This new five-bedroom home in Darien, Connecticut, designed by
Douglas VanderHorn Architects has a classical look with formal facade and traditional elments complemented by light but elegant detailing. 43
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The exterior of the home showcases the classical revival style with intricate trim details, louvered shutters and a dramatic curved portico on the symmetrical facade of the main building.
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The six panel front door is accented by leaded glass side panels and an elliptical transom. Full height paneling in the entry brings an understated opulence to the room and conceals coat closets, which are located behind hidden doors on either side of the space.
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Paneled wainscoting continues from the entry hall into the dining room, and the elliptical motif from the front entrance is repeated in the passageway between the two spaces. The dining room is detailed with a plaster ceiling center and a wood paneled wall with a mantel from William H. Jackson. The fireplace surround is absolute black granite.
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At the center of the kitchen is a large island with plenty of seating for casual dining. Decoration is added to the space in the coffered ceiling, wood-paneled hood and herringbone backsplash. The custom cabinetry features full-height upper cabinets and paneling.
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The breakfast room is warm and inviting with large cottage double-hung windows and banquette seating that looks to the backyard.
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Glazed upper cabinet doors and objects on the glass shelves within are lit from above in the butler's pantry.
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The formal living room stretches the full width of the house. The fireplace features a custom Federal-style wood mantel, a fine herringbone brick pattern and a honed absolute black granite surround. Pilasters hide
LED strip lights for a backlit effect at the curved niches. The shell decorations at the top are similar to those added in the renovation of the Oval Office by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
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The main staircase gracefully rises three stories in the center hall. The stained mahogany handrail complements the light finish of the oak flooring, and the painted turned balusters bring a rhythm to the railing through its straight and curved sections.
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The children’s bedroom suites were designed to be spacious and full of natural light.
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A soaking tub in the master bath features a wide marble deck, built-in storage drawers, and mirrored cabinet doors that stretch to the ceiling. Tiles in the custom marble floor follow the ellipse of the paneled tub deck.
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Custom cabinetry paired with a sink and hanging rod ensure the full utility of the laundry room. The porcelain tile flooring is practical, and the herringbone pattern adds a stylish touch.
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Adjacent to the formal front façade, the side of the house is where everyday amenities like the garage and mud room are located.