A slew of Williams Sonoma pillows in a host of summery blue tones raises the living room’s comfort level, while a glass top enhances the dining table’s practicality. Leather-bound books and an antique copper boiler add to the hearth’s charm. The handsome rug pulling it all together is from Ballard Designs.
To create a lighter atmosphere for the living room, designer Patricia Lapierre removed the doors that once enclosed the lowest part of the shelving and brought in beachy accessories. She also embellished a small upholstered chair with nailhead trim, upping its character tenfold.
A bar tray holds entertaining essentials at the ready.
A sisal rug defines the sunroom’s dining area. Cheery curtains make a colorful frame for the view.
To update the existing outdoor furniture collection, Lapierre had the pieces repainted and outfitted with new pillows and umbrellas.
The master bedroom’s dream–inducing horse photos, bed linens, and reading lamp are from Ralph Lauren. Fresh bouquets throughout the cottage keep the rooms connected to the outdoors.
An ever-growing collection of copper cookware brings Old World luster to the freshly painted kitchen.
Walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Bunny Gray soften the guest bedroom. To introduce a note of texture, the standing lamp wears a burlap shade. “Small rooms can be cozy,” says Lapierre.
In the living room, accessories from Ralph Lauren Home lend an antique chest fresh personality.
Less than two decades old, this classically designed colonial home in New Canaan offers no hint of the redesign from the front.
A zinc-topped wet bar features a well for liquor bottles and ample storage for barware.
The conservatory doors open onto a stone patio and fireplace. A small deck off the master bedroom sits above the sunny passage between the kitchen area and the wet bar.
The Lucite legs of the upholstered bench at the foot of the master bed add a glamorous touch.
A silk rug grounds the living room, where a sofa reupholstered by the designer in Venetian velvet and chairs re-covered in Osborne & Little Oriole fabric beckon. Ikat and animal-print toss pillows lend an exotic note.
Phillip Jeffries wallpaper provides a subdued background that lets the art play a starring role.
Comfy cowhide-covered swivel chairs fill the sitting space off the kitchen.
An upholstered banquette and cafe chairs surround the breakfast area’s Saarinen table. Comfy cowhide-covered swivel chairs fill the sitting space off the kitchen.
A fireplace fabricated with London Fog stone commands attention in the family room.
A sculpture by New York artist Jeremy Holmes makes a statement on the custom wallpaper that wraps the elegant formal dining space.
White sofas and a cowhide rug, glass cocktail table, and an airy cage chandelier are washed in light in the glassed-in conservatory.
A Victoria + Albert soaking tub in the master bathroom sits between a pair of vanities topped in mitered Carrara stone.
The kitchen features form and function in equal measure.
The house is a study in simplicity—and problem solving. It was a tough site, says architect Jim Estes: “Not much room and close neighbors.” To make the most of the lot, he took the house up to the setback lines, which created a courtyard on the street side.
Lots of doors and fixed floor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between indoors and out.
The dining area can accommodate a crowd.
The soothing neutral palette makes any touch of color pop, as seen in this bedroom.
The clean and serene master bath features a floor-to-ceiling window and maple cabinetry.
The natural landscape design incorporates an abundance of native plants; the long, bottom leg of the “U” (the back of the house) is oriented to take full advantage of the water views.
Horizontal lines and a mix of light wood finishes, including walls clad in pale yellow sugar pine, contribute to the home’s seamless look.
Slats and boards on the waterside deck mimic the interiors.
A fire pit serves as the focal point for a sunken lounge featuring built-in seating.
The fun never ends in a kids’ play area that holds, among other delights, a colorful balance beam and a stationary jet ski.
Convenient self-service from the countertop drink trough makes guests happy.
Mixed earthy textures on the floor, walls, and ceiling give the Barn a comfortable, yet sophisticated vibe that showcases a seating arrangement that includes a plush gray sectional, leather swivel chairs, and a shadowbox coffee table on a hide rug.
One part rustic, one part sleek, the Barn is anchored by a custom bar topped with Lunar White polished quartzite that waterfalls over two sides into a chiseled finish for a contrasting live-edge look.
An ipe-clad, granite-topped bar and grill area separates the upper deck from the pool level; the grill’s retractable lid keeps the terrace uncluttered.
The spa overlooks the pool and lets the party go on long after sunset.
The design team was given the task of creating an outdoor space that forms a seamless bridge between the house and the beautiful waterfront setting. Multiple terraces include an ipe deck topped with a contemporary pergola. The built-in metal light cages atop the columns are an element echoed in other metal detailing in the new backyard area.
The house sits on nearly two acres, and came with a pool and tennis court
The designer paired a Kelly-green carpet with a magenta loveseat in the master bedroom; fabric panels flanking the headboard suggest a canopy, but without the bulk. In the master bath, Burke installed a sink in a Rococo dressing table and covered the wall behind it with broad stripes
The commode next to the kitchen banquette doubles as a bed for the owners’ Brussels Griffon.
A Ralph Lauren chandelier fitted with Edison bulbs illuminates breakfast chairs covered in hand-rubbed silver foil and matching laser-cut leather.
After a flood destroyed her new kitchen, Burke worked with Farmington architect Jack Kemper to remake the space, raising the ceiling to twenty-two feet and installing distressed cabinets topped with quartzite.
Burke painted the paneling white and dressed the unused fireplace with a screen covered in curtain fabric. The designer refers to the recamier as her “phone booth” because she lounges on it when she makes calls. With a similar palette but a different scale, the patterned upholstery works well with the Christian Lacroix rug.
Mismatched chairs from Theodore Alexander surround a David Michael table in the dining room. “I don’t like cookie-cutter chairs,” Burke says. “I like to mix and match.
Zeytoonjian’s Bahamian roots are reflected in the Amos Ferguson paintings over the bar; elephant heads supporting the brass rail honor the home’s original owner, Republican governor Henry Roberts
The family gathers nightly to watch TV on the custom sectional, which Burke embellished with tufting, pleating, and nailhead trim.
n antique chandelier illuminates a group of Theodore Alexander club chairs in the great room, which Burke has dubbed “Club Z” for her husband, Mark Zeytoonjian.
“I really love to blend styles,” says designer Kellie Burke, who placed a modern seating group beside a traditional one in the former ballroom of her Hartford home.
A chevron paper from Candice Olson animates the entry hall; the compass rose was applied to the floor with stain.
In the master bath, a nineteenth-century French gilt-bronze and crystal chandelier adds a bit of whimsy to the sleek marble and polished-nickel fixtures. An original wooden beam highlights the expanse of new windows.
A guest room offers a dramatic juxtapositioning of antique Edwardian beds, a Georgian bachelor’s chest, and a massive iron chandelier.
The large, circular window is the centerpiece of a sitting area off the kitchen, where French bergère chairs mingle
with a wingback settee and an array of patterned throw pillows.
Glass star chandeliers illuminate
the long kitchen island, which offers seating
for informal meals.
A weighty chandelier and German ostrich lithograph add drama to the dining
area, where modern, slipcovered chairs surround an antique pine French Canadian farmhouse table.
In the first-floor powder room
the original beadboard ceiling contrasts nicely with a vintage mirror and modern sconces.
In the Americana room, splashes of red, white, and blue complement Deyber’s collection
of patriotic objects, including a portrait of George Washington and a trio of carved eagles.
The linen-covered chairs and sofa strike just the right balance of comfort and elegance.
Shagreen-clad nightstands, Frette bedding, a Murano glass chandelier, and a silver-gilt canopy bed give the master bedroom its sense of luxury.
A generous swath of pale marble guarantees a pristine look for the owner’s bath.
A cozy guest room is outfitted with furniture from a local shop. “We did a lot of shopping,” says Quinn with a chuckle.
Quinn carries the water’s color into the pool house with a graphic rug and pillows from Colony Rug Company.
JANUS et Cie’s Amalfi collection lounges lend style to the pool.
The new lattice-framed pergola leads to the dairy room.
An oxidized crane stands nearby.
The landscape offers a variety of intimate spaces.
A mirrored bar and Louis Vuitton trunk
make an elegant pair in the dining room. The trunk holds throws, so it’s also functional,” the designer notes.
A cowhide rug brings texture to the loft.
The living room’s high ceilings hold photosensitive panels that are blue by day and rose-colored at night.
Designer Karen Quinn discovered the striking fire screen on 1stdibs.
Inside, a barn-board wall and a stone floor evoke the home’s farm past.
Landscape designer Jeff Stevens and interior designer Karen Quinn turned what was once a dairy room into an inviting entry space. Urns of geraniums and a crisp hedge of Winter Gem boxwood provide the initial welcome.
Chippendale-style gates bring a traditional touch to the grounds. Under landscape designer Elizabeth Halley’s care, the site is burgeoning with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs that complement the home’s architecture.
Garden designer and horticulturist -Deborah Munson created the lattice-like Belgian fence of espaliered pears scaling the brick wall that sets off the pool.
Rather than the usual terrace off the family room, Rylee and Fisher devised a floating terrace using massive salvaged stone slabs.
The bed wears a crisp taffeta skirt, and the headboard is accented with strips of silk ikat.
In the master bedroom, Rylee’s penchant for silver translates into a host of small antique boxes (more treasures via her grandmother) gracing the Lucite top of her faux-tusk-legged dressing table. The painting is by artist Richard Segalman.
A faux zebra rug by Jonathan Adler warms the classically tiled floor in the master bath. The to-die-for tub has a center drain and a side overflow, which demanded specialized plumbing.
On a trip to Buenos Aires, Rylee and her husband discovered the living room’s mirror and black benches. The sconces are antique as are the Chinese garden seats, while the delicate chandelier is from Visual Comfort.
A fireplace surround from R.T. Facts in Kent makes a stunning focal point for the living room.
Rylee and Fisher planned two generous entrances to link the kitchen and family room. The industrial-style lights above the island are from Restoration Hardware. The white backdrop makes the room feel “crisp,” Rylee says.
A gleaming tortoise shell atop an heirloom chest creates an eye-catching contrast in the dining room. “I love having a chest in the dining room for storing table linens,” says the designer. The silver candlesticks belonged to her grandmother.
Thoughtful additions like a game table in the bay window make the family room welcoming for all ages. Even the dogs love the comfortable chairs upholstered in a paisley fabric by Jasper.
Chairs in the snug library wear a subdued Fortuny fabric, while pillows are clad in a contemporary Madeline Weinrib pattern.
The staircase design mimics one Rylee admired in the headmaster’s house at Connecticut’s Hotchkiss School, which she attended.
The handsome new house that replaced a nondescript ranch has a time-honored, neoclassical appearance. Homeowner/interior designer Leslie Rylee and builder Dennis Fisher bought many antique elements, such as the front door and its surround, to further an old feel. Details that had to be added were crafted carefully. “Every new window and door we added was custom made,” Fisher says.
A bathroom was designed for easy care and timeless good looks.
“Mix it up and let color rule” is the mantra in all of the bedrooms, including a children’s bedroom that sports blue-striped walls and mismatched bed linens.
A William Morris paper creates a traditional backdrop in the nursery, while one of the homeowners’ many Moroccan rugs adds a bold, bright accent.
The master suite reflects the homeowners’ love of color, texture, and Moorish design. The headboard is custom-designed by Robin Henry and upholstered in a wool felt from Holland & Sherry. The chest at the foot of the bed is a family heirloom.
The master bath is simple and elegant, a vision in white.
The homeowners fell hard for the backyard view when they first spied the fixer-upper in 2004.
The modern, streamlined kitchen was designed by architect Stacey Jacovini Storm during the initial renovation in 2007.
Henry punched up the breakfast area with bright fabrics.
The ceiling casts a rosy glow, thanks to a coat of Pantone Creole Pink paint.
A love of Moorish and Moroccan design inspired the home’s vivid colors, brilliant patterns, global accents, and eclectic blend of traditional, modern, and midcentury silhouettes. The great room sports a round sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams outfitted in a bold Fabricut fabric.
Designer Robin Henry added cool blues to lend a soothing counterpoint to the fiery reds and oranges.
The library can be made cozier by closing it off from the adjacent living room via sliding barn doors.
The open-corner window configuration used in the sitting area is repeated upstairs in the master bedroom. “It feels like a tree house,” says the homeowner. The angled ceiling hints at the eccentricity of a vintage farmhouse.
The windows that wrap the sitting area reference traditional style, but their oversized proportions offer a view a farmer could only dream of. Belgian-linen upholstery, soft throws, and ample pillows plump up the comfort.
The metal serpentine-front buffet is one of Seitz’s favorite pieces, followed closely by the two standing lamps and the metal antelope’s-horn stool. The painting of the rabbit above is by Patrice Lombardi, a longtime friend of the homeowner.
The kitchen’s broad, granite-topped island provides plenty of space to cook and entertain.
Designer Joanna Seitz chose the dining room’s dimmable glass globe pendants to complement the industrial lighting used elsewhere, but disappear against the backdrop of windows. The custom-made table and stackable, recycled-rubber-slat chairs were among her other finds.
Rusticity reigns just inside the main entry, where a ship-lapped wall and a hand-painted floor cloth offer a warm welcome.
Inside the connecting wing, structural beams wrapped in reclaimed wood, an industrial-style ceiling fixture, and a portrait of an inquisitive steer offer subtle reminders of life in the country.
Simple triangular brackets and a row of rafter tails create rhythm on the deck, which overlooks surrounding meadows and a neighbor’s barn.
Perkins worked with Connecticut Post & Beam to design the barn-like pool house with rough-sawn siding and a tin roof. It has a small kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower, and a stone fireplace.
Kingsley-Bate furniture cozies up to the pool house fireplace.
In the bunk room, a Pottery Barn Kids light fixture hangs above one
of six mismatched antique beds dressed with vintage quilts and Pendleton blankets.
In the children’s bedroom, a pinwheel made of vintage banners hangs above a tole lamp.
In the master bedroom, Lola, one of Perkins’s five dogs, rests on a bed with a headboard that Perkins designed and upholstered in Ralph Lauren Home fabric. A lamp by Currey & Company is paired with an antique drop leaf table used as a nightstand.
A Gucci scarf framed like a piece of art came from Perkins’s childhood home.
Color, pattern, and texture create drama in the dining room, where
the ceiling wears a watery-blue, high-gloss paint and the walls are covered in a printed paper from Cowtan & Tout.
Stools from Restoration Hardware line up at the kitchen island, which has a top of Pietra del Cardoso sandstone. Perkins mirrored the cabinet panels to reflect the views of the other side of the room.
The center section of the newly built Greek Revival is a copy of the nineteenth-century house that once stood on the property.
The collection of vintage photographs of Native Americans belonged to homeowner and designer Marisa Bistany Perkins’s mother-in-law.
An antique dry sink is used as a bar in the barn room.
In the lounge area that connects the great room to the barn room, an iron and rope chandelier by Solaria hangs above two leather chairs from Privet House.
The master bath offers luxurious serenity.
The children’s bedrooms (above center and right) illustrate the casual comfort vibe that the homeowners and designer were going for.
The children’s bedrooms (above center and right) illustrate the casual comfort vibe that the homeowners and designer were going for.
The master suite blends an urban sensibility with a warm country feel. Keeping it neutral was an important part of the design strategy.
The kitchen has plenty of family-friendly seating options.
Interior designer Sara Jordan made sure that her family-friendly choices in the dining room and kitchen were in sync with the breakfast table and chairs that moved in with the family.
Comfortable, durable seating was of paramount importance to the homeowners, who have three young children.
A hand-painted chest custom made in Thailand serves as a bar.
New windows with transoms let the sun wash the living room, and wide-plank white oak floors were laid throughout the house in a renovation that honors the original but has a fresh feel.
The reclaimed barn.
A cozy deck off the breakfast area (the new owners added the pergola).
The breezeway connects the barn and main house.
The property offered the whole country package, including the farmhouse with its classic colonial facade.
The homeowners were living in Brooklyn, New York, and had never heard of Westport until they started looking for a home for their growing family. They were sold after one look at this iconic farmhouse on lovingly tended, parklike grounds.
The living room includes a well-equipped bar.
The kitchen was the starting point for the home’s design.
A half-wall and columns separate the large living room into two more intimate seating areas.
Symmetry defines the front of the Shingle-style house.
n back, symmetry gives way to interesting roof lines, a turret, porches and a fieldstone chimney that serves four fireplaces.
Porches, like this favorite spot for morning coffee, are deeper than the standard.
Deep blue walls and a barrel-vaulted ceiling with shimmering silver paint bring drama to the dining room.
Casual comfort reigns in the more rustic family room.
A nook in the master suite provides a cozy spot for relaxing.
Copper-toned chair cushions accent the neutral color scheme in the casual dining area.
Granite-topped counters and a walnut-topped island provide plenty of working space in the kitchen.
The master bath tub sits in a nook with views of a pond.
Over the years, the 1840s Federal-style house had been given a mansard roof and Victorian flourishes.
Grassi designed the houseâs curved doorway.
The exterior brackets on the tower addition match those flanking the back door.
The living room plays out a simple, neutral palette with a black-accented vie.
A deep Jacobean brown stains all the floors. The marbleized globe ceiling fixture was brought in from the front porch ceiling.
The pale palette is broken only by an accent wall in green, a custom color chosen to reflect a bit of the outdoors.
The thick turned legs of the dining table reflect some of the homeâ’s heavier architecture details.
Narrow built-in drawers add a graphic note.
Round and oval ornamental windows add interest to the house’s front facade.
The large dining table, which offers plenty of seating for family and friends, came with the owners from their previous house.
Interior designer Nance Vigneau styled the intimate living room with a monochromatic beige-and-tan color scheme.
The paneled wall underneath the staircase landing encloses a small powder room.
Some of the bookcases architect McKee Patterson designed wear a cover of ornamental wire.
The terrace, with its large barbeque area, outdoor dining space and stone fireplace, connects the main house and cabana.
The back porch sprawls across the living room, family room and kitchen with their spectacular views of the harbor beyond.
A rough-sawn oak timbered ceiling lends the kitchen and adjacent sitting area a rustic look.
The master bedroom boasts a variety of soft colors and sumptuous textures, from the velvet headboard to the quilted bedding.
The bowed ceiling and beaded paneling of the cabana’s bedroom was inspired by boat interiors.
The tub in the master bathroom offers harbor views.
A heated marble floor ups the master bathâs comfort level.
An antique tea table resides between the master bedroom’s velvet-covered chairs.
Antique light fixtures illuminate the kitchen island.
Antique prints enliven a sonâs room. The pine chest holds keepsakes.
A nineteenth-century Hungarian oil painting hangs above a living room loveseat.
The dining room includes an antique mahogany sideboard.
The home’s exterior and its surroundings blend references to the stately houses of Europe and New England’s iconic stone walls.
The foyer’s curved wall lent itself to the Scenes of North Americaâ wallpaper by Zuber, a paper also found in the White House.
The master bathroom has a soothing palette of cream, grey, and white.
The designers incorporated beautiful creams and whites into the master suite to give
it the subtle, sophisticated feel of a high-end hotel room.
The family room, part of the home’s addition, combines comfort and chic, coastal New England style with ease.
“If you’re here for a cocktail or a dinner party, you definitely play pool,” says designer Parker
Rogers, so it was important for the billiard room to make a statement. Drapes of richly colored plaid fabric lend a men’s club touch.
A built-in cabinet finished to mimic an antique anchors the dining room.
Bistro chairs custom made in France flank the Carrara marble kitchen island.
A luxe William Morris wallcovering is a surefire dinner party conversation-starter.
The living room has a formal feel without sacrificing comfort. The landscape that hangs above the mantel, which echoes the pretty palette of blues and greens, is another Vineyard find.
In the foyer, an antique French sideboard that doubles as a bar welcomes visitors. The owners
discovered the painting that hangs above it on Martha’s Vineyard.
Located in Southport’s Historic District, the Shingle-style house hadn’t been altered much since it was built in 1894, retaining its original detail and character.
A figurative painting by Volpone hangs on a mustard-colored wall in the artist’s study, which also holds a custom Parsons-style desk by DLF Contractors.
A Venetian carved Bernini bed with parrots perched on the posts dominates the master bedroom.
After admitting that her family room “just didn’t work,” Volpone took Hirsch’s advice and replaced a small coffee table with a large custom-designed painted table to better anchor the room. Twin sculptural lamps help define the room’s -sitting area.
The tile-floored kitchen includes a breakfast table topped with a Sally Aldrich bird sculpture and surrounded by antique upholstered chairs. One light-filled area holds a streamlined work surface and a modern West Elm desk chair.
The flamboyantly luxurious dining room features a painted ceiling with a mirror effect and a sideboard faux-painted to resemble a Tibetan chest.
A vintage garden trellis makes a compelling background for objects and art in the living room. Connecticut, Fairfield County,
Dranow carved out a restful sitting nook in the large living room.
Dranow carved out a restful sitting nook in the large living room.
True to her artistic roots, Rachel Volpone fills her home with bold, colorful combinations of her own art and the creations of artist friends that range from painting to sculpture to photography and more.
Splashes of vivid color were a must for Volpone.
Hanging his and her lights free up space on the nightstands in the master bedroom, where hand-painted metallic wallpaper covers the wall behind the bed. A faux-shagreen-framed mirror adds interest to the fireplace.
The breakfast room’s custom table combines a stained white-oak top with an industrial-inspired steel base. The colorful art, which couldn’t be a better fit for the orange-and-purple theme, also graced the owner’s previous home.
The welcoming 4,000-square-foot, shingled house incorporates timeless features like a port cochere.
Muse used a soothing gray-blue paint in the family room to create a backdrop for a host of lively fabrics including pillows dressed in a blue-and-taupe leaf motif from Zoffany and geometric stripes by Christopher Farr Cloth. New Lucite hardware and a freshly lacquered mantel increase modernity.
The living room’s high level of -interest stems in great part from all “the varied elements of texture,” says the designer. The metal side table is topped with petrified wood, while two stools flaunt velvet-clad bases to complement their seats of striped fabric by Duralee. Pale linen curtains afford privacy and soften the windows. The arresting painting is by Patrick Wilson.
Interior designer Lauren Muse -collaborated with Michelle -Brunwasser of Weber Fine Art Greenwich to help the owners find works that would please them visually and suit their decor, such as the dining room’s lively painting by Judith Kruger.
The entry’s contemporary console and attention-getting art by James Nares provide a lively contrast to the traditional architecture.
A cozy library off the kitchen sports club chairs covered in Lee Jofa fabric and a coffee table from Bungalow 5.
A carpet of faux grass gives the terrace its garden appeal. The striped chairs are from Terrain in Westport.