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January 24, 2022

Tag along to Red Hook, New York for a behind the scenes visit with acclaimed architecture and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn at Staats Hall, his historic 19th century Hudson Valley home. Learn how he has spent the last decade restoring the house, from a neglected dilapidated wreck to the Greek Revival gem it was meant to be. Hear how he meticulously researched each detail to be period accurate, from moldings and other architectural details to hardware to floor finishes - he even found a Danish product that removed the layers of polyurethane and orange finish on the pine floors, revealing their natural beauty. See how Pieter returned the gracious proportions of the original rooms and searched high and low to find appropriately scaled period furniture to accommodate the lofty ceiling height. Watch as Pieter explains how he retained the plaster finishes on the walls and left some of the doors unpainted to balance the refined architectural lines and elegant furnishings with a little decay and disintegration. It is a testament to Pieter’s knowledge and resourcefulness that nothing in the house is new except the massive marble tub in the master bath and the kitchen appliances and cabinetry. Incorporating recent acquisitions with pieces collected over the years, family heirlooms and his artist mother’s paintings, Pieter has created a handsome home that is both of its time and the here and now. But most importantly, the house is a personal manifestation of Pieter’s love of travel, history, art and family. Be sure to also check out Pieter’s chapter in Susanna’s and the new book, At Home With
Designers and Tastemakers: Creating Beautiful and Personal Interiors. You’ll be inspired, informed and entertained!! For more visit quintessenceblog.com

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