This being the second collaboration for Northlight Interiors and this client; personal style was already familiar and the ongoing designer/homeowner relationship made for good communication and a very enjoyable journey. Though the dated interiors called for a complete overhaul, the setting overlooking a beautifully kept private golf course where the homeowners were long-time members was a dream realized for these avid golfer clients.
Finessing the stripped-down, dated architecture of the home into a relaxed and elegant French Country inspired style required much in the way of added features including a custom limestone fireplace, generous painted millwork, custom cabinetry and built-ins throughout the home’s two levels. The living and dining room’s vaulted beamed ceilings allow a bright, airy feeling and highlight the two matching bleached-wood chandeliers from Currey Lighting. New windows facing the golf course frame views across the greens and water feature and inspire frequent scheduling of tee-times. Wide plank wood floors add a mellow sense of age and unify the entire main floor. A very special feature was designed by Northlight and custom-crafted to solve the challenge of television viewing from any area of the living space. A room dividing double-sided cabinet separates the sunken living room from the dining area and conceals a large TV behind beautifully accessorized shelves on the lower side and also offers a generous serving surface. A remote- controlled lift raises the TV from the cabinet and allows it to swivel for viewing from living, dining or kitchen areas.
A textured custom-sized wool area rug from Karastan is bound with rich leather all around defining the seating area. A cream tufted sofa by Norwalk Furniture faces the limestone fireplace and is reflected in the mirrored screen at one end. In front of the sofa, a gorgeous gold-toned iron and aged wood plank-top cocktail by Century Furniture holds simple and elegant accents. The homeowner’s comfy, well-loved leather chair was one of the few pieces brought from their previous home and settles right in with the matching houndstooth lounge chairs from Miles Talbott beside the hearth. In the dining area, a massive table from Lexington that expands to seat 14 is accented by the rustic simplicity of three antique glass French wine jugs. Perhaps the most unexpected and rewarding design moment came when at the final installation the designers hung a lovely vignette above the sofa wall showcasing a huge, carved wood stag antlers. Though a surprise to the clients who were initially skeptical, it quickly became the favorite thing in the room and a conversation starter for guests.
The new kitchen is a functional work of art featuring custom painted and glazed cabinetry, a generously proportioned farm sink and stunning marble countertops. New windows are highlighted by vintage-styled, black forged iron pendants from Currey. The center island is illuminated by a coordinating beveled glass and iron lantern fixture also by Currey. Classic, handmade subway tiles by Walker Zanger form the backsplash and create a fresh backdrop for vintage kitchen accents. Simple, greyed wood blinds offer privacy and light control while continuing the soft shadings of cabinet paint finish and the subtle tones of the marble countertops.
Completing the main level is a pantry, and jewel-box of a powder room just off the reconfigured entry hall as well as a gorgeous Master Suite overlooking the golf course. Fresh and serene, the private retreat is softened with relaxing shades of blue for walls, and ivory with charcoal for linen toile drapes. An upholstered linen headboard from Norwalk Furniture sparkles with silver nailhead accents and is flanked by solid Robert Abbey crystal lamps. An oversized framed mirror expands the space visually and reflects the views. A silky wool cut-stripe area rug from Dash and Albert warms the wood floors. Adjacent to the bedroom, the spa-like remodeled Master Bath is graced with custom cabinetry topped again with beautiful marble and double sinks lit by crystal-draped mini-chandeliers from Currey. The large shower is taken to another level of sophistication with hand- made tiles.
Downstairs, the floor plan was reworked to accommodate a large family room with a stone fireplace. Flanking the fireplace are custom cabinets and bookshelves. Above the mantle, rustic sconces by Currey accent the texture of the stone. A new window is finished off with a cozy windowseat to take in the much appreciated golf course view. Adjoining this gathering place for family and friends is a secondary bedroom suite fit for a princess. The couple’s college-age daughter enjoys the same inspiring views from another windowseat that is a feature of the custom cabinetry encompassing the space. Glass-doored storage and display shelving and custom media cabinet surround her upholstered bed. The attached bathroom is also very special featuring a custom mirror- surround fit for a French chateau, classic penny-tile floors and tiled shower. Though only one small wall remains of the original interior space and this was a long and complicated process for the homeowners, they now enjoy their dream come true everyday with an enviable lifestyle on the course.
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Northlight interiors is owned by two popular Pacific Northwest interior designers, Juleen Pudists and Christine Kern.