December 2nd, 2004 until December 31st, 2004
Set back on a flat and spacious green, this rambling home is a graceful expansion of the original 1860 cottage. From the moment you enter the foyer, hand-painted by designer-owner Dan Barsanti in stripes of taupe and silver, you sense that the interior has been updated with the owner’s personal style. Barsanti, partner in Healing Barsanti and co-owner of HB Home, shares the imaginatively decorated home with wife Rena and family. The living room with the original stone fireplace, is layered with wonderful art work collected over time, from landscapes to figurative works to a new photography collection.
The dining room is a surprise with its seventies dash. Its beamed ceiling has been lightened to match neutral walls dappled with painted cherry blossom branches. There is a seventies faux marble parsons table, and, the amusing yet gorgeous touch of a mirrored fixture, which came from the original Rainbow Room, hanging over the table.
The new kitchen is crisply tailored with navy blue cabinets and counters crafted from a domestic Denby marble. The large island is topped with dark-stained mahogany planks. The powder room is an example of imaginative decorating that incorporates the original linoleum floor with new wood escutcheons mounted on the walls and a delicate glass light fixture.
Fulfilling the owners’ vision of a fancy boutique hotel room, the master bedroom has an understated scale and harmonious tailoring with a lovely little fireplace and small antique furnishings that put the emphasis on repose.
All proceeds from the Holiday House Tour benefit the Westport Historical Society.