to give weight and definition to the
dining room, Pelissier painted the
walls Benjamin Moore’s Wickham
Gray and mouldings white. A
contemporary David Hicks rug
anchors an antique table that has
been in the family for five generations.
An extra-wide doorway opens to the living room, where a fireplace has
original built-in bookcases on each side and window seats — woodwork Pelissier had painted a creamy hue that works well with the light-blue walls, beige geometric rug, blue sofas, and patterned chairs and
“They let me use light blue with persimmon and pattern on pat-
tern,” says Pelissier with excitement, applauding the couple for being
brave with color. The combination appeals to everyone in the fam-
ily, which includes William, 11, James, 9, and Reed, 6. “My youngest
son loves to play with Legos in there,” says Caroline. “I wouldn’t have
Mixed in throughout the house are antiques and family heirlooms
that enhance formality but, because of Pelissier’s flair for layering,
don’t make the spaces feel stuffy. “We’re good at taking something
that belongs to your grandmother and creating a fresh vignette,” says
Pelissier. For example, an antique highboy cabinet felt too staid in the
living room, so she moved it to the foyer and filled it with creamware.
It brought an updated feel to both the cabinet and the room.
Another heirloom is a dining table for which Caroline found chairs
small enough to fit between the antique legs. Upholstering the seats
with striped fabric and the back with velvet updates them, while floral linen covers the head chairs. And since there are no window treat-