Husband and wife design duo Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs are known for their distinctive aesthetic, which is an eclectic and whimsical interpretation of the English cottage look. Editor at Large reports that the MacKenzie-Childs Estate is on the market and that the couple has renovated an historic boat to inhabit in style.

Mackenzie Childs Estate

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The 43 acre estate in King Ferry, NY was begun in the 1790’s and grew to include a carriage house and other structures. The buildings had fallen into disrepair by the time the couple purchased it in 1980.

MacKenzie-Childs Estate

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The free-style nature of the home’s architecture informed the couple’s art. Their romantic, fantastical creations fill the house and are similar to those made by MacKenzie-Childs, the home furnishings company the couple founded.  The design details of the dining room look like the details of the popular Mackenzie-Childs accessories, scaled up for the large, formal space.

MacKenzie-Childs Estate

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The living room’s rough beams and exposed brick give the room a rustic quality. Even this room still incorporates some of the MacKenzie-Childs furniture pieces.

MacKenzie-Childs estate

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Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs have enriched their new home, which is an historic ferry named Yankee. The vessel, built in 1907, originally brought immigrants over from Ellis Island.

Mackenzie-Childs Yankee Ferry

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The boat’s interior is more casual and rustic than that of their previous manor, but MacKenzie-Childs accessories and furnishings are still used.

Mackenzie-Childs Yankee Ferry

Mackenzie-Childs Yankee Ferry

It’s interesting to see how a family’s personality and vision are translated from one residence to another. What’s your vision?

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