Located in Rye, New York’s Greenhaven neighborhood, one of New York City’s most exclusive bedroom communities, 1 Old Garden Lane, a home still under construction, conveys a certain feeling of, to borrow from Lana del Rey, “Blue hydrangea, cold cash, divine, cashmere, cologne and white sunshine,” an old moneyed world of generational wealth, Volvo XC 90s, John Lobb boots, and thick Loro Piana sweaters: a sheltered, tribal, Anglo-Saxon domain where new money is tempered by patinated designs, such as this home with its Norman-inspired tower and steep rooflines, a feudal aesthetic anchoring new found riches to a sumptuous, storied foundation.
The future interiors of this home reveal the stately, stayed elegance of certain pockets of Westchester County, New York; walls of steel and glass, honed Carrara marble, roaring fires, and enfiladed entertaining spaces allow for even the most homely activities, such as reading a new novel with a drizzly afternoon, to be imbued with a sense of sophistication and grace. While the magnificent great room, with its expansive, double height dining area, is certainly the social pièce de résistance of the ground floor composition, to me, it is the separate, intimate, interconnected sitting room and study, which I would re-term library and study, where walls of books and shelving welcome you, draw you into the warm study, the walls of which I would have upholstered in red leather, thereby creating and maintaining a Gilded Age design aesthetic reminiscent of the example below.
The floor plans for this home exhibit a coalescence of luxury and comfort via the use of large, open spaces with décor and materials that demand attention and care due to objects possessing such a distinguished provenance. In a home such as this, eighteenth century Meissen porcelain may be paired with Restoration Hardware table lamps and salvaged, lean, Hepplewhite-inspired antique side chairs to create and enable a space of layered histories, designs, and styles. Thus, a creation story may be generated to further the establishment and propagation of European nobility in a advantaged American suburb. This home reveals the lengths to which some Americans seek to ground their newly accumulated riches within a larger history of conspicuous consumption, and their role within it.
1 Old Garden Lane, once complete, will include 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms within 6,300 square feet spread out over 3 floors on a roughly 37,500 square foot lot. The home is currently listed by Compass Realty of Greater New York for $3,500,000.
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