The Mackenzie-Childs Farmhouse: Design Inspiration in the Finger Lakes

“Where’s Tim Burton?”

That was my first question for tour guide Patricia, as she opened the front door to the Mackenzie-Childs farmhouse and asked us to slip on paper booties.

From the exterior, the late 1800’s farmhouse looks like any other that you’d find on a field in Smalltown, USA. But inside? The design inspiration comes from a zany riot of color, shape, pattern, and texture. If asked to assign a name to the style, I’d go with “Tasteful Psychedelic.”mackenzie-childs-farmhouse-aurora-finger-lakes Continue reading

Nice Place to Visit But Would I Want to Live There?

hgtv-dream-home-2013I could have spent New Year’s Day watching Democrats and Republicans circle one another like caged mixed martial arts fighters. But there was much more compelling television to be viewed and I’m not talking about the Rose Bowl, although the game was pretty entertaining. Continue reading