The whole place went through that kind of recalibration and repurposing. “What’s now the office used to be the dining room,” says Cheryl, adding that the dining room now occupies the window side of the great room, just steps from French doors to the terrace.
“Before, we’d have to cram the whole family in the old dining room, and it didn’t even have a window,” says Cheryl. “It was just a closed-in hovel! Kelie made it into an office and suggested adding a window with a view of the valley. It’s perfect.”
Perfect now, but when Grosso first saw the drawings for the house’s radical new plan, she knew the Hansfords’ furnishings were a match for the “before” house, not the “after.” “I said to myself, Oh, no; so many of her things have got to go. But luckily, Cheryl was ready to do it!” The pair walked around the house with a roll of blue tape, tagging anything tired or dated, and shipped it all off to auction or donated it to a charity. “The house’s contents are probably 80 percent new,” admits Grosso, “and it was a tough transition for the Hansfords because they had all these collections. So I said, ‘We’ll put some of it in storage and get back to it later,’ but Cheryl said, ‘No, let’s be honest; we’re never going back.’ ”
Cheryl can laugh about it now. “I realized that even though I loved my things, I was living in a ‘grandma’ house. I even got rid of the plaster hood over the stove that I thought was so chic back in the day—suddenly it seemed huge and ugly! Now I’m all about things that are clean and simple.”
Here, the ebony finish of a steel glassware cabinet was meticulously matched to Kevin Reilly’s “Altar” hanging light for continuity. To keep the mood relaxed, Hickory Chair dining chairs, upholstered in a neutral Moore & Giles leather, rest on a woven seagrass rug.