Monday, February 11, 2013

The Fickle Finger of Fate

You're on top of the world. You have a wonderful family, a great job, and an awesome house. Then you get downsized (as in let go) from the job. You're okay because you land another pretty great gig. The renovations on your swell house are done. All seems well. Then the house burns down. No one is hurt. See how this story ends HERE. And enjoy a few photos of the post fire renovation.

"The fire really changed us and we don’t want to just fill the house. ”

Two architecture books survived the fire. If you look closely you can see the smoky silhouette of one on the other.

A pair of Robsjohn Gibbings chairs from the Celanese House, a modernist show house designed by Edward Durrell Stone in New Canaan, Connecticut, survived the fire and have been recovered.

The bed is from Room & Board; the bedding, by John Robshaw. .

The bedside table is French, and vintage. The lamp is from the 1950s. The grass cloth wallpaper is from Phillip Jeffries Ltd.
The leather club chairs survived the fire, as did the mid century wood side table.

The mid century Danish bar used to be in the homeowner's office. It survived the fire, as did the photograph by Irving Penn, above. (The bar had to be restored, but the print was unharmed.)

  The antelope head was found at a local antiques store. The parsons desk was bought with the house, and survived the fire. The rug is new,  from Ralph Lauren Home.

The fab lacquered linen bookshelf,  is one of a pair, from an auction of Brooke Astor’s belongings. It was designed by Albert Hadley. Hanging from it is a Slim Aarons print.

Story by Penelope Green, photos by Trevor Tondro in The New York Times

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  1. This one really struck a chord...our newly built home (24C), after ten years of dreaming and planning, and two years of building, caught fire during the final stages of the painting process (painter left a bucket of combustable rags in the entryway...and they combusted). After another two years of rebuilding, and dealing with all the insurance headaches (and contruction headaches), we moved in finally, only to have a flood (tile guy put a nail through a pipe)...wood floors were like a waterbed. Decided to go the legal route this time...another headache (and then some). All during this time, hubby's work was heading south and 7 family members passed away, one very tragically - and we're still in limbo.
    My heart goes out to the Fielden's...we were fortunate not to lose anything (except out house - twice). I actually haven't been able to post much about it, been too raw, but I think it'll happen soon.
    So glad to hear life is back on track for the family...we're still having faith, and hoping & praying for the same.
    Fickle indeed...
    xo J~


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