The governor’s residence includes two charming outbuildings. Closest to the main residence is a pool house. From the Philip Gorrivan designed sunroom, you can see the pool and garden through the french doors.
Designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron of Shelter Interiors were met with many challenges in renovating the now lovely pool house. The two room structure didn’t exude the same charm as the classic pool. But by combining sleek NuKitchens cabinetry with a jazzy Artistic Tile backsplash and glamorous Thibaut pattern on the ceiling, the modest kitchen is now a chic and usable space. Another wonderful Currey & Company light illuminates the room.
The second outbuilding is a guest house in a more secluded part of the property.
What a fabulous redo this house received. I think any visitor, whether a friend or visiting dignitary would be delighted to stay in this appealing abode. You enter through the kitchen, which was designed, along with the dining room, by Carey Karlan of Last Detail Interior Design. You may remember seeing her stylish room in the Westchester Showhouse and her table at the Red and White Ball. She is a busy woman!!
This cottage style kitchen is not only stylish but also surprisingly practical. I was shocked to discover that the grasscloth walls are actually a vinyl covering from Schumacher – also a great solution to remember for mud rooms.
Another clever find was the fabulous Dupont Corian in witch hazel which Carey used on the counters. A beautiful marble look alike, this durable surface is a terrific answer for those looking for a less expensive and low maintenance counter alternative. Perhaps it’s because she is the mother of five that Carey is able to meld style and practicality so perfectly!
I love the way it looks against the shaker style Plain and Fancy cabinetry.
The Connecticut country style continues into the dining room where Carey paired a Maine Cottage table and chairs with an existing cupboard. She updated it by painting the back in the same pear shade and adding another fabulous Currey & Company light. The graphic mirror is theirs as well.
Catherine Cleare designed the remaining spaces on the first floor. Expanding the green theme in her country chic study, she found a smart solution for what was a tiny dark paneled room.
Schumacher’s Hot House Flowers totally updates an old wing chair found in the basement. In fact almost all the furniture featured here and in the living room was recycled and repurposed from Cleare’s basement discoveries. How fabulous is that?! Between repainting and reupholstering, an entire suite of furnishings was rediscovered.
The living room now has a fresh updated look while still maintaining a cottage appeal. New accessories enhance the skillful furniture arrangement and mix successfully with the artfully “scaled” antiques.
Cleare managed to make even the tiny powder chic with a lively Schumacher paper and elegant Paris Ceramics floor.
Even the stairs got designer treatment
Upstairs are two bedrooms whose designs are the result of a collaboration between Glenda Moralee and Polly Denham. The Queen bedroom is swathed in an elegant brown and the green from downstairs has now softened into celadon accents carried by the Schumacher Palampore Embroidery fabric on the headboard.
The salon writing desk and Moonglow bedside lamp are both Currey & Company
I think anyone would be suitably comfortable and stylishly accommodated in this remarkable renovated guest house.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Beth Dempsey of Images & Details and D.J. Carey of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens for this amazing opportunity. D.J. deserves major kudos for her vision and execution. With the help of Residence Executive Director Carol O’Shea, she accomplished an incredible feat. The Malloys, future visitors and the state of Connecticut have her to thank for orchestrating such a magnificent project.