The Style Files: Bradley Odom

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Bradley Odom is the talent behind one of the best stores in Atlanta, Dixon Rye. Dixon Rye is filled with an expertly-curated assortment of interesting vintage finds, fine antiques, and a mix of interesting new upholstery, casegoods, art, accessories, and art. Prior to opening Dixon Rye, Bradley was an award-winning graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and had a very big career in retail. Bradley’s experience as Director of West Elm and J.Crew allowed him to collect inspiration from communities and individuals across the world, and ultimately, informed his eye for quality design. At the helm of Dixon Rye, Bradley has developed a distinct style all his own which marries the rough with the refined. He has an expert eye for juxtaposition, interesting pairings, and an innate ability to create just the right amount of tension between pieces in order to create spaces infused with personality and character. I visited Dixon Rye on my last visit to Atlanta in January and hope to return soon! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Bradley today!

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Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Bradley Odom: Dark and moody—masculine colors with immense texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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PC: How has living in Atlanta influenced your style?

BO: I’ve been in Atlanta now for 17 years – so hard to believe. I’m originally from Mississippi, but definitely consider Atlanta home. I opened Dixon Rye in October 2015 with the intent of creating a furniture and design destination that mixes authentic Southern expression with modern sensibility. The store is filled with carefully curated furniture and décor pieces that speak to my Southern roots from living in Atlanta paired with a strong passion for beautiful things.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

BO: That I’ve been busy the last 10 years. I recently decided to do a complete update to my bedroom, starting from scratch. I designed a bed for Dixon Rye that is going to now be my bed, in leather. The bed and my art are the inspiration for the entire room. I am continually finding a new hero which means I will redesign a room to honor that piece.

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

BO: There is inspiration all around us. We aren’t great about stopping long enough to see it. We are all so busy that we sometimes miss what is around us and think inspiration has to be a special, planned activity. Don’t get me wrong, traveling gives me life. I was fortunate enough to travel often in my prior role and got to see so much of the world that inspires me, but I really try to make an effort to find inspiration in the city I love, Atlanta—our forest in the city. I’m very visual and a collector of images, which is exactly why I created the weekly inspirational diary, Quiet Decency, we send out each Sunday. I really wasn’t sure it would resonate with people, but the following has been overwhelming. You can sign-up, HERE, to receive.

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PC: Who are your personal style icons?

BO: I can’t say that I have a particular icon, however, I find myself following anyone who has a vision. Visionaries, in general, are forward minded, global, out of the box thinkers and aren’t too concerned for what everyone else is doing. I prefer that over what someone else has done.

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PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

BO: Humility. Where there is humility, there is usually trust and integrity.

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PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

BO: Ice Cream! It’s an issue. Jenni’s Ice Cream has an almond butter brittle that is hard to pass up.

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PC: Who or what has been your professional influence?

BO: There are a two: My friend Glenn, whom I met in 2005 has become a father figure and mentor for me. He challenged me out of my routine job and helped me to understand my talents which led me to taking risks. I also had the honor of working with Mickey Drexler during my J. Crew years. And although I never reported directly to Mickey, we met several times. In a visit once to one of my stores, he asked me to join the corporate jet to fly to the call center, which at the time was in need of a rebranding, to connect the center to the same experience as the stores. I joined the trip and two weeks later had a job offer for a Director’s role. I will never forget Mickey seeing something in me, that at the time, I didn’t see in myself.

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PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

BO: Having an inner peace (Quiet Decency) that allows me to rest every night, feeling fully challenged and fulfilled.

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PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

BO: The ongoing project that is forever evolving is Dixon Rye, of course. I’m constantly sourcing the newest discoveries that fit our aesthetic. At the moment, I’m most excited to see how we’ve given new life to some of our antique finds. I love to re-envision an old piece with new fabrics or hardware. We have also recently launched our online shop. In June, all products will be featured on the online shop! We have two local design projects that are really coming together. Both are full renovations and both families have been really receptive to thinking forward. Sometimes you worry that you are pushing them a little too far out of their comfort zone, but I am always honored by the trust they put in their designer! In the Fall we’ll begin working on phase II of a recently completed Farm House project. We’re building a new kitchen and turning the existing kitchen into a bar area. You’ll see the first phase in Atlanta Magazine Home’s Fall Issue. Then of course there’s my bedroom project. Feels so great to finally be working on my space again.

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Go-To Outfit: White jeans, Tretorns and a navy blazer and I hardly leave home without my AERO Studio leather bag.

Style Mantra: Don’t over complicate it, but don’t be so basic, well, that you’re basic. You have to have your own style that works for you.

Scent: Tom Ford, Ombre Leather

Piece of Jewelry: My eyewear

Color I Never Tire Of: White– it’s the perfect palette cleanser.

Flower: Although I never tire of the magnolia, I do love ranunculus

Indispensable Design Element: Texture

Era for Design: Early 1900 Bauhaus era

Dream Project: A Boutique Hotel

Fabric/Textile: I love textiles that can function as art. Currently obsessed with a Mulberry for Lee Jofa Rain Dance Fabric. It’s this beautiful embroidered fabric that’s able to stand alone as a statement piece in any room or as simple as a wall hanging. Menswear plaids get me every time. The Johnstons of Elgin wools are beyond fabulous. I’m currently building my bedroom around Glen Isla in Olivine.

Hostess Gift: Certainly depends on the party and level of friendship, but I love gifting the Arrow Platter from Astier de Villatte.

Meal: It’s a toss up between a good burger and sushi.

Drink: Good Coffee

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Being outside with my pugs.

3 Things I Love About My City: Four distinct seasons, each of which I love for different reasons. I love being outside and Atlanta has some really great hikes within the city. Lastly, community. Atlanta is a big city but still has that smallish town feel because it’s the South.

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Weekend Destination: If you follow my Instagram, you’ll quickly learn that I escape Atlanta for Old Edward Inn in Highlands, NC every time I get a chance. It’s a quick 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta. The team at OEI are so accommodating and I’ve been going for so long that they just know what I like…which is mostly to just be.

Hotel: Ilse Crawford Designed ETT HEM HOTEL

City: London

Museum: Victoria and Albert Museum

Artist: David Hockney

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Robyn- Call Your Girlfriend

Actor: Paul Newman

Prized Possession: A photo of my Mother as a child standing in a field of flowers. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Risk Worth Taking: The last 7 years have been all about risk for me. I decided to go back to school Full-Time in 2000 to get an Interior Design Degree from SCAD. Shortly after, I left my corporate job in 2015 to launch Dixon Rye. Definitely worth the risk!

Greatest Extravagance: Good food

Go-To Color Palette: Dark Greens for a bit of a naturalist aesthetic. Sometimes when working on a new project, I have to stop and say…No Greens!

Rule to Break: All of them! I’m an “ask for forgiveness” kinda guy.

Movie Set Design: A Single Man

I can never have too many… Travel books and Navy blazers

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The Style Files: Amanda Reynal

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Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Amanda Reynal. An interior designer for over twenty years, Amanda studied at the New York School of Interior Design and Parsons School of Design. Upon graduation, she worked for the lauded firm, Cullman and Kravis in New York. Eventually, Amanda’s travels lead her to London, then to Des Moines, Iowa where she currently resides. Since 2001, Amanda has been at the helm of her eponymous design firm which she recently expanded to include a retail store. Amanda is known for her cheerful, vibrant aesthetic, influenced by her travels and time spent living on the East Coast as well as in Palm Beach. Amanda also happens to be my friend, Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat‘s sister. Style certainly runs in this family! Enjoy!

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Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Amanda Reynal: My style is ever evolving but it is always grounded in the classics with attention to scale, materials and architectural detail and then infused with personality and some color. Every project, client and home are different and require a fresh eye and new perspective. I love to incorporate both old and new items to keep a space dynamic and multi dimensional. I try to adhere to the architecture and bones of a house or space while imbuing it with the individuality of the client.

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PC: How has living in Iowa influenced your style?

AR: We first moved from NYC to Iowa 16 years ago, then moved to London for a few years and back to Des Moines ten years ago. Coming to an unfamiliar environment with a new landscape both physically and figuratively forced me to define my style early on. Getting away from everything that is familiar and safe has influenced me enormously. It has been liberating to be in a different part of the country and to be able to be creative without expectations. Just a few miles outside Des Moines are rolling green hills of farmland and stunning rural coutnryside. The natural vs urban landscapes so close to each other translates into interiors as well. Midwesterners have wholesome values and enjoy being in their homes surrounded by family and friends. Houses here tend to be large and lived in hard during the long winters. I don’t want to sacrifice style and personality to accommodate wear and tear so I learned how to translate and re-scale my aesthetic to suit the Midwestern sensiblity. We live with our interiors for a long time so I feel a responsibility to design rooms that are current but will still look elegant years down the road. Well scaled, classic upholstery forms and a mix of old and new pieces are the foundation of most rooms I design. To keep the schemes updated I love to add personality pieces and a curveball or something new.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

AR: When people first visit our house in Des Moines, they often say, “I can tell you are not from here”. To me, I see our home as a compilation of the many dimensions of my life and travels that I bring to the table: traditional elements of my Northeastern upbringing mixed with English antiques brought home from our years in London and a punchy infusion of Palm Beach style, color and pattern from a lifetime of vacations spent there. This mixture seems to work because it is all part of the evolution of my design style. I am the only girl in our household and several years ago I lacquered our front entry vestibule hot pink. My husband and boys thought they would hate it but now its a defining element in our house. Our house is brimming with art, texture and pattern. During the darkest days of an Iowa winter I adore coming home to brightness. We love to have parties of all kinds so I designed our house to accommodate everything from formal dinners to dancing and ping pong in the garden in the warmer months.

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AR: I love visiting museums and historic homes and gardens. When home I turn to books and of course, Instagram.

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PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AR: My mom is so chic, she always has had her own definitive style. Babe Paley, Bunny Mellon, all of the grand dames of the mid 20th century intrigue me. Today, Aerin Lauder is pure elegance and everything she brands reflects her poise and refined style.

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{Babe Paley photographed by Norman Parkinson via Vogue.com}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AR: Honesty and the ability to laugh during a difficult moment.

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PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AR: White wine every night and dark chocolate

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PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

AR: My five years of working at Cullman and Kravis for Ellie and Hedi were formative. I learned literally everything about decorating as well as antiques, fabrics, installations and how to work with vendors. More importantly, perhaps, I also grew as a person. Ellie is the most gracious, kind and professional designer I have ever known. From her, I learned how to handle difficult situations as well as importance of being well informed. Albert Hadley also influenced me professionally, he was a dear family friend. Although I never worked for him, he mentored me on my career and gave me wonderful advice when I was starting out. Mr. Hadley was so kind to me and even came to my wedding. His style was inimitable.

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PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AR: Have some fun every week, love what you do all day long, spend time with family and friends and don’t wait until the future to do what you want to do. Wine every night and lots of travel are essential as well.

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PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

AR: I am really enjoying having a shop attached to our office. Curating accessories, artwork and other special items has been a ton of fun and very rewarding.

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Go-To Outfit: skinny jeans, and Stubbs and Wooton velvet slippers in the winter and dresses in the summer

Scent: Lorenzo Villarossi Mare Nostrum from his atelier in Florence

Piece of Jewelry: a hand engraved gold disc pendant my husband once gave me for my birthday. I have been wearing it for years and it goes with everything.

Color I Never Tire of: shades of green

Flower: pink peonies and ranunculus–I’m an early June baby.

Indispensable Design Element: beautiful hardware, its like jewelry in a room

Era for Design: palm beach regency and the renaissance

Dream Project: any tropical house near the sea

Fabric/Textile Quadrille: anything and newcomer Collier Rose

Hostess Gift: an Odeme candle, the scents are heavenly

Meal: bouillabaisse

Drink: Aperol spritz, rosé and chardonnay

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3 Things I Love About My City: no traffic, accessibility, our world class museum, the Des Moines Art Center and my friends

Weekend Destination: Home, everywhere we love to go is at least a flight away so we are home on the weekends. Our weekends are fun filled and relaxing without having to go away.

Hotel: The Gritti Palace in Venice or any of the Firmdale Hotels by Kit Kemp

City: London

Museum: The Sir John Soane, the Victoria and Albert and the Peggy Guggenheim… I adore museums

Artist: Canaletto and William De Kooning

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow

Actor: Daniel Craig and Gael Garcia Bernal

Prized Possession: my health

 Greatest Extravagance: our house in upstate New York. It takes two flights to get there but the whole family is happiest on the mountaintop.

Go-To Color Palette: blue and green- the colors of the sky, sea and grass

Rule to Break: don’t eat past 7pm

Movie Set Design: the original Sabrina and Auntie Mame

I can never have too many… friends

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Exclusive Home Tour: A Seaside House by Tharon Anderson

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{The living room features a pair of chairs upholstered in Quadrille fabric, an Eliza Geddes painting, and a soft, neutral palette.}

Tharon Anderson is a young, up-and-coming designer in New York City. Originally from Nantucket, the preppy, New England influences of her hometown are evident in the fresh, traditional with a twist interiors she designs for her client. Tharon was recently recognized for her talent in House Beautiful, who named her its “Next Wave” designer in its May 2017 issue. We were recently given an exclusive look at a lovely home Tharon designed for a family who had spent many years vacationing on the Jersey Shore in North Caldwell, New Jersey. The house is situated right on the beach with beautiful views of the ocean. The interiors are colorful, vibrant, and inviting. While each space feels polished, the home maintains are relaxed, casual quality, which is exactly what one would want in a vacation home.

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{In the entry, grasscloth wallpaper adds a healthy dose of texture, while a bone-inlaid chest and Christopher Spitzmiller lamp add color and pattern.}

Tharon Anderson Kitchen

{The bright, airy kitchen is punctuated by Tom Dixon pendants over the island paired with custom counter stools from Lawson Fenning.}

Tharon Anderson Breakfast Room

{The dining room features a Lindsey Adelman chandelier paired with a rustic dining table and side chairs by Hickory Chair upholstered in a Quadrille fabric.}

Tharon Anderson Master Bedroom

{The serene master bedroom features pretty shades of blue and Matouk linens.}

Tharon Anderson Master Bath

{The Master Bathroom features a Custom Vanity and Octagonal Marble Flooring}

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{One of the Guest Bedrooms features a Vibrant Mix of Patterns}

Tharon Anderson Boys Room

{A Bold Ikat Fabric Pulls all of the Elements in their Guest Bedroom Together}

Tharon Anderson Den

{The Den features Green Lacquered Walls and a Custom Sectional}

Tharon Anderson Wet Bar

{The Dramatic Wet bar includes Bold Blue Cabinetry and Millwork along with a Mirrored Subway Tile Backsplash}

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The Best of High Point Market: Spring 2017

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{Cobalt and Chinoiserie by Mark D. Sikes for Henredon}

Twice a year, I make the pilgrimage to High Point, North Carolina for the design industry’s biggest market event. It is a great way for me to discover new finds as well as visit favorite vendors and see their latest offerings. Between meetings, networking, spending time with friends, I spend my days seeking out pieces for current clients and finding fabulous new things for future projects. The market is truly massive encompassing many large buildings in downtown High Point and is very well-attended by people from all over the world.

Since I am taking over High Point Market’s Instagram @highpointmarket to share my favorite finds today, I thought it would be fun to delve into my High Point experience here on LDV as well. I came away having found some beautiful new pieces and having had a wonderful time, but was exhausted by the end of it! This season, blue seemed to reign supreme and I am happy to report that classic design is alive and well. It seemed to be more about the mix between traditional and modern rather than the contrived, strictly modern looks that so many people got wrapped up in the past few years.

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{Beautiful Blues by Mark D. Sikes for Henredon— I ordered this bed for my own bedroom which I am currently redesigning in order to photograph it for my book.}

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{Another Lifestyle by Mark D. Sikes}

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{This season also saw the launch of Jeffrey Bilhuber‘s collection for Henredon which was filled with a playful, irreverent spin on classic design elements. The pieces are executed with bold colors and interesting details.}

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{Jeffrey Bilhuber for Henredon}

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{Over at Hickory Chair, Los Angeles-based designer, David Phoenix launched his handsome, debut collection of furniture, accessories, and lighting.}

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{David Phoenix for Hickory Chair}

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{I always love what Suzanne Kasler does! This time, her collection for Hickory Chair was dressed in black and white, which is right up my alley, of course.}

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{Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair}

HP Bunny Williams

{This market saw the much-anticipated return of design doyenne, Bunny Williams who brought her iconic Bunny Williams Home collection to the IHFC building and her new lighting collection to Currey & Co.}

HP Thomas OBrien Century

{Designer and Merchant, Thomas O’Brien‘s distinctive, masculine style was on display in his polished showroom at Century. He also introduced some chic, new lighting designs at Visual Comfort.}

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{Thomas O’Brien for Century}

HP Highland House Bungalow Classic

{Randy and Courtney Tilinski of Bungalow Classic showed their elegant, fresh collection for Highland House for the second time this season. So lovely!}

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{Bungalow Classic for Highland House}

HP Barrie Benson

{Also at Highland House, Barrie Benson introduced some new pieces in her colorful, vintage-inspired collection.}

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{Furniture manufacturer, Drexel enlisted British product designer, Jo Sampson to completely overhaul their brand and imbue it with a more youthful, modern sensibility. The collection is filled with interesting and versatile pieces.}

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{Jo Sampson for Drexel}

HP Kate Spade

{The playful Kate Spade collection for EJ Victor showed its sophisticated side with pretty neutrals in camel, leopard, and burl wood.}

HP Kelly Wearstler

{Also at EJ Victor, Kelly Wearstler Showcased her Inimitable Style with New Pieces in her Signature Collection}

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{Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor}

HP Mary McDonald

{Mary McDonald‘s Sophisticated, Classically-Inspired Collection for Chaddock featured Several New Introductions}

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  {Mary McDonald for Chaddock Home}

HP Windsor Smith Century

{Windsor Smith Launched a Huge Collection with Century which was Executed in her Signature Soft Gray Palette}

HP Van Collier

{Beth Collier of the Chic, Boutique Brand, Van Collier Introduced Several Stylish Pieces}

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{Chic Metal Pieces at Van Collier}

HP Alexis Walter Art

{I was happy to see one of my favorite artists, Alexis Walter who brought in paintings that were on the bolder side than her usual soft pastels this time.}

HP Tommy Mitchell

{I have yet to tire of Tommy Mitchell‘s collection of tole botanicals. They are chic, romantic, feminine, and completely timeless.}

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{I am obsessed with Tommy’s botanicals in lucite shadow boxes!}

HP Aerin Visual Comfort

{I can always count on Visual Comfort to have exquisite lighting. As such, we use their products all the time. This season, I loved these chic, mid-century inspired lights by Aerin Lauder.

HP Kelly Wearstler VC

{I can’t wait to use these cool pendants and sconces by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort in upcoming projects!}

HP VC Barbara Barry

{I also loved this stylish pendant by Barbara Barry at Visual Comfort. This season, Barbara also relaunched her collection of furniture with Baker.}

If you went to market this season, I’d love to know what your favorite finds were!

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Barefoot at Home

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I have loved Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. I have all of her books and make sure to watch her show whenever the new season airs. I love her elegant and effortless approach to food, entertaining, and living. I also love the special bond that she and her sweet husband, Jeffrey share. Ina also has a spectacular house in East Hampton, as well as what she refers to as her “barn” and garden on an adjacent property. My fellow Ina fans know that the first few seasons were filmed in Ina’s own kitchen, while the latest seasons have been filmed in her barn/test kitchen.

I thought it might be fun to revisit this wonderful tour of Ina’s Belgian-inspired barn as it was recently announced that Ina is currently filming a new show, “Cook Like a Pro” with Food Network. The show is slated to begin airing in mid-May and according to Ina, her goal is to use her “decades of experience in the food business and writing cookbooks to show people how to cook with confidence.” Rather than simply focusing on how to execute recipes, the show will aim to teach viewers various cooking techniques. Ina told Today.com that she feels younger generations are hungry for this type of didactic show. “People are growing up without anyone to show them how to cook, and millennials want to cook for their families and have dinner parties. “They’re hungry not just for the nourishment of cooking but also the community of it.” she says. I, for one, love everything Ina does and will absolutely tune in to her new show! She’s already taught me so much about cooking beautiful, delicious, simple food, so hopefully, I’ll learn some new techniques as I watch “Cook Like a Pro”.

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{Ina’s barn features spaces for cooking, entertaining, and even for hosting overnight guests.}

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{The barn is heavily influenced by Ina’s love of Belgian style with many pieces hailing from Axel Vervoordt.}

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{Where the Magic Happens}

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{A Simple, Elegant Bedroom}

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{A Beautiful Waterworks Bathtub Anchors the Bathroom}

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{This space, with its antique desk, functions as Ina’s office in the barn.}

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{I absolutely love the vignette in the entryway which features as 19th century settee, reupholstered in simple muslin, as well as the 17th century Venetian mirror. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray}

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{Loads of style can be found in the barn’s interior and exterior.}

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{The covered porch features chic 1920s rattan chairs. Can you believe they are nearly 100 years old?}

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{A Stone-Topped Trestle Table on the Terrace}

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{Ina loves to entertain on the bluestone terrace.}

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{A couple of months ago, we were in the Hamptons to install a client project and we ran into Ina and Jeffrey at a restaurant in Bridgehampton! It was honestly one of the most exciting moments of my life because she is one of the people I find most inspiring. I have had my fair share of celebrity sightings and never bother anyone or intrude on their privacy, but I knew I would regret it forever if I didn’t say hello and introduce myself. I am sure I must have made an utter fool of myself, but Ina and Jeffrey could not have been lovelier or more gracious. It was a moment I won’t soon forget!}

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{Photography by Simon Upton for House Beautiful}