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Set in Stone
By Ellen Sherman

DESIGNER SANDRA MORGAN CREATES STURDY BUT ELEGANT INTERIORS FOR A HUSBAND AND WIFE AND THEIR FOUR BOYS

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When a young Greenwich couple decided to live by the water three years ago, they didn't have to look far to find a home that fit their needs. At the end of a verdant road in a nearby town, a stately 1920s stone house was perched on a lawn overlooking a glorious expanse of the Long Island Sound. The site offered privacy and a play area safely removed from speeding cars—no small plus since the couple have nine-year-old twin boys and two older sons, ages 15 and 18.

But the real estate gods both giveth and taketh away. While quiet and secluded, the house contained a warren of smaller rooms that couldn't provide the kind of space this active family needed. And while the house was big on exterior charm, the interiors were rather dull.

"It had the bones of a beautiful home, but without the details that gave it character and polish," notes interior designer Sandra Morgan, who has spent almost three years (and counting) transforming its interiors. Morgan was brought to the project by architect Scott Soper, who was commissioned to oversee what would become a gut renovation.

"There was beauty in this house," Soper admits. "It just needed to come out and work in a more modern way." Accordingly, he removed walls and combined and expanded rooms to create more spacious living areas. In the process, he added a sunroom, master bedroom suite and children's playroom within the original structure, with the sunroom utilizing stone from the former exterior walls.

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