Obviously we scour shelter magazines for new ideas, trends, and design that is on the forefront of fashion. ELLE DECOR magazine is one of our go-to sources for what’s hot and this particular issue, March 2012, featuring designer Richard McGeehan is no exception. The Manhattan-based decorator has a unique take on what represents the new look in homelife for himself. We hope you gain inspiration from the lovely images found in the slideshow.
“The Manhattan-based decorator transformed what had literally been a pigpen into a getaway fit for even the most sophisticated city dweller. Naming it Hog House was simply showing off.”
This house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was situated on a 1,200-acre estate that had been in their family for generations. McGeehan immediately recognized the remote, pastoral setting as the ideal escape from his frenetic New York life. (His closest neighbors here, a herd of 44 cows, are unlikely to expect invitations for cocktails.)
“It was a wreck,” he says with the confidence of the determined renovator.
McGeehan clearly has a predilection for no-frills architecture: His New York apartment is in a cement-and-glass high-rise designed in the 1960s by I. M. Pei, which the decorator describes as a “modernist envelope” for his collection of 19th-century furniture.
He has decorated five residences for Robert Duffy, the business partner of fashion designer Marc Jacobs, including a seaside retreat in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that is filled with an eclectic array of antiques and vintage pieces but is nevertheless bright and airy. The Shaker-like simplicity of Hog House—“it was really little more than a shed,” he
says—appealed to his rigorous aesthetic.
For more about the transformation visit ELLE DECOR on newstands, the March 2012 issue, or for a porfolio of celebrity homes go here: http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-homes