To get things started, for this project the homeowners called on their designer, Janice Fisher, to help them flesh out some ideas and consult on the choice of architect. After interviewing and bringing on Douglas M. DeChant, and rounding things out with builder Bryan Brubaker and landscape architect Terry Rudolph, the team began to zero in on the aesthetic.
In addition to defining the structure’s exterior, the granite used for the home’s massive walls also reappears inside to shape the living room fireplace surround and reaches out into the landscape, where it is used for low walls that hold back newly created gardens of lavender, shrub roses and other flowering perennials blooming alongside the swimming pool.
During that time, the architects designed every door, window trim and molding in the home, which they call a “museum of wood,” for the many species that can be found throughout. The dining room and husband’s office are clad with book-matched, highly polished mahogany, while the walls of the family room are lined with cherry.
In a hallway off the living room, an iron-and-parchment pendant by Paul Ferrante illuminates a pair of Ebanista chairs. In the distance, a bronze bench by Formations from John Brooks Incorporated is covered with orange cowhide.
Fabricated by master craftsman Rudi Neumayr of Aren Design, mahogany paneling creates a rich backdrop for Ebanista dining chairs, covered with a Coraggio chenille & leather by Edelman, surround a walnut table, also by Ebanista, with a cherry inlay. The Tufenkian rug is from Floor Coverings By CPA.
Formations chandelier defines breakfast area with Chaddock table from Town & Mimi London dining chairs from John Brooks Inc. Bleached-walnut cabinetry designed by Hazel Zeller & built by Heartwood Custom Woodworks. Mattaliano bar chairs, custom fixture by Reborn Antiques from Kneedler-Fauchère.
A walnut ceiling brings the structure’s fine wood detailing into the master bedroom, asdoes a walnut bed by Ebanista. A pair of chairs covered with Coraggio fabric offers comfortable seating in front of the fireplace. The drapery fabric is by Cowtan & Tout from Egg & Dart, Ltd.
The verdant hue picks up in the kitchen, where Costa Esmeralda granite countertops play off both the custom bleached-walnut cabinetry designed by Hazel Zeller and a handmade ceramic backsplash. In the master bedroom, Fisher shifts to blues by choosing a floral to cover a pair of matching armchairs and having draperies made in a coordinating shade.