We’re sooo excited! Our 1670 antique colonial featured in Design New England is finally on the news stands and available digitally! A special thanks to Loren Savini of Design New England for her wonderfully written story and Michael J Lee for his beautiful photographs!

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If a person were to ask me to offer an off the cuff phrase describing Sally’s and my style, I would say “classic traditional with an enticing European influence”. Having said that, there’s a piece of me that that will sit right up and say, “Whoa!” when I come across the right modern interior – an interior that uses form, surface, light and shadow to define and shape form, function and volume. Add an exterior that offers up not a clue as to what you are walking into, you have a formula that spells magic. Such is this project – a house with a stone exterior built in 1937 and an interior renovated to feel like a modern gallery in New York City.

Wouldn’t you expect a charming rustic interior?


The central fireplace has been reworked as part of an open floor plan.


Tucked around the corner… Antique keys.


Fantastic!!! A 1769  schrank & 18th century church pew play vs. tuxedo style furniture.
What’s a schrank you ask??? The short answer is it’s an antique wardrode.


Love the sweep of the shelves and counterpoint of modern tufting and practical  period furniture.


What a compostition – modern island between antique painted chairs and rustic shelves – brilliant!


 Look at the different thicknesses of the shelves. Real understanding of scale and weight!



Cantalevered shelves again. The antique windsor chair looks so alive! Context!!!


Saarinen Womb Chair, modern quilt, folded tin sand pipers, antique basket having a conversation.

A singular vision throughout. Beautiful!

 Could you live here?

 All images from Architectural Digest, Architecture by French & Crane and Jeanne Scandura. Interior Design by Lauren Sara.


I have a hard time letting go of the design magazines in our library. I take a great deal of pleasure in picking out a dozen or so from time to time, sitting down in a comfortable chair with a cup of hot tea (or chocolate) and thumbing through them. These long Holiday weekends are a perfect time for such leisure activity.

 Yesterday, I came across a story about Villa Rose, a small hotel in southern France, in a copy of Cote Ouest magazine. I was enchanted and set the magazine aside. My woefully inadequate 4 years of high school French have been long lost to Father Time, so I could not read 95% of the article. But the pictures were enough.

I’ve seen beadboard in the Great Camps in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and New England beach houses, but nothing compares to the elegance conveyed in this photo. And have you ever seen a door jamb like that? The toile fabric on the chairs is a pefect foil for the soft casual charm of the layered linen table cloths. What do you think of the deep egg plant paint and the natural aged honey brown of the wood? To me, it’s perfect!


I’ve looked at this picture for a very long time – several times. Each time I see more and more smaller details.  There’s a ripple of quirkiness that calls out to me. The mirrors above the  long narrow hunt board (What would you call this piece of furniture in French?) and the  coarsely textured runner on its top.  There’s an honesty in how the chandelier is hung. The reflection of light in the wine glasses remind me of a Dutch Master’s painting.


This picture is so very romantic – on many levels.  It is sweet, soft and inviting. I keep asking myself, did someone pick the mirror knowing that it would reflect the curve of the stair hand rail just so? And that an oval mirror was perfect as opposed to a round or square mirror? To use beveled glass instead of flat glass? At some point I noticed the painted wood paneling behind the mirror. It is beautiful. I’ve never seen small corner blocks used in such a manner before!


Even the china is beautiful! How about the French doors and their hardware leading in to the bathroom?


The painted beadboard is absolutely brilliant, right down to the small pieces of decorative on-lay at the corners of the “panels”. I’m guessing that those are two little illuminated portrait scones. I never would have thought of white cushions with turquoise fringe. (Sally said, “But of course!”)  I’m charmed by their invitation to sit and savor a cup of tea after a day of exploring the countryside around town.


I love the colors of the bedroom. Serene, restful and condusive to long naps in the afternoon. (Afternoon naps are most restorative you know…) I finally decided this room ins not square – that maybe the wall to the right of the fireplace is curved or angled where the bed sits. The corona and antique picture add such elegance to an otherwise simple headboard. I just noticed that the headboard is larger that the box spring and mattress. It feels like a picture frame for the soft linen bed spread and cotton sheets on the bed. 

 Wouldn’t it be fun to escape to a little place like this for a long weekend?