Cheryl Savit 2013-08-31 04:14:05
A beautiful farmer’s sink sits in front of a large window, bringing in abundant natural light and views of the rear garden. State-of-the-art appliances from Clarke keep this fabulous kitchen buzzing with activity. “The cabinetry itself is traditional but the brilliance of the color is unusual. The challenge was trying to get the red the right hue and our staff came up with that rich red, incredible color and depth,” says Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White who fabricated the pantry. Expert design team plus visionary client plus experienced builder equals a new home that will withstand the test of time. The collaboration between architect Jan Gleysteen, A.I.A., interior designer Mollie Johnson and Kistler & Knapp Builders resulted in this tasteful and traditional custom home for a young family in Weston. The white cabinetry, crafted by Walter Lane, is balanced by distressed, honed Absoluto Nero (black) granite along the kitchen perimeter. “The custom, arched hood is designed dramatically like a raised fireplace and acts in the same role – as the symbolic hearth,” says Gleysteen. No doubt this kitchen and the connecting family room are the heart of the home. Mollie Johnson of Mollie Johnson Interiors collaborated on furnishing the entire home, bringing some bursts of color into spaces in creative and surprising ways. A navy blue corduroy sofa in the family room pops against the white kitchen. The rich color pairs nicely with the natural green palette. “One area I particularly enjoyed designing was the red butler’s pantry. The location of the pantry next to the dining room gave me the opportunity to create a space that is dramatic and unexpected. The high gloss paint provides that extra punch of glamour. This little jewel box was toped off with a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling,” says Mollie Johnson. Everyone loves the master bedroom and bath. The master suite is the showcase for one of Johnson’s favorite understated bedroom palettes. “It’s important to have a relaxing and calming sleeping environment and is a departure from the colors of daily living. The master bath compliments the blues and creams of the master bedroom by using a combination of limestone and celeste blue stone.” The project began with a tear down on a heavily wooded lot. To preserve the trees yet provide a spacious lawn in the rear for children to play, some clever site planning and meticulous building occurred. One of the reasons the house fits naturally into the neighborhood is because of the trees kept around the house. With its carefully planned open space surrounded by those towering trees, the fabulous play area for the children includes a sport court, castle and trampoline. “It’s like a true summer camp,” says Gleysteen, “the only thing missing is the lake.”
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