Bruce Littlefield having tea in his outdoor room
Photo Richard Felber (Styling by Michelle Lay)
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Bruce Littlefield

Case in point is the outdoor space around this 1920s farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains of upper New York, owned by Bruce Littlefield. When he bought the place in 1999, it was so overgrown with brush and poison ivy that it took the whole summer to clear it. The author of several lifestyle books about decorating inside and out with vintage finds—including the recent Garage Sale America—Bruce envisioned his property as a series of open-air rooms centered on a different activity or landscape feature. "I figured I could double the size of my house and the number of people I could have over by adding rooms outdoors," he says.

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