‘Traditional style sensibility with a twist’

FAIRFIELD — Kate Smith knows all about generating a home experience like a house. She’s performed it for quite a few purchasers in the course of her vocation as an interior decorator, and she’s done it for her very own family members in the Dutch colonial household at 126 Jackman Ave. in Fairfield’s Stratfield neighborhood.

Smith’s web-site says she is “Influenced by her time in the fashion sector … (bringing) a eager eye to every single room she touches focusing on shade, texture and equilibrium … As a mother, she understands the importance of making multi-practical spaces that function properly for the whole household in both equally model and practicality. Her individual house demonstrates her like of traditional design and style blended with a contact of whimsy, humor and playfulness.” In other terms, “traditional design sensibility with a twist,” a great deal as the dwelling alone is a blend of conventional composition with modern day operation.

The perform she did to enhance her family’s personal home captivated the awareness of various style publications, which featured this home in its internet pages.

All through most of the nine-area home Smith utilised blue and white as a colour story, commencing right in the outsized entrance foyer and continuing to the second flooring landing, exactly where the partitions are lined in Persepolis by Quadrille wallpaper. “It’s a basic motif, but I really like making use of it in strategies that really feel new … It’s the perfect roadmap print for all of the other rooms to movement from,” Smith said.

She and her partner fell in appreciate with the attraction of this 2,469-sq.-foot colonial, which was crafted 101 yrs back.

“Between the moldings, the millwork, the large ceilings, it just exuded character of a bygone period. During the design and style method for the property, I wanted to make certain I was respecting the age of the dwelling, when nonetheless generating it adaptable for a young loved ones in the 21st century living,” Smith claimed.

The appeal consists of the inexperienced shutters with slice-out types of fleur de lis and the abnormal roof line. Even the detached two-motor vehicle garage has shutters and a window flower box. It sits on the side of the significant yard that capabilities flower beds brimming with perennial gardens. The opposite side consists of a shade backyard that aids make the property come to feel non-public, she explained.

Style OF House: Colonial

Deal with: 126 Jackman Avenue

Cost: $799,000

Amount OF ROOMS: 9

Attributes: .67-acre amount great deal, stone patio, flower beds, exterior lights, further insulation, a person hearth walking distance to Lt. Owen Fish Park, Fairfield Warde Higher School and Brooklawn Country Club and golfing study course brief length from the Park Town Disc Golf Class, Discovery Museum, Sacred Coronary heart College and Fairchild Wheeler Golfing Class, shut to outlets and dining establishments, organic fuel heat, photo voltaic panels, detached two-automobile garage, entire basement waterproofed by CT Basement Programs, wander-up attic, four bedrooms, two entire and a person 50 % baths

Educational institutions: Stratfield Elementary, Tomlinson Center, Fairfield Warde Substantial

Evaluation: $474,180

TAX Charge: 26.79 mills

TAXES: $12,703

The present day operate and practicality are represented by the photo voltaic panels on the roof and a lately renovated powder space with a bold floral wallcovering.

“Powder rooms are the great small jewel bins to have fun with. This floral print tends to make me smile just about every time I see it,” Smith explained. This area highlights her design and style philosophy. “I’m a agency believer in producing a bold statement inside of a small space.”

In the official residing area, where the partitions are painted in a neutral white, there is a fireplace and built-ins. The formal dining area has a pop of blue on the higher partitions as effectively as wainscoting on the decrease walls and a developed-in corner cupboard. From there, a café-type door swings into the butler’s pantry and kitchen area, which functions sufficient cupboards and counter house and a developed-in desk place.

“The sunroom is my absolute favored home in the home. I built it to truly feel like springtime year-spherical. The 3 partitions of home windows flood the space with purely natural mild creating it the ideal location for lush greenery inside. I appreciate how the wallpaper feels like a trellis it provides you the feeling of staying outdoor,” Smith stated, even when property owners are hunkered down for the severe Connecticut wintertime, which introduced much more than a foot of snow this week.

On the most important level there is also an office environment and a person of the four bedrooms. The remaining 3 are on the second flooring.

The spacious grasp suite functions grass cloth on the partitions for “textural element with out frustrating the area,” and a French blue ceiling to “draw the eye up (to) assist highlight how substantial the ceilings are.” Smith claimed she was aiming for an understated place with a tranquil emotion. The place capabilities a wander-in cedar closet, en suite lavatory, and a large window seat that looks around the back garden down below. The bonus space could provide as a nursery, place of work or yet another significant closet.

Two supplemental, sizable bedrooms and a reward sitting down spot complete the 2nd floor, according to the listing agent. The stroll-up third flooring offers supplemental workplace or examine house – which could arrive in helpful in this age, or it could be a playroom with loads of storage.

For much more information and facts or to established up an appointment to see the residence call Annie Kruger of William Raveis Authentic Estate at 646-712-4461 and AnnieK@afahomes.com.