In the great room, generous furnishings center around the room’s focal point—a dramatic fireplace of dry-stacked Eagle Moss Rock (lichen-covered fieldstone) that can’t help but draw the eye. Two large-scale sofas dominate the space, multitasking as the perfect perch for me-time or as an evening gathering spot where fishing fables and tales of bocce ball tournaments can be shared.
“We really needed this space to be good for entertaining and still intimate enough for a small group,” Kara says. “We didn’t want so much furniture that the room felt crowded, so most of the pieces are easily moved. The ottomans can be pulled up for seating. The wing chairs are easily shifted. And we used bolsters between the sofa cushions so they can be used either as four large club chairs or as sofas.”
More than any other element, scale played a major role in the home’s design. Open floor plans and lofty, beamed ceilings dictated that when it came to furnishings, bigger was definitely better.
The great room’s pièce de résistance—a 5x7-foot chandelier made from antlers—was chosen for its rustic, woodsy appeal and also for its ability to hold its own against the room’s stonework and towering dimensions. In this largely unadorned space, it acts not just as illumination but also as art.