Designer Ramsay Gourd went super bold in some spots, but stayed subdued in others.
Using one fabric in the library — Farmyard Strie by Ramsay Gourd Home — on the chairs, sofa, window seats, and shades makes for a cozy, cohesive room. The cambridge chair, topped with a trimmed, red pillow, is by the Charles Stewart Company.
Circa Lighting wall lights fill up the carved out nook between book cubbies. Kedron Valley Lattice wallpaper by Ramsay Gourd Home adorns the ceiling.
In the living room, the Duralee sofa is upholstered in the company's Brookfield corduroy, and Plushy by Perennials covers an ottoman from Ramsay Gourd Home. A pair of Louis XV–style chairs were updated with Sherwin-Williams paint in Parakeet. Charles Stewart Company's Durango chairs sit in a Duralee print. The spool table showcased in the room's center is by Pratt & Lambert's Postal Blue, while the walls are painted in C2 Paint's Shaker.
Mismatched chairs around a simple table made of reclaimed pine create a casual atmosphere in the dining room — the Metal Marais Vintage chairs are from Industry West. Curtains in Duralee's Croxley are pushed back for extra, natural light. The original pine floors were sanded down slightly. "I don't even think we had to stain them," Gourd says. "They had a natural richness that comes only with time."
Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are set off by dark counters made of Vermont soapstone, "a living material that will age and stain over the years, and that's part of its beauty," says Gourd. A Grohe faucet sits atop the island. The back door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Smoldering Red.
A Gwendoline spindle bed by Bradshaw Kirchofer, handmade from solid pine, is the focal point of the master bedroom. It is accompanied by a small table from Ballard Designs. The room's chair is upholstered in Kravet's Versailles velvet, and all is surrounded by leaf wallpaper by Katie Ridder. The modern Classic sconce on the wall is from Shades of Light, grounded with a Montreaux carpet by Stark.
A wing chair in the sitting area off the kitchen is covered in two fabrics — Perennials' orange Plushy and Manuel Canovas's Kerala — for a little surprise. The slipper chair is in a Duralee fabric. Pillows in a tangerine canvas by Sunbrella brighten a Charles Stewart Company sofa.
Vermont architect, Ramsay Gourd, notes that "sometimes you want to feel refreshed, and sometimes you want to be embraced." He took that philosophy to heart when transforming the rooms in his client's country home. Read more about the design process here.
This story originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Miescisko.