The foyer sets the home’s transitional tone with its linear console and double-ring-base lamp, both from ICON Group, and an area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets.
Local photographer Daniel Sutherland’s work brings a bit of the island’s scenic landscape into the master bedroom.
Light gray floors—a riff on driftwood—knit kitchen, dining area, and living room together while boosting the home’s airiness.
French doors flanking an indoor-outdoor fireplace open to a deck to ensure a strong connection between the living room and the outdoors. Armchairs swivel to provide comfortable viewing of the pool or, in another direction, the television. A two-tiered coffee table affords room for books, games, and puzzles.
For the son’s bedroom, Cappoli went for masculine textures such as leather, natural steel, and wool fabrics and carpet all inspired by a man’s suit.
The homeowners are restaurateurs, so the kitchen was especially important to them. A black La Cornue range and matching high-gloss black island with brass hardware pack a visual-and functional-punch. The swivel stools wear a Seema Krish fabric that ties in beautifully with the dark island and its light granite top.
A seating area focused on the stacked-stone fireplace is one of two arrangements, separated by a game table and bar area, that Cappoli designed to bring the 1,200-square-foot family room down to a comfortable size.
Comfort was the directive in the keeping room, located just off the kitchen, where a well-stocked bar, cozy club chairs, a fireplace, and warm, chocolate-brown walls make the room a welcoming spot for evening cocktails.
The Vince bar cart from Worlds Away adds sparkle to the keeping room.
Dinner parties are more fun in a dining room that is a conversation starter in and of itself. The modern plum-blossom pattern of the De Gournay wallpaper adds a splash of color.
Sheer drum shades update the crystal chandeliers and soften their glow.
The library skews formal, but not at the expense of comfort. Cappoli sourced the sofa and the carpet first, then the rest of the room fell into place. "There are pieces that define a space, that arouse people’s emotions, associations, and memories," he says.
In the foyer, Cappoli blended classic elements like the Greek key pattern of the carpet with contemporary touches such as a bronze sculpture by Boston artist Tristan Govignon perched on a Lucite pedestal.
In the powder room off the foyer, designer Tony Cappoli took a traditional glass subway tile and ran it vertically for a modern aesthetic. A custom-scaled Trove wallpaper conjures the feeling of being out in the woods.
The living and dining rooms are one, with a comfortable, eclectic mix of furnishings chosen for visual and textural interest.
A few modern moves make all the difference in this townhouse transformation. In the living room, a log trough adds an artistic as well as functional touch to the fireplace wall.
The floor of the master bath, fabricated from Thassos and statuary Carrara marbles, is designed to look like a garden path; the beautiful collection of botanical photos reinforces the theme.
With subtle gold and silver accents and a cozy sitting area, the master suite is a soothing retreat for the homeowners.
Detail of the master bedroom sitting area.
The Carrara- and Thassos-marble backsplash in a soft gray-and-white pattern lends a wow factor to the kitchen.
The designers incorporated indoor/outdoor fabric on the sofa and ottomans in the TV room, making them family- and pet-friendly.
The eye-catching triptych above the sofa is by Darien artist Andrea Bonfils.
The table in the eat-in kitchen juxtaposes a distressed antique wood column base with a sleek cast-iron top.
To tie the color palette together in the living room, Deb Nicoud designed a custom, hand-woven rug.
An oversize walnut coffee table with sculptural legs anchors the large family room.
An elegant chandelier paired with a more transitional table bridges formality and functionality in the dining room.
A statement-making shagreen-textured bar cabinet with antique mirrors on the inside adds visual appeal and puts aperitifs within arm’s reach
A smoky-colored Phillip Jeffries wallcovering and a soft Merida rug enhance the master bedroom’s cocoon-like ambience.
A black-and-white palette streamlines the compact powder room.
Camel, navy, and cream are colors a young boy can happily grow along with.
A contemporary chandelier and an acrylic coffee table are fun contemporary notes in the paneled library. The rug adheres to the owner’s preference for elements that incorporate warm and cool colors, while the Osborne & Little sofa fabric speaks to the pale suede wall panels.
Scalo designed the striking chandelier of iron and quartz that hangs in the breakfast area.
In the family room, Julian Chichester shelves provide a home for a growing collection of books and mementoes. In addition to providing light, the stylish metal lanterns hanging from the ceiling help unify the space.
The dining room’s leather-upholstered seats are favorites with Scalo, who labels them her "Prada chairs, since they’re sexy like high heels."
The living room features seating design by Scalo.
The living room’s polished-metal mirror adds another jolt of interest, as does the sculptural lamp.
The home’s classic architecture serves as a timeless backdrop for a beguiling range of styles and eras, beginning with the entry’s vintage sconce and Oly chest.
"Timeless but also livable and fresh," is how designer Lynne Scalo defines the elegant living room and its medley of handsome textures. Silver sconces flank a piece of contemporary art, while a more classic painting and a rustic mirror hang nearby-a perfect example of the designer’s keen eye for mixing and matching.
Griffin-Balsbaugh custom-designed the natural linen chaise, chairs in crushed velvet and glazed linen and faux-leather ottoman.
Velvet roman shades and an upholstered headboard add a plush note to the master bedroom.
Restful aqua mixed with neutrals forms the palette for the main living spaces.
The libraryâs dark wood paneling was lightened up with a coat of luscious butterscotch-colored paint.
Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison brought drama to the living room with a wall of antiqued mirrored panels and glamorous materials like the silvery white sofa fabric and the combination of a silver-and-white patterned fabric from David Hicks and a metallic linen from F. Schumacher on the chairs.
Original details such as coffered ceilings and dark-stained floors blend with modern elements like the fireplaceâs stone facing.
The master bedroom is all architecture and serenity.
Beams hold the racks for pots and pans.
Davis says she chose materials that look as though they belong here, as in this cozy retreat behind the living room.
Davis and Owens designed the rectangular steel fireplace surround and log carrier.
Yet another corner of the family room makes the perfect spot for casual dining.
Designer Karen Quinn created an intimate sitting area focused on the spacious family roomâs stone fireplace. The palette takes its cue from the honey-toned paneling.
Light spills in on a second, smaller Âsitting area in the family room.
A sea of blues and taupes washes the living room of the remodeled Victorian in softness. Designer Kristen Rivoli mixed traditional and contemporary furnishings and art.
Proving you can create a cozy office, the designers chose chocolate walls and a tufted chair to go with the antelope-patterned rug and crocodile-stamped, leather-covered desk.
A few touches of red add zip to the palette; the desk, with its Philippe Starck Ghost chair, stands in for a bedside table.
The homeowner’s study, tucked away at the top of the stairs, offers views of the Public Garden.
A lush purple velvet sofa, black-and-white checkerboard flooring and subtly patterned wallpaper add drama to the foyer.
An antique lamp in the corner inspired the living room’s green accent color.
The dining room wallpaper’s hand-painted silver leaf changes color in different lights.
The formal living room is an elegant balance of light and dark, with lacquered charcoal-gray walls offset by silvery drapes, lighting fixtures bedecked in crystals and fabrics that boast a reflective sheen. The stone fireplace is original to the house and retains Asher Benjamin’s signature fretwork.
Varying shades of green bedeck the curtains, chairs, coffee table and pillows, and the apple green of a small wall nook makes an abstract painting pop.
The dramatic ikat curtain fabric provided the starting point for the decor in the kitchen and casual dining area.
Pomeroy designed the L-shaped banquette in the wifeâs office, adding soft fringe along the bottom for a feminine, romantic touch.
Built-in shelves behind a sonâs bed hold Lego creations and toys. Colors in the kidsâ rooms are a shade bolder than the other areas of the house.
A meet-and-greet area just off the entryway makes for a casual transition into the house.
The palette moves subtly from soft blues elsewhere to soft violets in the dining room.
Traditional cabinetry mixed with Italian lighting and a stainless steel backsplash meld California modern with classic New England in the kitchen.
In the powder room, a Venetian mirror, slender lamp and ceramic dog add scale to what might otherwise be a forgettable space.
Silver and gold touches give the small office a layer of glamour.
A lacquered cabinet provides an anchor for artwork in the entryway.
The designer collects blanc de chine figures.
Driftwood lamps and a hide pillow lend an organic touch to the custom headboard and nightstands in the master bedroom.
The bookcase, rescued from a consignment shop, has traveled with Eastman to all her apartments, taking on a different color each time.
Metallic and organic mix in the living roomâs mercury-glass lamp with cork lampshade.
A sectional sofa and antique bench dominate the living room in Tiffany Eastmanâs Stamford apartment. Asian touches in the lacquered side table, metal bamboo chairs and a Chinese Chippendale mirror lend age and sophistication to the new space.
The sunny family room with its coffered ceiling and paneled hearth is the ownersâ favorite destination for kicking back.
The family room is in the new addition at the rear of the house. Reflective surfaces in the coffee table, side tables and lamps spark a room thatâs all about comfort. Soft neutral tones and traditionally designed furniture promote relaxation.
The master bedroom carries out the designerâs serene design scheme with pale-blue walls, white bedding, Lucite bedside tables and symmetrical bookcases.
Rotenberg’s sitting room takes on a decidedly feminine persona.
A custom-designed light fixture adds drama to the high-ceilinged master bedroom, while blackout shades guarantee uninterrupted sleep. The taupe tone-on-tone carpet creates a neutral background for the richly colored high-backed bed.
The renovation included raising the ceiling to make room for a dramatic two-story entry.
Barnes gave the living room a neutral backdrop and added pops of blue, including an arresting water photograph by Tamara Bahry Paterson.
For a striking dining room contrast, the designer teamed a pale Steven King rug with a dark David Iatesta table.
The setting, no surprise, was a draw for the homeowners.
Stationary curtain panels soften the living room’s windows, while accent pillows covered in Fortuny fabric add a dash of color.
Refinished chairs surround a glass-topped game table on a reclaimed wood base in the living room.
Twin David Iatesta sconces frame a Dennis and Leen mirror in the entry. The blue and white porcelain hails from the owner’s ever-growing collection.
In the dining room, a fireplace and chimney were removed to open up the space and create a niche to highlight a favorite painting. The round raised ceiling, table and rug add visual interest and ease of movement in this hub of the house.
A quiet spot for reading and lounging is tucked into a corner of the living room.
A low vintage coffee table is the perfect height for sitting on the living room’s plush striped rug and playing board games by a roaring fire.
A zinc-top dining table is complemented by a whimsical lighting fixture and light-hearted prints on the chairs.
Traditional gray and white go bold with an accent of citron.
The dining room’s existing built-ins were given new hardware and painted teal, and now hold designer/homeowner Denise Davies’s collection of midcentury pottery and art books.
Holly Hunt velvet gives the master bed headboard a sumptuous look and feel.
Graphic Quadrille fabric lends a modern punch to the traditional dining chairs.
Crystal knobs add sparkle to the breakfast area’s lacquered sideboard. F
"Bubble baths revive me," says the designer, praising her master bath with its smart black-and-white theme.
Nearby, a handcrafted wood seat joins a medley of textures.
Snakeskin-printed sheers dress windows in the office, where Eastman works at a glass-topped desk.
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.
The designer’s flair for glamour is on full display in the dining room with its gilded ceiling, velvet chairs, and deep aubergine walls.
The nursery features a white lacquered crib and changing table from The New Traditionalists.
The tufted banquette was added, giving the couple a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the views from the dining room.
Glorious city views take center stage, thanks to a design plan that keeps the living room furniture below windowsill height. A pale color scheme gets interest from textured fabrics such as linen velvet on the sofa and chenille on the lounge chair, geometric patterns in rug and pillows, and a smattering of animal prints.
In the master bedroom, Glick achieved both serenity and glamour by covering the ceiling with crushed-mica wallpaper and outfitting the custom headboard in silk and mohair.
Silver travertine replaced the red-brick surround of the fireplace in the family room. Glick redid the cocktail table with walnut stain, stripped the sofa of its fussy skirted upholstery, and added a new sisal rug and gray velvet lounge chair from Lillian August.
Dark-green granite counters gave way to white Calacatta marble in the kitchen. Glick swapped out a country pine table for the contemporary dark-wood table and surrounded it with streamlined chairs in white leather.
Designer and homeowner Susan Glick replaced the cozy dark tones of her living room with dusty grays and amethysts. A sofa that once wore olive-colored fabric was reupholstered in gray velvet and paired with new custom-made wing chairs.
Keeping the original Craftsman-style paneling in the den and papering above it was another way of retaining the home’s quirky charm. Lots of texture-leather, basket weave, linen, and grasscloth-enhance the room’s coziness. Chiappone found the vintage leather chair at Cottage & Garden in Newport.
The master suite is a study in glam, with custom furnishings by designer Kat Rosier set against a subtle shade of lavender.
Every inch is maximized in the kitchen, where the work triangle is small, but materials like the velvet quartzite countertops and glass mosaic backsplash loom large.
The sitting room takes a warmer and more colorful turn; in here, comfort comes first.
A cluster of baubles hanging from the coffered ceiling and a console with scrollwork details elevate the dining room to what the homeowner calls the "most beautiful room in the house."
A cluster of baubles hanging from the coffered ceiling and a console with scrollwork details elevate the dining room to what the homeowner calls the "most beautiful room in the house."
A variety of fine fabrics (Kravet, Brentano, Robert Allen, and Osborne & Little) coexist happily in a living room awash in tones of soft gray and silvery blue. Artwork, hand-blown glass pebble lamps by Porta Romana, and a few well-chosen beachy touches add a casual vibe.
Book-matched statuario marble tops the kitchen counters.
An oyster-shell mirror and faux-crocodile desk add visual interest to the entry way.
The living areas are on the second floor of the "upside-down" house, where the interesting angles and pinched corners reflect the exterior roof planes. Horizontal shiplap walls give the cottage an appropriately maritime feel.
An eclectic seating collection surrounds the rustic dining table.
Built-ins, like the statuario-marble-backed wet bar, add luxury without taking up valuable space.
The master bath incorporates a sculptural tub and limestone floor.
A Bourgeois Bohème chandelier with hand-blown globes-hung at precisely the right point-illuminates the stairwell. The landing’s quiet reading spot includes an Oly Flowerfall chandelier.
The ornately framed mirror hails from a previous residence. Paired with a graphic Stark carpet and Holly Hunt chairs, it adds an elegant note to the master suite’s sitting area.
Gray-blue makes a serene palette for the master bedroom; the tiered chandelier is by Oly.
The second-floor master suite opens to a terrace providing a heavenly respite for parents.
A generous bluestone terrace also runs along the kitchen, easily accessible for al fresco dining and entertaining.
The sunny kitchen serves up a bounty of storage, with upper and lower cabinets and niches in the island. For snacks, the kids belly up to the island; casual meals take place in a breakfast area just off the kitchen.
Leather chairs and handsome paneling give the billiard room club-like ambience.
On the living room wall, an abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes nods to the fluid movement of the home’s central staircase and railing.
Nesting tables and versatile animal-hide cubes ensure family-room functionality. Designer Dale Blumberg framed the bookcase "to make it more like a piece of art," she explains.
Mirrored Urban Electric sconces, a sparkly Arctic Pear chandelier by Ochre, and a shimmery Phillip Jeffries wallcovering give the dining room as much appeal by day as by night.
A granite exterior with custom limestone detailing gives the house presence
The architect enclosed what had been an open connection to the garage, incorporating beams and stones to create a lofty secondary entry the family uses regularly.
Architect Jeff Kaufman forged space for a floating staircase that winds its way to the top floor. Its dramatic ascent is accentuated with custom-designed railings by Dave Hind of Hamilton, Ontario.
The bench at the base of the stairs was discovered by the homeowners, who restored it to its natural state by stripping off coats of old paint.