Three walls of sliding glass doors are topped with transoms, all contributing to the wonderful light that defines the cheerful sunroom.

Linen couches from B&B Italia introduce modern lines while complementing the antique stone fireplace.

A round glass-top breakfast table, supported by a trio of antique columns, is a favorite dining spot.

French doors expand living to outdoor dining and sitting areas with views of a pond. A durable and easy-to-clean wool rug was custom-designed, drawing on colors in the drapery fabric from Clarence House. Reclaimed wood-plank floors installed in the dining room and kitchen visually unify the spaces.

Wide doorways and open areas allow easy movement between the rooms.

In the master bedroom, a painted Italian vanity from Lexington Gardens in New York City is paired with an antique chair from Sentimento Antiques. Patricia covered the chair with a pretty embroidered floral from Travers. "We wanted a peaceful, quiet room," Patricia says. A soft cream-colored rug from Stark keeps the mood serene.

A necklace by designer Soledad Twombly lies on the vanity.

Draperies and fabrics on the four-poster are from Travers.

Patricia's Chihuahua, Lily, relaxes on a John Rosselli chair covered in Travers fabric. Behind her are French doors to a small balcony that was added to overlook gardens and a large pond.

In 2004, a pool and pool house were added to the property.

"We wanted to create a little jewel," explains architect Jimmy Crisp, who designed the pool house. "It's all about enjoying the light, the water, and taking in the long views."

Architect Crisp worked closely with landscape designer Judy Murphy, who added stone steps that lead to the pool house, as well as winding stone walls, terraces, pergolas, and multiple gardens surrounding the pool and main house.

Landscape designer Judy Murphy.

Patricia Sarnataro, shown with her mother, Lydia Sarnataro.

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Weekends at a Renovated Farmhouse

A close-knit Italian family reconnects in good-looking, dialed-down comfort.

Written by Amy Elbert
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"We wanted to create a little jewel," explains architect Jimmy Crisp, who designed the pool house. "It's all about enjoying the light, the water, and taking in the long views."

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