During the week, a talented ceramic designer Christopher Spitzmiller It has been busy making gorgeous lamps, tableware, and accessories found in the most stylish design stores and homes across the country including the White House. But weekends you find it at Clove Brook Farm, photographed by the quintessential country retreat in Dutchess County, New York. Five years ago, we filmed Episode with Chris He was there recently to peruse the many updates of the property. Please join me and Susanna on a magical day at Clove Brook Ranch where Chris and his partner Anthony Bellomo welcomed us into their ever-growing field!
Here Chris actively leans into his gardens, expanding flocks of animals Wesley enthusiastically – enticing garden lunch, below.
It makes everything look effortless, but over the past fifteen years, he’s worked hard on project after project from decorating to renovating and rebuilding, including new structures like the stunning pool and pool house, below.
And the pigeon (below, behind the enviable Dalia).
The gardens have been expanded
Including a new kitchen garden designed and installed by Anthony last spring.
Along the way, Chris had many of his mentors in mind, from legendary interior designers Albert Hadley, Mario Poatta and Bunny Williams to Martha Stewart, who expertly translated her ideas into versions of his own.
And now in his new book, General at Clove Brook RanchChris hopes to inspire others to do the same. As Chris adopts in his popular Instagram feed, it’s #progresseveryday at Clove Brook Farm. A relentless student, Chris is constantly reading, researching, and learning how to expand his knowledge and live the life he has always wanted.
Divided into four seasons, the book offers advice, information, and inspiration on everything from cooking and baking – the delicious cookies Chris offers below –
All photos by Stacy Biox for Quintessence
Grow lamps, live with animals, arrange flowers, stylish entertainment and much more! So thank you Chris and Anthony – what an inspiring fun it was to spend an afternoon with you at Clove Brook Farm!