We are all crazy about beautiful Bucks County, where Laura Bohn has a perfectly idyllic country house. “We bought the place for the land and the views,” says Laura. “It was a 19th century brick farmhouse with small dark rooms–like the farmhouses in Tuscany, which are built on beautiful sites but have no windows with views to distract you from your work.” Throughout the house, Laura expanded or added windows to bring the outdoors inside. The interiors show her masterful use of light and subtle color. Laura favors pale shades, in the white, flaxen, gray, and green range. “I love green’” she says. “I think it is so calming.” Then again, her entire house is calming–a peaceful retreat that harmonizes beautifully with the surrounding Arcadian landscape.
Laura says, “I love just about everything about Bucks County, especially the landscape, with hills and valleys that remind me of Tuscany. It has lots of 17th century Quaker stone houses with double doors in the front–one for men, one for women. Bucks is a great escape from the city–farm life and the thrill of being outdoors–but so close that weekend getaways are easy. I love to start my day by having breakfast on the patio and finishing it with a martini by the fire on the terrace. Bucks has really quaint little towns that offer a step back in time away from franchises, with lots of mom-and-pop shops, antique stores, and a real feeling of community. The County Theater in Doylestown is a 1950s-style, nonprofit, community-based movie theater that specializes in independent, art, and foreign films, a nice detour from the multiplexes in the suburbs. And we love the Pittstown Inn–there’s is nothing in Pittstown but the inn, which is a beautiful old stone building. It has a great bar and wonderful burgers. We eat there most Fridays nights.”