What could be better than a visit to the East Coast – roaming through New York up the Hudson River Valley and down to the Hamptons – to confirm my love for our wonderful American classical style? This crisp, simple design style began in the early days of our country’s history and has been revived many times since. You can see many elements of this style are understated, reflecting balance and proportion.
Most West Coast homeowners have not readily embraced American Classical style, but Tony & Jenifer Russo knew it would work perfectly for the home they were constructing in El Dorado Hills. As East Coast “wannabes,” this two-career political couple quickly seized the opportunity to distinguish their home from many of their contemporaries who were selecting a French Country style.
For their entry hall, we collaborated on a primitive mural painted to imitate the work of itinerant artists of colonial America in the 18thcentury. Across from the dining room, the drawing room is dubbed “the Blue Room,” as the one in the White House. When the Sierra foothills get winter snowfall, you can easily believe you’ve been transported to the heart of New England!