A Connecticut Colonial Becomes a Hip Family Home

New Canaan, CT

A young couple moved from New York’s Upper East Side to New Canaan, Connecticut, with a classic conundrum: They wanted more space and a yard for their two young daughters, but they wanted to maintain their urban design style.

The couple found a stately colonial with a lot more square footage than they had in their former Manhattan home, so they reached out to Décor Aid to transform it into a comfortable, family-friendly space. We integrated the modern, clean lines of the furniture from their former apartment with softer elements that fit their new home in the country, like plush area rugs, curtains, and cozy throws.

With the generously-sized rooms in their new house, they could add larger-scale furniture without making the space feel cramped, as it would have in their former apartment. So, in the living room we set a modern, comfortable tone with a sumptuous leather sofa. A pair of of sleek black leather Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs are softened by striped curtains and a trellis-patterned area rug. The black marble cocktail table reflects light, brightening the space. A set of graphic black and white prints above the leather sofa ties the space together, and complements the abstract painting above the fireplace.

A set of vibrant blue sectional sofas add a playful vibe to the wood-paneled family room, and a trio of round tables are a relaxed alternative to a more formal coffee table. Pops of orange throughout the space add a vibrant touch.

In the airy dining room, we paired a minimalist wooden table with sleek modern chairs to keep the space from looking too serious. Pale blue drapes flanking each window filter the light and add height.

The homeowners wanted the master bedroom to feel like a sanctuary, so we kept the walls and window treatments neutral. However, we warmed up the space with a dark wood bed, and we added a luxe element in the form of a cozy fur throw. Lacquered raffia bedside tables add texture to the space.

This project is featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, and Rue Magazine.

  • City New Canaan, CT
  • Project Featured In: Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
  • Style Classic Contemporary
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