the day. It also creates a small, sheltered outdoor
space on the entrance side and a terrace in the back
that embraces the view of the landscape.
The 20-by-31-foot central living area, the main
entertaining space, is a hall in the true English sense
of the term. Entered immediately from the lantern
porch, the room opens to a 15-foot-high ceiling. Hidden scissor trusses obviate the need for any visible
tie beams or rods. With its wall of windows, polished
gray concrete floors, and volcanic stone fireplace, the
hall easily accommodates a dozen or more guests.
But the owner acknowledges that “as so often
happens at a party, everyone congregates in the
kitchen.” This comfortable work space, which has
a banquette built into the corner and a tray ceiling
that adds height to the room, opens through French
doors to the home’s rear porch. Beyond the kitchen
is a real pantry — the old-fashioned walk-in kind —
with glass-fronted cabinets offering easy access to
crockery. The pantry also serves as mudroom and less
formal entrance that opens from a covered walkway
connecting the house with the garage. This practical,
eminently livable wing includes a cozy study, where,
as in the kitchen, the floors are a warm stained oak.
No-nonsense and livable, to be sure, the house’s
real accomplishment is how it melds into the Connecticut landscape. Here, simplicity does equal
Lantern House is set near the top of a sloping meadow, surrounded by a hardwood forest.
Approached via a long lane through the woods, the
house sits below the level of the driveway, so the
muted hues predominate the
more casual study (facing page,
top) where a desk along the north
wall serves as the home office.
French doors in the master
bedroom (facing page, bottom)
lead to the sheltered outdoor
terrace. Works of art, including a
riff on the Mobil Oil Pegasus
(above), enliven the kitchen’s
elegant gray and white color
scheme. A banquette around a
Saarinen Tulip table creates a cozy
corner for casual dining.