You know when you come across an image that resonated with you so deeply you are just gobstopped? Well, my friends, that is what happened to me when I first laid eyes on the images shown below, from photographer François Halard for Vogue. You will be convinced that the house and gardens you are about to see are located in the French or English countryside, when in fact it is Brooklyn.
Although the pony was staged for the Vogue shoot, the rest is unremittingly real. The herringbone floors in the kitchen. The exposed beams. The lush secret gardens. The wallpaper. Oh, the wallpaper! The girls’ bedrooms are covered in Marthe Armitage wallpapers, and the master bedroom has a very special custom application de Gournay Tree of Life (my personal favorite). The carriage house is filled with books and an artful mix of worn antiques and iconic modern pieces. There is a clawfoot tub in the master bath/sitting room. And a garden (with bunnies!) on the roof. In other words, I think this must be heaven. Sigh.
This charming home belongs to Miranda Brooks, a landscape designer, her architect husband Bastien Halard, and their two girls, Violette Grey and Poppy. What a positively magical place. It almost seems like it should be too much, but somehow the casual elegance of it (and the fact that it’s in Brooklyn) makes it feel almost attainable. xo Laura