WINNING DESIGNS INCLUDE UNITING THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF A 7,000-SQUARE-FOOT HOME IN A WESTON WETLANDS PRESERVE; BRINGING BIG APPLE STYLE TO A COUNTRY COTTAGE AND INFUSING A EUROPEAN-STYLE MANSION IN RIDGEFIELD WITH BAROQUE FLAIR
Like their Montana ranch and Aspen ski house, a Weston family's sweeping 7,000-square-foot Connecticut residence, located in a wetlands preserve, is a grand statement of contemporary design. One of the inspirations for the renovation was the family's Aspen residence, which designer Lisa Monteleone helped to complete a year earlier. Because the estate is located on a dirt road near a river, the objective was to blend seamlessly the house and its environment. This was achieved both with large expanses of glass—particularly in the expanded kitchen and dining area, which is almost completely enclosed in glass sheets that were lowered into place by a crane—and by framing the interior and exterior vistas with large expanses of walnut and cream-colored Marmarino plaster. In the generous main living space, a new travertine fireplace mantel was installed across from a custom leather sofa and low table to create an intimate seating area under the room's 30- and 35-foot ceiling. Tucked into an adjacent glass-enclosed nook, a daybed with a solid wood base and cushion wrapped in handwoven cashmere chenille makes a relaxing place to read. On the opposite side of the space, a walnut burl dining table is ringed by vintage Paxton chairs recovered in an Italian silk boucle. The palette consists of mostly neutral colors and natural materials with highlights inspired by the seasonal changes of the surrounding landscape.