The bright and sunny seating area off the kitchen, shown on the previous slide, boasts a Rumford fireplace designed with a herringbone brick pattern. The new mantel is detailed with fluted columns and dentil molding. The surround is Delft tile.

With the exception of the mantel, the living room is little changed since Louise and Ned bought the house 26 years ago. Louise describes the room as having “old comfort.” The fireplace’s Delft tiles were carried back from Europe after World War I by the home’s original owner.

With just a few changes to the home’s interior, Louise has made it “lovely and livable.”

The family/TV room, which was originally a screened porch, became a home office when Louise went back to work full-time. Then, when she moved her office, it became a place where her teenagers could relax and enjoy privacy while entertaining their friends.

The new kitchen is a bright, breezy mix of Delft tile, gray-veined white marble, and creamy white cabinets.

When she designed the new kitchen, Louise also added a pantry. Fashioned for utility, it still offers plenty of charm with its glass-front cabinets, honed marble counters, and a dish rack to display Louise’s delft china.

The kitchen’s dining area opens to the new covered porch.

The new covered porch is a favorite spot for dining and entertaining.

The Brookses built their new master bedroom suite over the kitchen but extended it farther into the backyard to create a covered porch below it. Now French doors lead out to a balcony overlooking the terraced garden Louise designed.

Another view of the master suite shows the ceiling detail.

Clustered columns frame the covered porch and support the deck off the master bedroom.

Louise designed a whimsical built-in birdhouse in the eave over the garage.

Click here to see another of Louise Brooks’s successful kitchen remodels in our presentation of “Finding Space.”

You are here

Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home

From the Editors of Traditional Home
Slide 1 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 2 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 3 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 4 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 5 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 6 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 7 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 8 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 9 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 10 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 11 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 12 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 13 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
Slide 14 Of Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home
  • Prev
  • Next
  • 1 of 15

Louise appropriated and extended the existing garage to encompass her new kitchen and butler’s pantry. The old kitchen was incorporated into the dining room. The 500-square-foot kitchen includes an intimate dining spot and a cozy seating area with fireplace. A wall of French doors opens up to a new covered porch made possible by extending the old garage. It’s a favorite spot for Louise and Ned to dine and to entertain friends. Upstairs, above the kitchen and porch, Louise designed a new master suite with a balcony overlooking the terraced backyard.