A modern three-story house and basement in Greenwich, Connecticut, built in 1900 and extended by Pennoyer Architects. The cellar includes a gym, family room, children’s play area, wine cellar and storage. The ground floor includes a kitchen, a veranda, a dining room, a living room and a library. The first floor has four bedrooms and bathrooms, including a master bedroom with separate dressing room and walk-in closet. There is also an additional guest bedroom and bathroom above the garage.
In the lobby (top photo), the floor features two types of marble cut into a fractured geometric pattern – inspired by a photo from the studio of American artist Cy Twombly. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in, so that sets the tone.
This superb colonial-style house didn’t always look like this. Dark red walls, heavy drapes and an overload of cherry wood – the house was in desperate need of some TLC. The house looked like a tired mom of five, who really needed a vacation – she needed a tan and a new outfit.
Enter Britt Zunino, co-founder of New York design firm Studio DB, who stripped everything down, painted the walls white and pale gray and sanded the floor.
And what kind of person would be home now that the makeover is complete? It’s still the same mom but refreshed and with renewed confidence. She’s had a new haircut, an updated wardrobe, maybe a bit of Botox, and she’s back feeling 10 years younger.
Keeping furniture and decor minimal in the hall (pictured above) creates a clean transition between the different rooms and floors of the house.
Being such a large house (8,500 square feet, over three floors and a basement), it was important to create visual connections between the rooms, so Britt repeated materials, colors and textures throughout. Brass, for example, is used for faucets, tables and mirrors throughout the house and pink is repeated in the dining room, powder room and living room.
You can look from room to room and see the continuity, but every space is always different. The elements are used in different ways, so the repetition seems subtle.
Britt used rounded furniture and accessories to echo the curves of the living room. Mid-century designer Vladimir Kagan’s sinuous pieces inspired the design of the bespoke sofa.
Slightly arched chairs and a dramatic spherical chandelier offset the formality of the room.
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The library is a great example of Britt’s approach to color and material – sophisticated yet indulgent, paneling runs throughout the walls and ceiling. It offers a new vision of a traditionally masculine space.
Hints of brass and muted teal hues pull together the various components of the space and flow into the adjacent living room.
And while the materials and colors are understated, Britt’s use of them is anything but coy. Marble covers all the walls (and even the extractor hood) in the kitchen, and glossy teal paint wraps the bookcase from wall to ceiling. As a result, the house looks luxurious – but not flashy. Details are in unexpected touches, like an asymmetrical brass light in the entry hall, or a pair of welcoming rattan chairs next to the fireplace.
Directly overlooking the kitchen, the veranda is one of the most frequently used spaces in the house.
With young children and a dog living in this house, surfaces had to be durable and beautiful, so Britt used easy-to-clean materials, such as wool and jute rugs and outdoor fabrics to cover. the sofa in the living room and the bench seat. in the veranda.
A tiered light that transcends all three floors adds drama, while the simple design and monochromatic scheme have a sophisticated and elegant effect.
The bathrooms in this home are a bit more playful. The style is bold, but it’s tempered by the more neutral and sophisticated spaces in the home. The colors carry over to the rest of the house: pink is repeated in the dining room, teal reappears in the library, and marble is used in the entry hall and kitchen.
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Small, more colorful pieces add personality and surprise to the otherwise neutral interior. Here, feminine pink patterned wallpaper is offset by a more masculine stone basin.
This room has a decidedly more relaxed atmosphere than the rest of the house. In a large property like this, it is important to make each room slightly different, to give it its own identity.
Minimal building work was required for the renovation, except for the large master bathroom, which has been converted into a bedroom. Britt had to restructure the floor so that all the tiles could line up. This was one of the most difficult parts of the renovation, as it is an old house, so it was difficult to insert clean lines.
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Photography ⁄ Matthew Williams
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