Light, low furnishings accentuate the room's height and don't draw attention away from the views over the Saratoga valley. An open-backed Donghia sofa at the entry to the room offers a graceful echo of the Palladian arches. Soft Rodolph fabric drapes lead the eye up, again accentuating the height.
"In an interior design that favors a neutral, sandy colorway, texture becomes important," says Whittaker. "As the walls are hand-finished in smooth Venetian plaster, furniture fabrics were chosen in part for their textural interest."
"In this area hand-scraped walnut floors ground the spaces and add touch of rusticity, as do the hand-treated ceiling beams. In the kitchen and hallways, the floors are in antique limestone tiles, recycled from French floor slabs 12 inches thick."
The dining room opens to the formal living room but has an almost Italianate accent, with its Panache dining chairs. The ceiling here is lower and has a rectilinear pattern in dark walnut, set off by a colorful mica mosaic pendant lamp, which further increases the feeling of intimacy.
While the living room is light yet formal, the family room features slightly darker tones and has a more relaxed appeal. The ceiling beams are in a dark finish here, too, as is the furniture.
"Texture is as important in this room as it is throughout the home," says Whittaker. "For example, the fireplace is in a mix of materials concrete, scraped limestone tile, a wood mantel and darker Venetian plaster hood."