This Fashion Designer's Farmhouse Gives Us All of the #VacationHouse Goals

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Veronica Swanson Beard began treasure-hunting at an early age, and her eye for fabulous finds is on full view at the Locust Valley, New York, estate she redesigned with a little help from fellow decorators. The mom of three, who helms an eponymous clothing line, is sharing a sneak peek inside her family's Long Island farmhouse in the October issue of Elle Decor. Those seeking inspiration will revel in her ability to seamlessly blend classics with tastefully trendy textures and playful patterns to cultivate a comfortable look that would make anyone feel right at home.  


The fashion designer was drawn to the home -- which dates back to 1865 and rests on a sprawling five-acre estate -- because, as she tells Elle, "It's got this magical family feeling, an old-fashioned, all-American charm."

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So, what inspired Swanson Beard as she set out to transform the stately colonial she and her husband purchased just one year ago? Why, her family, of course!

"I come down to the kitchen in the morning, and my heart just overflows," she told Elle. "To have these three amazing kids and a wonderful husband makes me so happy. This house is a big love song to them."

Who wouldn't love having breakfast amid this blissful setting? The antique chandelier and oak flooring give it such a rich feel, while the Schumacher stripe cushions and animal print throw pillows add just the right touch of whimsy for a family with three boys under the age of 10. 

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But when it's time for more formal dining, Swanson Beard knows how to drape her friends and family in luxury. The expansive, vintage mirrored table is flanked by Milo Baughman chairs upholstered in GP & J Baker velvet. (Can we wangle an invitation to a Sunday brunch, please?) 

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While it might look like Swanson Beard spent years curating this look, the designer pulled it together quickly, with the help of her aunt Chiqui Woolworth and her college friend Brittany Bromley. Why the rush? The busy mom shares the sweet reason behind her desire to see the work completed with haste.

"We have forever to modify the decor," she tells Elle. "But you can't relive these years. You look up, and the kids are in high school.”

So true!

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This home really strikes a balance between elegant and interesting yet comfortable and authentic. It sounds like that's exactly the look the designer was hoping to achieve. 

"We'd joke that it's granny-chic, sloppy, and comfortable," Swanson Beard told the mag.

Yet, Bromley noted, "We all grew up in homes that felt like this, collected and curated."

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These rooms are so vibrant and inviting. If you're as head over heels about this lush and lovely wall color as we are, you'll be glad to know the designer reveals that it's Benjamin Moore's Essex Green. The trim? Simply White. (Simply perfect, more like it!) 

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While purchasing a weekend sanctuary might not be in every family's budget, Swanson Beard's mix-and-match style is certainly one we can all adopt and enjoy in the comfort of our own homes. 

To see more of Swanson Beard's Long Island estate, pick up Elle Decor's October issue, which hits newsstands today.

Images courtesy of Douglas Friedman for ELLE Decor. 

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