A New England Colonial Featured in House BeautifulInterviews
Our clients came to us with a lovely New England colonial—featured in House Beautiful—in a beautiful part of Greenwich, Connecticut. The community is charmingly rural—the clients loved the proximity to horse farms, as well as the easy commute to New York, where they work. But the ‘70s-era house was in need of some updating.
The details on the ceiling were inspired by a Parisian hotel where the family had once vacationed. It’s a very subtle way of introducing some pretty bold visual texture into the room—it’s eye-catching but just out of the sightline so it doesn’t overwhelm. Design is all about balance. Since we did something so bold overhead, we kept the statement underfoot simple, with the cloud-colored silk rug.
It was very clear from the get-go that we have five clients—not just mom and dad, but their three kids as well. Function was key, in terms of lot of open spaces as well as durable fabrics and furnishes, but so was form: the parents preferred bright colors, sleek textures, and a setting for their art collection.
The palette varies quite a bit; the open kitchen and dining areas are more neutral, the living room is quite white, the study a balance of grey and red. There should be harmony within each given room, with colors recurring in the furnishings, the art, and the accessories—but even in an open plan home, you can treat each room as its own entity.
Our team found the live-edge wallet dining table on Etsy. It’s made by a fabricator in Quebec—the sort of small, local tradesman who it’s so much easier to work with in this day and age, thanks to the internet.
We’re proud of the whole project, but are most impressed by the way the designers were able to balance their vision with the clients’. The side chairs in the living room were something the husband had owned for years and long loved, and they incorporate into the rest of the room seamlessly. Similarly, the art collection throughout — it’s mostly work the couple have been collecting for years and each piece seems like it truly belongs in the home.
We think it shows once and for all that a home can be chic and sophisticated by still inviting and family-friendly.