Dutch Revival

What do you get when a French designer remodels an American Dutch colonial? Quite simply, the perfect blend of traditional and modern.



Lena Antaramian

When interior designer Laurence Carr and her husband Paul decided to add 1,000 square feet to their 1930s dutch colonial home in Ridgewood, they had one goal in mind: to create a peaceful sanctuary where their family could reconnect in a calming environment. “We wanted to make the house more functional while modernizing the look and feel of the interior,” says Carr. “It had to be cozy, but it also had to have enough room for when our extended family come to visit. My husband is Australian and I’m French, so when our relatives come to the states they tend to hang around for a while!” Carr also hoped to create a place where her three children would feel comfortable bringing their friends home. “It’s really important for everyone to have their space,” she adds.

“It was important to retain the historic architecture of the home and keep the front of the house in alignment with the streetscape,” says interior designer Laurence Carr. “The home’s exterior originally had one gambrel, so we tried to incorporate the second gambrel during the expansion while also maintaining the brownstone front.” The custom mahogany front door is surrounded by antique glass, allowing natural light to filter into the foyer.

First stop: the entrance hall. when it came to accessorizing the foyer (left), Carr chose the rectangular lines of a Chinese medicine cabinet—where the family stores everything from keys to jewelry to toys—as a contrast to the foyer’s original curved wall, staircase and handrail. “a stunning antique or piece of art [the paintings are by French artist Louise Franoux] can have a strong effect on a space that’s stripped of clutter, fabric or color,” says Carr. The dark chestnut-stained floor plays off the foyer’s pale blue walls.

Carr’s children play the piano, so it was important to her to create a dedicated music room in her expanded living space. Deep crown moulding and a modern version of a coffered ceiling (“I opted for three rectangular panels as opposed to traditional square blocks,” says Carr), along with deep blue walls and gold lighting pay homage to a 17th-century French interior. An ivory-colored sofa and armchair paired with a brightly colored Turkish kilim rug play off the room’s black piano. Neutral-colored nylon sunshades provide privacy while allowing natural light to filter in.

Next stop: the kitchen, the command center of the house. “Everything happens here — cooking, meals, parties,” notes Carr, “so it was important to create a large, open space for all of these activities.” A champion of lightcolored kitchens, Carr chose to keep a monochromatic color palette: soft gray walls, ivory cabinets, sand-colored granite countertops and a neutral-colored brick backsplash. There are French country counter stools along with a loveseat in front of a gas fireplace and a table that seats six. To achieve a kitchen that’s light and airy, Carr created a bunch of skylights as well as 10 large windows that look out into the backyard.

There are plenty of places to sit and catch up in the kitchen (above), including French country counter stools that surround the center island.

When it came to the master bath renovation, the homeowner wanted the look and feel of a modern spa. Large greenish/gray porcelain tiles on the walls and floor, vanities with curved faucets and frameless mirrors, and polished chrome faucets and light fixtures work together to create a calming environment. The window treatment’s geometric leafy design is her nod to the green outdoors.

Carr wanted a clean, simple design in the master bath (right). “You won’t see any elaborate crown moulding in this room,” she says. “Just soft muted colors paired with sleek accessories.”

“My dream was to create a place where my family could connect, a respite from our frenetic lifestyle,” says Carr. “To accomplish that, it was important to maintain a minimalist and uncluttered style, fashioning an inviting space where friends and family could gather. I think we’ve done that plus a whole lot more.”

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