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Coming Clean

Neat lines and good design define this A-List winning home

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Photographs: Paul Body Photography

This newly-constructed Colonial Revival brought home the win for James Schettino Architects at the 2013 A-List Awards, nabbing first place in the Traditional Architecture, Less than 7,000 square feet category. A classically-interpreted exterior opens to airy, modern interiors and minimalism makes a big statement throughout. After reading athome's Winter issue, our readers wanted more. Well, ask and you shall receive.

From the beginning, co-principals James and Jim Schettino set out to create a clean, traditional shell with contemporary interiors. "We are always inspired by good design, whether classical or modern," says James. In this case, good design extends to good collaboration. Interior design by Susie Earls features sleek, understated furnishings and unique antique accents. Symmetry and geometry define the Robin Kramer designed landscape.

James Schettino Architects, New Canaan.
Susie Earls Design, Fairfield.
Robin Kramer Garden Design, Manchester By The Sea, MA
Lee Schettino Construction, New Canaan

(Above) Wide clapboard siding and a wood shingle roof define this classic Colonial Revival, despite its recent construction. Hardscape frames the home’s minimal landscaping.

"The front motor-court and driveway configuration creates a strong axis where the entry portico and front door becomes the focal point of the home," says James. The formal design and symmetry complements the home's traditional architecture.

Entry portico and front door

Landscape architect Robin Kramer framed the entry portico with boxwoods in stone planters for year-round greenery.

Entry portico

Schettino Architects created custom window and door trim from flat stock. White walls juxtapose dark stained oak flooring.

Custom window and door trim

In the kitchen, the walnut island is topped with Calcutta marble from New England Stone and paired with metal stools from Lucca NYC. Hand-painted recessed panel cabinetry is by Christopher Peacock.


The airy white-and-walnut theme continues into the neighboring breakfast area, featuring a custom table by Susie Earls Design and a silver leaf lantern made by Mixit inc (Fairfield).

Breakfast area

Light abounds in the dining room, where an antique chandelier from Dovecote hangs above tables and chairs made by Room in Greenwich. Sconces designed by Earls frame the understated fireplace.

Dining room

Schettino chose a formal, wood-coffered ceiling with simple cove molding and high gloss paint for the living room. Upholstery by Room surrounds antique metal tables from Pimlico. Antique Venetian wall sconces are from Circa Antiques.

Living room