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A Traditional Home for your holiday reading

I’m proud to say that a home I designed for a client in Greenwich, Conn., is the cover story of the December Traditional Home. As you’ll see from the article, this home turned out beautifully, and it was a great partnership between me and the client (I mentioned this project in a previous post when I talked about working with an architect long distance). For this couple, finding an architect who could translate authentic French design into a home that works for today’s American lifestyle was a top priority. They had worked with another architect on a custom design but just couldn’t get there. After touring my home in Tulsa, they decided that was the look and feel they were after. This home turned out pretty large–yet it retains a cozy, livable atmosphere equally well suited for entertaining large groups or for small family gatherings. Probably my favorite aspect of this design is how it truly replicates the types of homes I have viewed in the French countryside, with extra-thick exterior walls, courtyards and lots of light coming in. hope you enjoy reading the article (the holiday decorating is lovely) and find some inspiration for your next decorating, remodel or new home project. Happy holidays to you and your family, and the very best to you in 2010.

Check out the December 2009 Traditional Home to see a project I designed for a client in Connecticut.

Check out the December 2009 Traditional Home to see a project I designed for a client in Connecticut.

The kitchen is connected to the great room, making entertaining elegant yet relaxed and enjoyable.

The kitchen is connected to the great room, making entertaining elegant yet relaxed and enjoyable.

This outdoor room is one of the client's favorite features.

This outdoor room is one of the client's favorite features.

6 Responses to “A Traditional Home for your holiday reading”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Can we scale down in size and still keep the
    Wow factor? We are over 60 and we don’t need
    a large home anymore, but we do entertain and
    will have weekend guests. We’re thinking
    1500 to 2000 sf should be about right.

  2. Things That Inspire Says:

    Jack, this is a beautiful home, and I took particular interest as I grew up in Connecticut not far from Greenwich. I am curious, how large is the house? It has beautiful proportions, and it feels very gracious – not too large.

    I am working on the blog post that features my interview with you, and I will certainly highlight this lovely project in the post.

  3. admin Says:

    With the basement, this house is larger than you’d think–nearly 11,000 square feet! The original plan is about half that size. Look forward to seeing your blog post–thanks so much.

  4. admin Says:

    Any size home can have that wow factor–open room relationships and high ceilings can add the drama you want for entertaining. Often a detached garage with quarters above it can be what you need for weekend guests, depending on the codes for your particular neighborhood. Let us know if we can help you find a plan that works for your needs. My Cottages collection of smaller scale plans may have a good fit.

  5. Mary Beck Says:

    One of my favorite houses ever. Your attention to detail is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your work. I look forward to more articles. Why won’t Traditional Home put this on their Web site? I’d love to see more photos of this fabulous house.

  6. Jane Galbraith Says:

    Hi. I’m trying to replicate the house you did in the Traditional Home 2009 issue — “the French inspired home.” I would love to know the paint brand/color of the exterior. Also, the windows, or window brand/style, of the French doors and windows. We are remodeling our 1926 Tudor style cottage into a French Normandy cottage but on a much smaller scale than the house in the article.
    I don’t recall a resource guide with the article. Can you provide one…I’m happy to pay for such a list. I show the photograph of the front of the house to everyone and unanimously, everyone is charmed. Thank you.

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