About two months ago, one of my best friends Tom (who also does all my lovely photographer) – I’m going to plug Tom now.. not only because he’s a close friend, but an immensely talented photographer! Check him out! Tomtrocola.com - invited my partner and I away for Labor Day weekend. We agreed to the trip, an escape from the big city and a few days to catch up on a book or two and try to get rid of these dark circles.
This past weekend, we left the city along with a couple Manhattanites and embarked upstate to a town called Sparrowbush. We had obviously never heard of it, but braced ourselves for the two hour trip.
When we arrived, we were blown away by the 1960s rambler ranch, completely remodeled, and modernized. The outside planks coated in a stark dark slate grey paint, with large windows showing brightly decorated walls inside. We dragged our luggage up several flights of stairs and in through a sliding glass door to the first room of the house: the kitchen. Chalkboard paint coated walls, covered in obscure chalk written phrases, shiny-refinished rosewood cabinets, bright plumen bulbs hanging from tiny red colanders.. an outlandish yet cohesive room where retro meets modern and function meets style.
We were escorted downstairs to our room. Larger than any apartment we’ve had in New York City. The room was adorned with Eames chairs and couches, a large beautiful bed, floating blue side tables and bright prints dotting the walls. All the walls in the house were covered in bright prints from notable artists. Off of our room was a bathroom and a sliding door which led to a play room.
Back up the stairs, to the right there was the living room with large vaulted ceilings, a retro 1960s bar with a copper top and rough hewn wooden stools, resurfaced with brightly colored upholstery. Down the hall were several more bedrooms, all delightfully decorated, as well as the master bedroom, which was larger than my first apartment in Massachusetts! All the details in this house were perfect. Chosen lovingly by someone far more talented than I at decorating. A gun case built into the fireplace now housed colored baseball bats. A retro buffet in the dining area was covered in brightly colored cake stands and ceramic doughnuts. Two large, red heart shaped chairs flanked one another in the living room. This was a venerable fun house, every corner showed a new surprise. Outside was a large pool with gorgeous modern furniture adorning it.
For those next three days I had the pleasure to cook all three meals for the group in this magical kitchen. I got to lay out in a heated pool all day and (attempt) to play volleyball.
This was by far one of the most relaxing trips I’ve ever had. In a paradise of color. Not only was it solitude it was inspiring. The amount of thought that went into designing a place of this caliber has to be the same level as Willy Wonka designing the Wonka Bar. I left feeling like I had received the Golden Ticket and got a glimpse into the life of a style icon.
Thank you for listening to me blab on!
Enjoy the pictures, they’re all taken by Tom Trocola
Sean Patrick Gallagher