In working on a history-filled Westchester home from 1730,
Kara Mann Design faced the distinct challenge of updating spaces to keep them classic yet up-to-date. The home pre-dates the American Revolution by nearly 50 years and was accessible to the Underground Railroad, so every step was taken to preserve its impressive history while bringing it back to life and lightening up a traditional environment. 82
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Many of the features in this living room are original to the house, including an open fireplace and wide, wood plank floors. The coffee table was designed by Kara Mann and made locally by a vintage furniture dealer who manufactures metal furniture. The vintage sofa was re-covered in a modern toile and the stool is from Coup D’Etat in San Francisco.
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Called the Summer Room, this is another of the two living spaces in the house. The goal was to make the room comfortable, light, and airy, with drapery panels by Hannah Louise Payne, a coffee table by designer Ty Best for Caste, and terracotta floors that were painted white.
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The kitchen is a true mix of old and new. The original soapstone sink remains, along with all lower level cabinetry. The upper cabinets were removed to give a more spacious and open feel to the room, and were replaced with Danby marble shelving that wraps around the perimeter of the kitchen. The stone island, also Danby marble, was designed by Kara Mann and opened the space. The boiled leather pendant lights are by designer Simon Hasan.
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To make the breakfast room brighter and more open (and to showcase a beautiful view of the yard), an additional set of doors was added. The farm table is from Galerie Half and the Rush Chairs are from Mercato, an antiques store in Kansas.
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The built-in wooden cabinet and wood panel floors were original to the house and were polished back to life. The dining table is by Rose Tarlow, and the two Victorian wicker chairs, which were re-covered in green leather, are from a Chicago vintage company called Revival.
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Called the Winter Room, this semi-secluded room was designed to be a reading nook: a place to escape, sit by the fire, and be cozy. The drapery is by Alessandra Branca for Schumacher. The wood paneling is original to the house and was actually used to camouflage access to the Underground Railroad.
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The master bedroom was an integral part of the original house. Standout pieces here include the natural colored wool drapery, striped with lace from Need K, which pairs well with the Khotan rug’s dusty pink undertones. The lamps were a find at an online auction.
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The master bathroom is a chic mixture of different types of products. The vanity is from Restoration Hardware while the large mirror is by Christian Astuguevieille. Due to the location of the bathroom on a secluded side of the home, additional privacy wasn’t necessary, so the charming café curtain was added.
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The vintage beds with swan-neck motifs in the guestroom are from David Reed Weatherford Antiques and Interiors. The same toile from the living room was used again here, this time in purple, which complements the Dedar drapery fabric in pinks, teals, and purples. The stools were custom designed by Kara Mann, and the photography is by Olivia Bee.
All photography by Douglas Friedman