This gracious French country house
was completed in 1920. (It is interesting to note that the present owners,
in the course of remodeling, discovered that workmen had inscribed '1919'
on one of the beams in the master bedroom.) The steeply pitched roof, simple
stucco exterior, and off-center front door, reminiscent of French domestic
architecture, create an informal exterior.
The interior of the house is
also informal and welcoming. The vibrant colors of the walls and draperies warm
the living room, entrance hall, and formal dining room. Artist Joan Devany
created the dramatic stained glass windows throughout the house, both to
enhance the decor and to obscure some of the views.
In four years the owners have
done extensive remodeling, enlarging the master bedroom and kitchen, stripping
the paint from all doors and windows, and redesigning the limestone patio and
backyard, which includes a play area for their three children. Equally striking
is the redecorating. They have repainted and repapered almost every room in the
house, including all eight bedrooms. The handsome paneling in the living room,
study, dining room, and hallway is not original to the house. Additionally, all
of the present brass light fixtures were original to other houses built during
the same era and have replaced contemporary fixtures installed by previous