Transforming A Sprawling Connecticut Compound Into A Cohesive Refuge

Building a legacy can be a daunting assignment. But D2 Interieurs founder and CEO Denise Davies didn’t shy away from transforming a disjointed Litchfield County estate into a weekend sanctuary that would serve a young family of five for generations to come. With a primary residence in Manhattan, the clients were looking for a tranquil respite from city life.

The main house was designed with intention. The goal was to create a farmhouse country estate that was neither too rustic nor too modern. A clean aesthetic meets organic details throughout, starting in the entryway with its sleek shiplap siding. “I painted the shiplap, molding and walls all the same color to create a serene, modern feel,” Davies offers. “That, against the light wood floor, custom-designed front door and round entry table brought everything to an organic level.”

Natural materials meet transitional touches in the parlor, as well, where a Holly Hunt wooden chair is positioned next to a stone table with wood base, and an Art Deco fixture hangs overhead. The result strikes a balance that is comfortable with a slightly formal tone. “About his growing children, the husband said, ‘I want a place to interview their dates,’” Davies laughs. Now, organic cork and metallic on the walls elevate the room just enough to meet with suitors.

The formal living room (above), despite its name, exudes a more casual tone in its impressive square footage. “The homeowner loves color and soft fabrics,” the designer offers. “For the main living areas, we kept the palette soft and neutral while still infusing color thoughtfully.” An Arteriors chandelier crafted from shells takes center stage, surrounded by custom inlaid wood built-ins, expansive NanaWall doors that open to the lake view and a round bar that overlooks the room.

“The house has so many sharp corners and angles, and we couldn’t do much about that,” the designer maintains. “But when I design, I love circular shapes. It symbolizes life and unity – how we’re all tied together.”

In the master bedroom, note the spherical light fixture, beaded bedside sconces and round fringed mirror. Combined with grasscloth wallpaper, a lake view that can be enjoyed from bed and soft velvet upholstery throughout, the result is in a word – harmonious.

Photography by Jane Beiles.

For more like this Connecticut compound, be sure to check out this D.C home.

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