It turns out that millennials don’t have the power to ruin everything. One couple decided to save their retirement funds and preserve traditional design, instead of spending it on avocado toast.
The couple, parents to three young children, moved from their New York City apartment into a 1930s Georgian house in Greenwich. They brought a large folder of magazines and one idea to Bill Brockschmidt, Courtney Coleman, and they began to plan. They told me that they just wanted a beautiful house. Coleman said, “very traditional without any modern edge.”
The house, which is located on a street with beautifully maintained homes of the same period and some teardowns, was a major factor in the initial spark. Coleman says that Coleman and his wife value the house’s history and consider themselves to be stewards. “So, we added a sense history to the interior design and the remodeling that was done.”
The classic elegance of the home is apparent in the entrance, where a curved staircase provides a backdrop to the pair of mahogany tables and leather Regency chairs. Coleman states that the room was able to function without the addition of a carpet because of its architecture. This is just a glimpse of the future color scheme.
The designer said that “they love faded turquoise.” That’s how we began to create a soft palette. The entry hall features shades of blue and a striking octagon opening to the other public areas. Coleman says that the space is quite large so Coleman and his team covered it with a beautiful neoclassical urnmotif wallpaper, which was then recolored in soft shades.
Blue is seen on the couch and chair upholstery, as well as the lamps in the living area. Coleman says, “We wanted it to be light and airy to make the most of the beautiful views to our sunroom and garden terrace.”
Brockschmidt states that a long sofa is great for guests or napping and moors a graceful grouping of furniture. This includes ottomans and armchairs that can be easily moved as guests enter the room.
For a country-style look, use humble materials to reduce formality.
Coleman says, “I love high-style furniture such as the George III painted armchairs or the lacquered tables contrasting with straw rug and cotton curtains.” For a country-style look, use humble materials in a traditional setting to reduce formality.
Lounge chairs made by Munder Skiles and featuring cushions in Perennials fabrics are some of the options for seating outside.
The palette flows from the living area into the sunroom and welcomes green hues to echo the lush foliage outside. A carpeted floor was replaced by bricks in a dark sea glass green. Coleman states that he thought it would look more interesting if the room looked like an enclosed porch. To enhance the “porchy” feel, Coleman used rattan furniture and plants.
Another challenge was the large spans of glass doors and windows. Coleman says, “The windows were so large that I wanted an old-fashioned fabric such as chintz.” The fabric is cleverly carried by the valances.
The dining area has a glazed Chintz stripe that reflects the movement of cotton to the walls. Under a Regency-style table and painted chairs, a hand-loomed rug is unfurled. The counterpoint to the Regency-style table and painted chairs is a 1950s-style chandelier. The relaxed idea of a country home is reflected in the 1920s-style breakfront cabinets.
The kitchen, designed by Keith Kroeger, is located in the dining room. A prep island allows guests to help the cook in the galley-style kitchen. A hooked rug and overstuffed armchairs infuse joy and provide a cozy spot for the dogs and kids to curl up, while Bennison wallpaper makes Mom smile.
Coleman says that Coleman loves bird motifs. Coleman says that she had painted birds and used bird accessories and fabric throughout her house. She asked me, “Is it too many birds?” She asked me if there were too many birds. I laughed and replied, “You are asking the wrong person, I’m also an addict.”
The library has a caned chair and a velvet couch. It is a great place to unwind with a book or view.
The master bedroom, like the living room has a light and airy feeling. The wallpaper is small and subtle in taupe-on white. It adds texture, but it’s not overwhelming. The soft, pretty color of Bennison fabric is added to armchairs near the original fireplace.
Kroeger, an architect, simplified the space that was once filled with pink marble and placed it next to the master bathroom. Brockschmidt says, “He gave us an artwork gallery-like backdrop.” “An antique chair and a carpet brought the space to life.”
For people of their age, traditional style can be considered avant-garde. They are making a statement without making a big statement.
Coleman said, “It was fun working in this very traditional style.” It’s a very American design style and makes for a beautiful house.
It is a peaceful haven in the bustling modern world, and a refuge for active families. Coleman says that traditional style is a bit avant-garde for people their own age. They are making a statement without making a statement.