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Inside Tommy Hilfiger’s Ivy-Covered Connecticut Castle | Celebrity Homes | Architectural Digest

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In this episode of Celebrity Homes, Architectural Digest goes inside Tommy Hilfiger's house. The iconic fashion designer's abode has it all, from views of NYC skyline and a full-size tennis court to a Turkish-themed screening room and a dining room with a gothic revival oak table and Moroccan-upholstered leather chairs. Tommy and Dee Hilfiger‘s castle sits atop a high hill in Greenwich, Connecticut, with views stretching all the way to the Long Island Sound. In fact, from Tommy’s third-floor office, in what was once the billiard room, the quintessential American designer can even see New York City. “The immediate landscape is very rural—we feel like we’re in the English countryside—yet the city is so close,” says Tommy, who is sitting in the home’s wood-paneled entryway, lacing his sneakers in preparation for a game of tennis with his wife on the sunken court that lies just beyond a magnificent lawn dotted with quirky cone-shaped boxwoods; Miranda Brooks masterminded the landscape. Behind him a dramatic staircase climbs to a second-floor landing outfitted with Flemish still-life paintings and a pair of stag antlers from Baron de Rothschild’s château. Given the decor—not to mention the romantic roofline, ivy-covered turrets, and leaded bay windows—it would be easy to mistake the house for something closer to a historic manor house than a suburban home. In many ways Round Hill, as it is now called, is a perfect mix of Tommy’s sporty, all-American style and Dee’s sophisticated European aesthetic. Dee, a handbag designer who had previously lived in Europe working as a model, fell in love with the house from the first minute the couple drove up the switchback driveway. Originally known as Château Paterno, the castle was built for real-estate magnate Charles Vincent Paterno in 1939 by award-winning architect Greville Rickard, a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture. In 1961 the art collector Joseph Hirshhorn bought the property and used it to house nearly 6,000 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures—most of which can now be found in the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Over the years the castle had been remodeled in parts and added on to, but by the time the Hilfigers pulled up, the place had been long neglected. They immediately enlisted architect Andre Tchelistcheff to oversee a renovation that included new electrical wiring and a painstaking restoration of the original terra-cotta roof, whose tiles needed to be replaced; molds were made for new tiles, which were cast in Turkey and finally installed one by one. The house is a local historic landmark, he adds, so Tchelistcheff relied on old photos and architectural plans to re-create the original footprint and devised new additions based on existing elements, such as the soaring two-and-a-half-story leaded bay window in the entryway. To achieve that layered, lived-in feel while also adding entertaining spaces and creating more relaxed, family-friendly rooms, the Hilfigers turned to decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who had worked on their Miami home. In the dining room, Dee and Bullard mixed Ming dynasty porcelain from the 16th and 17th centuries with Venetian glass, Portofino linens, and Tiffany silverware. In the kitchen, 18th-century blue-and-white delftware is paired with curtains and upholstery by Chelsea Textiles and a rug that previously belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The eclectic architectural and design elements that are part of Round Hill’s DNA could have posed a challenge, but Bullard drew inspiration from them and had a lot of fun with the details. Read the full story here --> https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/inside-tommy-and-dee-hilfigers-ivy-covered-connecticut-castle Still haven’t subscribed to Architectural Digest on YouTube? ►► http://bit.ly/2zl7s34 ABOUT ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST The leading international design authority, Architectural Digest features articles and videos of the best in architecture, style, culture, travel, and shopping. Inside Tommy Hilfiger’s Ivy-Covered Connecticut Castle | Celebrity Homes | Architectural Digest
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Text Comments (47)
Anna Larsen Vaage (1 month ago)
This is just beyond anything else!! And that breathtaking exterior!
Jasmine Leopard (1 month ago)
Why are his shirts on clearance at the maxx but he’s got 12 homes all multi million dollars and all requiring a full staff just to maintain the ground, cleaning, security etc.
Daniel Jimenez (1 month ago)
Pero estos mens que? Lavan dinero o que vrg :v cuenten el secreto
malice (4 months ago)
Everyone in AD comments are always talking about how "bad" someone's taste is. How "overdone" their house is or how "empty" it feels. Why don't you go back to your $150k suburban mistake in nowhereville because honestly no one in these videos care about your irrelevant opinions. I for one love the house, but even if I hated it, I wouldn't bash it for having a taste I don't particularly care for.
Tamir (4 months ago)
what nyc skyline views are they talking about?? lol
Brian Lee (5 months ago)
Awful. All his houses are awful … so much money but such bad taste...
Haydenx Mere (6 months ago)
Who wouldnt want to live there?
Lesly Wadman (6 months ago)
This house is too old decorated
talento (7 months ago)
great waste, bad taste !
Galahad (7 months ago)
Those drapes in the pool room. I’ve been looking for something similar but those are probably incredibly expensive
Saira Hassam (8 months ago)
All houses are overly done
Norma Lawson (9 months ago)
LXSER 666 (11 months ago)
I love TH but I gotta be honest this house just looks terrible
Brian Clarke (11 months ago)
Ew yuck. No taste in decor whatsoever
Galahad (7 months ago)
Brian Clarke how? The decor is breathtakingly any person would be lucky enough just to own any part of it. The porcelain, drapes, tapestry, rugs, etc
Hexen pony (11 months ago)
For some reason this house reminds me of the salvator masion in vampire diaries
teenie beenie (1 year ago)
they are the joke of the town....
Austin D (1 year ago)
hmm.. its kind of hard for this estate to be all-american.. it's a normandy style french estate, my motto is the inside better reflect the outside, period....TH always limits his buyer pool...I will have to put $3M in this place just to redecorate it the way I would want.. much like his Plaza apartment..
hine HFIE JUIWKQK (1 year ago)
love it beautiful
Eristhenes (1 year ago)
Terrible video with such great subject matter
nunya inct (1 year ago)
The tapestries, the Persian carpets, oil paintings and the woodworking in that house right down to the herringbone floors were breathtakingly beautiful. I also loved the silver socket candlesticks. What a fine eye to collect such beautiful things and arrange them so harmoniously to their full advantage. This is why I love YouTube...the magazine pictures are beautiful but these little films are wonderful 🙂
John C (1 year ago)
Third-rate imitation of Ralph Lauren. (Just like his clothes.)
riverratbond007 (4 months ago)
Spot on, Hilfigers clothes are for the unban thug wannabes.
Aleta B (8 months ago)
Alison no it’s not
LXSER 666 (11 months ago)
Alison no
Raquel (11 months ago)
RL is for prissy white boys while TH is sporty trendy guys.
emille van heyningen (2 years ago)
i expected his house to be more updated traditional than just traditional
chromemaster (2 years ago)
Galahad (7 months ago)
It’s traditional
Katie Bayliss (11 months ago)
matagotangel how?
mistertee (2 years ago)
Amazing antiques. Just beautiful.
nunya inct (1 year ago)
mistertee I agree...I was imagining where I'd place them in my house😊
ulli1235 (2 years ago)
Galahad (7 months ago)
It’s traditional
Katie Bayliss (11 months ago)
ulli1235 how?
laila (2 years ago)
"english country house" yet all american
Sydney P (4 months ago)
It’s a style dumby
Black Witch Veve (2 years ago)
Beautiful estate. Almost as beautiful as Ralph Lauren's. 💅🏻
riverratbond007 (4 months ago)
LXSER 666 (8 months ago)
Black Witch Veve hell no
don woodford (2 years ago)
Incerbally bad taste.
Galahad (7 months ago)
Muhammad Usman so you asked how was it bad taste but then your telling me it’s bad? I just lost. It is over the top but as solo rooms some of them are great
Muhammad Usman (7 months ago)
Galahad Mr. Hillfigers house looses like an antique museum. It has no homey feel to it at all, and is just a simple imitation of Ralph Lauren’s home
Galahad (7 months ago)
I think you have bad taste sir. Beautiful porcelains, rugs, drapes, etc
Muhammad Usman (10 months ago)
How the f is that bad taste?!
sanad glesa (11 months ago)
don woodford done

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