Monday, June 11, 2012

Hudson River Valley: Kingston – RingTop Ranch - Lifestyle

Photograph and copyright by manfredi bellati

Hudson River Valley: Kingston – RingTop Ranch - Lifestyle. RingTop Ranch in Kingston is a typical mid-century house designed by William Van Benschosten in 1958 in an atypical setting.  It is a “trailer in the sky” a self-contained one-floor house and is the country home of Mark Haldeman and James Aguiar. The house is decorated strictly to the period it was built in and serves as a think tank laboratory for ideas on style, decorating, recipes and entertaining for the creative and stylish couple.

  Photograph and copyright by manfredi bellati

RingTop Ranch - Lifestyle:  the hall leading towards the living room.  The wood panels made by a local artist where adapted to form the fifteen-foot long library which houses the Mark and James’s fashion book collection.  On the lacquered grasscloth table a gardgoyle lamp from Duane Antiques, who specializes in mid-century modern furniture, in New York City. Cicero the friendly French Bulldog greets guests when they arrive.


RingTop Ranch - entertaining. Fashion Director of Manhattan Magazine James Aguiar and Mark Haldeman, regional manager for Paul Smith USA share a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with guests.  Cicero their French Bulldog, together with his stylish "daddy", James, has been the most photographed dog in The New York Times and has even appeared in T Magazine. On the left a painting by artist Christopher Young who is also artistic director at Tiffany and Co.

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle: a Corner of the living room. Under a 1977 guache by Argentinian painter Ronaldo de Juan, two Dunbar sofas, which are highly collectable mid-century pieces, fit perfectly in the 1950’s “trailer in the sky”. The sculpture on the table is a piece of bent metal found at a flea market and mounted on a stand by the stylish couple.

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle: the dinning room.  The table is another collectable from Dunbar and the chairs are by Milo Baugman who was one of the leading American modern furniture designers of the second-half of the 20th century. The lamps came with the house and the photograph on the wall is by Kim Rierson

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle: the kitchen.  The authentic 1950’s kitchen complete with cactus wallpaper came with the house. The table, chairs and plant stand are a ten Dollar find at a flea market.

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle:  the hall leading to the bedrooms.  James found a huge roll of Jack Lenor Larson’s 1977 carpet in a salvage shop.

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle: the master bedroom. On the woven rope bed Frette linens in graphic patterns.  The chest of drawers was inherited with the house and the bedside table and lamps come from Hudson Home. The interlocking diamond pattern silk carpet is from the Rug Company.

RingTop Ranch – Lifestyle: the garden. A line of White Pine trees fence in the property at the back.  The outdoor living space was recreated from a tiny existing patio by digging it out and rebuilding the entertaining space using local bluestone. Fiberglass mid-century sun beds mix with new ones.  The area is perfect for parties and for houseguests to hang out in the summer months.

  Photograph and copyright by manfredi bellati

RingTop Ranch  - entertaining. Cicero was the guest of honor at the drinks party.

RingTop Ranch  - entertaining.   With drinks, pizza was served on a pretty John Derian platter.

RingTop Ranch - entertaining.  Strawberries were served in a silver bowl and delicious Meltaways from Stowaway Sweets were served on a Georges Briard 1970s bamboo gilded edge plate.  The unique chocolates made in New England since 1929 were much favored by England's Queen Mary, Lady Astor, Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Katherine Hepburn.

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