A simple cottage undergoes a sophisticated transformation that respects its past but celebrates its quirky character.
Antiques dealer Angus Wilkie has owned this foursquare early-19th-century cottage on four acres for 18 years. The house is located 110 miles northeast of New York City, where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound.
The kitchen, which has windows on four sides, is further enlivened with glossy red paint on the window frames, some of the cabinetry, and a staircase that leads to a guest bedroom. Black-and-white linoleum tiles pull together furnishings and fixtures from a range of eras, including bobbin-turned English Regency chairs with rush seats grouped around a 19th-century Continental trestle table.
A 19th-century Chinese export teak campaign chest in the master bedroom holds a 1951 iron sculpture of a rubber tree that was found at a Paris flea market and a 19th-century silver-mounted "coco de mer," a double coconut from Seychelles; the painting of Murray Bay, Quebec, is by Reeve Schley.
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