In January, we predicted the color green will be de rigueur this year, particularly natural hues. Following a cycle of daring colors, natural hued greens will provide relief and a return to a more organic approach to design. While The Glam Pad never recommends following trends, we just so happen to adore green! And you might recall, one of our favorite new releases last year was G: Forever Green by Carlos Mota (book review here).
Today we are revisiting a 125-year-old country home in upstate New York, Black Squirrel Farm, that belongs to Palm Beach-based designer Jack Fhillips. Fhillips loves green so much that his entire farm is decorated exclusively (with the exception of one guest bedroom) in shades ranging from pistachio to sage to mint and bottle-green. The result is is a serene oasis for relaxation that flows seamlessly with its natural surroundings.
Let’s take a look inside with photography provided by Carmel Brantley of Brantley Photography.
Originally a boarding house, the simple shingled structure “was a sad old house, in a way” when Jack purchased it with updates reflecting “the sins of the ‘70s and the bad vibes from the ‘80s,” he said. While renovation was underway, Jack began collecting furniture and accessories. He selected 18th- and 19th-century English furniture to complement the style and period of the house.
While some pieces had a pedigree, others were rescued from the curb or discovered at thrift shops and given a second life with paint and upholstery. “When I see a chipped plate or a dented, dinged piece of furniture, I say, ‘If only you could talk,’ he said. “It means more if it’s not perfect.” The mixing of fine antiques and salvaged finds evokes the “British bits-and-pieces” approach to decorating and gives a house comfortable, welcoming character perfect for a retreat in the country.
Did you notice one room – a guest bedroom – that departs from the green theme? A brown and white Mount Vernon toile inspired Jack to begin collecting George and Martha Washington items, including an antique print of the first President.
Jack Fhillips has offices in Palm Beach and Manhattan. You can learn more by visiting Jack Fhillips Design and follow @jackfhillipsdesign on Instagram for ongoing inspiration. I also recommend following @brantleyphoto for beautiful photography inspiration. To see more of Jack’s work, as featured by The Glam Pad, please click on the links below…
- AN ENGLISH-INSPIRED EAST HAMPTON HOME BY JACK FHILLIPS (another green monochromatic home!)
- HOW TO DECORATE A HOME IN 6 WEEKS (an all blue and white Palm Beach retreat miraculously designed by Jack in just six weeks!)
To see much, much more of this gorgeous farmhouse, please click here. This home has also been featured in The Cottage Journal, and additional photography was graciously provided by Carmel Brantley of Brantley Photography.