At Home with Susan and Will Brinson – Quintessence
Whereas Susan and Will Brinson have profitable day jobs as professional photographers, they don a large number of hats when returning to their 19th century house within the Hudson Valley. Right here you would possibly discover them appearing as painter, plumber, plasterer or any variety of different house renovation specialists required within the technique of renovating their Greek Revival home. Please be a part of Susanna and me for a behind the scenes go to to the House of Brinson with this inspiring and indefatigable duo.
As self proclaimed avant revivalists, Susan and Will are fascinated with historical past. They like to analysis and perceive what got here earlier than, for each context and appropriateness. And whereas they’re decided to respect and revive their house’s previous, they aren’t purists as they replace their house with a layered fashionable spirit infused with their very own private type.
With a ardour for course of and love of nice design in each side of life, Susan and Can have undertaken all of the work themselves, permitting the posh of splurging on lovely product, from paint and material to tile, fixtures, wall coverings and extra.
Susan and Will are the primary to confess that they aren’t inside designers, however their aesthetic has been honed by schooling (each SCAD graduates) and years of working in design (Susan), images (Will) and now collectively as administrators and photographers for business initiatives.
Armed with these skilled and educated eyes, they discovered on the job at Stony Ford, proving that remodeling a historic however dilapidated property into a trendy and gracious house by themselves is feasible with analysis, willpower, endurance and naturally an elevated sense of favor. Thanks Susan and Will – you and Stony Ford are an inspiration!! Make sure you observe alongside at House of Brinson on Instagram for extra updates!
Our video’s sponsor this month is particularly apt: Gracie Studio has been making handpainted wallpaper for nearly 100 years. Based in 1898 with imported handpainted scenics, antiques and lacquer, Gracie started producing their very own wallpaper within the 1920’s, nonetheless making them very a lot the identical manner as we speak. This 4th technology family-run enterprise was simply the place for the Brinsons to show to after they wanted each inspiration and a treasure-filled archive to revitalize the dressing room of their visitor bed room – completed room under.
all photographs above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
By honoring the artisanship and plenty of patterns of its previous, Gracie was capable of carry Susan and Will’s 19th century house into the current with panache by translating a small classic pattern (now named Stony Ford after the Brinson’s Hudson Valley property) into panels the precise measurements of their house. “It was a reasonably good course of,” says Susan Brinson.
Gracie’s studio attracts on a 300 yr previous inventive custom, portray every order by hand (taking wherever from 50 to 100 hours per panel) and might fulfill any degree of customization. Infinite interpretations have been realized by a number of the brightest names on the earth of design into each type of house, from majestic staircases (with panels over 30 toes tall) and palatial eating rooms to petite powder rooms and diminutive dressing rooms.
And for individuals who crave Gracie’s elegant designs for drapes or upholstery, they’ve simply launched a textile assortment, based mostly on six of their most iconic wallpaper patterns: Hampton Backyard (under on prime), Bamboo Grove (above), Greenfield, Ivory Silhouette (under), Indigo Backyard (under behind) and Tan Arbor.
three photographs above courtesy of Gracie
Printed on 100% linen, a full repeat measures 54″ broad by 12′ tall. With fairly hillocks on the base, one full panel connects precisely to the subsequent for seamless widths, with a lead time at simply three to 4 weeks. You may order instantly on 1stdibs or name your nearest showroom for extra particulars!