At the start of the 20-month construction phase, Tom Crowley selected a Tennessee fieldstone to clad the exterior of the house. An uncommon material because of the variety of tones and hues in every batch, it turned out to be an inspired choice.

So impressed by the shadings in the stone, interior designer Kasler mined its silvery gray, buff, cream, and dusky russet hues to ply inside the house as well. In the living room, she made use of the smoky-blues, accented with bone and golden tan. “I love to use color so that its presence is felt but not dramatic,” Kasler says.

Grass cloth wall coverings tinted the color of the lake on a clear day sets an elegant mood in the dining room, and Kasler colored the ceiling shimmery gold to create a heightened aura during dinner parties.

Designer Kasler chose the gauzy blue of a winter sky on walls and chairs in the living room, then warmed up the area with a pale camel rug, table skirt, and sofa. A limestone mantel and carved moldings replicate elements of an English manor house.

Expanses of glass allow light to pour into the room.

Paneled walls and antique wood beams mark the casual family room. Armchairs and sofas upholstered in coral- and chocolate-hued chenille fabrics are made for barefoot lounging.

Next to the kitchen is a family dining area. The twig chandelier, ordered from a catalog, connects the room with the outdoors.

In the kitchen, granite countertops, dual dishwashers, and a commercial-grade sink faucet help Leah serve up snacks and meals for dozens of kids-her own plus visiting friends. A pair of islands hold hors d'oeuvres when adults crowd the kitchen and adjoining family room. "There is truly not a room in this house that we don't use," Leah says. A range with a mosaic tile backsplash and mantel-style hood is the kitchen's focal point.

Hushed by layers of luxurious fabrics, the master bedroom is an adult retreat. French doors, softened by wool paisley curtains, open to a balcony overlooking the lake.

Shining over the master bath, the ceiling is covered in torn pieces of wallpaper flecked with silver leaf. "I wanted the tub to be the bath's central feature," says Leah.

All of the Crowley youngsters use the bunk room as a play space, and it's the hub of activity for sleepovers with friends and cousins. The built-ins were wired to allow for reading lights above each bed.

Jumbo painted diamonds decorate the space outside the children's bedrooms.

Tom and Leah Crowley have six children, with (from left) Kendall, Gabrielle, Gressa, and Michael living at home full-time.

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Young at Heart

Shading in stone inspired the palette of this family-friendly compound

Written by Sarah Egge
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