Interior designer Allison Caccoma uses mirrored lattice and high-gloss paint to reflect light around a bright Connecticut home.
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For an elegant kitchen, designer Allison Caccoma installed pure white marble countertops. "I pictured old white stone like you'd see in some ancient Parisian bar," she says. Calacatta Gold marble countertop and porcelain sink.
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"The architectural detail in the kitchen is amazing," says Caccoma. "Even the stove hood feels like some wonderful little European fireplace." The range is . Old American Halophane fixtures from Ann-Morris Antiques hang over the island.
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Caccoma layered mirrored antique mercury glass under white lattice on the arch separating the breakfast room from the family room. The lattice gives the room a garden feel, and the glass's reflection brings the outdoors in.
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To balance the diamond pattern on the walls, Caccoma used softer lines and curves in the breakfast room's chandelier and chairs. The floral-like fabric, a Robert Kime suzani, provides a burst of color against the all-white kitchen and helps the space feel like an extension of the garden.
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Although the predictable thing would be to paint the ceiling blue, high-gloss yellow adds reflection to the room. "The ceiling does the same thing for the sunroom that the mirrored lattice does for the kitchen — it gives the room such a terrific lift," says Caccoma.
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The 1901 American seascape above the Regency breakfront inspired the living room's pale blues and greens. A 1940s blue glass lamp makes the traditional room less formal.
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"I wanted to make everything light and airy, because I want your eye to go right out the door to the view, not be dragged down by furniture or rugs," says Caccoma.
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Caccoma loves the sculptural look of "odd pieces of furniture," like the carved Italian chair in the living room.
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Blue walls in the dining room represent the only saturated color in the house. A plaster finish gives the room sheen and softens the shade's intensity.
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When light reflects off the walls at night, a waxy shine from the Venetian plaster creates a sense of motion. Porcelain ginger jars from .
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To give the guest bedroom a cocoon effect, the same fabric was used for the walls and Roman shade, "so you can close the door, lower the shades, and be enveloped," says Caccoma.
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The master bedroom walls are covered with high-gloss paint, a soft blue inspired by the water. The color — Benjamin Moore's Harbor Haze — also freshens up a very traditional floral headboard.
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A chaise in the corner of the master bedroom creates a cozy area to nap or read.