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Chances are that you’ve heard of home-decor company MacKenzie-Childs. MacKenzie-Childs was founded by the very artistic couple Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs. Unfortunately, their company declared bankruptcy in 2000 but you can still see and buy their creative items at their new company, Victoria and Richard Emprise.

The MacKenzie-Childs estate is definitely filled with this couple’s personality and energy. Every corner of the house has their mark and their taste. The house, located near Aurora, New York, was built in 1790 and was totally restored by the Richard and Victoria. The main house has 7 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and sits on 42 acres. There’s also a very charming 2,300 square-foot carriage house. The upper level is used for guests, while the lower level is used as a gift shop. I was actually surprised to hear they’re asking “only” $1.1 million since it sits on a very impressive piece of land.

Now, take a good look and tell me what you think of their decor. Is the decor in the MacKenzie-Childs estate Cool or Fool?



This place is the perfect place if you ever dreamed of living in an “enchanted world”.

Living Room

Gorgeous beams. I can imagine my furniture here and everything would be a bit better. How would you decorate it?

Holly Molly!

Wow! Dizzy, anyone?

Dining Table

Detail of the dining table.

Sweet Corner

One thing I must say, even though this place can be over the top to many (incl. myself), it’s beautiful to see the owner really incorporates their personality to the space. They live with what they love and that’s something we all should do.

Vanilla Cupcake

This kitchen is so adorable! It almost look like a kids’ dream kitchen.


The tiles in the sunroom are hand painted.

More Tiles

I know some people would love these original tiles, others would take it all apart. Which one describes you better?

Sweet Dreams Bedroom

This bedroom would be perfect for a little princess. Notice the claw tub by the window.

Story Time

Lovely colors on the floor.

Dreams & Castles Bedroom

The more I see this house, the sweeter I imagine Victoria to be.

A Day At The Farm Bedroom

This bed really makes me laugh!


Lose the carpet, please. I still see hope for this bathroom. It needs work, but it can look fabulous.

A Table, A Chair, A Book.

The space is great but the wallpaper is tired!


The back of the house.

Carriage House

The building itself is absolutely charming.

The Guest Suite

Spacious, but it needs some TLC. That lamp/robot is out of this world!


The place doesn’t look clean to me. The floors are beautiful, but everything looks dusty. This place has so much potential though.


The blue chairs are cute.


There’s something really magical, very “Disney” about this place. Don’t you think?

The property

Beautiful arial view.

To the Gazebo

Truly beautiful.

Al Fresco

I’d love to have a meal in this place. It seems to be so peaceful.

Just Cool

Dreamy grounds!


If you hated the indoors, I’m sure you’ll feel differently about the outdoors.

Every Year

Enjoying the seasons here would be something very special.


So enchanting…


Can you find a more charming shed?


It’s easy to feel romantic in this place.

The Way

The stoned driveway to the property.

Barnyard Dance

I always love barns. I love driving and seeing old barns, I think they full of character and charm. This one is beautiful!

Overall, this home has “great bones” and amazing grounds. But what do you think of the decor? Does it speaks to you? If it does, what does it say? Cool or Fool?

Price Update: $975,000

Source: Hooked on Houses, Sotheby’s listing

I hope you all have a truly great weekend. Find some time to just be with your thoughts and whenever you’re there, don’t ask too many questions, don’t complain about how things are, don’t complain about your life or about the people in your life. Leave all the guilt behind. Be there with your thoughts of wisdom, your thoughts of encouragement. I remember how much courage and belief I had in myself when I was younger. Life can create scars sometimes and many times we leave these “scars” open for too long. It’s important for us to let go and be aware of how much light our spirit has and the many forms we can share this light with this world.

Let’s be open for new blessings during this weekend.


Have a wonderful day, my friends!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. Linda in AZ * said,

    *** Dear Luciane~

    Wow, “this” was certainly “beyond the norm”!!! You & I are very much in agreement on the “verrrrrry personalized” interiors (I must admit I’m itching to get in there & “do it MY way”, as the song goes, which THEY of course probably would not like… you know, “to each his own”!!!!)… It is apparent, tho, that THEY love/d it, and that IS the most important thing for any homeowner (or “estate” owner)!!!

    Me thinketh too, that not too many people could N*O*T like/love the grounds~~~ they’re just wonderfully simple, relaxing and inviting!!! It’s nice that the NATURAL charm is NOT lost to an abundance of extraneous “things”.

    Am glad you shared this~~~(hmmmm, I wonder, what THEY look like?)… I feel badly about their bankruptcy, but glad they’ve forged ahead, and are still sharing their unique artistic talents with us! (I STILL can’t figure out how they could price that wonderful estate so low!!! (Wow, but no, WE are NOT New York bound, for sure!)… Smiles…

    Warmest to you, my friend,

    Linda in AZ *

  2. Whoa!! Even if you hadn’t told me it was McKenzie Childs, I would have so recognzied their siganture look and thought maybe it was a serious collector. Outside is gorgeous, the landscape everything fabulous inside, makes me a little bit dizzy, too much going on but the kitchen is so charming and sweet I would feel like Gretel in a storybook in that kitchen, but the other rooms are a bit too much for me. So much fun to peek inside!!

  3. Amanda Eck said,

    oh how I remember McKenzie Childs. Didnt like it then, and dont care for now. Its too “Madd Hatter” for me. BUT that being said- the grounds and architecture of the home are just lovely!!!

  4. Timothy said,

    Fool – these are some of the least appealing interiors I’ve ever seen! It’s no wonder they went bankrupt – they don’t seem to be very good decision makers.

  5. Amy B said,

    Looks like Mary Engelbreit threw up in there! The landscaping and grounds are FABULOUS, but the interior . . . if I had that kind of money to spend on a home, it wouldn’t be this one, that’s for sure. But thanks for sharing! I’m a big fan and love your daily posts. Keep ’em coming!

  6. design elements said,

    wonderful to ear from you, Luciane! hope you are doing well. this home is not to my taste but I wouln’t say fool. It’s interesting to see something absolutely different. The greens are beyond wonderful. Happy weekend! big hugs

  7. Claire Marie said,

    I agree, the building itself *is* absolutely charming. Include the entire estate/grounds in that statement as well. As for the interiors, I’m not going to go as far as calling them “fool” but you can tell someone eccentric/a little bit nutty lives there. But at least it has a fun personality!

  8. Sheila Zeller said,

    A little too much going on for me! But the setting is very charming.
    Have a great weekend Luciane!
    xo Sheila

  9. SizzleandZoom said,

    Wonderful exteriors and grounds but ,inside, with the exception of the kitchen it’s kind of busy for me. I
    wouldn’t call it fool. It’s charming and full of personality.

  10. Irene Turner said,

    I actually love it. It has a very European disheveled look about it, like many old world family homes. I think it is only in America that we have a desire for the Perfect Look. This home to me looks like a home that people with personality live in and where they display their quirky personality. I once did a child’s room with her product and we all LOVED it. I vote COOL

  11. Jano said,

    The interiors are headache-inducing. I know it’s meant to be a product & style showcase but they seriously needed to put down the paint pallette, and back away slowly. I’m not a professional but I know what it means when a decorator says “edit.”

    Until layer upon layer of gee-gaws and paint are removed, fool it is.

  12. Marianne {style for living} said,

    Definitely not my style. I do like the outdoor spaces and the exteriors but the interiors would turn me into a mad woman if I had to live there! Happy weekend to you!

  13. designchic said,

    Love the gorgeous gardens and land, and the outside of the home and carriage house is fabulous. The inside is a little too much of a good thing. Love a piece of Mackenzie Childs here and there, but not a house full!! Hope you are feeling well, and I need an update on your sweet baby…keep me posted!!

  14. Joni Webb said,

    wow!!!!!!!!!1 I used to have so many of their plates and soap dishes!! this is incredible.

    hey, guess who the woman on my blog today is married to?????

  15. Stacy said,

    It’s not my style, but I think it’s wrong to criticize it. Good or them for doing what they like…to me, that’s the only rule worth following in decorating. Very surprised by the price for a home of that size!

  16. Kathy said,

    I always have so much fun on your Friday posts! This place is certainly worth a million dollars…those grounds and the buildings couldn’t be replaced for that, ok so the interior is really something else, charming sort of…not for me but hey certainly thought provoking..


    Hi Luciene just got your e amil Thankyou Im now unpacked and backed from My Uk tour -the weather was favbulous too juts catching u on all your posts
    have a great weekend you must have grown quite a lot by now sausage ,Love fay xxx

  18. the gardeners cottage said,

    hi lucianne,

    no need to apologize. i’ve been lax in my blogging/commenting too. there are only so many hours in the day. thank you for your sweet lovely comments. i think this house is out of this world cool.


  19. Victoria Athens said,

    The grounds and buildings are beautiful, as is the stone driveway. That alone, I am sure, cost a bundle, but they are in an area of northwest NY that is too far from NYC to be a weekend house for those who can afford it. As for the interiors, I don’t want to pile on, but their design is very personal and may turn off many potential buyers. There would need to be extensive renovations, and let me just say it is not my taste.

  20. Luciane at HomeBunch.com said,

    Hi Victoria!

    Thank you for your comment! It was great to know more about the area and I’m with you, the place will need extensive renovations.

    Have a great week.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  21. Tamara said,

    Like everyone else…love, love the exterior and the grounds. The interior..not so much. I likes elements in each room but it was all so overdone. Like the dining room…the table could have/should have been a major impact piece, instead it was lost in the wild ceiling treatment and the odd wallpaper choice. The crazy bird bed room worked because it wasn’t paired with painted floors and multi-colored dressers and tables (at least the angle that was shown).

  22. Shelly said,

    Wow..what a stunning home, full of personality and unique style. This home is not for everyone, but it sure offers up lots of inspiration.www.confettistyle.wordpress.com

  23. Jacqueline said,

    I would love that ceiling in the dining room if it were the only black and white checkered! It loses its impact when the table and floor have it too, but I adore the table legs. I love MacKenzie Childs pieces and would love to have a few.

  24. Jason said,

    The color scheme is so overwrought as to be offensive.

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