Bunny Williams has been having an affair with her lovely Connecticut home for 30 years. In her book, she chronicles the time she has spent renovating, decorating and entertaining in this place she calls Manor House. Affair is written like the personal diary of her life with this house, it’s furnishings and the people who have visited over the years.
Reading the book, we find out stories about the wonderfully layered interiors. Bunny talks about how the rooms came together and where she found the beautiful objects that fill them. Quite amusing is Bunny’s recollection of her DIY wallpapering of the dining room.
The home becomes a frequent hub of entertaining on the weekends as Bunny and her friends flee the city for a bit of respite in the country. Imagine the beautiful tablescapes she creates with all of this! Who wouldn’t love to have a storage closet filled with all of this silverware, linens and candles?
Making your way through the book, the places to chat, relax, nap and read seem endless. The entire property has an unbelievable atmosphere of relaxation. Bunny likes reading and sipping iced tea on one of these chaises. I can see why!
It’s quite apparent an avid gardener lives here. Everywhere one looks there are spectacular displays of nature’s beauty. From formal, vegetable, cutting and woodland, it seems Bunny has just about every type of garden spread across twelve beautiful acres.
This has to be the most fabulous pool house I have ever seen! Inspired by a drawing Bunny found in a book about 18th-century garden follies, the Greek-style temple boasts columns made of tree trunks. And that beautiful textural surface on the pediment? Pinecones! The lovely limestone coping surrounding the pool was found in a stonecutter’s lot in the south of France.
An Affair With a House is an absolutely amazing read. Bunny Williams has created her own bit of heaven at Manor House. How lucky her house guests must feel to spend a weekend there!
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