Ivory & Merchant

September 1, 2017

For a moment, I thought this image of director, James Ivory was a painting –– a very detailed David Hockney, perhaps. I clicked on the image, and off I travelled through the beautiful Hudson Valley home he shared with partner in work and life, Ismail Merchant. They bought the 1805 Federal 19-room mansion in 1975 for about $105,000. All these years later, the home is bursting with memorabilia from a life together making movies. This wallpaper –– are they magnolias or waterlilies –– is gorgeous, and just look at all the beautiful textiles scattered around the place. With its grand columns and green shutters, the facade is so beautiful. Just imagine coming home for the weekend.




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