A 1790s Home in Bedford, NY Is Painstakingly Restored

Photo credit: Thomas Loof

From House Beautiful

You know you’re detail-oriented when you visit a house 14 times before buying it. Of course, when the structure in question is more than two centuries old, that’s also known as due diligence.

Photo credit: Thomas Loof
Photo credit: Thomas Loof

“I was so enamored with the bones of it, and yet also terrified by its benign neglect,” says designer Brittany Bromley of the house, a center hall Colonial built in 1790 on five acres in Bedford, New York. It had long ago lost its luster: Shag carpeting could be found in nearly every room; linoleum in brown, orange, and cream covered the kitchen floor; a bathroom was insulated “solely with newspapers from 1931.” Bromley and her husband, landscape designer Matthew Bromley, even discovered a toilet hooked up to a cistern under the kitchen floor. Still, they were undeterred. “We told each other that it would be

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How to Turn Any Room in Your Home Into a Homeschool Space

Kirsten Francis

Whether your family is making a long-term commitment to homeschooling or just trying to accommodate another semester of virtual learning, setting up a functional, efficient, and smarter workspace is essential. Make the most of your space and time with these expert tips to help everyone ace their daily routine.

Related: Virtual Summer Camps Are Opening Up to Help Kids Learn While Social Distancing

Don’t try to copy a classroom.

Most homes don’t have the space or resources to mimic a school classroom—which isn’t necessarily a drawback, says school architect Prakash Nair of Education Design International. Classrooms designed to accommodate dozens of children with a variety of skills and interests may be the norm, but that doesn’t always make them the best learning environment for your specific child. “The last thing you want to do at home is duplicate that,” says Nair. “What happens at school is probably

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These Halloween String Lights Will Make Decorating Your Home So Easy

From Country Living

Halloween is just around the corner—and for the last-minute Halloween costume planners out there, that’s a little more scary than it is exciting. You likely haven’t yet decided on your costume (should you come up with a DIY superhero costume or a DIY witch costume?), not to mention Halloween costumes for the kids.

But we’re here to be the bearers of good news: There’s one to-do you can cross off your list—decorate your house, inside and out! With the best Halloween string lights on the market, you can easily get your home in shape for October 31 by simply plugging a few strands in and watching them delight your family and guests. Whether you buy just one of these festive finds or mix and match for a truly haunted effect, you’re sure to give the whole neighborhood the creeps (in the best way possible) when

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Inside Creative Mogul Cordelia de Castellane’s Eclectic Country Home

It’s a bit mix and match, but every piece has a story,” says Cordelia de Castellane of the eclectic assemblage of treasures inside her enchanting country house about an hour north of Paris. Although she hails from an aristocratic family that counts numerous statesmen and aesthetes in recent generations, the artistic director of Dior Maison and Baby Dior is anything but stuffy and old-fashioned. So it comes as no surprise to find that her personal retreat, festooned with climbing pink roses and chock-full of family heirlooms and flea-market finds, is a dreamy, effortlessly chic getaway.

A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother.

Matthieu Salvaing

<div class="caption"> De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir.

Matthieu Salvaing

De Castellane has been steeped in the fashion world since youth. She went to work at 16, cutting her teeth with fashion

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