A Page From…

…Elle Decor Magazine, November 1999.

(Photo- Michael James O’Brien)


Metropolitan Home Magazine, 1984

English Country decorating was front and center in the mid 1980s. Large floral patterned chintz sofas, lavish draperies and lots of tabletop collectibles were all the rage. But there were those who deviated from the trend. Enter John and Janet Jay.

A business couple working in New York City, the couple dreamed of escaping the urban life for a weekend or longer out in the country. That answer came in the shape of a derelict barn. The Jays bought the structure in upstate New York, moved it to Connecticut and began the task of crafting a home. This was to be a “…real personal space. Not a party house, not a show-off space.”  It was just for them.

They decided to create two floors. The first floor was one giant space (living, dining and kitchen) divided by a two-faced fireplace. The second floor had an open master bedroom with guest rooms and two baths accessible by a floating bridge. The Jays kept as much of the original lumber except for those places they had to patch in with weathered boards. Walls and floors were painted bright white to provide a clean backdrop for the couple’s mix of modern furniture and antiques.

(Photos- Joseph Standart)

Decorating Our Farmhouse

#10. Things can go wrong or simply not work out in the actual design of a space. What should have been straightforward with putting in new windows for our master bedroom & bath turned into a royal headache. To make a long story short- the wrong windows were ordered by the salesperson. By the time we caught the mistake our friend Daniel had already installed four out of the six. My husband and I tried to return them. Instead we got the run-around. We ended up having to keep them. Then our plan to relocate the master bath to another part of the house got shelved. The time and expense became an issue. Regardless of the disappointments, we are busy with the last of the painting and trimwork.

Note– A sample of the floral fabric (above) I’m planning to use for window treatments.

(Photo- Martha Browne)