Character Study Of A 1965 Center Hall Colonial In New Canaan, Connecticut

Melissa Lindsay, co-owner of Pimlico Interiors, walked us through the firm’s recent redesign of a center hall colonial in New Canaan, CT, for the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Magazine winter issue. 

What was your vision and approach in the design?
My client loves color and pattern and embraces a multitude of styles when it comes to home design. After many various design schemes (my client LOVES fabrics!), we decided on a citron yellow, grey and ivory color palette. We really wanted to add breathing room to the space. The seating area is anchored by an over-scale low custom coffee table; there is generous space for a baby grand piano (It has always been my clients’ wish to get a piano as she loves to play but had never had the space); we sourced vintage furnishings (all the upholstery is vintage) that have dramatic lines and elegant proportions and details. One large area rug that has a strong pattern and movement anchors all the pieces in the room. We intentionally mixed metals – from polished chrome to antique brass and bronze. The balance of the various finishes work with the pattern and texture to great visual tension in the room.

What were some of the client’s needs?
We began re-decorating several rooms in the house almost ten years ago! However, in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit and a very large tree came crashing through their home, a full-scale renovation-addition began. This included a kitchen and mudroom re-design as well as a newly designed living space. My client loves design, and was actually thrilled to be embarking on this project!

Where did you source the furnishings and art?
We sourced a lot of vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces for this project. One of my favorite memories with my client was sourcing the large vibrant flower photograph in the living room. My client owned a few photographs of his already, and one afternoon, the three of us spent hours in his New York City apartment looking through countless images of his work – finding the perfect photograph for the room. To connect with an artist and my client in this intimate process was such a memorable experience.

Please give us a walkthrough and describe the purpose and feel of the overall layout.
The side entrance into the mudroom flows into the newly designed kitchen. I love how the placement of the new kitchen island looks onto the living room space. Adjacent to the kitchen is this chic, moody breakfast room. We kept this original but updated the cabinetry with a saturated grey; new cabinetry hardware; wallpaper and furnishings. When my client told me she wanted to go “bold” in the breakfast room – it was music to my ears! The geometric wallcovering introduced a beautiful blue-grey to the space which we played up with an indigo blue vinyl upholstery on vintage horn chairs. We worked with one of my favorite local antique dealers, Avant Garden, to custom design the walnut/glass sconces.

We tied brass elements into the kitchen to connect these two spaces. My goal for the kitchen was to create a dynamic play on cool tones (i.e. soft grey and stainless steel) with warm tones – which we incorporated in the custom hanging light fixtures and accessories.

Your favorite part of the home and why?
I love the breakfast room off the kitchen. A deep saturated color is not typically associated with a kitchen space – and most often the kitchen opens up to a large eating area. I love the intimacy of this jewelry-box space and the strong visual impact it has from the kitchen.

Photography by Amy Vischio.

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