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Rory Gilmore’s House Tour

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It turns out that Rory Gilmore and Logan Huntzberger were meant to be together. After many years of Rory dancing around commitment issues and Logan partying as if it were an extreme sport, the couple got clear about one another when Lorelai IV came into the picture.

Logan, who only ever wanted to be with Rory finally found stability and power in himself after escaping the “do as I say” dictatorship of his father Mitchum Huntzberger. This shift allowed the volatility that Rory and Logan experienced early in their relationship to find equilibrium. Rory, never one to slack, also overcame her mother’s fear of being swallowed whole by the machine of high society. The truth is that no Gilmore woman could ever be controlled by a system: Lorelai I and Emily were leaders of society, Lorelai II rebelled against it, and Rory quietly navigates it to her advantage.

The first year of baby Lorelai’s life was spent in London while Logan wrapped up some things for the family business before moving to Manhattan. They lived in New York for a few years but decided to put down roots back home after their second child was born.

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The search for Fairview Cottage was almost a year long. There were many heated family debates about the size of the home, property, and location, but in the end, Rory and Logan did it their own way. With the support and protection of her mother, Emily Gilmore’s traditional locked jaw approach to getting her way was softened by the fact that the kids and great-grandchildren would be just an hour away from her home in Hartford.

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This Gambrel Roof Dutch colonial has no shortage of charm. The Westport, CT property has five generous bedrooms, two home offices, a pool house, and a side yard that borders the Long Island Sound.  As a gift to her granddaughter, Emily Gilmore hired Sarah Blank Design Studio to renovate the kitchen to accommodate a growing family. Decorating happened slowly and with intention: Rita Konig, Katie Davis, and Heidi Callier were called to help along the way. The couple’s style is a mix of antiques and modern-traditional pieces that invite you to settle in and stay awhile.

Logan’s design preferences lean more modern and clean-lined but all of his design sensibilities were challenged when he entered the home for the first time. “The charm of this house embraces you the minute you walk through the door. There was no question that this was home.”

The Formal Living Room

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Rory chose to downsize the formal living room to fit a much-needed but petite library. Moving through the house you can find her love of books is present in almost every room.

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The Formal Dining Room

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Rory and Logan found these vintage dining chairs while living in London. “They are the perfect chairs for an endless dinner party. They are comfortable without making you want to go to sleep.” Logan’s mother, Shira Huntzberger insisted on the de Gournay wallpaper to elevate the otherwise casual room. The oval table is from the Huntzberger’s family estate in Maine.

Image: Heidi Caillier

The Kitchen

The legendary classicist and kitchen designer Sarah Blank was called in to expand the kitchen and make it work for a family of four. Blank created a breakfast nook and reoriented the island so that the family can soak in their view of the Long Island Sound. The elevated butcher block lunch counter was inspired by Rory’s childhood and the bar stools were a gift from her stepfather.

Image: Sarah Blank Design Studio

Image: Sarah Blank Design Studio

Image: Sarah Blank Design Studio

Rory’s Office

After working at Hearst and then Harper Collins in New York, Rory transitioned into teaching high school English at New Canaan Country School. Her writing career has taken off since returning to the land of steady habits; her short stories and essays are regularly featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review. She wanted her home office to be cheerful, uncluttered, and cozy. The hot pink and yellow accents give the room a youthful energy. “It’s a space that allows my mind to be totally free. I spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming within those four walls. I know it’s a place that I work but it’s also a place where I can get away. It’s really a dream workspace.”

Image: Katie Davis Design

Image: Katie Davis Design

The Family Room

At the end of the day all Rory Gilmore wanted was a quiet family space. After running into a number of historical society roadblocks with their kitchen expansion and renovation the couple was tempted to suspend their family room project indefinitely. That is until their friend Philip Eades introduced them to his rock-star decorator wife, Rita Konig. An appointment was set up and Rita and Philip came down for an afternoon to take in the lay of the land.

Immediately, Rita was taken with the light in the room, it reminded her of Paris: that became the jumping-off point. The family room is a marriage and mix of contemporary and traditional styles that you could find along the Seine. The arched-back velvet sofa pays homage to the one that Rory had growing up. The Burlwood bar mixed with an antiqued mirror reflects even more light into the room. The photograph above the mantle is a reminder of the couple’s favorite getaway, Nantucket, and the deep English roll armchairs are absolutely perfect for curling up with a good book. The room is an unexpected pale pink that lends sophistication to an otherwise simple room. Rory and Logan’s favorite part? The family room installation took three days and happened while they were away on vacation. They came home well-rested and their home was finally complete.

Image: Rita Konig

Image: Rita Konig

Image: Rita Konig

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OUTDOOR FURNITURE

FORMAL LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM
KITCHEN
RORY’S OFFICE
FAMILY ROOM

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Rikki Lee is a writer, teacher, and design enthusiast. She loves warm, practical, and approachable interiors. Her style is eclectic and is influenced by modern design, Asia, New England, and the South. For the past decade, she and her family have been living in and revitalizing a Cape Cod-style house that was built in 1901.

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