Our Connecticut Project: Before and After...

Sometimes a Before and After isn't an example of corrections made to an unattractive home, but rather a new take on an already beautiful residence. Our Connecticut project is a perfect example of the latter. Although our clients' home was already elegantly decorated, they felt that it no longer reflected their taste. We also all agreed that we could decorate the rooms in a way that would allow the beautiful architectural detailing to take center stage.

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Previously, the house was adorned with classic American primary colors of yellow, blue, green and red...

Our clients now wanted to infuse their historic home with a more neutral palette that would flow through all of the rooms in the house. 

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BEFORE:

Our clients' residence is actually a series of historic structures that were combined to create one estate. The oldest structure is the Iron Monger's house. With its extra wide planked pine flooring and substantial wood beams, this portion of the residence is more rustic yet still richly detailed.

AFTER:

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We didn't make a lot of changes to the Family Entry. We bleached the wood on the walls to lighten up the space. A more modern sconce replaced the ornate existing light fixture. We placed one of our Sophie chairs next to a simple iron standing lamp to give a visitor a comfortable place to be seated. 

BEFORE:

Although our clients called this room "The Library", there were no bookshelves anywhere. 

AFTER:

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Steve added shelves to the back wall allowing our clients to actually use this room as a real library. Old beams were used to blend in with the existing woodwork. We replaced the red floral sofa with a Nick sofa and chair. A Nate chair sits across from the sofa, and a caramel colored leather Mason ottoman completes the sitting arrangement. An antique writing desk paired with a linen Clive wingback chair is the perfect place for our clients to read or work on their computer. 

AFTER:

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The Family Kitchen is also located in the Iron Monger's wing. A pair of Belgian natural linen covered Kate chairs and an oval trestle table are a cozy breakfast area next to the window. In the center of the room, a larger rectangular table is surrounded by a set of beautifully detailed Swedish side chairs. 

BEFORE:

BEFORE: 

Located on the opposite side of the Family Entry, the Dining Room was decorated with a period yellow check and toile fabrics. 

AFTER:

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Inspired by the landscape above the mantel. we reupholstered the dining chairs in a beautiful Rogers and Goffigon seafoam linen. We removed the area rug to offer visitors a chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the wide planked floors. 

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We removed all of the window treatments, allowing the natural light to flood into the room. Our clients' silver and pewter accessories look lovely against the seafoam paint color inside the original corner cabinet. Topiaries and antique marble garden elements bring some of the outside into this room. 

BEFORE:

Originally the Informal Entry space was lined with side chairs and a black highboy. 

AFTER:

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This leaded glass window that looks into the Library is so pretty that we decided to make it a focal point. Because of the interior window, this space already had an indoor/outdoor feel. We added a collection of topiaries and garden elements to push the garden theme even further. 

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Across from the charming lead glass window, we created a seating area with two Clive chairs and an antique Swedish ottoman for waiting guests. 

BEFORE: 

The Formal Entry had a blue and red color scheme. All of the case pieces had a similar brown stain. The floral rug and balloon shades on the windows took most f the visual attention. 

Many of the period paintings were very somber in tone. 

 

AFTER:

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We painted the wood trim Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray. The walls in the entire house were painted Farrow and Ball Wimborne White, a brighter neutral than the original paint. 

Some of the stained wood case pieces were replaced with painted Swedish antiques.   We recovered the seating with natural Belgian linen. A neutral woven rug replaced the original red floral rug.

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A display of our clients' beautiful blue and white pieces are a focal point on a long library table in the center of the room. 

 

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A collection of serene landscapes hang on the main wall of the room.

BEFORE:

Our clients call this grand two-story space "The Music Room". It is the main entertaining space in the house. As music lovers, they often hold private concerts for friends and family in this room.  The large floral rug ties together the yellow, blue, green and red color scheme. 

AFTER:

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We used the same color scheme in this room as the adjoining formal entry. The sofas and Bergere chairs are upholstered in natural Belgian linen. 

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The gray-green silk on the wingback chairs and pillows and the fawn-colored silk velvet on Swedish barrel back chairs add an air of refinement to the fabric selections.

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Stone side tables and planters infuse a little rusticity into the formal room and connect to the landscape. 

BEFORE:

Originally, all of the paneling was painted blue. In this corner with a lower ceiling, the secretaire felt a little too tall. 

AFTER:

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The chalkier Pavilion Gray paneling calmed down the color scheme. A lower Swedish desk with a framed landscape replaced the taller secretaire. 

BEFORE:

 

AFTER:

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We added a few curves in the design by replacing the rectangular clock and chest of drawers with a Swedish tall clock and demilune. We removed the large portrait to expose more of the beautiful wall paneling. 

BEFORE:

Every window was covered with a scalloped valance.

 

AFTER:

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A pair of beaded crystal sconces from Dennis and Leen flank an antique gilt mirror. A pillow made from an antique verdure tapestry is placed on an antique Swedish settee, upholstered in a Rogers and Goffigon silk velvet. Natural linen drapery panels on silver leaf rods replaced the original yellow draperies and valances. 

BEFORE:

The Office Sitting Room was decorated in red. The windows and all of the upholstery were covered in a period toile. Period oil portraits hung on the walls on either side of the back window. 

AFTER:

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The black tall boy that was originally in the Family Entry is now given more breathing room here in the Office Sitting Room. The existing black ladder back chairs are now paired with a long farm table, and a pair of Clive chairs (only one shown) are in front of the fireplace. A pair of still life paintings by our client now flank the back window. 

 AFTER:

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 We removed the valances on our clients' office window and replaced them with an off-white sheer relaxed roman shade. An existing wing chair that was upholstered in toile was reupholstered in a natural linen. A lamp fashioned from a stone garden element is paired with a Swedish Rococo side table. 

AFTER:

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An simple iron bed by Tara Shaw is the focal point of this charming bedroom. An antique black Swedish desk works as a nightstand to the right of the bed. A pair of natural Belgian linen chairs by Rose Tarlow are an elegant seating area at the foot of the bed. 

AFTER:

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Steve designed an open shelved console table for the double sink base in this bathroom. Made from antique lumber, this piece felt as if it could have been an original element of the home. 

AFTER:

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Steve designed this closet for our client out of antique beams. Located in the attic, the crystal chandelier and the velvet settee are beautifully paired in this rustic space. A full length antique guilt mirror is suspended from one of the original beams and gives you a glimpse of the new cabinetry on the opposite wall. 

AFTER:

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In the lower floor of the house, Steve also designed this wine room out of antique beams. A grouping of natural linen slip covered Frasier chairs surround a long farm table for the ideal place to enjoy a wine tasting and charcuterie. 

 

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about our clients' beautiful home. Thank you to our lead designer, Laura Putnam for her incredible work on this project. A special thank you to our clients for giving us this opportunity to design with them and for letting us share their home in the July/August 2018 issue of Veranda Magazine and here on Velvet and Linen. 

Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section of this post!

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xo

Brooke

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24 comments

  • Stunning transformation!

    Heidi
  • What a delightful update! This house went from a “period piece” of Early American antiques and accessories. It looks like a museum before you got there. Now it looks like an exquisitely restored house; with lovely antiques but with a decidedly softer and more comfortable feeling. Now there are inviting conversation areas and relaxed places to sit and be comfortable.
    What a beautiful job you both did in making this house into a lovely, comfortable house!

    Penelope Bianchi
  • Very much lighter and brighter! As much as I appreciated all of the wonderful pictures very few of them matched up. I found myself getting really excited to see the ‘after’ picture only to find that it wasn’t taken at the same angle of the same space so I had no true ‘after’ experience….it was so frustrating as I would’ve really loved to see the true transformation through the whole house with the same angles being offered for maximum effect and enjoyment of the outcome.

    D
  • Absolutely stunning!!! How did u bleach the walls?

    Phyllis Thomason
  • I love the simplicity, and airy quality, that you added to this beautiful, charming, and historical estate!

    JENNIFER MORI
  • Stunning – what a fresh breath of tranquility… and the previous pieces were lovely, but now feel overdone. The color scheme you provided is so peaceful and elegant. I loved it all. As usual, sterling work!

    Pippa Ryan
  • What a wonderful transformation!!! While keeping the historical time frame and essence of the home apparent you managed to soften, brighten with elegance, grace and comfort. Well done, as usual!!

    Dianne
  • Oh Brooke, I love how it all has been lightened up and given a breath of fresh air—the owners must be over the moon with the transformation. What a brilliant reminder this project represents for how to play with light, add tranquility, and tread gently. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

    Michele Ranard
  • Lovely job Giannetti’s! Sorry if I missed it, but how old is this house, and is that actually the kitchen with the stone floors?

    susie posson
  • Gorgeous! I so enjoy your transformations! I too, like the previous reader, wonder what to do with good furnishings and paintings when updating?

    Lori
  • I’m rendered speechless, but I’m thunderously clapping!!

    Susan S
  • What an amazing difference. I love, love, love the library.

    Liz Currie
  • Gorgeous makeover! Really love how you left all of the original old wood intact but softened it up by either bleaching the wood or using softer paint colors on the walls. Love the natural rugs you used in various rooms – would you mind posting what brand they are?

    Yvonne
  • What a lovely and inspiring transformation!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Judy
  • Spectacular job. It looks so much more cohesive and soothing and happier! There are so many details that I love but the use of paint is remarkable…especially on the upper railing in the two-story room…and what a great library and bedroom! Beautiful!!

    Mary Ann Pickett
  • Hi Penny.

    The exterior paint was an existing color. We didn’t change it, and unfortunately I don’t know what color it is.

    Brooke Giannetti
  • Hi Karen.

    We source our vessel sinks from a variety of sources including Waterworks, Ann Sacks, Kohler as well as Signaturehardware.com

    Brooke Giannetti
  • What is th3 paint color o& the outside of the home please. It’s perfect fort mine. And trim color please. Thank you

    Penny morgan
  • So beautiful! May I ask what people do with the furnishings no longer wanted? If it was junk I would know what to do but when it is a matter of changing tastes, what does one do with the “still good stuff” and not feel wasteful?

    Lynn
  • Brooke,
    No words for, this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Greet Lefèvre
  • Dear Brooke,

    No words for, this is just amazint !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Greet
  • Your makeovers are the best, Brooke! Merry Christmas!

    anitapelayorivera
  • What an amazing transformation!The previous design, although historic and beautiful seems quite heavy when compared with your design. So light and airy! It just proves you can bring the past into the present. Bravo to you and Steve!

    Cheryl
  • It’s so beautiful and calm now. One of the things you do is the bathroom sinks with consoles, may I ask where you got these vessel sinks from?

    Karen

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