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Although many of the original details of the house were toned down, some of the existing work was left in the kitchen and the living room. The brick on this wall in the kitchen and dining room is from the home's original chimney. However, it needed a lot of work, so some old brick was patched in. The molded ceiling is actually made out of tin, and is also from the original structure.
Table: Antique, Twin Fires Barn
Chairs: Antique, found at Harwinton Antiques Fair
Pendant: Flos Romeo Moon S2
Herzog designed traditional kitchen cabinetry to fit in with the home's original decor. Inset doors, beaded face framing and butt hinges all pay tribute to an earlier style.
Island countertop: Walnut
Backsplash: Subway tile from Ann Sacks
A transitional space between the kitchen and the living room also serves as a desk niche for the couple. Herzog installed a custom bulletin board from Forbo on the back wall of the desk, which is functional and adds a sense of depth to the small space.
Herzog installed a new wood-burning fireplace in the living room. The fireplace is made from very traditional materials — marble and slate — but still has a simple and classic design. The rich hardwood floors, which extend from the kitchen into the living room, are hand-planed 8-inch-wide antique wood.
Another intricately molded tin ceiling was preserved in this long living area. Originally, this space was even more narrow, which made it feel more like a hallway than a living room. Herzog had the rear wall opened up quite a bit to provide more space. The transitional niche between the living room and kitchen helped open up the room too.
Couch: Room & Board
Coffee table: ABC Carpet & Home
This opening was widened to give the narrow living room a more balanced sense of proportion. The project's contractor, John Kemp Construction, replaced the crown molding on the ceiling, and cut out and reattached all of the tin with exquisite care so that it would look as though the room was always this size.
Chandelier: Canopy Designs, ABC Carpet & Home
The clients already owned all of the artwork in the home, and it was a natural fit for the project's fresh feel. While the carved newel on the staircase is original, the rest of the staircase was taken out and replaced with sturdy oak. Some of the original door casings didn't quite fit with the new, clean look of the home, so those were replaced too.