When Mayling and William McCormick purchased their Federal-style New Canaan, Connecticut home, they were attracted to its perfect symmetry. The home’s original owners fell in love with Homewood House, a National Historic Landmark at Johns Hopkins University, and built a near replica in 1989. It featured meticulously pruned trees lining the gravel driveway, classic portico, Palladian windows… and a kitchen and bathrooms that hadn’t been touched since the 80s. The McCormick’s turned to architect Louise Brooks (whose spectacular home I featured last week) for modern updates. Maureen, an advertising executive with a true passion for design, oversaw the interiors. Photography by Anastassios Mentis with captions by Mindy Pantiel for Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
Bright details in the dining room.
Designed by Louise Brooks, the totally renovated kitchen features new windows and doors that fill the space with natural light. Nickel lanterns from Vaughan are suspended above a granite-topped island. Nickel faucet is by Michael Smith for Kallista.
In the kitchen dining nook, McCormick, paired a contemporary painting by Wolf Kahn with a rustic looking table and chairs from RH. The seat fabric is by Elizabeth Eakins. The fireplace surround is black slate.
In the living room, an Edward Ferrell sofa in a Pierre Frey cotton, yellow silk pillows, an English armchair swathed in a green Manuel Canovas fabric, and a red painting, purchased more than 25 years ago from the SFMOMA, combine to make a colorful splash.
The white lacquer garden bench in the entry is from Janus et Cie; and the red and white pillows wear Pierre Frey linen.
On the upper level of the library, the homeowner reads in an antique wing chair covered in Colefax and Fowler striped linen. The walls and shelves are crafted from butternut wood.
The main stair leads to the upper level of the library.
In McCormick’s daughter’s room, the bed, night tables and bench are all from Lewis Mittman; bed linens are from Leontine Linens and John Robshaw. The antique armchair from John Rosselli is covered with John Robshaw linen.
The tree-lined driveway establishes a sense of order that continues with the Federalist-style home’s architecture.
An avid gardener, homeowner Mayling McCormick continued the work of the previous owner who established the yard with a wide variety of flowering trees. The home’s rear elevation received a facelift at the hands of architect Louise Brooks.
Architect Louise Brooks and homeowner Mayling McCormick.
This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens). Please visit www.brooksandfalotico.com to learn more about Louise Brooks. Louise is also a founder of Oomph Home Furnishings & More.
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Last week House & Garden reported that “chintz is back (as if it ever went away) and looking better than ever…. There is something unashamedly old fashioned about a good chintz,” they say adding “We think it’s time to fly the flag for chintz again!” Well I adore “old fashioned” so of course, I agree. Click here to read more.
The January issue of House & Garden features the New South Wales country house of designer Cameron Kimber… It is full of chintz, and the blogosphere and Instagram have been abuzz! There is definitely a renewed interest in traditional design elements including chintz, antiques, oil paintings, and English country style. Let’s take a look at Kimber’s home, along with some other beautiful images from his portfolio.
“I’ve always liked the English country house look, so I decorated this house with that sort of interior in mind,” said Kimber. “It’s refreshing being here after being in the city all week, where my apartment is more streamlined. Here it’s all flowers, porcelain and pretty colours.” The curtains are Lee Jofa’s iconic Althea. Click here to read his guide to pelmets.
This light-filled room is used for entertaining. Kimber says the combination of the slim shutters, paneling, and pale walls was partially inspired by rooms decorated by Bunny Mellon.
This image from Instagram shows the true warmth and coziness of this room.
Kimber was inspired by pelmet designs of the Thirties and Forties for the bathroom. “I felt this particular design had a whimsical touch, and suited the custom-printed Colefax and Fowler fabric,” he said.
For more, please visit House & Garden. Below are more interiors from Cameron Kimber’s portfolio…