#auctionwatch: The little-seen Connecticut home of Susie Hilfiger is for sale, including the furnishings, which head to auction tomorrow via Stair Galleries.
Hilfiger lived at Denbigh Farm for over 30 years, having bought the Greenwich estate in the mid-1990s with her former husband, all-American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, when he was at the height of his powers.
She resisted publishing photos of its interiors or giving interviews about the Connecticut property and its sprawling grounds. Still, following the departure of her children and her relocation to California – she and Tommy separated in 2000 – the doors have been thrown open to the Sister Parish-inspired home as it and its contents are for sale.
When the former couple bought Denbigh Farm, New York practice Albro & Lindeberg renovated the house from its original 1775 Quaker style to that of an English country estate, complete with 17 acres encompassing stables, apple orchards, tennis courts and perfectly manicured formal gardens.
To distil some of his American identity into the estate, Tommy Hilfiger commissioned a replica playhouse of George Washington’s Mount Vernon for the property. The Hilfigers updated the property in the early 2000s, tapping Virginia-based architect Allan Greenberg and English country house stalwart Colefax & Fowler to design its interiors.
Denbigh Farm boasts a variety of vibrant colours, patterns and vintage-inspired textiles across its rooms, with Susie’s love of the English country home evident throughout.
Hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper in a light and airy botanical theme is contrasted with ornate George III chairs and crystal chandeliers in the dining room. The layering continues in the primary bedroom. A Bunny Mellon–designed four-poster is draped with Bob Collins & Sons floral fabric, set atop a matching floral-print carpet, an antique-inspired red-and-yellow Batik bamboo canopy bed and a plush chaise lounge in another.
Adding to the Anglophile appeal, there are even a few pieces from the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s collection scattered through the house, including the famous blue sofa which sat at the end of their bed and housed her pug doll collection.
The playful and joyful nature of Susie’s English country house aesthetic is evident in her layering of Arts & Craft rugs alongside Chinese porcelain and Staffordshire creamware; Chippendale chairs from Colefax & Fowler offset by leopard-print upholstered Louis XVI stools bought at Sotheby’s.
All these items, collected by Susie, are now on sale with Stair Galleries.
‘The Collection of Susie Hilfiger at Denbigh Farm’ represents her sense of style and her ability to bring together American and European collecting traditions to create the personal and bespoke interiors that define Denbigh Farm and showcases a life-long interest and connoisseurship of a family whose name is synonymous with style, luxury, and uncompromising taste.