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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The boat’s interior is more casual and rustic than that of their previous manor, but MacKenzie-Childs accessories and furnishings are still used.
It’s interesting to see how a family’s personality and vision are translated from one residence to another. What’s your vision?