AMBLER ON

FROM POOLS TO POOL TA­BLES, THIS SPRAWL­ING SUB­UR­BAN HOME IS FILLED WITH SUR­PRISES.

Philadelphia Style - - Space Interiors - BY JOANN GRECO

As you ram­ble down the long, long drive­way, sweep through iron gates and curve along the court­yard, glimpses of the Pen­ny­pack Water­shed woods sur­round you. Still, you can’t take your eyes off of the Nor­man-style manse that beck­ons ahead.

Own­ers David and Jean built the 12,000-square-foot, six-bed­room, eight-bath Ambler home 10 years ago, en­trust­ing its over­all de­sign to ar­chi­tect Richard Cole, and re­quest­ing just a few ab­so­lutes. “We had four grown chil­dren at the time, so we put a pre­mium on mak­ing it com­fort­able for an ex­tended fam­ily to come and en­joy our home,” says David.

Good thing, too, since they now have 10 grand­chil­dren. The plan for the house, adds Jean, “or­ga­nized it­self around sev­eral large gath­er­ing spa­ces.” To one side of the mar­ble en­try­way lies a liv­ing room and then be­yond it a fam­ily room; to the other, the din­ing room. Strik­ing cus­tom rugs cover in­tri­cate hard­wood floor­ing, and Cen­ter City in­te­rior de­sign­ers Jonathan Bass­man and Carl Steele adorned each of these rooms with a mel­liflu­ous riot of flo­ral and geo­met­ric pat­terns on an end­less ar­ray of up­hol­stery and wall­pa­pers.

“Yel­low is a fa­vorite of mine,” says Jean, in­di­cat­ing the sunny checks, graphic di­a­monds, and bold stripes that show up in the liv­ing room, and the mus­tard tones that com­bine with

rus­set hues in the more mas­cu­line fam­ily room. Even the enor­mous kitchen, out­fit­ted in gran­ite coun­ter­tops and white cabi­netry, gleams with shades of yel­low and gold. “I like ev­ery­thing to be as bright and cheery as pos­si­ble.”

When it’s time to re­tire for the evening, a grand stair­case draws the cou­ple up­stairs where David’s of­fice, a fit­ness area over­look­ing the pool, a lav­ish mas­ter bed­room suite (with his and her baths), and gen­er­ous dress­ing rooms of­fer a re­treat. On the op­po­site side of an atrium that stretches from the first­floor en­try, a sep­a­rate wing con­tains a se­ries of en-suite guest bed­rooms (as well as a full maid’s or mother-in-law apart­ment).

Other ameni­ties in the house in­clude an el­e­va­tor (“a god­send,” says David), laun­dry room, four-car garage, and a full fin­ished base­ment with cedar-lined stor­age, a game room, and a pow­der room. Jean ob­serves that David loves “show­ing off con­trols such as cen­tral­ized light­ing and in-ground snow-melt­ing sys­tems.”

Back on the main level, the own­ers’ fa­vorite pri­vate spa­ces of­fer twin respites that link them to the out­doors. Jean’s serene con­ser­va­tory show­cases her orchid col­lec­tion while David’s sanc­tu­ary cen­ters on a skylit lap pool ringed by French doors that open to the ex­pan­sive grounds. “Be­ing here is like be­ing on va­ca­tion,” he says, and his de­lighted chuckle makes it clear that he’s not just re­fer­ring to this oa­sis, but to the en­tire house. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Con­nie Berg, 680 Old York Road, Jenk­in­town, 215-4294024; con­nieberg.com

ON THE OP­PO­SITE SIDE OF AN ATRIUM THAT STRETCHES FROM THE EN­TRY, A SEP­A­RATE WING HOLDS EN-SUITE GUEST BED­ROOMS.

The indoor pool room is a year­round get­away for the own­ers and fea­tures 11 doors to ac­cess the sprawl­ing grounds. The Ambler home is sit­u­ated on nearly five acres in a pri­vate cul de sac. A sit­ting room, fire­place, and his- and- hers baths can be found in

The air up there: Gaz­ing down on the cheery plant room from the home’s sec­ond floor.

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