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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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


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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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.


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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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


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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

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

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

An antique serving tray doubles as a chic minibar.

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