ments, silk shades on the sconces and silk pillows in teal and hot citron
“provide some sumptuousness to the room,” says Pelissier.
Less formal spaces (there are three young boys, after all) include
a toy-filled playroom and a cozy den for watching TV. But no space is
off-limits. The family uses every room. “We create special memories
here,” says Caroline. “We celebrate our occasions here, big or small.”
It’s fun to imagine the lives past families had or speculate what
future families might wonder about the Counselmans. In the butler’s
pantry between the kitchen and the dining room, Caroline visualizes the
“entertaining of yesteryear,” she says, with servants shuttling through.
Today, the space has a different purpose during parties. No matter how
many people are in attendance, “they will pile in there like a clown car,”
she says. She likes to think they share her fascination with the place but
acknowledges it’s probably just because that’s where the liquor is kept.
“You never feel like you’re alone,” says Caroline, who loves look-
ing out at the street and seeing people walking by or riding bikes. Every
town has a sense of community. But there’s an exclusive community
within the house too. Recently, a woman knocked on the door to tell
stories of kids sliding down the banister when she lived
here in the 1950s and 1960s. Someday, the Counselmans
might be sharing their own memories with the house’s
next family of stewards.
the boys’ bedrooms reflect each child’s personality. James’s (top left) has nautical accents such
as ship lights and anchor pillows. William’s (top
right) feels grown up with a handsome spindle
bed. Simple blues and greens keep Reed’s space
(right) young and playful. Caroline picks
hydrangeas (above) outside the dining room.