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Millbrook Modern


New Construction Design

New Construction Design - Millbrook Modern

  • Architect: Jimmy Crisp Architect
  • Location: Millbrook, NY
  • Published in Aspire Magazine & Wine Spectator
  • Photography: Sargent Architectural Photography

Wonderful things happen when design and architecture are able to come together in the early stages.


Two hours north of New York City, Jill Shevlin Design worked hand-in-hand with architect Jimmy Crisp. They collaborated to design a breathtaking East Coast modern farmhouse for her longtime clients in an expansive new construction design project. The gorgeous Hudson Valley country house and guest cottage sit on an 87-acre lot with sweeping valley views. 


Designing a 5,500-square-foot home is more efficient when there’s an existing relationship between the designer and homeowners. And collaboration is even more advantageous when designers can work closely with the architect to develop an integrated and beautiful new construction design. 


Dark mahogany accents, tan fabrics, and neutral tones highlight the home’s enviable valley views. This color palette accentuates the location rather than distracts from it. Modern notes shine through the farmhouse design with powerful touches, such as the clean-lined chef’s kitchen with a center table made from stainless steel and glass that doubles as a backsplash for the island. 


Jill worked with the home’s long and narrow layout to make the space appear contemporary — yet classic. Browns and neutrals, large windows, sleek fireplaces, limestone floors, a summer shower, and stone accents make the home comfortable, sophisticated, and perfect for laid back living year-round.


Another fabulous aspect of this home is the expansive wine cellar. The homeowners are wine collectors, with an impressive collection they have spent decades building. The new construction home’s basement has a 3,600-bottle capacity cellar that feels like it was built a century ago. Jill worked with the owners to carry their passion for wine into the main level in a beautiful format. 


She created a glass-cased wine display for the dining room inspired by New York restaurant displays. This storage case — which holds 400 bottles with labels facing the dining table — is cleverly tucked into the wide mahogany veneer arch that separates the hall and family room. This gorgeous new construction design yielded beautiful results, both structurally and aesthetically.

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