This week I'm thrilled to share the home of my good friend and client, Lori. BTW, Lori introduced me to Pinterest and Instagram. Also, she suggested I start this blog. Yup, she's pretty cool!! :) Check out her Pinterest boards here.
Lori and her husband's 1905 shingle-and-clapboard house is located on one of the oldest and prettiest streets in historic Greenwich, CT. Though the house is not huge, it feels really spacious and lofty due to the abundance of natural light, tall ceilings and open floor plan. And, the architecture is just amazing: period details such as bay windows and moldings blend seamlessly with new cabinetry and millwork.
I'm so grateful to have many of our antiques in this gracious home. Enjoy these photos from my visit last summer.
You enter the house via a covered porch and through Dutch doors to this charming foyer. As typical with some older homes, there isn't a coat closet. When Lori saw the Swedish Gustavian armoire at Tone on Tone, she knew it would be perfect for coats in her foyer. The Gustavian console table and Rococo side chair, both Swedish, are also from my shop.
The console table and chair are from the 18th century, and both retain their early paint. The chair, which I found in Jönköping, still has its old leather seat - a rustic contrast to the lovely paintings.
The sophisticated yet inviting living room is my favorite. In a cool color palette of blues and grays, it is important to bring in some warmth. Here, the large 19th century French giltwood mirror does just that. Also, notice how Lori has used the antique dark wood tables to ground the neutral sofa. Pair of Swedish barrel back chairs, French giltwood mirror and Belgian lamps all from Tone on Tone.
Fabric on the Swedish barrel back chairs is from Bennison. Pillows are from antique textiles.
Vintage Italian stone fruit from Hiden Galleries, Stamford, CT.
In the middle parlor is the dining room with its sweeping bay windows. When Lori told me she wanted a chandelier, I suggested this antique French painted lantern from my shop. Together with the Robert Kime "faded dandelion clock" slipcovered chairs, the room is very garden inspired. BTW, you can read more about Kime here. Chairs are from Rose Tarlow.
Lori purchased the four candlestick holders from florist extraordinaire Tage Andersen in Copenhagen. Aren't those a bit avant-garde and unexpected?
Over the dining room fireplace mantel is an antique French landscape in a period Montparnasse frame. I am very fond of these frames, and insist on them for all of our old French paintings. The pair of tole botanicals and silver candlesticks are also French. English creamware reticulated plates flank a faux-grained tin tea caddy.
In the rear of the house is the family room. Just a bit more colorful and relaxed, this room overlooks a fabulous step-down garden.