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Permanent residence for over 30 years, located in Waterbury Center, Vermont. The home was built in the 60's with one of the early open floor plans.
The clients had many sentimental attachments to their furnishings. Each change needed to be neat, subtle, and smooth to make the transition easier for the client.
The seating also had to be custom designed to accommodate physical needs caused by an accident.
Continuity and flow created a soothing and calm environment. Many elements were combined to accomplish this.
In the kitchen, shinny brass knobs were chemically treated to have a weathered bronze appearance. The bar stools were replaced by ones which were made by the same company who made the sofas. An ebony stain and contemporary nature motif fabric were used to keep the flow.
The antique curio cabinet was moved to husband's train room. The new cabinet blends into the wall, but also incorporates some architectural elements which relate to the removed cabinet. Mouth blown, clear and earth toned glass were used in the leaded glass doors.
The kitchen opens into the living room. The cherry TV cabinet was replaced with a wall mounted television and a media console. The console was built to blend into the walls, adding textured glass panels for a little sparkle and diffusion of objects inside.
A gas fireplace was installed. The brick hearth was removed and replaced with interesting stone. Metallic looking porcelain was used in facing over the brick. Instead of gas logs we chose glass nuggets for added sparkle.
Adding to the calmness and flow of the living room, is a hand knotted custom Tibetan rug. The ten colors allowed for a flow from green to purple.
The clients wanted to keep the cherry sofas and coffee table. Firmer, clean-lined cushions replaced the old. Fabric with a metallic shimmer covered the cushions. The shimmer reflects throughout the room in light details, such as the hearth, fireplace nuggets, accent pillows and the textured glass.
In the dining room, they wanted to keep the table. They also wanted to keep the previous chandelier. The chandelier was moved over the kitchen counter. A new more contemporary piece was hung over the dining table. The clean lined Italian dining chairs replaced the old Windsor styled chairs. The fabric on these contains a little shimmer. The legs were darkened to relate to the bar stools.
The new ecru colors assisted with the complete effect accomplished by Susan Bayer Fishman and her clients. A tone was used on the beams to pronounce the cathedral ceilings.
Notice these chairs were created extra wide to accommodate physical needs for the client.
The clients love their cocktail hour. It is a time to engage with guests, each other or swiveling and watching the sun set over the green mountains.
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