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Steal This Look: Richard Ostell’s Westchester Cottage


Steal This Look: Richard Ostell’s Westchester Cottage

September 15, 2009

Earlier this year, we featured House Call: Richard Ostell in Westchester, which generated several requests for sourcing ideas. Here are some specifics:

“I like an edited mix of very honest, straightforward, simple things,” Ostell says. “I have a thing for benches, bowls, and studio pottery, as well as books (I have them all over the place). The artwork in the house is a mixture of my paintings or work by friends, as well as some photographs by one of my favorite young photographers, Bryan Schutmaat. One of my favorite stores anywhere is Antiques and Tools in Pound Ridge, NY; most of my benches came from there. I also love Hudson, NY, for antiques, and the Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market on Sunday mornings in New Milford, CT.

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Above: In the kitchen, Ostell used custom mahogany countertops, the Blanco Purus Faucet and Side Spray, $408.20 at Quality Bath, and the Tolomeo Spot Light, which is currently on sale for $154.10 (down from $230) at Y Lighting. For bin pull ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Bin Pulls.

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Above: For overhead kitchen lighting, Ostell used the classic Waldorf Pendant; $189 from Schoolhouse Electric.

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Above: Ostell used the CIsco Brothers Stewart Sofa, an utterly simple, 90-inch-long sofa with slipcovers in Quixote 100 percent natural linen; prices run about $4,500. Owner Cisco Pinedo is the first designer to create 100 percent FSC Pure sustainable upholstered furniture.

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Above: Ostell’s dining table is the Mt. Lebanon Shaker Work Table with wooden wheels of solid clear cherry with a hand-rubbed oil finish; prices start at $1,190 for a five-foot-long table at Shaker Workshops.

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Above: Ostell used the stackable, painted steel 40/4 Chair, designed in 1964 by David Rowland; $109.95 at Business Furniture Shop.

studiomama light at habitat

Above: In his study, Ostell uses the Jazmine Desk Light, designed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama. The lamp is made of solid oak with fluorescent strips and is £50 at Habitat.

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Above: Another Ostell table lamp: the Noguchi Bamboo Table Lamp Model BB1/30DL; $290 at Zinc Details in San Francisco.

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Above: “I made this lamp using lab stands I found on eBay and ceramic bulb holders and fabric-covered cord from my local hardware store,” Ostell says.

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Above: In the living room, Ostell uses a pair of satin nickel Holtkoetter Swing Arm Pharmacy-Style Floor Lamp; $398.91 at Amazon (list price is $599.99).


“It was difficult to achieve the right shade of very dark brown for the floors; in the end I used the darkest brown paint I could find, mixed with some black. I wanted it to be a completely neutral shade with no red in it. The interior walls are painted Chalk White by Ralph Lauren, with Ralph Lauren Cymric Silver in the master bedroom. The exterior of the house is painted Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore.”

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Above: Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain.

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Above: Ralph Lauren Stucco White.

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Above: Ralph Lauren Cymric Silver.

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Waldorf Pendant

$199.00 USD from Schoolhouse Electric

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