For this new home along a tidal river in Connecticut, architecture firm
created a Shingle style look that fits in with the coastal location and made sure that views to the water were unobstructed. With casual yet elegant architectural detailing and graceful interiors designed by Austin Patterson Disston Architects , the home has a comfortable feel that is welcoming to family and friends. Foley & Cox Interiors 96
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Designed by Mac Patterson,
AIA, of Connecticut-based Austin Patterson Disston Architects, this new Shingle style colonial shore house overlooks a tidal river that reaches to Long Island Sound.
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A welcoming porch spans the length of the home and is accessible via a series of French doors. A lantern by
The Urban Electric Co. hangs in the exterior front entry.
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The foyer is elegant but simple with pilasters and leaded glass windows surrounding the front door. The area rug is by
Merida, and the convex globe fixture is by Jamb.
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The interiors of the home were designed by Mary Foley and Michael Cox of New York's
Foley & Cox Interiors, who worked with the clients over a span of two years to design the home. The living room features an area rug from Eliko Oriental Rugs and a Ju Mu Wood console table from Greenwich Oriental Antiques.
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The elegant ceiling beams in the living room form an articulated trim system that is informal yet high design. The tufted sofa is the
Renwick sofa by Huniford, and the rosewood and burled maple chairs are by Avantgarden.
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“The site is narrow, so we designed the home so it’s single loaded with most rooms off the hallway,” explains Patterson. “To maximize the water views," he adds, "we needed to visually hide the corridor.” In the dining room, columns define the pass way through the room. Charles Edwards' Odeon lanterns add a traditional look.
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Foley & Cox chose an oval table and upholstered chairs with Holland & Sherry fabric for the dining room. “It complements the oval ceiling trim, which creates intimacy and a focal point for this room,” explains Foley. The wall covering is by
Celerie Kemble for Schumacher, and the ceiling fixture is from Vaughan.
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Hanging cabinet space was limited to maximize the water views in the kitchen. Patterson’s solution was to create a large center island with deep cabinets for plates, pots and pans. The bar stools are from
McGuire Furniture, and the chandelier is from Restoration Hardware.
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The breakfast room, which is located off the kitchen, features a classic Saarien table from
Design Within Reach, laced rawhide chairs from McGuire Furniture and a John Rossilli faceted ball pendant.
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With an exuberant turquoise high gloss finish, the butler’s pantry, adjacent to the dining room, family room and kitchen, stands on its own.
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The library and home office, which opens to the foyer and dining area, is crafted in eucalyptus, which “lends warmth and privacy,” notes Patterson. The
arrow pendant light fixture is from Apparatus, the window drapery is from Holland & Sherry, and the vintage faux bamboo cocktail table is from Montage.
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The family room features a more simplified trim system than the living room. The floor lamp is
Foley & Cox Home's Dauphine lamp. The cocktail table is Calvin Klein Home, and the sectional is Restoration Hardware.
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The master bedroom features a color palette of soothing blues and beige that complements the water views. The wall covering is by Trikes, the area rug is from
Stark and the dresser is from Flanders.
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Texture is added to the master bathroom with the quilted stainless steel tub face, which complements the Carrara marble used throughout the space.
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French doors open up to the backyard pool and ample seating area. Since the house’s design is long and narrow, the site was able to accommodate a private outdoor area.