Not only that—many rooms possessed dated fixtures and finishes of past remodels. The Guggenheims paired up with
Let’s take a look at how they struck that balance:
The team completely reconfigured the once cramped and steep stairway into a striking focal point upon entry. “It was important to us that the stairs be a feature when you first walk in,” says Guggenheim.
Since all the woodwork had a dark pickled finish that wasn’t original, Guggenheim swapped it out for a timeless charcoal and white combo throughout. Doors and windows were painted with Benjamin Moore’s
A streamlined, custom railing designed by the Guggenheims reads both modern and traditional. “We really tried to keep the permanent elements similar to what you would have found in the original home design,” Guggenheim says. An indoor/outdoor herringbone rug from
The former kitchen had little natural light and cut the cook off from the rest of the house. “There was no connection to any adjacent rooms,” says Guggenheim. “It was really stuck behind a single 2×6 foot wide door.” The fixtures and finishes from the early 2000s also didn’t suit the Dutch Colonial.
First, the Guggenheims relocated the kitchen next to the living room by incorporating a small addition. In doing so, they made sure to “maintain the essence of the traditional proportions on the exterior,” Guggenheim says. Then, they created a conservatory vibe with two walls of windows. “Really, the focus in this room is the beautiful windows and the connection to the yard,” says Guggenheim. “It was important to the clients that they could be in the kitchen working and be able to see their children playing outside.”
Guggenheim inverted the charcoal and white scheme in the room by using dark wall tiles. “We went dark for just a touch of the unexpected,” she says. “It also anchors that wall and highlights the windows.”
The contemporary striated
The classic breakfast nook gets a refresh via a custom maple dining table designed by the Guggenheims and fabricated by local woodworker
A brand new, galley-style butler’s pantry between the kitchen and entry references the Dutchie’s roots and performs as a storage powerhouse. Inside, closets stow coats and shoes, cabinets hide less-used kitchen gadgetry, and a Ceasarstone countertop acts as a drop zone. Says Guggenheim: “We were able to avoid upper cabinets in the kitchen because we designed this butler’s pantry.”
In the living room, the furniture is a medley of modern classics.
For this uber-functional bathroom, clocking in at just 33 square-feet, Guggenheim sought to create an element of surprise. She contrasted traditional subway tile with artful wallpaper from