I've had a subscription to Country Home since I was in high school. It was one of my favorites. I say "was" because (as you may already know) last week they folded too. So this past weekend I dug for my all time favorite issue… May 2004, where they featured Thomas O'Brien's weekend house on Long Island. An architecturally classic structure with that Thomas O'Brien modern twist. I scanned it for my own good… you know in case my house burns down, at least I'll have a digital back up copy here at the office.
I have mixed emotions about mostly white interiors. Sometimes they lean too romantic, too-shabby chic… which is better to me than too contemporary, "sterile white", but ultimately I think they are just too safe. Yeah, I think that's my qualm with white… the safety-factor. Or is it that it's easy to create? Or that life is just too short for all white? Okay, so I'm obviously not really sure. However… I do know that Thomas O here (who is definitely in my top 5) does an edgy white, one that feels good… a mostly white interior that you aren't afraid to have a glass of wine in. One that actually feels lived in. Is it the black accents? The mix of finishes (brass and nickel and different species of woods)? The sculptural lines of the fixtures and furnishings? I think it boils down to the mix of all of it.
I think the white is off-set by the found objects, the antiques, the interesting little thing-a-ma-bobbers here and there. They aren't "accessories"… they are items that you know he has found at flea markets and in travels that simply spoke to him. That little bench tucked in under the coffee table… delightful.
And the garden… oh the garden and that patio.
The kitchen and the master bathroom were my favorite. Sometimes I have flashbacks of these spaces. How can someone master "perfectly imperfect"… so perfectly? Totally chic, yet totally livable. Little pops of black.
Ahhh the bathroom… looks like a nice place to take a bath.
If you click on the photos to enlarge them you should be able to read the tips on how to "bring it home".