With beams and terracotta tiles, the front vestibule provides a stylish yet useful covered entranceway while the foyer presents an exquisite first impression. Rich with architectural features that are woven through the home such as arched doorways offset by soaring 10-foot ceilings, oak hardwood parquet flooring with ribbon inlay, detailed crown molding, limed oak wainscoting, stately coffered ceilings and two staircases – one grand and one discreet. A powder room with chequerboard tiled floors and an original Crane vanity is next to the foyer.
Leading directly off the foyer is a natural setting for an office with a pocket door that can be closed for meetings or quiet contemplation. Designed with wainscoting that extends from the hallway, coffered ceilings, alcoves with built-in cabinetry, a wood-burning fireplace with a mantel finished in limed oak, and a window seat with garden views, this is the perfect place to compose, reflect or catch up on reading.
The formal dining room impresses with Venetian crystal glass chandeliers suspended below ornate ceiling medallions that complement a remarkable hand-painted mural depicting the Mediterranean travels of a previous owner. Originally painted in the 1950s in monochrome, it was painstakingly restored nine years ago with identical brushstrokes adding colour. Striking mirrored french doors open to the adjacent living room where panelled walls and a statement wood-burning fireplace add gravitas offset by delightful glittering gold accents in the ceiling decoration. An adjoining sun room offers a relaxing venue for reading or music appreciation while an expansive terrace gives far-reaching views of the San Juan Islands as well as bird-watching enjoyment.
An ability to seamlessly combine character features with contemporary additions is perfectly illustrated by custom-made rugs intricately woven and cut to mirror the detailed inlay in the original hardwood floors.
A team of British carpenters spent six months creating the kitchen’s custom millwork, perfecting a blend of form and function. Solid oak cabinets painted in a modern white patina match coffered ceiling beams above, contrasting perfectly with the delicate pattern of the herringbone hardwood floors. Smart white silestone countertops, integrated with premium Gaggenau appliances, lend durability – without compromising on style. The bright eating area showcases wrap-around picture windows complete with automated shades while a vaulted rafter ceiling gives a relaxed New England feel and built-in shelving hosts collections of books and games. A mud room off the kitchen offers direct access to the garage and basement, and a family room provides the perfect antidote at the end of the day.