A Stately Greenwich Home Is Decidedly City Chic


modern library black walls and...

The homeowners' abstract diptych paintings guided the colors in the library. To create a variety of seating options, Long chose modular Bandas pieces by Gan Rugs. The chandelier is David Weeks, the leather sofa is by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau, and the Scandinavian armchair is vintage from 1stdibs.

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Designer Susan Bednar Long conjured a gallery feel in a Greenwich, Connecticut, home's gracious foyer, where she combined her clients' existing Ochre sofas with Nada Debs' sculptural, custom-colored Pebble table. She created the rug underneath by having two broadlooms stitched together; the border's coral hue is repeated throughout the house.

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In the living room, the couple's Vladimir Kagan sofas flank a rosewood screen by Charles Eames. Long paired their round coffee table by Atelier Takagi with a skinny rectangular one by Michael Taylor. The floor lamps are by Jiun Ho, and the ceiling fixture is vintage Serge Mouille from Gueridon.

modern dining room mirror

Opposite the dining room's fireplace is a mirror from RH.

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Long replaced the kitchen island's lighting with Hector Finch globe pendants. The homeowners' modern BDDW barstools nestle within the existing traditional millwork, which the designer painted gray to "add a little Brooklyn edge," she says.

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The dining room's Lindsey Adelman chandelier looks like a modern extension of the metallic Osborne & Little Maharani wallpaper covering the ceiling. Underneath, Long lined the owners' BDDW walnut-slab dining table with Robert Lighton chairs wearing Elitis' Volupte neoprene. To the left is Julian Chichester's brass-front Danish Fishscale cabinet. Glenrowan sconces by Vaughan hang above the fireplace.

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A photograph by Ari Salmela decorates the dining room.

modern blue family room fireplace

Hermes' Arbre de Vie-covered poufs steal the show in the family room, which is otherwise soothing and neutral. A vintage printing-block sculpture from R.T. Facts hangs over the fireplace; the coffee table is Maxalto, and the custom-bound Stark carpet features David Hicks' Hippie Beads pattern.

modern office red velvet sofa

A 1937 Josef Frank desk takes center stage in the wife's office. The cherry-velvet sofa by Edward Wormley came from the couple's Brooklyn town house.

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Photography by Sandi Haber is displayed over the homeowners' existing bench in the master bedroom. Long aimed for a gallery look along this side wall, completing the vignette with a pedestal by Phillips Collection and the ICT1 low table lamp by Flos.

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Long designed tailored window treatments to flank the couple's tufted-velvet bed, which is dressed in linens by Mirabel Slabbinck. The RH modern nightstands hold Discus lamps by Matter Made; the seating, all upholstered in Holland & Sherry fabrics, is by Bright Chair.

modern gray bathroom vanity

Visual Comfort & Co.'s Dorchester picture light illuminates the master bathroom's vanity.

modern backyard landscaping sitting area

The grounds were given improvements and updates from landscape designer Jessie LeBaron, of his own eponymous firm, with installation help from DLTC Landscape Contractors. A palette of navy, cream and gray Sunbrella fabrics on Maya seating by Westminster Teak modernizes the classic landscaping.

You can take the family out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn’s urban aesthetic out of the family. Such was the case when Kathryn and Peter Mattis moved their three young children out to Greenwich, Connecticut, where they found a Georgian revival-style home that was nothing like the residence they’d left behind.

The couple had previously performed a top-to-bottom renovation of their 1898 townhouse, which they’d populated with midcentury and modern furnishings and art that contrasted nicely with the home’s original architecture and millwork. They were in no mood, however, for a fixer-upper this time, but still wanted an invigorating tension between old and new. “We wanted a house that was in great shape and to build a budget for a designer to come in and really make it stand out,” Kathryn says.

Enter designer Susan Bednar Long, who used the Mattises’ existing furniture as her starting point for a design that infused the home’s stately, traditional architecture with energy and edge. Says the designer, “To me, this house was about picking nice sculptural pieces and putting them together.”

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