across the room by the fireplace
(above right, bottom), furniture
includes an 18th-century French chair, a
miniature French-Canadian chest, and
an antique whitewashed coffee table
found in a New Hampshire shop. In the
entry (above right, top), a 7-foot long
apothecary is flanked by Chippendale
chairs. The oil painting is a 19th-century
which includes two daughters and four young granddaughters, to visit.
To carry out this vision, they called on one of those daughters, interior designer
Liliane Hart, whose firm, Liliane Hart Interiors, is based in New York, and one of
their friends, architect Walter Rous of Durham, New Hampshire.
A one-story bungalow built in the 1930s or ’40s was first torn down to make
way for the new structure. “When we were designing the house,” says Hart, “the
largest challenge was that we had to work in the original footprint.” The team,
which included builder Chris Levesque of Madbury, New Hampshire, created a
new 4,500-square-foot house on the long and narrow — 24 by 70 feet — base of
the old bungalow.