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Tuesday, October 16

American Country Home

Perhaps I should be more specific in my post title, I do not refer to dude ranches, twangy tunes or calico crafted stuffed animals when I think of "American Country." Absolutely fine if the aforementioned are your scene but I'm imagining, instead, the counterpart to the great English Country Home. Homes with distinctive history, furnishings perfectly group together to appear a haphazard collection over decades. This is perfectly embodied in Tom Filicia's Lakeside retreat in upstate New York, featured in November's issue of House Beautiful. While Filicia's furnishings trend to the updated, fresh and contemporary I think he masterfully weaves together this style with the emotion of a decades old summer retreat. 

The rope railing is a perfect compliment to the batten walls and lakeside property. {Is anyone else concerned about the possibility of people falling off the open side of the stair case. I'm a stair tripper and have been saved numerous occasions from complete disaster by dual railings...}

Check out November's copy of House Beautiful for more images and the complete interview. Can't get enough? Be sure to pick up a copy of Filicia's book "American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat" which details the entire renovation of this lakefront abode. 

{Photography by James Merrell for House Beautiful}

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