to understand their aesthetic DNA. From there, we just keep rolling
with the drawings, the interior details, the furniture, and the fabrics.”
There’s also a comfortable library and, hidden under the front staircase, a laundry room accessed through a swinging door that’s painted
and trimmed to match the surrounding wood paneling.
From the living room, French doors lead to a deep porch that
wraps around three sides of the house, with a new screened section on
the north side, facing the side yard.
Upstairs, a long central hallway leads past five bedrooms, each
with its own bath, including the master suite, which has one of the four
fireplaces that feed off the central chimney. Each room showcases a
unique color scheme: The master bedroom, punctuated with a paint-
ing of a garden shed by Vermont artist Pam Marron, is done in silvery
blue while the guest bedrooms are in various shades of turquoise and
plum, turquoise and salmon, khaki and cobalt, and muted gray, green,
The renovation included finishing the basement to
accommodate an exercise area, utility room, storage,
wine cellar, and dog-washing station.
During the 18-month project, the couple drove six
and a half hours from Toronto at least one weekend a month, staying in
a local inn and consulting closely with Gourd on every decision. “It’s
wonderful to find the rare client who appreciates the value of restoring a worthy building,” says Gourd. “They’ve created a built legacy for
themselves and for the community to enjoy for the next millennium.”
“We brought our daughters to the final walk-through, before we
closed on the house,” says the husband, who notes the couple are planning an eventual Vermont retirement. “It needed a lot of work, to say
the least, and our daughters said, ‘Are you sure about this?’ But I’ve
learned to trust my wife’s insight. She just knew.”
in addition to the seating area near the fireplace, the living room (facing
page) has a small steel dining table with a French industrial base for intimate
parties or playing games. In one of the five bedrooms on the second floor
(above), a large bay of windows provides an alcove for a sitting area, where
matching armchairs are upholstered in rich cobalt-blue fabric that
complements the deep indigo blue on the patterned headboard and pillows.