House of the Week: $2.69M Custom-Crafted Arts and Crafts, Garden Conservancy Open Days, Transforming Spaces with Decorative Painting

House of the Week: Custom-Crafted Arts and Crafts

$2.695 million

Annual property taxes: $38,750

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10 Kempner Ln, Purchase

The beauty of a custom built house is incorporating all the features your heart desires right from the start. This 7,184 square-foot four-bedroom dream home was custom crafted in an Arts and Crafts style in 2005 to precise architectural detail inside and out, from its gabled roofline and deep eaves to the meticulously designed built-ins, unique Arts and Crafts-style lighting, down to the rich woods throughout. In the words of listing agent Alix Prince: “It’s really a work of art with nine-foot ceilings and clean uncluttered lines that give it a sense of infinite space. It offers an ideal blend of spectacular good looks and functionality, including a gourmet kitchen that’s equipped to the nines and finished with custom cherry cabinetry and radiant heat flooring.” Other features: a master bedroom suite with its own private porch, a wood-paneled study with bay windows and hand-crafted built-in shelving, sophisticated grand entryway, three fireplaces, and greenhouse room. Even the property’s location is ideal—set on more than two landscaped acres, close to country clubs, shopping, trains, and highways—although the future of the bordering 46-acre lot owned by a developer remains unknown. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Alix Prince at (914) 673-9324 or visit


Next Garden Conservancy Open Days

The next gorgeous gardens on display under the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program are set for Hastings-on-Hudson and Yonkers on Saturday, June 16. Below are locations and highlights.

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10 am to 4 pm

Photo courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

New World Garden

New World Garden (31 Sheldon Pl, Hastings-on-Hudson): The 1906 Arts and Crafts-style Locust Hill home of Pru and Clark Montgomery features a natural landscape that includes a native plants garden designed by Larry Weaner, who used native plants for ground cover and borders mixed with self-seeded perennials, a pagoda dogwood, and oakleaf hydrangeas. Other features include rustic gates, twig furniture, a wisteria-covered pergola, and pond with native minnows.

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Noon to 4 pm

Untermyer Park (945 N Broadway, Yonkers): Originally the estate garden of lawyer Samual Untermyer, the Persian-inspired gardens on 43 acres, were intended to be the “finest garden in the world.” Designed by Welles Bosworth (landscape architect of the Kykuit gardens and grounds) features include long intersecting water channels, a temple, a Greek amphitheatre, a rustic rock garden, ancient Roman monolithic columns, sculptures by Paul Manship (sculptor of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center), and spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. Guided tours will be offered on the half hour.

For more information, call (845) 265-5384 or visit


Enter to Win Homeliest Home Contest

Does your home need repair? And are you also feeling lucky? There’s still time to enter GAF’s (the roofing manufacturer) Homeliest Home Contest for a chance to win a full exterior home makeover (up to a $60,000 value), including a GAF Lifetime Roofing System and Ply Gem windows, patio doors, siding, stone veneers, and designer accents. Winning homes in three different categories will be featured on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends morning television show. For more information about eligibility and to enter before the June 18 deadline, visit


DIY: Transforming Spaces with Decorative Painting

Photo courtesy of Kim Bahr, DecorPaint

Transforming one room or your whole home may seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be, thanks to paint and special techniques. Learn how in a special session on decorative painting when decorative painter and artist Kim Bahr, owner of DecorPaint, shares her do-it-yourself secrets for turning plain walls into amazing spaces on Wednesday, June 20, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Elisa Contemporary Art pop-up gallery at Sotheby’s Realty (3732 Riverdale Ave, Lower Level, Riverdale). The session will cover a variety of creative approaches, including creating finishes and textures using Venetian plaster, color washing, and antiquing; hand painting interior walls and floors—from trees to columns and mosaics; and incorporating colors and patterns of cultures from around the globe using geometric patterns and designs. Bahr has helped clients use painted vertical strips to make a small entryway look larger, transform a white bathroom into a garden oasis, and turn a room into a Japanese-inspired meditation room or Moroccan mom-cave. Bring your questions and come prepared to be inspired. Space is limited—grab a glass of wine when doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information or to reserve a seat, e-mail (include name, e-mail and number attending) or call (212) 729-4974.



DIY: Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

Here’s your chance to do more than just talk about going green. Learn how to make your own safe, green household cleaners with everyday items you probably already have on hand during a special hands-on session on Saturday, June 16, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills). Part of the center’s “Grow Your Own” summer series, the event also includes a discussion of ways to reduce harmful chemicals in your home. Better yet, you’ll leave with a small batch of your own cleaning creations to put to good use immediately, including this Common Good recipe for plant-based dish soap:

Dish Soap

1 oz liquid castile soap

2 cups filtered water

1 tsp vegetable glycerin

5 – 10 drops essential oil (or scented castile soap)

Tickets ($40 per person, ages 14 and up) must be purchased in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (914) 366-6200.


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