Bedford, New York

This house, perched on an old Indian hill and in an area known for its hunting districts and bridle paths, evolved from a rural farmstead into a quietly well bred country retreat. Like a Mayflower matriarch who favors a little flourish to offset total austerity, a pair of elegantly curved iron stairs adorns the facade's Doric porch. With service functions arranged along the front, the public rooms have full access to the expansive rear gardens and lawn through numerous porches, terraces, and decks.

The second floor is zoned to separate the master bedroom and dressing rooms from the children's bedrooms, play, and study areas. Open, understated, and with a relaxed gracefulness, it has become a distinctly American family home.