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Chic Carriage House

by habituallychic

07 . 12 . 11
Thank you for all the anniversary comments and emails as well as new apartment well wishes.  I know everyone is anxious to see photos but my new place is definitely not ready for its close up.  Even though the owner had the apartment painted in my choice of colors, the kitchen needed a little revision.  I also can’t wait until my new shower curtain in delivered from Restoration Hardware so the unfortunate shower doors with flower decoration can be removed.  And considering that my temporary shade just fell down, I think I need to place an order for window treatments asap.  We’ve still got mounds of books in boxes still waiting to be unpacked.  I can’t wait until everything is in its place and I can relax and enjoy my new apartment. 
I came across these photos of interior designer Bruce Budd’s carriage house in an old issue of World of Interiors that I was cleaning out before my move.  I love how everything is perfectly placed and has room to breathe.  Bruce Budd happens to be the decorator for the Mellon family who put him up in their carriage house which has since been sold.  In the photos, you can see where carriages used to be stored on the first floor, now a space for cars, and the walkway the horses were led up to the stalls.  Rich families on the Upper East Side didn’t want their stinky stables right next to their mansions so many were built on East 70th Street. Now this one is owned by a rich finance guy.  There is a joke in there somewhere.  More importantly, I wonder where Bruce Budd lives now and when we’ll see it. 

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  1. Eclectic Etcetera July 12, 2011 | 2:57 am

    I’ve had a pretty good day, but despite that, I think this post was the best part of it. Absolutely beautiful space. I do hope to see some of Mr. Budd’s work soon… as well as pics of your new space once settled. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karena July 12, 2011 | 3:11 am

    A great space! Love how Budd combines the modern with antiques. Yes would love to see his current home!


    Art by Karena

  3. The Devoted Classicist July 12, 2011 | 3:31 am

    Despite the whacky floor plans and claims that it was in poor condition, I think I could be comfortable there!

  4. Eye See Pretty July 12, 2011 | 3:34 am

    Great post! I love carriage houses. We have a fair number of them here in Toronto as well…


  5. Allison Egan July 12, 2011 | 9:30 am

    what an amazing home! we lived in a small convert carriage house in france for a few months but it was certainly not this chic – agree its wonderful how its not too cramped!! lovely!
    xo Allison


  6. Jane Kilpatrick Schott July 12, 2011 | 9:37 am

    Totally amazing….these go into my file. Utterly timeless. Yes, we must find BRUCE! Just stunning.

  7. Good Style Hunter July 12, 2011 | 9:58 am

    The color, light, and texture make it warm and modern for modern life – I really love it…

  8. Erin July 12, 2011 | 11:44 am

    What a gorgeous home. I esp love the floors!

  9. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen July 12, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Talk about good taste. The wealthy sure know how to live don’t they?

  10. Southgate July 12, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    I love that space…all those fine pieces on a sedate white background. And that garage? That is NYC GOLD!

  11. Courageous Designs July 12, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Just Beautiful.

  12. Eileen July 12, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Love, love, love how the interior of this home is decorated! Keep it in you’re files…will need you to consult it if I ever come into a windfall and need someone to consult on furnishing and arranging my new residence!!

  13. mary July 13, 2011 | 5:14 am

    Classic, Sparse and Beautiful. Can’t wait for the photos!!

  14. DJ July 13, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Reminds me of Bill Blass’s two residences by MAC II such a skillful mix…

  15. mydeco July 14, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Looks fantastic! Like the bright and fresh feel of the house.

  16. JANICE TJIOE July 24, 2011 | 5:52 pm