Nick Devlin admits he’s a bit of a throwback. He and his wife, Libby, appreciate a simpler approach to life, a
life that fully embraces the outdoors.
To achieve the lifestyle they desired,
the couple created a backyard
wonderland to enjoy with family and
friends. Today, their magic garden
sprawls across 1. 3 acres in the tiny
hamlet of Mountainville in rural
Tewksbury. “It’s like going back in
time here,” says Nick.
When the Devlins bought the
1854 farmhouse and figured it would
property in 1989, they were escaping
the clamor and chaos of New York
City. Nick wanted a rural setting,
while Libby wanted a neighborhood
feel. “I was quite happy with a
house in the middle of nowhere,”
says Nick. They stumbled upon this
satisfy both their wishes.
The family outgrew the compact
1,800-square-foot house around the
time the second of their three now-grown daughters was born. “We were
busting at the seams,” Libby says.
So the Devlins doubled the home’s
size, giving it a Greek Revival façade
based on a design Nick drew in crayon
at a restaurant. “It was simple but
accurate,” he says of the sketch that
became a reality.
The house is indeed charming,
but it’s the surrounding grounds
where the couple really went all
out. Fortunately, creativity runs in
Nick’s genes. He inherited his artistic
bent from his father, the renowned
architectural historian and illustrator
Harry Devlin, and from his mother,
An 1854 farmstead (complete with distillery
and smokehouse) is transformed into this
Jersey couple’s wooded wonderland.
BY LAUREN PAYNE I PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURA MOSS
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