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with a solid walnut countertop that acts as a butcher’s block, give the kitchen a practical feel. But there are personal touches too, such as cabinet hinges modeled on icebox door clasps and antique posters sourced by the owners. Interiors finishes are an eclectic mix of the traditional and opulent, and the occasionally surprising. A uniform palette of gray, white and turmeric, and a sense of common scale for the furniture draws the rooms together, says Engler. “In the living room for example, the chairs have classically styled frames but are upholstered in hard-wearing materials. A coffee table with a gesso finish makes a playful counterpoint to the formal seating and grand piano.” Understated contrast continues in the dining room. Engler custom designed the sideboard that sits beneath the stained glass windows, giving it a whitewash finish to complement the gray wash of the antique Swedish dining chairs. The rawness of these pieces is contrasted by the antique style of the extension table, the strongly patterned drapes, and the chandelier. The room’s original light fixture is now in the entry. The rejuvenated sunroom has also been a hit with the owners and visitors, says Engler. Top: The breakfast table has a weathered finish, which contrasts the pristine paneled cabinets. Pendant fixtures above the island are from Waterworks and complement the curvaceous range hood. Above: The traditional stools at the kitchen island are from The Sterling Collection. The new family room behind features French doors that open to the garden. An office addition had previously blocked the rear of the home. more renovations at trendsideas.com/go/usren 27