“It’s important to me to bring nature into the house and to appreciate every season, so most of the rooms have been done in earth tones,” Johnson says. “In this house, we preserved the original wood where we could and we used a mix of stone, brick and wood flooring. We’ve repeated that pattern in the resort.”
Guests are welcomed at Johnson’s home and at the resort in a similarly designed foyer that leads directly into the living room. The oval foyer features stone flooring and elaborately detailed mouldings, along with arched entrances to the living room and the bedroom wings. The living room features twin marble fireplaces at each end of the room and multiple sets of French doors that open onto a terrace with views of the pond, meadows and distant mountains. Underfoot is one of the many rugs found by Pheasant with a leaf motif to bring nature in.
A grand curving staircase with suede fabric along the stairwell walls leads to the lower-level living areas. Throughout the home, the palette chosen by Johnson and Pheasant, including chocolate, ivory and pale blue, functions as a restful complement to the natural beauty of the surrounding farmland.
Across the back of the lower level is a gallery with three sets of French doors, stone flooring and a coffered ceiling, a space perfect for the many large parties that Johnson enjoys throwing for friends and family.
“At Christmas last year, we put a tent over the lawn outside the gallery so we could expand the party space even more,” Johnson says. “We had one of my godchildren’s weddings here recently, too.”
Adjacent to the gallery is a formal dining room with space to seat 50 guests at multiple round tables. More intimate nearby spaces include a billiards room with a coffered wood ceiling and a wood-and-stone full bar, which is replicated at the resort. Near the billiards room, a staircase leads to the wine cellar, which has stone walls and niches for wine bottles. An antique table in the center of the cellar provides an intimate setting for quiet dinners. This wing of the house also has a wood-paneled library where Johnson sometimes invites writers to read to small groups, and a home theater with a coffered wood ceiling and a small stage where her children used to enjoy performing for family gatherings.
“When we remodeled the home, I made sure there were loggias and terraces everywhere so we could enjoy the outdoors for most of the year,” Johnson says. “One of my favorite loggias is just outside the bar, where we built these beautiful stone walls and have an outdoor fireplace. Another favorite is the one off the library that leads to a secret rose garden with a fountain and gazebo.”