Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh designed the bookshelves and matching chaises in the reading room.
The reading room on the main floor offers a peaceful alternative to the beach, and like other rooms throughout the house, draws on a balance of white walls, a neutral floor, and black accents.
The powder room is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, a stark exception to the “white walls only” rule throughout the home.
A dazzling Ricardo Rumi painting and a Lubomir Tomaszewski sculpture add contemporary flair to the library.
The husband’s own abstract painting anchors a bar area in the library.
Glossy black paneling brings drama to the library and evokes the feeling of an English men’s club of the 1930s. A collection of crystal decanters on the mantel furthers the Anglophilic feel.
On the first floor, the elegant guest bath features a custom granite sink and a generous frosted-glass shower enclosure.
Chairs in the snug library wear a subdued Fortuny fabric, while pillows are clad in a contemporary Madeline Weinrib pattern.
The modern, streamlined kitchen was designed by architect Stacey Jacovini Storm during the initial renovation in 2007.
The black-and-white guest bedroom, inspired by a magazine photo, has a plush cowhide rug atop practical sisal.
The guest bath takes a dramatic turn with horizontal wallpaper and a black-and-white striped rug.
Holly Hunt velvet gives the master bed headboard a sumptuous look and feel.
"Bubble baths revive me," says the designer, praising her master bath with its smart black-and-white theme.
Diverse elements unite happily in the living room, where striking charcoal-on-paper drawings set off a steer’s head cunningly crafted of metal washers. The herringbone-patterned hide sofa pillows hail from Dovecote in Westport.
A black lacquered wall adds drama.
Colorful accessories pop in the living room, where walls of Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black set off the crisp white trim and shelves.
Living room seating by B&B Italia is suitable for large crowds or intimate groups. The chairs, featuring a sculptural shape and sexy zipper up the back, were chosen for good looks when seen from any angle.
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