A Crisp Autumn Day: The Fine Home Source Show In Millbrook
By Jamie Larson
Picture your dream home, or maybe your dream second home. A grand old farmhouse tucked into the woods or abreast some rolling fields. Immaculately preserved, the house’s porch sweeps around to the back, where it meets the pool and the recently built guest house that mimics the main building down to the period glass in the windows. The sound of wind in the leaves around you is every so often interrupted by the clattering of pins in the private bowling alley you’ve installed in the renovated hay barn. Can’t you just see it?
Well maybe this isn’t your particular vision, but no matter. Whatever you can dream up, no matter how imaginative, timeless, decadent, or even modern, can be made reality by Crisp Architects. The firm, headed by James Crisp, has been designing and restoring the most luxurious properties of the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, and bordering Connecticut counties since 1985. On September 28, to showcase its vendors and present its clients with design elements from dreams they didn’t even know they had, Crisp will host its 6th annual Fine Home Source show at 3327 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY, at the Village Bandshell.
“It’s different than any other home show out there,” says Annette Santacroce, Executive Assistant at Crisp Architects. “We focus only on high-end quality. For our customers, it’s hard to source some of these things on their own. So we bring it together for them.”
When Santacroce says high-end, she means it. Under the tent you may find that Helo sauna you were looking for beside the Countrytown Marble and Tile display, or a Heritage Metalworks chandelier (at right) hanging above an entry by Feldweg & Freeman Woodworking (at top). And, yes, you can even get that Brunswick bowling alley you’ve been waiting for. All 63 vendors at the showcase are at the apex of the industry, many are local, and others come from around the country to participate in Crisp’s event.
“We chose vendors we haven’t had a chance to work with but are impressed by and those who we know well from previous projects,” says Crisp. “It’s not only about the things that go into our homes, it’s also about the lifestyle that goes along with living in the Northeast.” This emphasis on lifestyle lead Crisp to include vendors one might expect at a home show, such as Ian Ingersoll‘s fine furniture (left), and not expect, like Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds or Millbrook Winery. While a lot of the amenities shown at the Fine Home Source are newly crafted, Crisp also puts a large emphasis on the restoration and preservation of historic older homes. Santacroce says Crisp Architects is sought out for its classic styling and reverence for the history of the homes the company works on. Visitors to the home show can talk to someone about getting a New England Wine Cellar installed, and then get it surrounded by reclaimed wood and brick from The Hudson Company (also second from top and below), to stay in theme with their period home.
Natural woods, stone, and hand-crafted custom cabinetry make huge houses, that could be overwhelming, cozy and approachable. “We have projects where, if we have to cut down a tree on a property, we’ll use the wood as a design element,” Crisp says, adding that using reclaimed materials adds to the connection a home has with the area.
It goes without saying that some of these types of homes, with their high design, endless amenities, and immaculate craftsmanship, are beyond the reach of many, but Crisp says the show includes a lot of practicality. “My budget doesn’t include a bowling alley, but I want to see that,” he says. “It’s meant for dreaming. We’ll have fun and fantasy, but also meat and potatoes items as well.”
Alongside the RCS Fine Art display, you’ll find N and S Supply for plumbing, heating, HVAC and Essential Power Systems, and for more vernal styling Glencar Water Gardens & Lighting, Inc (left). “Your home, even your second home, is an investment,” says Santacroce, “and people want to keep the quality of their homes at a very high value.”
For those who live the dream of owning a home in Crisp’s extensive portfolio, the Fine Home Source show is an opportunity to find that something they’ve been missing, but it’s also a great opportunity for local tradespeople to show what this region has to offer and to demonstrate that the care and skill they put into their products is second to none.
Crisp Architects 6th Annual Fine Home Source Show
September 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3327 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY, at the Village Bandshell.