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July 2006


FEATURE

A Fresh Start
By Sharon King Hoge
Photographs by Robert Grant

A YOUNG DESIGNER BRINGS ROCK-STAR GLOSS TO A RUSTIC HOME IN KENT

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A rambling, farmhouse-style residence in Connecticut is a far cry from the California mansions of Jennifer Lopez and Simon Cowell, but the three homes all have in common the unique eye and talents of a young, high-powered designer. Jennifer Post, named on Architectural Digest's World's Top 100 Designers & Architects list, has been lauded for work that translates classical space into a current vocabulary.

The white clapboard structure in Connecticut, designed for the owners by architect Henry Kendall, hunkers high on a hill on 500 acres outside Kent. Originally decorated by a designer who installed columns, ornate cornices, crown moldings and a frieze, the interior served for a few seasons. But the owners, a prominent attorney and his real estate consultant wife, wanted a change from strict tradition and from their "pink and chintz" apartment in the city. Spotting Post's work in a magazine, they were attracted to her sense of minimalism, light and space, and beckoned her to the country.

Post discovered a property with enormous potential but with a floor plan that didn't work. However, she sensed at once what to do. "This is going to be easy," she remembers telling her client. "We'll just start fresh." The client, eager to "get rid of all my stuff," understood immediately, and they set to work paring down and getting back to the house's original plan.

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