Nail heads trim the living room’s Lillian August sofa, covered with Robert Allen fabric, and marble adds texture and rhythm to the fireplace. French doors open onto the new courtyard, the nucleus of architect Opacic’s U-shaped, revamped floor plan.
Painted cool blue in a custom color created by interior designer Stanley Hura, the living room features three windows (only two are shown) that look out to the front portico, echoing the triple arches outside.
The foyer’s long bench is covered in Beacon Hill fabric. The clock, paintings, and accessories are antiques. The circular mahogany table illustrates how the redo is a “step up” from her previous country style, Meredith says.
Meredith’s existing dining table was refinished to work in the revamped house. A patterned wall covering and silver-leaf chandelier elegantly dress the space.
A crystal candelabra situated in front of a large mirror doubles the light in the home’s dining room.
The nail-head trim and tufting are repeated in the study. Paint is from Benjamin Moore.
The family gathers in this cozy room; the flat-panel television is from Philips Electronics.
The whole-house revamp began with one small wish: Meredith’s desire for a breakfast banquette; leather from Ralph Lauren.
A showcase for the beautiful reclaimed white oak flooring used throughout the house, the new kitchen includes Viking appliances and an island with a deep copper sink. See details on the next slide.
Another copper sink just below the window provides comfortable continuity with the rest of the kitchen’s metallic accents.
Just off the kitchen, the family room has a pair of the family’s favorite old leather chairs, repaired and ready to go.
A tabletop vignette lends character to the family room.
A Philips flat screen television takes center stage. The door leads to the outdoor kitchen and dining area.
The new master suite overlooks the courtyard. The four-poster bed and chairs are from Hickory Chair. Lamps are from Restoration Hardware.
Given Meredith and Richard’s careers, it’s no surprise that flat-panel TVs are in nearly every room, including their own.
A handmade Persian rug warms the master sitting area.
Meredith’s bath connects to the bedroom through a dressing room with a closet designed by California Closets. Opacic designed the custom vanity.
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The tub plus all other plumbing fixtures and tiles are from Waterworks.
Furnished in antiques, the new outdoor kitchen just outside the family room includes a grill and under-counter fridge, plus a sink on the opposite side (not shown). The floor is New York State bluestone.
A portico leading inside from the courtyard is lined with triple arches, a key theme of architect Radoslav Opacic’s Tuscan design.
The house’s shuttered windows overlook the courtyard. The loose stone ground treatment and checkerboard pattern give texture and dimension to this open space.
The fireplace features a Chesney’s mantel; the outdoor furniture is by Smith & Hawken.
The shapely pool adjoins the outdoor kitchen and courtyard.
“We live outside nine months of the year,” Meredith says. “Though we have neighbors, we feel isolated because of the way we’re nestled in the trees.”
Meredith bought her jogging companion, Jasper, purported to be an Aussiepoo (Australian shepherd-poodle mix), to please the boys. At his first grooming, she was told he had “‘a lot of terrier in him,’ which was more my style anyway. We’ve always had mutts from the pound.”
Daughter Lily’s bedroom overlooks the woods that give the two and a half acre property its sense of privacy. A Hunter ceiling fan, a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams tufted chair and ottoman, Drexel Heritage side tables, and carpet by Karastan furnish the room.
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Comfortable Elegance: Meredith Vieira’s Home
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