Peek Inside This Grand New Tuxedo Park Residence Overlooking a Historic Estate Garden

Befitting its historic neighborhood and restored estate garden, Tish Mills Interiors, Harrison Design, and Howard Design Studio channel Old-World character in a grand new home

Serendipity—that’s the only way to describe the evolution of this verdant property and the stately home that sits on it. That’s not to say it came without challenges, though, and thanks to a like-minded group of talents that included residential designer Rick Hatch of Harrison Design, interior designer Tish Mills, landscape architect John Howard, and residential builders McGarrity-Garcia, the new home blends seamlessly with the grandeur and grace of its Tuxedo Park neighbors. “This project was so incredibly collaborative,” says Mills. “We all knew that the new exterior of house had to look like it had always been there, but inside, the owners asked for more of an up-to-date look.”

Two items that would remain top of mind throughout the project: applying tried-and-true materials to an interior design that lived for today, and preserving and enhancing the long-neglected garden designed by 20th-century classicist architect Philip Trammell Shutze.

From the approach, the house is European in style. Thanks to its limestone exterior, slate roof, stalwart chimneys, and bifurcated stair, the facade relates well to its Georgian, Tudor, and Italian and Greek Revival neighbors. An additional wing keeps the front scale intact, but it allowed freedom to vary the architectural vocabulary. “The wing appears newer than the main part of the house,” says Hatch. “This gives it the look of a generational home that has been added to over time.”

Hatch designed the main house with traditional rooms including the double-height foyer with floating staircase. “The stairs and custom railing were shaped from the bottom up so it would curve as one contiguous piece,” says Hatch of the stair’s sculptural effect. Just beyond through a cased opening, the living room ushers the homeowners into views of the resurrected garden framed by floor-to-ceiling iron windows inset with French doors. A French chandelier with plentiful flourishes contrasts the streamlined furnishings and accessories to create a finely balanced tension. “There are not many antiques in this house,” says Mills. “It’s much more transitional. New furnishings and contemporary art allow it to be elegant, but grounded.”

 Behind the fireplace wall, the design takes a turn as it moves into the wine room, a niche that offers a pause before segueing into the kitchen. Here, an inset framed in glass looks into the back side of the living room fireplace. The minimalist look foreshadows the modification in architecture, where the kitchen serves as an L-bracket connecting a wing of living spaces to the back of the house. In this wing, the look is more agrarian than manor house. Open spaces unite beneath vaulted, beamed ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling iron windows maintain the line of vision to the gardens and covered outdoor porch. “It was important to the owners that we maintain visual and physical flow to the outside, so we designed interiors that segued well with an indoor-outdoor lifestyle,” says Mills.

In addition to a consistent use of materials and texture-heavy neutrals in both the main house and the wing, the home’s other great unifier is the garden—a view enjoyed by nearly every room. “Siting the new house to relate to the garden was the trick,” says Howard. “We lowered the grade of the lot to minimize the slope. That allowed us to connect a new pool and terraced garden to the existing garden.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Tish Mills, Tish Mills Interiors, (404) 814-3838; RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER Rick Hatch, Harrison Design, (404) 365-7760; BUILDER McGarrity-Garcia Residential, LLC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT John Howard, Howard Design Studio, LLC, (404) 876-7051;