Sitting high above a wooded vista that overlooks Stony Brook in Princeton, New Jersey, this new home came to life on the foundation of a previous one where the owners had lived for many years.
Architect Marc Brahaney of Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction and Katie Eastridge of Eastridge Design Home, both based in Princeton, New Jersey, collaborated with the owners to create an “upside-down” Colonial-style home. Because of the proximity of the brook, the footprint of the former house couldn’t be extended. Thanks to a slope, however, they were able to design the living areas on the ground floor and a suite of guest bedrooms on a lower level.
The front door opens to an expansive, light-filled space comprising the living room, dining room and kitchen. Large windows that overlook the vista and Stony Brook below are crowned with fixed transoms that add interest and more light. Natural-hue raw silk shantung draperies on matte nickel rods and rings maximize the light. In addition, each of these rooms has a skylight as well as cove and recessed lighting and lamps to augment the natural light.
A coffered living room ceiling, pitched to the top of the ridgeline, rises to 18 feet and is painted a custom white. The walls are a custom gray-lilac hue and are accented with moldings that frame doorways and windows.
The owners wanted their home to be welcoming and comfortable, working with Eastridge to blend a comfortable contemporary sofa and chairs with vintage pieces. To these they added accents such as a black lacquer zig-zag table and a round black cocktail table that contrasts with the lines and angles in the design of the chairs that surround it.
The deep-stained oak flooring found throughout the home is carpeted in the living room with a high-pile gridded silk. “This is a walk-barefoot kind of house,” Eastridge says. And as one walks from the living room to the dining area, those bare feet will feel the change from soft and luxurious to the smooth texture of a pieced cowhide carpet. Its silver, charcoal and soft gray hues bring out the highlights in an abstract canvas that covers one entire wall of the dining room, referencing a nighttime cloudscape.
Architect Marc Brahaney designed an unlacquered brass chandelier with sand-blasted glass shades to cast a soft light in the dining room.
Marrying the dining room to the kitchen is a tall island that serves both rooms with storage space for items used for both functions. The island forms a “T,” with a lower section doubling as a breakfast bar on one side and sink with work area on the other. The countertop is highly figured quartzite with lusty orange and purple veins.
Janet Purcell, a regular contributor to Design NJ, is a Hopewell-based writer.
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