I helped this family of four and Pepper, the family dog, re-design a beautiful Tudor home in an upscale neighborhood. The Tudor is what the husband had grown up in and always wanted to live in with his family. The wife had concerns, as Tudors can tend to be dark inside. So, a plan was devised to expand the entire back of the home, lengthening the dining room and the kitchen/gathering room and mudroom, and upstairs, adding an entire new master bathroom. Many windows were also added to address the lighting concern above.

The home was in dire need of loving care, but it had good structure, an original slate roof (which needed some repair), plaster walls and pickled wood on the stair case and the study paneling. We had that all sanded and re-stained to a warmer more fitting wood, albeit darker.

Most of the very traditional Baker furnishings were already owned by the client and we re-upholstered some of them. All new window treatments were made, including beautiful silk panels for the master bedroom. We also made beautiful draperies for one of their daughters, with some beautiful antique French fabric they found in Paris. We added traditional wainscoting to the dining room and centered the whole design around a 13′ oriental rug they found in their travels.

We kept original tiles where they made sense (foyer, bathroom) and original light fixtures where we could. The entire lower level was also gutted and turned into an exercise room, a family room, a kitchenette, and an office area plus bathroom.

The home now looks the part of this neighborhood and I swear is smiling again – to not only be loved by this family, but looking so great!

Photography: Kitty Golding