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of the island contributes to the linear flow.
As important as bringing sunshine
indoors was providing easy access to the
outdoors. Zaff’s design incorporates two
sets of 7-foot-wide French doors at each
end of the banquette. One opens onto a
back deck that replaced an enclosed porch
and the other onto a side patio with modern plantings and a pergola.
Only a third of the addition has a second story. It houses the new master suite.
The master bath, like the powder room on
the first floor, is executed in Zaff’s pared-down aesthetic, with elongated forms, half
walls with ambient lighting, and smooth expanses of
wood, tile, and marble. Of
the showpiece linear wash
basin with two spigots, Zaff says: “I really
wanted it, but we both use the same faucet.
You never really know what will work until
you live with it.”
All in all, that tiny detail may be Zaff’s
sole misstep. Her work is symbiotic with
the home’s Colonial simplicity yet alto-
gether fresh and current. Zaff’s allegiance
to the Midcentury Modern masters that
informed her training shines through. “We
never close the shades in the kitchen,” she
says. “It’s wonderful in every season, just
like in Chicago.”
in a second round of construction, the
unfinished attic became Zaff and Azoulay’s office,
complete with four skylights and copper pendant
lights hanging along the roof ridge. For the stair
rail, rather than continuing the wood from the
second floor, Zaff went contemporary with steel.
“It’s only visible from up here, so I had the liberty
to break from the traditional style,” she says.