For more than a century, this historic home has stood steadfast on its picturesque two-acre lot. Carefully designed, sturdily constructed and finely detailed, there’s no denying its grandeur.

So, when embarking on a redesign of the great room, the designer insisted on a neutral and nuanced approach, allowing the stately architecture to take center stage.

To start, heirloom antiques and new upholstered furniture was incorporated to provide an elegant mix of contemporary clean lines with historic detailing. The floor plan was developed to provide several intimate conversation areas to ensure the expansive room feels welcoming and approachable.

Warm textures and subtle patterns add depth to this monochromatic design. A custom hand-knotted rug frames the floor plan and provides a catalyst for the color scheme. The Colefax and Fowler drapery panels, with embroidered detail, perfectly frame the home’s parklike views.  Challenged by the expansive curved wall of windows, the designer called on a metal craftsman to perfectly fabricate the custom drapery hardware.

The soft textiles contrast with the aged iron elements found in lighting, hardware and furniture details. A reflective quartzite stone table top was added to an antique iron base to further the mix of light and dark.

Awash in neutral hues and cozy textures, this grand space becomes surprisingly calm, quiet and refined.

Meghan Heeter, Allied ASID

Alise O’Brien Photography

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