Residential Gardens

Sky Meadow

Purchase, NY • Ongoing since 1995


Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Wolfgang Oehme
James van Sweden

“This wedding of house and land,” van Sweden wrote: “… is one of the happiest and most harmonious I have ever achieved.” The chief work on this 1920s stone and shingle house set amid nine acres included the creation of individual garden rooms off the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. “By associating indoor spaces with outdoor space of a related purpose and architectural style, I could practically erase the distinction between house and garden.”[1]


I decided to present [my clients] with a New World interpretation of the [English] cottage gardens they had enjoyed during trips across the Atlantic. [2]

James van Sweden


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[1] James Van Sweden, Architecture in the Garden (New York: Random House, 2002), 51-57.

[2] Ibid, 54.





The Photographers

Frank Oudeman (Dutch, b. 1966)
Brooklyn-based Oudeman grew up in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and earned his M.F.A. in photography at Bard College’s Graduate School of the Arts. He is known for his exquisitely calibrated photographs of interiors and exteriors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Interior Design, Dwell, New York Magazine, Elle Décor, and Architectural Digest.