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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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5 Comments to 'Cool or Fool: The MacKenzie-Childs Estate'

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  1. Jason said,

    The color scheme is so overwrought as to be offensive.

  2. Jody said,

    I LOVE Victoria and Richard’s glorious estate and would change little. Perhaps the Courtly Check ceiling in the main home’s dining room. And if I had the choice, I’d raise all the ceilings.
    What I love is this is a home and property that is unique in all the world. The creativity that went into it is phenomenal. You can see why the McKenzie-Child’s company goods are appealing to so many. They bring cheer and an adult “Alice in Wonderland” feel to our homes. Imo, the company needs to lower it’s prices a bit to be more successful…

    So. I think this estate is very cool. It would take a cleaning army to maintain it. But if you could do that, and treasure it’s unique features, 1.1 million for this estate is a steal, imo.

  3. Bryan France said,

    I wouldn’t change a thing.

  4. Winnie said,

    Absolutely beautiful. Heavenly Estate filled with Unique pieces that seem to make all my troubles disappear. Home filled with Love.

  5. Janis Dean-Cecil said,

    I think this place is magical. It represented the owners. So creative. You have to understand the designs of MacKenzie-Childs to appreciate this house.
    I would love it.

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