For this family home in Greenwich, Connecticut, architecture and design firm
Harrison Design took inspiration from the classic homes of New England to create a welcoming, comfortable residence that artfully blends a relaxed colonial style with formal elements of traditional architecture. 53
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The use of indigenous materials such as field stone, slate and wood creates a distinctive palette that pays homage to the home’s colonial roots. The change of materials at the side porch and side wing gives the home an informal, approachable character.
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The paneled entry hall features an oversized front door with leaded glass sidelights and traditionally detailed arched transom. Herringbone walnut flooring helps to unite two strong cross axes of the space.
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A formal stair hallway has views into the paneled entry and dining room, illustrating the connectivity and flow of the home.
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The dining room is the jewel of the home with its many facets of fine detail and restrained ornamentation. Arched, mirrored doors flank the painted wood paneled fireplace and lead to a silver closet on the left and the butler’s pantry on the right. The antiqued-mirror Chippendale paneled wainscot is carried around the room and fireplace.
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The painted wood ceiling of the kitchen and breakfast reinforces the relaxed atmosphere the clients’ wanted to instill in this welcoming family space.
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The space is awash with light that spills in from the windows and French doors that encircle the dining table.
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A hidden pantry door is integrated seamlessly into the kitchen cabinetry.
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The library’s many architectural details are united by a palette of monochromatic finishes. A lime wash applied to the paneling, egg and dart crown molding, beams and custom fireplace mantle creates a serene backdrop and adds a quality of diffused light to the space.
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The bookcases in the library feature beautifully inset paneled doors, which complement the egg and dart crown moulding, and lead to the living room beyond.
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The mud room is both functional and beautiful. Designated cubbies, benches, hooks and drawers for each child line one wall and tall storage cupboards for the adults line the other.