“Painting Historic Exteriors,” to assist
homeowners in choosing paint colors
appropriate for their home. More
information can be found at
For this Federal-style house, the
owners selected “Marblehead Gold,” a
subdued yellow shade from the historic
series by Benjamin Moore Paint.
Some major paint companies offer
historically inspired palettes for interiors,
as well. For the in-depth researcher,
Paint in America: The Colors of Historic
Buildings (Wiley, 1994) by Roger Moss is a
highly regarded comprehensive resource
book on re-creating historic palettes.
— rebecca nasca
However, the original stair configuration “was completely
unworkable, with a small boxlike hallway and the steps just
a few feet from the front door,” says the owner. Now a wide
and welcoming front hallway with a Federal-style staircase
the existing garage was stabilized so the new master bedroom
could be built above it. The arch theme carries through from the
garage doors to the breezeway (which connects to a patio on the
other side of the house) to the window and French doors in the
kitchen (facing page).
handcrafted by Jed Dixon of North Road Stair Builders in
Foster, Rhode Island, corrects what had been a confusing traffic pattern. To the left is the restored parlor, to the right is
the formal dining room, and straight ahead is a view to the
newly built section of the home that includes an informal
dining room, a large comfortable family room, and a tradi-tional-style state-of-the-art kitchen. From this vantage point,
the line between old and new is imperceptible.