A silk and wool rug feels good under bare toes, while an Arctic Pear chandelier by Ochre lends sparkle.
The chic mudroom incorporates a custom shade and a handy apron-front sink for washing hands.
To ensure the kitchen counters stay clear, Irving devised a bonanza of storage.
“The dining room’s focus is the wallpaper,” explains designer Kristine Irving, who also chose Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue paint for the ceiling.
A favorite gathering space, the family room includes Michael Mazur’s painting White Water and a game table for hours of fun.
A balcony was closed in to create the master suite’s chic sitting area.
In the bath, a large soaking tub stands before double windows peering over the gardens.
The living room’s sofas, custom designed by interior designer Gilles Clement, get extra visual interest with built-in shelves at their backs.
The pendulous chandelier is suspended by a cascade of chains. Unfinished ceiling beams are a nod to the home’s Colonial heritage, while the black-and-white palette and graphic fabrics are a modern touch
Serena & Lily bar stools surround a marble-topped kitchen island; the owners acquired the vintage, orange-lacquered lunch box on a trip to Myanmar.
Appliances are concealed within a wooden enclosure designed to resemble an old ice box; like much of the interior millwork, it was built by Michael Smith.
A reclaimed nineteenth-century door opens onto the foyer, construction of which required the removal of an old fireplace and the relocation of a staircase.
The comfortable everyday dining area just off the kitchen has sunny backyard views on two sides.
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.
A fireplace fabricated with London Fog stone commands attention in the family room.
White sofas and a cowhide rug, glass cocktail table, and an airy cage chandelier are washed in light in the glassed-in conservatory.
The kitchen features form and function in equal measure.
Lots of doors and fixed floor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between indoors and out.
The dining area can accommodate a crowd.
Horizontal lines and a mix of light wood finishes, including walls clad in pale yellow sugar pine, contribute to the home’s seamless look.
Reclaimed vintage white oak rafters add a rustic touch to the cedar-clad great room.
“The kitchen was a labor of love,” says interior designer Liz Stiving-Nichols. The room’s wood ceiling links the space to the adjacent great room.
The master suite features a pencil-post bed and a nineteenth-century American walnut trunk, which sit on a circa-1930 Sparta rug. The oft-used window seat wears Rose Tarlow fabric.
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.
On the lowest level, a pull-down bed lets the family room double as a comfortable private suite for the homeowner’s son.
Neutral-toned swivel chairs by Kravet share an ottoman, creating a cozy reading niche in the master bedroom.
The boldly patterned Phillip Jeffries wallpaper delights the homeowner, who admits she would never have chosen such an assertive design in her previous abode.
A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterfly-print pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area.
The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.
Hogarty used space-saving tricks, like stationing stools under the living room console to act as extra seating.
The classic trellis design of the Zoffany wallpaper and the handsome Barclay sink bring personality to the powder room.
Designer Nicole Hogarty orchestrated the view from the front door as a welcoming vignette that hints at the unexpected with the inclusion of the bright-red coffee tables and bulbous pendants. “There’s no foyer, so it was important for me to create a small moment there,” she says.
A brushed-steel bed from Room & Board adds a contemporary, more masculine touch to the hotel-chic master bedroom. The roomy double bedside dressers are from FDO Group.
The study also serves as an informal sitting/TV room with its comfortable Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa; the desk is by Excentricities.
A Restoration Hardware vanity resembles a piece of furniture, perfectly fitting its niche in the guest bathroom.
The bright, spacious kitchen was designed with the homeowners’ frequent entertaining in mind. Sparkly pendant light fixtures from Lucía Lighting & Design add a fun touch to the open space.
In the dining room, a Hubbardton Forge light fixture has simple linear lines, and the chairs keep a low profile, so as not to block through-views.
A tête-à-tête settee by A. Rudin sits in the cased opening in the double living room. The window seat to the left is another spot to lounge and enjoy a pretty harbor view.
Capiz-shell tiles create a special feature wall in the powder room.
A pair of sleek sconces flank an abstract artwork by Doug Kennedy above the fireplace, with its custom-designed mosaic surround. Glass-front built-ins hold accents and collections.
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.
Beauty and drama merge in the master bathroom, where an egg-shaped sink rests atop live-edge, locally sourced cherry wood. Samimi-Urich chose the smoked-glass pendants because they suggest drops of water.
Sculptural floating wall panels separate the master bedroom and bathroom, adding artistic interest to the room and functioning as a backdrop to the four-poster bed. Suspended wall-to-wall cabinets provide ample storage.
A colonial-style staircase was replaced with this simple, modern design of iron and painted wood.
The dining room’s antique farm table is large enough to accommodate family and visiting friends. When illuminated, the sculptural wooden light fixture casts art-like shadows across the room. During daylight hours, large windows let in an abundance of natural light.
Steel and salvaged wood and soapstone come together beautifully in the open kitchen; reclaimed pumpkin pine forms the suspended shelves.
A neutral backdrop lets the homeowner’s art collection pop; a painting by Sierra Urich (Mitra’s daughter) hangs above an antique dry sink in the living room.
A rug of silk and wool anchors the living room space, where the focal point is a sculptural fireplace of concrete and steel. Floating shelves made from salvaged wood and a farmhouse-style coffee table add softness to the room.
The living room’s white slipcovers make for easy maintenance, while throw pillows add texture and color. The blue-velvet ottoman doubles as a stool when extra seating is needed.
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.
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, woodworker Scott Pacheco crafted the kitchen’s sawbuck table and bench. The latter is clad in vinyl for easy cleaning, and the pillows are dressed in a Galbraith & Paul fabric.
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.
In the dining room, an antique mirror and twin sconces draw the eye to the cerused-oak sideboard.
With its mother-of-pearl wall tiles and a hammered-metal console, the entrance foyer sets the eclectic tone of the home’s interior design.
Appliances hide behind the cerused finish of the cabinetry.
One of the two guest bedrooms features a hammered-metal headboard from Mexico and a South African metal beadwork chandelier.
The textured silk wallcovering, a white plaster chandelier, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and a color palette of creamy blues and whites give the master bedroom a serene, elegant feel.
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.
Upholstered walls enhance the master bedroom’s coziness and mute the sounds of the city. "I wanted the room to feel like an elegant cocoon," says the designer.
A club chair from Gregorius Pineo makes a choice spot for reading. The fetching painting is from Webster & Company.
A set of Vaughan sconces and a stylish mirror pick up on the faux-bois wallpaper in the powder room.
Having been previously renovated, the spacious kitchen primarily required cosmetic attention. Valances in a tailored Kravet fabric and sleek pendants by Visual Comfort give the space a fresh look. To accommodate his clients’ request for greater efficiency and comfort, Carter modified the island before flanking it with a parade of inviting Hickory Chair barstools.
In keeping with the husband’s wishes for a dash of the modern, Carter chose an attention-getting painting-Didactic Method of Elenchus, by Edward Lentsch-from the Lanoue Gallery in Boston, for the serene living room. The welcoming club chairs by Rose Tarlow are dressed in a Cowtan & Tout fabric, while the sofa wears a neutral Jane Churchill fabric. An antique desk set cleverly in the bay window provides a sunny work area.
An ornate Baroque mirror from Minton-Spidell is a memorable foil to the living room’s classic mantel. The gray-blue for the interior of the shelves was chosen to echo the blue of the Lentsch painting on the opposite wall.
No ordinary foyer, this one includes a Donald De Lue sculpture by the window and antique Foo Dogs atop the mantle.
The new kitchen is bright and efficient. The dining room’s Robert Abbey chandelier makes a striking contrast to the warm wood table.
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.
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 designers incorporated indoor/outdoor fabric on the sofa and ottomans in the TV room, making them family- and pet-friendly.
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
Mirrored drawers and cabinet doors play up the substantial light that spills through the master bathroom windows.
A custom hood and island are commanding elements in the bright white kitchen.
A farmer’s sink is a practical addition to the mudroom.
In the master bedroom, the walls and ceiling wear the barest whisper of lavender.
A giant ikat print wallcovering flows around the first-floor powder room’s charming oval window.
In the family room, the designer satisfied the wife’s penchant for neutrals by washing the space in shades of taupe.
Silvery chairs frame a view of the sofa and a sculpture in the window overlooking the front lawn.
With its pale blue walls and plush cream wool chaises, the sitting area in the master suite is an oasis of calm.
Griffin-Balsbaugh custom-designed the natural linen chaise, chairs in crushed velvet and glazed linen and faux-leather ottoman.
Colonial-style light fixtures and bar stools made way for a more modern interpretation.
Coffered ceilings forge unity between the family room and kitchen.
The brass-and-glass tableâs shape is a perfect match for the tufted dining chairs.
A guest bedroom also provides ocean views, as well as breezes.
Designer Dennis Duffy designed the resin-topped dining-room table and the buffet.
The vintage barstools were once used by Maine factory workers.
Furniture is simple and clean-lined.
Original details such as coffered ceilings and dark-stained floors blend with modern elements like the fireplaceâs stone facing.
Beneath the ancient beams: a gleaming white marble bath.
Barcelona chairs and upholstered Midcentury benches add verve to a serene master bedroom.
The master bath features a large oval tub by Oceania.
The garden room adds hints of pale lavender and green to the gray that unites the first-floor rooms.
Shades of cream and white give the master bedroom a feminine feel.
Light spills in on a second, smaller Âsitting area in the family room.
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.
The entry, displaying just a few of the objects the homeowner has collected over the years, hints at the easy comfort of the house.
A front parlor makes a cozy space for low-key entertaining.
The octagonal tower holds the master bath; glass partitions separate the oval tub from the vanity area.
A collection of windows surrounding the range hood pulls light from the mudroom into the kitchen.
The breakfast area, with its Knoll table and Blu Dot chairs, sits in the octagonal tower that is part of the addition.
The while the master bedroom has a neutral palette.
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.
An upholstered bench joins slip-covered chairs around the dining table.
Antiques and contemporary pieces mix in the elegant living roomâa space the homeownerâs two young sons know is off limits when it comes to roughhousing.
The master bath's octagonal recessed ceiling is accented by a fixture from Ailanthus.
Hanging glass globe pendants above the island keep the space fully transparent.
The angular coffered ceiling of the kitchen contrasts with the oval shape of the adjacent breakfast room.
A circular tête-a-tête is an organizing element for the living room's seating arrangements. "Sacred Fig" by Jennifer Amadeo-Holl hangs above the mantel.
Custom vanities offer ample master bath storage.
In the master bedroom, built-ins fabricated by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers showcase the custom bed and create a home for a collection of pottery. The upholstered chair and table along the window are by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Bentley sconces and luxe upholstery up the glamour.
Dramatic Linea chandeliers by Boyd Light illuminate the open living-room area where seating, including a leather-covered accent chair by Holly Hunt, surrounds a versatile Madam X cocktail table. The sofa is covered in a taupe Larsen fabric that wears as beautifully as it looks.
Stephen Mueller’s buoyant watercolors, from Boston’s Obelisk Gallery, hang by the living room’s new fireplace.
A lavender ceiling is an unexpected surprise in the master bedroom.
A calming palette of creams and blues envelops the living room, which gets a touch of extra drama from the glints of light bouncing off the starburst ceiling fixture and the convex mirror over the fireplace.
Waterworks fixtures dress up the gentlemanly master bathroom.
Ralph Lauren Homeâs Sudan Weave wallpaper wraps the kitchen above Carrara marble countertops. Decorative painter Topher Carnes executed the graphic floor.
A sycamore vanity rests on limestone tile floors in the serene master bath.
Peaceful fabrics and provocative silhouettes in the master bedroom make for an adults-only escape.
Silk wallcovering and mosaic tiles make the spa-like master bathroom a luxurious retreat.
A series of black-and-white photographs lines the wall above the master bed.
Contemporary abstract art and animal-print upholstery share space with a traditional exposed-beam ceiling and paneled walls in the family room.
The family fell in love with the homeâs classic New England details.
The airy living room has a casual, breezy feel that reminds the homeowners of California, where they previously lived.
Driftwood lamps and a hide pillow lend an organic touch to the custom headboard and nightstands in the master bedroom.
A lacquered cabinet provides an anchor for artwork in the entryway.
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.
In the posh master bath, honed Carrara marble countertops and polished nickel hardware give the custom vanities an added dash of elegance.
A smattering of well-placed color enlivens the family room without upsetting the neutral paletteâs serenity. Accessories are primarily limited to books and natural elements like green plants and pickings from the garden to maintain the airy ambience. A saw-horse table by Waldoâs Designs serves as a handy desk, while John Booneâs upholstered club chairs and welcoming sofa guarantee comfort.
In the garret office, bright light and white walls and upholstery are important to Hodgeâs work. The antique lantern was a long-ago antiques shop find.
The curved fronts of the master bathroomâs vanities make it easy to lean into the mirror while shaving or applying makeup.
The entryway connects the home’s two discrete pavilions.
The master bath’s plantation shutters offer peek-a-boo views of the homeâs lush surroundings.
His-and-her sinks and mirrors come with plenty of built-in storage space.
The renovation included raising the ceiling to make room for a dramatic two-story entry.
Hand-picked marble slabs surround the tub and line the shower in the master bath.
Marble countertops complement the three-dimensional kitchen tiles.
Like many rooms in the six-bedroom house, the master bath offers great views of the pond and the ocean.
Conversation (or kicking back) is encouraged, thanks to a custom sectional and reupholstered vintage Italian armchairs.
An inviting sitting area is grounded by a custom hide rug and leather ottoman.
The chandelier and the refurbished settee in the master bedroom were recycled from the owners’ previous home.
The home’s gray and blue palette is enhanced in the kitchen with white Calacatta marble.
The master suite is another study in neutrals.
Even the breakfast nook is elegant; a curved banquette in the bay window mirrors the cove ceiling, while wicker chairs dial down the formality of the space.
White-on-white works in the kitchen with its smooth Calacatta marble counters.
Designer Nannette Lewis paired plush upholstered pieces and cherished antiques, such as the French desk, to infuse her home’s interiors with comfort and sophistication.
The designer favors a neutral palette both for its soothing qualities and to showcase her antiques.
Lewis uses her collections of creamware and art to create interesting compositions throughout her home.
Serafini built out the wall behind the bed in the master bedroom to create a walk-in closet.
The slipper tub was added to the small master bath.
The master bedroom’s personality is serenity itself.
The living room’s original marble hearth and mantel surround the new wood-burning fireplace.
A palette of soft blue, taupe and ivory creates elegant comfort in a living room seating area.
Graphic Quadrille fabric lends a modern punch to the traditional dining chairs.
Crystal knobs add sparkle to the breakfast area’s lacquered sideboard. F
The covered patio sports an alfresco dining area.
The shimmer of silk and velvet adds a posh factor to the living room’s serene sitting area.
The kitchen’s glossy surfaces reflect light.
A Russian painting called "Peasants after the Harvest" hangs above the fireplace. The collection on the mantel includes a cluster of vintage alabaster grapes.
In addition to refinishing the original staircase, the couple sanded and stained the foyer’s pine-board floor to awaken its sleeping beauty.
A built-in upholstered headboard maximizes space.
An oval table and light fixture are fluid counterpoints to the dining banquette’s regimented, contrast-welt grid.
The Boston apartment wears a contemporary palette of grays, taupes, and gold. Vintage lamps add a layer of history to new pieces, such as the richly textured gold sofa by Paul Gaucher of Icon Group.
The view from a rooftop terrace is nothing short of spectacular.
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.
A custom wood-veneer shade tops the midcentury Scandinavian lamp that sits on the Natuzzi sideboard in the study.
Heirloom lithographs depicting farm scenes hang above the study’s fireplace.
A Pottery Barn Teen cupboard with cutouts, lavender drapery fabric from Duralee, and a John Robshaw quilt give eleven-year-old Emma’s room an edge.
A palette of cool blues creates a soothing atmosphere in the master bedroom.
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.
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.
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.
A navy-blue wall adds depth to the master bedroom. The shag rug is cut to the width of the custom platform bed’s upholstered headboard.
The recess in the kitchen pantry cabinetry was meant to display art, but the client’s need for entertaining space led to the last-minute purchase of swivel lounge chairs.
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.
A built-in banquette in white matte lacquer gives the dining area a casual, restaurant-style feel.
A wall painted in Farrow & Ball’s London Clay sets off the master bedroom’s custom-upholstered bed.
An eye-catching "X" brings visual interest to the kitchen peninsula. Contemporary stools make an arresting juxtaposition with the old wood.
Refurbished pieces like a French settee look right at home on the antique-finished oak floor of the sitting room.
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."