Understated contrast continues in the dining room. Engler custom designed the sideboard that sits beneath the stained glass windows, giving it a whitewash finish to complement the gray wash of the antique Swedish dining chairs. The rawness of these pieces is contrasted by the antique style of the extension table, the strongly patterned drapes, and the chandelier. The room's original light fixture is now in the entry.
The rejuvenated sunroom has also been a hit with the owners and visitors, says Engler.
"We initially drew a floorplan that included more furniture, but having decided it would make an ideal area for reading and reflection, the room now has just two chairs. The concrete tile floor is a departure from the rest of the home, and so is the ceiling. Porch ceilings are often painted pale blue said to keep bees away so I followed this tradition, but made a stronger statement, with a more intense blue."
Upstairs, Peterssen/Keller created a spacious new master bathroom off the existing master bedroom, allocating the old bathroom space to walk-in closets.
"We removed an open fireplace from the bedroom, allowing us to reorient the space more effectively," says Keller.
"For this master suite, one owner wanted a feminine, floral look and the other, some design punch. We were able to cater to both. The feminine side comes through in the furnishings, rug and drapery, while the bathroom is in a strong, punchy blue. This contrasts with the predominant white of the mosaic floor tiles, the marble countertops and the cabinetry. The chandelier and a clawfoot bath add to the resort-like feel of this space."
Outwardly refined, the house now offers gracious functionality on the inside too, say the owners. Once gloomy spaces are now light, bright and open to the surroundings, and the wall of windows at the rear of the kitchen draws the eye through the home.
"The banquette seating area is a favorite spot for family and friends. Whoever comes into the kitchen seems to automatically gravitate to this inviting corner."