Decorator Darren Henault Enjoys the Beauty of His Milbrook Home Both Inside and Out
Henault and his partner Michael Bassett have created a warm, welcoming home for their two daughters and frequent weekend guests. Set in Millbrook, NY their home is surrounded by endless woods and is filled with charming equestrian themed decor throughout.
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After the meet, riders changed from their jackets—either black or “pink” (actually scarlet), depending on how many years they’ve been hunting—to freshly pressed tweeds for a buffet lunch prepared by the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale, New York. “Everything we wear serves a purpose,” explains Henault, “although the men are definitely bigger peacocks than the women.” Hot oyster stew, squash pistachio popovers, smoked pork loin, and mulled cider took the chill out of the air for guests including Willem de Vogel and Bob Thomas and Miriam Eaves, Pat Ike, and Marion de Vogel. “I grew up riding horses and prefer hunting to show riding,” Henault adds. “You’re galloping through the woods, jumping fences, coming upon stunning vistas at every corner. It’s exhilarating.” Not surprisingly, equestrian themes appear throughout his home, including the second-floor hallway, where a French love seat bought at auction at Christie’s sits on a striped runner from Patterson, Flynn & Martin. The woven floral curtain fabric is Clarence House’s Hastings in Red.