Concrete Jungle

by Ross Padluck

Every July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants ... Read More

08/02/17

Amish Paradise

by Ross Padluck

October usually finds me on a visit to family in the quaint and picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – affectionately known as Amish Country. The beautiful countryside is dotted with farm stands bursting with colorful and unique gourds, pumpkins and Amish specialties. What a way to embrace the autumn season! Lan... Read More

10/20/16

Summer House Essentials

by Ross Padluck

With the height of the summer season upon us, summer Fridays conjure up thoughts and anticipation of an early escape from the city to a tranquil weekend retreat.  Whether you’re heading out East this summer, to the Vineyard or up to the Catskills, there are some key essentials to look for whether you're renting... Read More

06/16/16

Drayton Hall: Lowcountry Authenticity

by Ross Padluck

On a recent trip to Charleston, we had the pleasure of adventuring out into the sublime South Carolina Lowcountry to visit Drayton Hall Plantation. Completed in 1742, the Palladian residence of John Drayton is nestled in amongst palmettos and swamps on the west banks of the Ashley River. The three-story brick structure ... Read More

02/17/16

House Beautiful, 1968

by Ross Padluck

You never know what you are going to find when you are doing a renovation. We’re working on an addition to a client’s mid-century home on Long Island. In the process of clearing way for the work, our client came across a box of her late mother’s House Beautiful magazines from 1968. Knowing I’m an admirer of mid... Read More

01/22/15

Lost Paradise

by Ross Padluck

Ross Padluck, Associate at Ike Kligerman Barkley, guest blogs this week. He is the author of Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise.I’ve long been fascinated by the beauty and mystery of abandoned buildings. They’ve become a hobby of mine, and I've photographed and written extensively about them. One place that... Read More

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