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Inside the Country Home of Shelter Doyenne Marian McEvoy

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The New York edition of Cottages & Gardens debuted yesterday, extending the shelter group's coverage of high-end design and real estate in Connecticut and the Hamptons, to NYC, Westchester County, Long Island's Gold Coast, and the Hudson Valley. The inaugural issue, quite spectacular, features the Manhattan pied-à-terre of furniture guys Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, the minimalist Tribeca loft of jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, and what Curbed considers the real pièce de résistance: Marian McEvoy's country cottage in the Hudson Valley. (It's the first time the project has been published domestically since being featured in British House & Garden in 2007.) McEvoy, former editor of Elle Decor and House Beautiful who worked for many years with NYC&G consulting creative director Nora Sheehan, adopted the circa-1740 house from its previous owner about a decade ago, after it was wrecked in a fire and rebuilt. Then she whipped out something you'd expect a seasoned shelter editor to scoff at—a glue gun—and went to town with seashells, ribbons, leaves, and scraps of fabrics. "I never use a ruler," she told writer Cynthia Kling, "because I like the way you can see the hand in the work." Up next for McEvoy's decadently embellished and boldly colored retreat: a ceiling installation composed of 1,000 acorns.

· All NYC&G coverage [Curbed National]