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SEP-OCT 2018

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"Autumn is my favorite season, bar none. The intense heat is gone, and there's a snap in the air, indicating it's time to light the fires and plan a party. Fall is the best season to entertain because it's warm enough to eat outside, and the harvest from our garden is truly amazing." —CHRIS BENTLEY CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: The farm table, made from a tree that Chris Bentley loved, is surrounded by stackable Tolix metal chairs from France. • The centerpiece of dahlias augmented by materials from the garden, by Kristen Jas Vietty of Lunaria Gardens, evolves as a vision of subtle fall color. • Wendy Wurtzburger's mismatched china feels right with new textiles from Guatemala. • She fluffs the table wearing a vintage floral Lauren Moffatt jacket. 48 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 A COUNTRY-ESTATE AURA SURROUNDS the home of the creative and energetic Wendy Wurtzburger and her multi talented husband, Chris Bentley. But instead of a long drive to reach its welcoming façade, the 1849 classic, set on 4.5 acres, sits within Philadelphia's city limits. That surprising fact is easily forgotten after a glimpse at the gardens and grounds, which are adjacent to the 18,000-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. Chris's career in real estate brought the ivy- covered house to their attention more than 17 years ago. "It reminded me of rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up," Chris recalls. "After Wendy saw it, she thought it would be a perfect place to raise our sons, Robin and Charlie, who were 5 and 6 at the time." Then, as Wendy's 15-year career at Anthropologie propelled her to scour artisan communities around the globe for apparel, accessories, and home products, she added eclectic and sometimes zany pieces to their existing collections of Bucks County Impressionist paintings, Philadelphia-themed art, textiles, and antiques of every genre. (Currently, she is co-founder with Mitzie Wong of the design firm Roar + Rabbit and is the creative mind behind knitwear line Until Soon). While enjoying summer at the family's Lake Michigan home, Chris admits to thoughts of Philadelphia at the first hint of fall. "It is my favorite season, bar none," he says. "The scent of autumn signals the change of seasons that I find totally invigorating. The intense heat is gone, and there's a snap in the air, indicating it's time to light the fires and plan a party. Fall is the best season to entertain because it's warm enough to eat outside, and the harvest from our garden is truly amazing." The family has the perfect spot for it, too—a weathered pergola that shelters a black walnut farm table and metal chairs with views of the grounds. Describing herself as "a lover of the outdoors, inner city, and far-flung travel," Wendy is passionate about family, cooking, and gatherings at home. Inspired by these sentiments, the couple began orchestrating an ambitious fall soirée last summer. "We wanted to cele- brate the harvest while saluting the creativity of our family and special friends," says Wendy. "First we asked Robin, who is a graduate of The International Culinary Center, and his best childhood friend from Michigan, Lidey Heuck, who, as Ina Garten's assistant, manages the Barefoot Contessa's Continued on page 54

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