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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.

Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House &#8\2\20;In the living room, we painted the Stark sisal carpet with Benjamin Moore floor paint,&#8\2\2\1; Galli says. &#8\2\20;It brightens the space and is practical since it&#8\2\17;s washable.&#8\2\2\1; 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.
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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House  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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House &#8\2\20;The tin tiled ceiling reflects a lot of light,&#8\2\2\1; Galli says, &#8\2\20;which helps because the kitchen is on the dark side.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: “The tin-tiled ceiling reflects a lot of light,” Galli says, “which helps because the kitchen is on the dark side.”
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House A butler&#8\2\17;s pantry is lined in wallpaper from Timorous Beasties.
Above: A butler’s pantry is lined in wallpaper from Timorous Beasties.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.

Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House &#8\2\20;We wanted an interesting color scheme in the reading room,&#8\2\2\1; Galli says. &#8\2\20;The walls are Farrow & Ball&#8\2\17;s Fowler Pink (a Farrow & Ball archive color) and the trim is Brinjal.&#8\2\2\1; The built in banquette is covered in Lorca Kiss cotton velvet from Osborne & Little.
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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House The Martin Sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: The Martin Sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.

Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House The hallway is papered in Lady Green wallpaper (&#8\2\20;a baroque style print of lilies, blooming buds, and foliage&#8\2\2\1;) from Abigail Borg.
Above: The hallway is papered in Lady Green wallpaper (“a baroque style print of lilies, blooming buds, and foliage”) from Abigail Borg.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House &#8\2\20;We painted the floors and pelted them with rocks to make them look distressed.&#8\2\2\1; Galli says.
Above: “We painted the floors and pelted them with rocks to make them look distressed.” Galli says.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House A bathroom with a vintage marble sink.
Above: A bathroom with a vintage marble sink.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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.
Bold Color in a Connecticut Country House 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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