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September 2010


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A Family Affair
By Liz Arnold
Photographs by Tom McWilliam

FOR A YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, A LAKEFRONT HOME IN GREENWICH GETS A NEW LOOK—ONE THAT COMBINES TIMELESS CLASSICS WITH MODERN TOUCHES

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LOOKING IN
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THE FRENCH CHATEAU-STYLE RESIDENCE IN GREENWICH WAS A PERFECT FIT FOR A YOUNG FAMILY RELOCATING FROM NEW JERSEY.
The two-story brick house, built nearly a hundred years ago on lakefront property, boasted good bones and classic structure. It had large, open living areas for relaxing or entertaining, and five bedrooms—plus five baths and two powder rooms—to comfortably suit three kids, as well as guests. But the residents wanted it to feel more modern and fresh. When they came across the work of Christina Sullivan Roughan and Susan Bednar Long, who partnered together until recently as Tocar Interior Design, they knew they'd found the solution. The team was known for mixing traditional with modern, a look that the wife exhibits in her personal style, says Roughan. "She'll wear Prada with a J. Crew t-shirt and look fabulous. She has great taste, and she wanted the house to represent who they were as a couple."

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FAMILY TIME
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The first area of focus was the family room. High ceilings, millwork, and ornate framework contributed to a grand, but fussy, atmosphere, so Roughan and Long took it down a notch by removing some of the decorative corbels and simplifying the walnut beams. They lightened the walls to contrast with the dark wood for a more contemporary feel, rearranged overhead lighting for a better delineation of space, and oriented seating areas so they angled towards the fireplace, the television or the windows. Cozy fabrics, in a palette of ivory and taupe with a hint of blue, help temper the serious architecture. "Every fabric has some kind of texture or interesting weave," says Roughan. "It makes it feel more homey."

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AN ELEGANT MIX
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Adjacent to the family room, and raised several feet, is a onetime billiards area the designers transformed into a bar. The homeowners love to entertain, and the elevated, open room fits about a dozen people. Roughan and Long customized the space, designing a glass-topped, cerused-oak bar and stainless-steel swivel stools covered in child-proof Naugahyde. Ivory lacquered side tables and a zebra-hide rug are glamorous counterpoints to the sisal carpet.

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