Coming Clean

Photographs: Paul Body Photography

This newly-constructed Colonial Revival brought home the win for James Schettino Architects at the 2013 A-List Awards, nabbing first place in the Traditional Architecture, Less than 7,000 square feet category. A classically-interpreted exterior opens to airy, modern interiors and minimalism makes a big statement throughout. After reading athome’s Winter issue, our readers wanted more. Well, ask and you shall receive.

From the beginning, co-principals James and Jim Schettino set out to create a clean, traditional shell with contemporary interiors. “We are always inspired by good design, whether classical or modern,” says James. In this case, good design extends to good collaboration. Interior design by Susie Earls features sleek, understated furnishings and unique antique accents. Symmetry and geometry define the Robin Kramer designed landscape.

James Schettino Architects, New Canaan.
Susie Earls Design, Fairfield.
Robin Kramer Garden Design, Manchester By The Sea, MA
Lee Schettino Construction, New Canaan

(Above) Wide clapboard siding and a wood shingle roof define this classic Colonial Revival, despite its recent construction. Hardscape frames the home’s minimal landscaping.


“The front motor-court and driveway configuration creates a strong axis where the entry portico and front door becomes the focal point of the home,” says James. The formal design and symmetry complements the home’s traditional architecture.


Landscape architect Robin Kramer framed the entry portico with boxwoods in stone planters for year-round greenery.


Schettino Architects created custom window and door trim from flat stock. White walls juxtapose dark stained oak flooring.


In the kitchen, the walnut island is topped with Calcutta marble from New England Stone and paired with metal stools from Lucca NYC. Hand-painted recessed panel cabinetry is by Christopher Peacock.


The airy white-and-walnut theme continues into the neighboring breakfast area, featuring a custom table by Susie Earls Design and a silver leaf lantern made by Mixit inc (Fairfield).


Light abounds in the dining room, where an antique chandelier from Dovecote hangs above tables and chairs made by Room in Greenwich. Sconces designed by Earls frame the understated fireplace.


Schettino chose a formal, wood-coffered ceiling with simple cove molding and high gloss paint for the living room. Upholstery by Room surrounds antique metal tables from Pimlico. Antique Venetian wall sconces are from Circa Antiques.
A tray ceiling made from painted flush board creates openness and height in the family room. Walls are Venetian plaster.


New England Stair Co. custom fabricated metal balusters on stairs off of the kitchen and breakfast room. The handrail is painted wood and treads are crafted from rift white oak.


New England Stone custom fabricated an integrated, wall-hung stone sink in the formal powder room. An antique mirror reflects the view through a geometric window.


Architectural elements, like the tray ceiling and built-in makeup area, define the master bedroom. Bungalow lamps atop custom mirrored tables flank the Custom Interior Shop upholstered bed.


An upholstered banquet sits in the study’s alcove, framed by shelved built-ins. The black lacquered desk is from Trovare Home in Cos Cob. The unique rain drum is a Bungalow find.


On the patio, a cross-beam trellis provides just enough shade, while the painted brick and stone slab surround fireplace offers enough warmth for near year-round enjoyment.


Off of the pool, a built-in barbeque center is framed by structured plantings designed by Robin Kramer Garden Design.


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