House Tour: Scott's Country House for Everyday Living

House Tour: Scott's Country House for Everyday Living

Jill Slater
Mar 25, 2009
Name: Scott Location: Edgewater, NJ Size: 2-bdrm, 1400 sqft house Years lived in: 6 years >> Enter Scott's Gallery! One can't help but notice an inordinate amount of outdoor furniture in Scott's patio. He can comfortably seat at least a dozen people. Scott loves to host and can do so at a moment's notice. He has service for dozens, glassware for masses, and enough holiday decorations to put the average urban dweller to shame.

smsc1.JPG smsc2.JPG smsc3.JPG smsc4.JPG >> Enter Scott's Gallery! How is all this possible, you may ask? Well, Scott loves New York, but in order to create a sustainable lifestyle for himself he decided to move beyond it. He lives in Edgewater, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from West 51st Street. What he loves most about his very modest neighborhood is that the New York City skyline is always visible. He appreciates the quiet streets but told me he'd become unsettled and feel too isolated if the city wasn't palpably close. Scott also likes that Edgewater reminds him of where he grew up in Pittsburgh. "I don't think there's any place I'd rather live. If I moved, it would be to another place in Edgewater." In exchange for a NYC zipcode, Scott has a basement, a laundry chute, and a small pond in his patio. His neighbor named their immediate community "Camp Undercliff." Scott has a plaque hanging from the guest bedroom door that says, "The W at Camp Undercliff." Scott moved in when he was a grad student so he didn't start renovating and decorating until he had lived in his house for three years. He's still working at it &mdash still collecting, still entertaining, and still enjoying the suburban escape every evening. "I don't think it will ever be finished," admits Scott. AT Survey Style: clean traditional/content appropriate Inspiration: everything was selected based on personal taste and what was appropriate for the house. Favorite Element:: : Family room and master bedroom are the two most dynamic spaces with the house with sloped ceilings adding the to the rustic feel and sense of being in a small intimate house. Biggest Challenge: 1) After doing new woodworking and bookshelves in the master bedroom getting the two three-way light switches property rewired was much harder than I could ever imagine. I would absolutely hire an electrician even for simple things after that experience. 2) Finding furniture that was appropriately scaled and styled for the house. Many items were designed for extremely large homes and would have completely overwhelmed the rooms. What Friends Say: I think most people are so surprised that something like this in a wooded area exists right next to the city. It’s an amazing retreat and feels like a weekend country house every day. Biggest Embarrassment: When people stay it looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue. The quality of the furniture is much higher and there is actually not a single piece of Pottery Barn furniture in the house. Proudest DIY: master bedroom wood work, and patio Biggest Indulgence: I had a couple of pieces custom made by a small furniture maker in Bucks County. Best Advice:: Don’t rush to get the entire home done in a short period of time. One’s needs change as they learn how the home works. Also, making the purchases over a longer period of time gives the house a much more interesting and layered appeal (without feeling like you just purchased an entire Pottery Barn stage). Resources: Family Room: Sofa &mdash Baker Tribeca Chairs &mdash Thomasville Desk/bookshelf &mdash custom Living Room: Sofa & Coffee table &mdash Martha Stewart Signature, Leather chair &mdash Thomasville, Stools &mdash House Eclectic Lamps &mdash Restoration Hardware Rug &mdash Karastan Quilt & Accent Pillows &mdash Denise Schmidt Kitchen: Open shelving &mdash custom cut Metro Wire from Container Store Home Office: Desk/Shelving &mdash Thomasville Chair &mdash Herman Miller Aeron Rug &mdash Thomas O’Brien Guest Bedroom: Bed &mdash Thomasville Rug &mdash Karastan Lighting &mdash Restoration Hardware and Circa Lighting(Visual Comfort) Quilts &mdash Denise Schmidt Master Bedroom: Chairs/Chaise Lounge &mdash Baker Tribeca Bench &mdash Martha Stewart Signature Dress/Night Table &mdash Thomasville Lighting &mdash Circa Lighting(Visual Comfort) Patio: Teak Furniture &mdash Country Casual Basement: Shelving &mdash Ikea and Metro Wire Runner &mdash Flor >> Enter Scott's Gallery! We've had an amazing response to our Apartment Therapy House Tour Submission Form. While we will work with homeowners of our favorite homes to feature full tours, we will also share the best as House Calls — short, quick tours of readers' homes. Submit your home here.
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