

  7. maison21 January 8, 2008 | 6:40 am

    the outside is awesome, but that living room is a little too authentically hand me down looking for me (in the down shot esp.- when looking through the kitchen it’s not so bad because of the stove and flag).

  8. michelle January 8, 2008 | 6:21 pm

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing, how beautiful! I would love to hang out there for sure

  9. MABELLE January 8, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    What a GORGEOUS home! Sometimes living in the city makes me want to move to the country and get a huge home for 1/8th of the cost of living here- haha. Great post 🙂

  10. Habitually Chic January 8, 2008 | 6:44 pm

    Maison21, I kind of agree with you a little bit. I really do hope they are still working on things…like getting a rug to cover the painted plywood floor. Other than that, I think it’s nice and spacious.

  11. Habitually Chic January 8, 2008 | 6:45 pm

    Michelle, if you read the article, it sounds like they have fun there too!

  12. Habitually Chic January 8, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    M.A. Belle, I thought the same thing when I found out how much it cost and how big it is! But it’s also three hours away and I don’t drive so I guess I’m stuck here in my tiny one bedroom apartment in the sky. Lol!

  13. ALL THE BEST January 8, 2008 | 9:18 pm

    Nice post, thanks for sharing. I love their style.

  14. Patricia Gray January 9, 2008 | 3:42 pm

    Love the color they painted the outside and I see a Red front or side door.

  15. Habitually Chic January 10, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    Ronda, they do have fabulous style!

  16. Habitually Chic January 10, 2008 | 7:57 pm

    Patricia, I think the red door is the best part!