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Contempo casual: A modern house in the woods makes living easy

One advantage to moving around a lot? You figure out what you want. By the time Mark and Ellen Jackson approached Bushman Dreyfus Architects several years ago about designing a house, they’d lived in enough places—New Jersey, London, Chicago—to develop a detailed list of wants. These began with broad strokes: The house, destined to sit […]

“A lot of stuff is secret—you couldn’t see the hostas until a week ago,” said Jan Glennie-Smith during a late April visit. Photo: Lucy O Photo

The manor reborn: Belle Haven blooms through the seasons

“It hadn’t been touched for 50 years and was a beautiful disaster.” That was Belle Haven, Jan Glennie-Smith’s historic Scottsville estate, when she moved there 22 years ago. The house, built around 1880, overlooks the James River and anchors a sweeping tract of woods and fields. “I started just by uncovering the foundation gardens,” she […]