FOR­MAL ROOMS

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trim pieces were made and fit­ted on site.

The new cook­ing gal­ley is sim­ple and straight­for­ward. Cab­i­nets, made of the same cherry as the pan­el­ing, stretch to the ceil­ing, as they of­ten did in Vic­to­rian but­ler's pantries. (See the photo on p. 20.) A tall rolling lad­der on a rail pro­vides ac­cess to up­per­most cab­i­nets. The de­sign avoids mak­ing the room too per­fect, too fit­ted—too mod­ern. For ex­am­ple, uten­sil draw­ers were fash­ioned from an old tiger-maple vi­o­lin case that sits on the table. An ad­join­ing closet was re­turned to its orig­i­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion, be­com­ing a walk-in pantry for ex­tra stor­age.

Col­or­ful win­dows fit­ted with vin­tage Ad­di­son glass throw a rain­bow of red, blue, pur­ple, and gold into the warm wood room. A Sub­Zero re­frig­er­a­tor is cam­ou­flaged be­neath fit­ted cherry pan­els. The La Cor­nue stove in roy­alpur­ple enamel is an el­e­gant ac­cent. The high-ceilinged par­lor on the main floor got the treat­ment it deserved. Al­ready nicely fit­ted with wood and plas­ter trim, the room was hung with room­set wall­pa­pers from Brad­bury & Brad­bury's Vic­to­rian ‘Neo-Clas­si­cal’ col­lec­tion, in a col­or­way that com­ple­mens the stone-grey paint cho­sen by pre­vi­ous own­ers. (The cot­tage has never had a for­mal din­ing room.) A tiny bath­room carved from a closet in an ear­lier era was trans­formed with mar­ble wain­scot­ing and clas­sic ‘Ital­ian Panorama’ wall­pa­per from Ik­sel of Paris. The orig­i­nal Crane soak­ing tub re­mains. The hus­band cul­ti­vates species rhodo­den­drons. The cou­ple's ter­raced yard is planted with rare species, like the creamy-white and in­tensely fra­grant ‘Hun­stein’s Se­cret’, the sat­u­rated-yel­low R.macabeanum, and the mas­sive-leaved R.sino­grande. Like the cot­tage, the back­yard is a small, lovely retreat. The bed­room opens to the “in­ner sanc­tum.” A mul­ti­hued Joseph’s Coat rose clam­bers over a trel­lis in the back gar­den. Sal­vaged mar­ble mould­ing makes a handy shelf for back­yard plants.

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