In the family room, a pair of sofas by JamesThomas, covered in fabric by Perennials from David Sutherland, flank a custom ottoman atop a wool-and-sisal Watson Smith rug. The interplay of dark and light continues with accents such as the rustic cricket table and the white chandelier, both by Paul Ferrante.
“Knowing her affinity for heirloom pieces, we helped choose finishes that would create the sensibility of an older home inside this renovated shell,” says Josephson. During the overhaul, Wilson reconfigured the layout, opening up the interior rooms and expanding the footprint with the addition of a front foyer plus the sun-filled “palm room” above it, so called for the plants throughout. A primary aim was to celebrate the gorgeous backyard landscaping designed by Frank Mariani and Carrie Woleben-Meade and installed by Martin J. Silverman. So the architect added a kitchen with a groin-vault ceiling and clerestory windows, a glass-enclosed breakfast room and a loggia-like sun room with a pale blue ceiling. “When we blend new and renovated spaces, we try to blur the line between where we stop and start,” Wilson notes. Meanwhile, the exterior’s austerity draws from the turn-of-the-century Viennese style of Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann and Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow style. “I don’t think it looks modern, exactly,” says Wilson, “but it’s a cleaner line; a refined, simple elegance.” Given the new layout, one of the challenges was to give the space some order. “We wanted to make it flow,” says Riker, “yet have the rooms feel different.” After assessing the grandness of the living and dining areas, for example, soft gray beams were added to the ceiling to