Design Project: A Luxe Family Holiday Home In Maryland

This luxe family property has a running equestrian theme throughout, and also proves that you can have young children and still decorate with elegance.

PROJECT

Double Meadows is a 100-year-old farmhouse in Maryland, designed by California-based ABH Interiors. It acts as a weekend home to a young family who are based in Manhattan. The English colonial revival was originally built in 1920, but updated with black floors, mixed material walls, and large factory glass windows to let in contemporary style and natural light. The property features 8,500 square feet of interior space, and has 300 acres of surrounding land. Aside from the main house, there are also two guest houses, a newly built barn, and several original farm structures, outdoor terraces and a pool. The animals on the farm include dogs, barn cats, horses, cattle, pigs and chickens.

LIVING ROOM

The home brings the owners’ love of downtown Manhattan to a calm, bucolic countryside and state-of-the-art equestrian stable for their 10 horses (including one from the Queen of England). All members of the family are dedicated horse lovers who want a chance to retreat from NYC life to spend time in nature and with their horses. With this in mind, ABH Interiors have injected subtly stylish equestrian touches throughout the property, such as leather accents and saddle stitching on upholstery throughout.

The living room features several notable artworks, collected over the owner's ten years of working at Sotheby's auction house in New York. Russell Young’s The Magnificent 7 sits in the entrance along with a pair of Cameron Welch works. Works by Beatrice Caracciolo, Phillip Guston, Peter Sutherland, Ross Iannatti, Jack Greer and Damien Hirst are all displayed in the living room. Then of course there are equestrian-inspired pieces, including works by artists Jim Thorell, The Bruce High Quality, Ryan Nord, Roberto Dutesco, and a solid bronze horse sculpture by Frederic Remington.

Other pieces were handed down from the owner's godmother Jane Holzer, also known as “Baby Jane” of Andy Warhol’s factory. Jane's famous art and furniture collection included a pair of Philippe Stark chairs and a Maria Pergay coffee table (both featured below), a Samuel Marx curved white leather sofa and round ottoman (now in the playroom), and a Paul Evans credenza. Jane also donated a painting by Beatrice Caracciolo as a wedding gift to the owners. All these collectible pieces acted as a starting point for the rest of the design.

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DINING ROOM

Alexis Humiston of ABH Interiors always places a strong emphasis on luxury fabrics and art, and all of the pieces of this project were either custom-made or one-of-a-kind vintage and antique. A work by Michal Manning sits in the formal dining room.

A variety of colours and patterns were used to make each room feel different from the rest, and to bring in youth and romance for weekend retreats. The furniture is an interwoven mix of styles including antique and family heirlooms, original midcentury modern, contemporary, handmade and custom.

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KITCHEN

A crisp, white kitchen is punctuated by accent colours of black in the window frame and kitchen island stools.

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MASTER BEDROOM

The bedroom is simple and elegant, with a wallpapered feature wall and the rest of the room in a calm blue palette. Black painted window frames give the chintzy florals a modern contrast.

Pearl inlay side tables add to the pretty feel of the floral wallpaper, and scalloped bedding gives a decorative, hotel-inspired feel.

Equestrian touches feature here too, in the form of a large photograph of the Wild Horses of Sable Island by Roberto Dutesco.

A desk area doubles as a vanity table.

MASTER BATHROOM

Soft accents like the sheepskin rug, pretty roll down blinds and a side table with a vase make this bathroom feel more spa-like.

GUEST ROOM

The equestrian theme continues in the guest room where a classic Hermes silk fabric featuring jockey riders titled “Finish” was turned into a feature wall wallpaper, and window treatments feature real horsehair. The horse portrait was commissioned.

GIRLS' ROOMS

The girls' rooms are decidedly chic and grown-up looking for a two and a four year old, proving that you really don't need to stick to primary colours or Disney cartoons when it comes to little ones.

The rocking horse continues the home's subtle equestrian theme.

The dusky blush wallpaper, the pink pinstripe curtains, and details like the pretty scalloped bedding all give this room a soft and feminine feel.

SLEEPOVER ROOM

The girls even have a sleepover room, for when their friends or cousins join them at the weekends.

PLAYROOM

The children's playroom features an original vintage Samuel Marx curved white leather sofa and round ottoman from the “Baby Jane” Holzer collection.

The playroom even features an Andy Warhol print.

BARN APARTMENT

Aside from the main house there are guest houses too, including this barn apartment. A custom wall-mounted display for horse blankets won in competition continues the equestrian theme.

OUTDOORS

The outdoor space speaks for itself. Pure heaven.

See the full property and more of ABH Interior' work here.

All photography is by Tim Williams