Daniel Romualdez's Breathtaking Late-Eighteenth Century Farmhouse

Designer Daniel Romualdez has the best of both worlds.  While many of us have to decide to go after either modern or antique, country or city life, this designer has a foot in both worlds.  His beautiful Connecticut farmhouse goes after the rich rustic nature of the country,  surrounded with mountain greenery, while his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side gives him access to the ever-busy city life.  A cliff-top cottage in Montauk offers him a sanctuary, while his modern glass house in Beverly Hills give him a taste of all that big Hollywood life can offer. While many of us have to pick to go after one design or another; Daniel has it all!

His home in Connecticut home is one of the more interesting properties he owns.  Vogue tells us that the designer was initially attracted to the house before he owned it.  Romualdez would drive by the home and admire the stone and wonder what the inside looked like; only going off of what was photographed for magazines, as designer designer Bill Blass owned the house.

Janelle Mcculloch Library Of Design Blog also reveals to us Bill Blass's original fascination with the house:

"And then one day in 1976, Billy Baldwin and I were out looking for houses for sale in Connecticut, something we did a lot together, and I saw this wonderful old stone house.  It had such a dignity about it.  The place was built in 1770 as a tavern n the old Albany Post Road.  The house came with six acres, and I bought the adjacent apple orchard, or what was left of it.  Twenty-one acres in all.  I moved in a few months later."  – The late fashion designer Bill Blass

The house was later sold to an investment banker, and when she moved on, Romualdez returned for a second look, it gave him the opportunity to jump on the opportunity of owning it.  He took the plunge and bought the late-eighteenth-century home, and contemplated how he would put his mark on the captivating farmhouse.

Romualdez, phoned up a good friend of his, Miranda Brooks, who was able to design the landscaping.  Romualdez later bought the house next door, where Miranda Brooks could create a scheme that would unify the main house and the new guesthouse. Bill Blass didn't refinish the timeworn broad maple floorboards or alter any of the homes natural patina, which enabled him to build on the rustic looks that were preserved.  The farmhouse really had an American eighteenth-century look, and Romualdez added a bit of a twist.  Taxidermist’s art, with exotic birds give a brightly colored yellow sitting room some spunk and interest.  An assortment of animal art pieces hang on the wall which are paired with rustic wood antique furniture and comfortable sofas in a neutral color.  The master bedroom, keeping with the 18th century theme, was transformed with a four-poster bed in an eighteenth-century document Tree of Life cotton print which was also used on the walls.

Photos by Oberto Gili for Vogue

The Connecticut Home- Mark d Sikes

Daniel Romualdez's Connecticut Home

The Connecticut Living Room When Bill Blass Owned The House-

Janelle Mcculloch Library Of Design Blog

The Connecticut Living Room When Bill Blass Owned The House- Mark d Sikes

The Connecticut Living Room When Bill Blass Owned The House- Mark d Sikes

The Connecticut  House Bedroom When Bill Blass Owned The Home

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