If you love a good American country house (me!) than this 18th-century beauty renovated by artist and interior designer Frank Faulkner is sure to delight. The two-bedroom property is a classic white clapboard home (otherwise known as my dream…) built in Spencertown, New York. Faulkner has bought and lived in over 16 historic houses in the area over the past 25 years and his current home just may be his favorite. Together with his partner, Philip Kesinger, Faulkner has also created a lovely garden on the property. The home’s classical architecture is the perfect backdrop for Faulkner’s impressive art collection of art. Below, explore the handsome home and read the full story on One Kings Lane.
The entry and the kitchen are both painted Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus. How fabulous are the scrolled legs on the entry console?
The corner of built-in bookshelves complete with a round skirted table creates a small library within the living room.
Who doesn’t love a well-stocked bar? Faulkner’s silver barware pops off the dark walls of the living room.
The ruffled slipcovered chairs in the living room are just my style. The room’s dark walls make the fireplace and built-in-bookshelves pop. The cast plaster horse-head sculpture on the mantel was at previously owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Faulkner’s home is full of fabulous busts and this one of George Washington is my favorite. The large mirror and demi-lune table make the simple country space feel like a grand English country home.
Isn’t the deep green shade of the dining room delicious? You know I love a skirted table. All the ceilings were painted a very pale blue.
The dining room tablecloth is really an Indian bedspread. Antique glassware adds sophistication to the table setting.
A hand-painted faux bois chest in the dining room. Again, LOVE the green walls.
Frank poses with on of his many plaster busts. This particular one was once a prop in the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor film, Cleopatra.
The sepia print in the dining room depicts Alexander the Great’s bodyguard, Hephaestion. Faulkner found the piece at flea market in England.
The neutral kitchen with its marble countertops fits seamlessly with the home’s historic charm.The antique sepia portraits are of a well-known family from nearby Hudson, New York and were discovered by Faulkner in the trash of a local junk store.
I love the animal art displayed in this upstairs nook. The pair of Dutch Colonial chairs hail from South Africa.
The guest room (which doubles as Philip’s study) is painted a vibrant turquoise. Much like the dining room bedspread-turned-tablecloth, the curtains were made from Indian bedspreads purchased online.
On display in the guest room are decades of The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and House & Garden. Talk about lucky house guests!
Last but certainly not least is the home’s lovely sunroom. Again, I’m crazy about the ruffled skirt on the slipcovered sofa. The natural fiber rug punctuated by dark pieces of furniture makes for the perfect mix. Explore more of Frank’s style on One Kings Lane.