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Great Spaces for Guests | 2020 Farmhouse in Fairfield County

There’s plenty of room for family and friends at the TOH 2020 Idea House - The Farmhouse in Fairfield County.

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

With an expansive family and plenty of friends popping by, “the last thing we wanted was a sterile environment,” says Sandy. “We wanted warm and welcoming spaces, where our family would feel completely at ease.” And that aesthetic started at the front door.

Welcoming entry

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, front entryway Nat Rea

A double door issues a wide welcome at the main entry of the house. Tucked between the barn and the garage, the entry benefits from a sheltering roof. The mixed colors of the stone veneer bridge the divide between the cedar siding of the barn and the painted composite used on the back section of the house.

Doors: Marvin*; Entry hardware: Emtek; Siding (board & batten): LP SmartSide; Siding (cedar): Western Red Cedar*; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Paint: Gallery Wall by Curator*; Artwork: Anouk Masson Krantz; Room Styling: Leia T. Ward, LTW Design; Building materials distributor: Ring’s End

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Light-filled foyer

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

A mirror was an inspired choice to fill an art niche at the far end of the entryway, where it reflects the shoreline view framed by the great room windows. Because it abuts the garage foundation, the wall that extends from the entry to the stairs needed to be built out slightly to accommodate electrical conduits, thus providing an opportunity for the display niches in which this and two other mirrors are mounted.

Entry doors: Marvin*; Skylight: VELUX*; Flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods;
Mirrors: American Frameless; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Paint: Gallery Wall by Curator*; Room Styling: Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Strategic placement

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, dining area, Nov/Dec 2020 Nat Rea

The dining area is strategically placed opposite the entryway so that the table can be extended into the space to accommodate up to 30 guests.

Entry doors: Marvin*; Flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Paint: Gallery Wall by Curator*; Artwork: Anouk Masson Krantz; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

The heart of the home

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, living room/dining room/kitchen, Nov/Dec 2020 Nat Rea

“What we have is a really big kitchen that happens to have a dining room and a family room in it,” says Jerry. He’s joking, but just a bit: The heart of the house—“the barn”—is a vaulted, 22-by-44-foot great room in which living area, dining area, and kitchen all rub shoulders.

Dividing the great room into smaller zones keeps it from feeling cavernous, says architect Jim Jamieson. “The key is to scale the room so it feels comfortable for a lot of people or a few people,” he notes. The hefty 10x12 collar ties, veneered with the same white oak used on the floors, help by lowering the ceiling visually, as does the dining area chandelier that drops from the cupola. Spaced across the long wall, three sets of 8-foot-tall casement windows—the middle one with a sliding door in the center—offer broad shoreline views.

Flooring, beam veneer, trim: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Drywall: National Gypsum; Paint: Curator*; Windows: Marvin*; Chandelier, island pendants: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Window shades: Hunter Douglas*; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Entertainment central

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

In the living area, two sleek wall-mounted storage benches update a traditional feature: a fireside nook featuring a 72-inch-wide gas fireplace and an 85-inch TV. Wavy ridges on the surface of the fireplace’s porcelain tiles add textural interest. Avoiding attention are the 10 speakers embedded in the wall and ceiling to provide surround sound for the entire space.

Flooring, box beams, trim: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Paint: Gallery Wall by Curator*; TV, Audio: SnapAV; Home automation: Control4; Windows: Marvin; Fireplace: Kozy Heat; Fireplace Surround: Emil Ceramica; Fireplace Edging: Schluter-JOLLY Edging Profile; Grout: Laticrete; Bench slides: Häfele; Bench pendants: Kuzco, from Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Window shades: Hunter Douglas*; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Kitchen created for company

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

Measuring 5 feet by almost 11 feet, the island, with its wide sink, dishwasher, and microwave drawer, is a great spot to prepare meals without missing out on the action in the living area. The cabinets are rough-sawn European oak stained dark on the island and lighter on the perimeter; the quartz countertops and backsplash mimic concrete.

Windows, door: Marvin*; Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Range Hood: Betlan Corporation; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Sink, faucet: Kohler; Garbage disposal: InSinkErator; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Countertops, backsplash: Caesarstone; Island pendants: Kuzco, from Chloe Winston Lighting Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Beverage bar

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

Steps from the kitchen, master suite, and outdoor entertaining spaces, the beverage bar is well situated for snagging a snack or refreshing a glass. Two refrigerated drawers below the wine cooler provide additional chilled storage, and a built-in water dispenser on the opposite wall cuts down on plastic-bottle use. Extra-wide pullouts behind the center doors accommodate snack platters for entertaining. And sun tunnel skylights flood the space with natural light.

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Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Sun Tunnel Skylights: VELUX*; Undercabinet lighting: Häfele; Chilled water dispenser: Elkay; Wine cooler: Sub-Zero from Aitoro Appliance

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Ground floor guest bath

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

Undercabinet lighting and a feature wall of raked limestone tile elevate the first-floor full bath, conveniently located near the door leading to the outdoor kitchen, plunge pool, and putting green. A pre-formed corner bench makes a handy seat for changing before or after taking a dip; a sun tunnel skylight brings natural light into the interior space.

Bath vanity: Wood-Mode; Undercabinet lighting: Häfele; Sink, faucets: Kohler; Tile: Artistic Tile; Countertop: Silestone; Pendants: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Sun Tunnel Skylights: VELUX*; Interior doors: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Door hardware and cabinet pulls: Emtek; Preformed bench: Schluter-Systems; Grout and caulk: Laticrete

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Guest lounge

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

A bank of solar-powered skylights splash daylight into a cozy sitting area at the top of the stairs; the guest bedroom lies beyond.

Skylights: VELUX; Paint: Gallery Wall by Curator*: Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Gracious guest suite

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

The second-floor guest bedroom offers simple comforts, in keeping with the intention of making the second floor casual and easy to care for.

Windows: Marvin*; Window blinds: Hunter Douglas*: Paint: Clarity by Curator*; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Black-and-white guest bath

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

The second-floor guest bath doesn’t need color to make an impact thanks to its bold black-and-white-patterned marble hex-tile floor, coordinating with a shower door’s matte black frame.

Bath vanity, faucets, fixtures, medicine cabinets, toilet: Kohler; Shower tray, curb, drain grate, profiles, shelf, niche by Schluter-Systems; Grout and caulk: Laticrete; Tile: Artistic Tile; Window blinds: Hunter Douglas*; Ventilation: Panasonic; Shower glass: American Frameless

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Lightened-up hallway

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

A windowless hallway is filled with natural light thanks to ingenious sun tunnel skylights. Pocket doors save room in the narrow space.

Sun Tunnel Skylights: VELUX*; Flooring, pocket doors, trim: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Bunkroom

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

The Effrens had grandchildren in mind when they lined an awkward, viewless area in the center of the second floor with built-in bunks, each equipped with an articulating night-light for reading or reassurance. With two bunks that have full-size mattresses and two twins, Sandy chose a graphic wallpaper of silhouetted gulls to keep the space ageless. “I wanted something that was child-like, but had a little sophistication,” she says.

Flooring, pocket doors, trim, shiplap: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Window, patio door: Marvin*; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Paint: Ivory Crin by Curator*: Wall covering: Wallquest*; Window shades: Hunter Douglas*; Bunk beds: Custom built by Matys Carpentry LLC; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Unique sleeping nook

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

Each bunk in the bunk room has its own articulating night-light. The seagull-silhouette wallpaper is whimsical, but not too child-like.

Bunk beds: Custom built by Matys Carpentry LLC; Flooring, shiplap: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Paint: Ivory Crin by Curator*: Wall covering: Wallquest*; Room Styling by Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Tub and tile

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020. Nat Rea

The second-floor hall bath includes a tub for bathing young visitors. The eye-catching shower wall is mosaic glass tile arranged in a pattern that appears to cascade down from the gray ceiling.

Tub, vanity, toilet; fixtures, bath screen: Kohler; Shower, floor tile: Artistic Tile; Building panels and Uncoupling membrane: Schluter-Systems; Grout and caulk: Laticrete; Ventilation: Panasonic; Paint: Clarity (walls), Bobbin (ceiling) by Curator*

*These products procured via Ring’s End