dining space reflects the building’s history. After
wavering, Cowan is pleased that they decided
against painting the original millwork; the rich,
deep color produces cooling shadows in summer
and looks cozy in winter. “There’s this wonderful darkness to it,” Cowan says, which is complemented by the ivory, apricot, and sage-green
chintz that she chose for the window treatments.
“I know I’m bucking the ‘no pattern, neutral
trend,’” she adds, “but I used color and pattern
throughout the house for the warmth and movement.”
The kitchen and adjacent sitting area underwent significant alterations during construction, but the use of bead-board paneling and the
retention of the original windows kept the new
spaces in harmony with the rest of the house.
A book-lined den links the kitchen to a sunny,
lattice-enclosed brick patio.
Upstairs in the master bedroom, Cowan
covered the walls in an aqua floral paper with
trim painted to match; the room is a cool wash of
color. The space encapsulates Cowan’s talent for
mixing color and pattern, while
the casually placed bowl of water
for the resident dog and cat is just
one example of her gift for witty
juxtaposition. Like the rest of
the house — and like Mariposa’s designs — the
room is both elegant and whimsical.
the brick terrace (top left) overlooking the
garden and river is an enticing spot for warm-weather lounging. The table is set with pieces from
Mariposa. Wisteria fills the arbor (left) that Cowan
and Glovsky added to the front of the house during
reconstruction. ‘New Dawn’ climbing roses (above)
blossom in the garden.