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Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House

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Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House

July 21, 2017

Is an enduring design relationship like a good marriage? We think so. Take the case of New York designer Fawn Galli‘s collaboration with a peripatetic family who have ping-ponged between Paris and New York. Galli has worked on all their residences; her most recent project is the couple’s weekend house in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Galli handled the interiors, while architect Douglas Wright (a friend of the husband’s from college and a former colleague of Galli’s at Robert A. M. Stern’s office), oversaw the renovation.

The first order of business was to rethink the internal flow. “From what had become a rabbit warren of rooms, we created a plan for a modern family,” Wright says. “We recast the details of the original house in a completely new layout; original baseboards, doors, trims, and flooring.”

Galli took on the interior design. “The attitude of the house is Old World but modern, with a streak of bohemian,” she says. “It’s very much a weekend country house; the couple has three boys, 11, 14, 17, and they throw lots of dinner parties, play games, and read by the fire.”

Photography courtesy of Fawn Galli.

Wright added a modern black barn, which houses a rec room on the lower level and the master suite on the second story.
Above: Wright added a modern black barn, which houses a rec room on the lower level and the master suite on the second story.
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Above: “In the living room, we painted the Stark sisal carpet with Benjamin Moore floor paint,” Galli says. “It brightens the space and is practical since it’s washable.” The $5 coffee table came from a rummage sale, and the French Ebonized Side Table is from Robuck. The wife inherited the Danish chairs from her family.
 The wife, an editor at the Paris Review, collects books and antique textiles. The sofa fabric is Fern wool flannel from Holland & Sherry.
Above:  The wife, an editor at the Paris Review, collects books and antique textiles. The sofa fabric is Fern wool flannel from Holland & Sherry.
The cabinets are painted Babouche from Farrow & Bal. The dining table is a family heirloom.
Above: The cabinets are painted Babouche from Farrow & Bal. The dining table is a family heirloom.
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Above: “The tin-tiled ceiling reflects a lot of light,” Galli says, “which helps because the kitchen is on the dark side.”
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Above: A butler’s pantry is lined in wallpaper from Timorous Beasties.
The acid yellow velvet dining room curtains are lined with an ikat print (in the summer, they can be flipped for a lighter look). The light fixture is from a French flea market.
Above: The acid yellow velvet dining room curtains are lined with an ikat print (in the summer, they can be flipped for a lighter look). The light fixture is from a French flea market.

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Above: “We wanted an interesting color scheme in the reading room,” Galli says. “The walls are Farrow & Ball’s Fowler Pink (a Farrow & Ball archive color) and the trim is Brinjal.” The built-in banquette is covered in Lorca Kiss cotton velvet from Osborne & Little.
The Martin Sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: The Martin Sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.

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Above: The hallway is papered in Lady Green wallpaper (“a baroque style print of lilies, blooming buds, and foliage”) from Abigail Borg.
In the hallway, the architects removed, restored, and reinstalled the original boards.
Above: In the hallway, the architects removed, restored, and reinstalled the original boards.
The guest bedrooms are almost entirely furnished in flea market and vintage finds.
Above: The guest bedrooms are almost entirely furnished in flea market and vintage finds.
In a guest room, the curtains are made from vintage toile that the owner collected in Paris.
Above: In a guest room, the curtains are made from vintage toile that the owner collected in Paris.
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Above: “We painted the floors and pelted them with rocks to make them look distressed.” Galli says.
A bathroom with a vintage marble sink.
Above: A bathroom with a vintage marble sink.
The clean-lined master bedroom is on the second floor of the barn addition.
Above: The clean-lined master bedroom is on the second floor of the barn addition.
The vintage industrial sink in the master bath is from Wyeth in New York.
Above: The vintage industrial sink in the master bath is from Wyeth in New York.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 20, 2016.

 



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