billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge PHOTOGRAPHY BY SOPHIE LOGHMAN

Evergreens flank the doorway of Billy Cotton’s childhood home.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by ashley baumgartner

To emphasize the 19th-century charm of this theatrical backdrop, Cotton paired it with modern furnishings.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

A Giacometti-style fixture gives this traditional library–dining room a boost.


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billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by andy johnson

For designer Billy Cotton, less really was more when renovating his family’s 19th-century Vermont home near the shores of Lake Champlain. The result: a modern-day farmhouse filled with the charm and character of the past.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photo by cody guilfoyle

Cotton shook up the den’s classic lines by coating its walls in Farrow & Ball’s attention-grabbing Brinjal.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by CALLIE HOBBS for studio mcgee

Vintage touches, such as wainscoting and hanging copper pots and pans, respect the old-school authenticity of the kitchen’s architecture, despite its 21st-century gadgets.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge PHOTOGRAPHY BY DABITO

Kitchens aren’t just utilitarian spaces. Create a cozy nook by adding a comfortable chair or chaise longue.


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billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNA PEFFLEY

Unadorned walls give this guest bedroom’s showstopping furnishings room to breathe.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge PHOTO BY AIMÉE MAZZENGA

In the study, floral chintz brings a dose of warmth and femininity.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by JAMES WHEELER

Cotton’s parents’ home offers a tranquil retreat from his busy life in New York City.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by JAMES WHEELER

Colonial-inspired wallpaper elevates the often-neglected wall beneath the stair.


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billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by JAMES WHEELER

A vibrant modern canvas enlivens the master bedroom’s rich, subdued palette.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

An antique serving tray doubles as a chic minibar.

billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography courtesy of UTKAN GUNERKAN
Cotton shook up the den’s
classic lines by coating
its walls in Farrow & Ball’s
attention-grabbing Brinjal.
billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge
billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge
billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by Nicholas Worley | Courtesy of Simon Astridge Architects
billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography courtesy of three birds renovations
billy cotton history in the making
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography courtesy of three birds renovations