The new cheerful interior of this aged house reflects the specific aesthetic and lifestyle choices of its owners – Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman and her musician-librarian husband.
It is the parlor level that contains the ten-foot-high living area with a custom bookshelf that which is cleverly extended to fashion a circulation space for the two cats in the house. The inquisitive cats can meander through the flowing ledge and access different vantage points and trap doors that allow them to navigate through the top two levels of the home.
An open floor plan living brings air of modernity to the house while the decorative pieces and color palette usher in a much more traditional vibe. Color scheme inside the house is largely neutral with off-white cream and brown holding their own in every room. Accent hues come in the form of light relaxing blues and natural greens.
Any modern lakeside home aims to capture the spirit of the landscape outside and this desire to combine nature with contemporary comfort is evident in the as well. Designed for an urban couple of a reclusive lakeside lot in Missouri this modern residence in wood glass and stucco carefully balances unabated lake views with complete privacy.
Finding a new way to insulate the unique roof of the house that keeps out tropical heat and training local workers to adapt to new construction techniques were the two biggest challenges that architects faced during the execution of the project. The result though is a cost-effective practical and inventive dwelling that makes life for its residents a whole lot easier!
A personal workspace on an elevated platform in the home office sits directly below a skylight and provides a calm and unique work area that seems detached from the rest of the house. A balcony along with staircase connects the house with the rear patio while it is still the parlor level with kitchen dining and other public spaces that ends up stealing the spotlight!
It is a curated mix of midcentury modern décor sheepskin tugs and other plush textiles that the interior decorator chose to complement the warm wooden wall and large windows of the ski retreat. Life here seems both snug and relaxing with modern comforts being cleverly intertwined with classic aesthetics.