Surrounded by pristine marshes and meadows, this 1900s Long Island home was brought back to life in 2011 with an extensive remodel and expansion by Philadelphia interiors firm
Eberlein Design, which honored the home's history and owner's collection of antiques while updating it for a modern, vibrant family of six. 66
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In the ground floor entry, the stair was completely redesigned and rebuilt to better accommodate the new structure. The honed marble floor, one of the few elements from the original home, reflects the exuberantly detailed millwork and adds cohesion to the house, which is filled with an extensive collection of American antiques and period light fixtures.
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Classical Ionic columns frame a view of the landscape and create distinctive window seats to complement graceful English antiques.
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Pairs of columns provide architectural definition for one of the family's notable Oriental rugs in the living room. Drapery around the perimeter of the room allows for maximum view of the pristine natural surroundings and affords comfortable passage through the central French doors. Wall moldings connect to the ceiling details, creating a frame for sconces and chandeliers.
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While the scale of the library is diminutive, its impact on the aesthetic of the house is anything but. As the central connection between all rooms, its color palette – rich walnut paneling and confident mix of pattern and materials – welcomes readers of all ages for repose and relaxation and recalls for the owner a favorite spot in her beloved childhood home.
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The new kitchen addition provides distinct areas for family cooking, catering and casual dining and enjoys abundant natural light from the north, east and south sides. With an eye towards practicality and easy maintenance for this gregarious family of six, the cabinetry is finished in a warm natural stain, hardware has a brushed finished and the sturdy mosaic marble floors can withstand constant use.
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The dining room's new bay window reaches out towards the landscape, expanding the feeling of spaciousness and broadening the views. Ceilings were embellished with ornamental plaster to echo the home's original beams, creating an elegant, inviting environment. A plate rail lines the perimeter of the room to display the family's extensive porcelain collection, which rotates with the season.
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The second floor balcony brings light and life into this richly detailed space. The center panel of the Palladian window was salvaged from the previous staircase and is incorporated seamlessly into the tripartite element. The client's interest in natural history and ornithology is evident even in the wallpaper, which depicts many of the birds who migrated through this established flyway.
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In the new master bedroom, soft color balances large scale pattern and visually expands the comparatively small room. "Fewer, bigger, better" was the client's direction for furnishings, yielding an uncluttered interior that allows the architecture, and the views that it frames, to be the real focus.
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The concern that the children in their 20's might not return home frequently was addressed by creating spaces that act as magnets for them. The complex ceiling planes sport hunting dog toile wallpaper while beadboard wainscotting and idosyncratic window proportions produces a casually engaging space.
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Well into the autumn the meadows change from bright green to brilliant orange, throwing the graceful columns into high relief in the setting sun.
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Gentle arches in the walkway between the main house and the tower encourage exploration of the house and all its nuances and idiosyncrasies. The tower perch provides a perfect view of the species of migratory birds in the horizon.
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Soft, low vegetation creates a carpet of green at the entrance to the house, which is marked with handsome millwork. The detailing on the Doric frieze lends a character of robust simplicity balanced by the fanciful balcony rail above.