Mantel Details

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.

Living Room

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.

Living Room

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

Family/TV Room

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.

Kitchen

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

Kitchen Pantry

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.

Kitchen

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

Porch

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

Master Suite

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.

Master Suite

Another view of the master suite shows the ceiling detail.

Exterior

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

Birdhouse

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.”

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Lovely and Livable Connecticut Home

Louise Brooks’ New Canaan home grows with her family

Written by Eliot Nusbaum
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Master Suite

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.

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