Undaunted, the two men, who had looked for a second home in France’s
Loire Valley until they realized it was a long way from California and
from their families back east (Decad is from New York), loved the location. It was in the center of town but had a deep lot comprising 25 acres
with a stream running through it and conservation land behind. “It was
a place where my family of 22 could all gather,” says Favreau.
Renovations began immediately. To create the roomy, light-filled
kitchen he wanted, Favreau had to take down a wall that separated a
dining room from the cooking area. ( The original dining room had been
converted into a bedroom for B&B guests.) Turns out, it was a supporting wall, but it was in the wrong place, off the mark by a full 18 inches.
“The house was sinking into the basement,” says Favreau, noting previous owners had placed 15 temporary lally columns in the basement
the master bath was installed in what had been a bedroom. Keeping with
the forest theme, Favreau chose Arboretum, a paper by Massachusetts
designer Peter Fasano, for the bathroom walls (above) and Nocchio faux bois
tile from Ann Sacks for the shower stall (right). The vanity, a bureau with
gilded fluted column details and a mirrored front, is fitted with a modern sink
and faucet. “The tub,” he says, “is for Hubble.”