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10 . 22 . 12
I’m still under the weather and having all sorts of technical difficulties today.  (When it rains, it pours.)  Makes me wish I had a place to escape to like designer Daniel Romualdez.  Not only is his new weekend home in Connecticut chic but it used to belong to fashion designer Bill Blass.  I love that he’s now the caretaker to such a historic home.  (You can read the whole story here.) He called on his friend and landscape designer Miranda Brooks to pull the garden and exterior of the property together.  In case you didn’t know, Miranda Brooks is also featured in  my book Creativity at Work which will be released next week which I’m very excited about.  But until then, I’m off to deal with my nagging cough and computer issues.  Later skaters. 
UPDATE: There were more photos in this post but I was asked by Conde Nast to take them and any others I’ve posted from Architectural Digest and Vogue off of my blog.  Going forward, I will no long be buying or promoting either of their magazines. 

A view of the Bill Blass decorated interior. 

A view of the Bill Blass living room. 

Bill Blass’s bedroom. 

Top photo by Oberto Gili for Vogue 

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  1. Tara Dillard October 22, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    Remember the Blass garden well. Love the serendipity of catching up with it again.

    Noticed the chickens. OMG, keeping a garden fabulous with free range chickens is a talent.

    Only chickens can teach this talent.

    It’s obvious I’ve had to be taught.

    Garden & Be Well, XO TAra

  2. Foodie October 22, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    In a word….SUBLIME!!!
    I hope Daniel doesn’t allow himself to get over exposed!! His projects are still such delightful surprises!!

    Feel better Heather!!

  3. Bumble at home October 22, 2012 | 11:20 pm

    The house and garden are fabulous in both incarnations
    but that photograph of Miranda Brooks and her daughter is
    absolutely wonderful.

  4. JJ Good Magee October 23, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Thank you for the beautiful post. I swear by time release vitamin C. It gets me through cold season and traveling.

  5. MJH Design Arts October 23, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Both incarnations are gorgeous. The antique furniture and decorative elements in the Bill Blass home speak to the depth of his design knowledge. The late 18th c. and early 19th c. pieces are the best of the best. Thanks. (Hope that you are soon back to full tilt)

  6. MJH Design Arts October 23, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Hi Heather, I think that I’m confused: is the dining room with the blue and white chinese export china a Bill Blass room or a Romualdez creation? It is amazing either way.

  7. AB October 27, 2012 | 1:07 am

    Am really surprised about AD & Vogue! I use some of their images on my blog too and so do a lot of other people. Can you share why they have doe this? You only portray everything so beautifully.

  8. Filia Artis October 29, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Too bad about Conde Nast 🙁 Would never have discovered and become interested in these magazines/related books if it hadn’t been for your blog introducing me to the images.


  9. thethirdcouture October 30, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    The rooms looks amazing. Wish my place looked like that.