Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday showhouse.......and you're invited!

How wonderful are Sundays? For me, they are a highly anticipated day as its a "free pass" to do as we please, no pressure except to get my son to a 9am practice and going to a friends Stella and Dot party...and checking out the new Calypso line at Target (OK not as relaxing as I was thinking- but fun!) Today as you know is my showhouse Sunday and today I have some real showstoppers. First we go to one of my favorite parts of the country, Virginia's horse country, then onto the beautiful countryside of Litchfield, CT  and finally end up in exotic Mykonos, Greece!! So, sit back....don't be too quick to get up, pour yourself another cup of coffee and enjoy!

VIRGINA. If you have never had the chance to visit horse country deep in the heart of Virginia you are truly missing is just breathtaking! Miles and miles of rolling green hills with perfect freshly painted fencing that seems to go on forever signaling you have entered the famous "hunt country" famed for the many thoroughbred horse farms and breeding farms that dot the landscape. "Salamander farm" is amongst one of the many jewels that graces this heavenly area and it's like no other. From the topography of the land to the interiors this is pure fantasy......Thomas Pheasant is responsible for the sumptuous interiors. The outside spaces are an entertainers delight...I swear I would have a hard time leaving home if I lived here...the added bonus? Hundred of acres and did I mention the gorgeous horses!!!!!!! How magnificent is this.............

This almost looks to beautiful to be real!
I like the calm neutral colors chosen for the interiors

Love the cozy wine cellar!

I would literally want to have a dinner party every night!
You would catch me here every sunny day poolside with a book!

LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT. The owners here spent much time in Tuscany and wanted to recreate their own vision of Tuscany for their new home on a property they had  owned in CT. They wanted a modern twist for the home itself. They chose architect Steven Haas to realize their dream. Set on 14 acres, they purposely designed the landscape to mimic that in Tuscany and kept the colors and feel of the interiors very "Tuscan inspired". It is an open, happy and cohesive feeling home with the modern twist they desired. What do you think?

This has a real Napa Valley vibe to it
Vistas are breathtaking
This is their guest house

GREEK ISLAND OF MYKONOS. Moving onto to something a bit more exotic and the far away and gorgeous island of Mykonos. This incredible oceanfront home designed by architect, Javier Barba takes full advantage of the magnificent sea that beckons and the blue skies that filter through the large open spaces. A understated but elegant decor that is monochromatic doesn't take away from the natural beauty that is just outside the door...this is a house to entertain in given the large patios that spill out to the sea. Do come on inside! 

Does a setting get any better than this? I don't think so!

I can see having large gatherings at this exotic setting (love how the candles are inset into the neat)

You just sit here and watch the boats  yachts go by.
Figures there would be a huge yacht outside yonder

With a view like that I would stay planted on that chaise all day long!

So there you have it! Another three gorgeous homes.....each so different but each so beautifully done. Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which? Hope whatever you are doing is wonderful and relaxing! Enjoy your Sunday!