We’ve admired the work of New York/London-based designer Sheena Murphy of Nune Design for a while now (see Natural Instincts: An Interior Designer’s Weekend Home, Built for Tranquility), so we were curious to see how she would work her magic on a historical Connecticut weekend house for Lindsey Branca and Mike Grosshandler, the couple behind restoration and renovation firm Branca & Co.
The couple bought the house in 2017, and got to work remediating some later-discovered structural issues. When it came to the interiors, they called on Sheena, who has worked with them on other projects in the past.
“The architecture of the house, with its exposed wooden beams and columns, felt to us like it dictated something very specific in terms of its furnishings,” Sheena says. “We looked primarily to antiques and vintage rugs from the likes of Laserow, Morentz, Double Knot, and local and domestic designer/makers such as Materia, Fern, Ben & Aja Blanc, and Apparatus.
“We kept the palette restrained but seriously dialed up the mix of textures and finishes to create a layered, collected feeling and a home whose age and character really shine.”
Join us for a tour:
Photography by Nicole Franzen.
Above: The 1790 Georgian Cape house, built by Captain John Bradley, a Revolutionary War veteran, is set on almost seven acres of lush land.
Above: Among the house’s many attractions, according to Sheena:: “Tons of period details and original wide plank floors.” The Sheffield Sofa
is from Fern.
Above: The house functions as a second home for Lindsey, Mike, their two dogs, and a newborn baby.
Above: A corner of one of the three sitting rooms.
Above: The house has five original granite fireplaces.
Above: The dining room artwork is by New Mexico artist Benjamin Ewing
Above: The kitchen range is by Lacanche
; the brick floors are original.
Above: A narrow stairway leads to the second floor, which has four bedrooms.
Above: In the master bedroom, a Temoaya Blanket
from L’Aviva Home serves as a floor covering and the window treatments are from Barn & Willow
Above: The simple bath is outfitted with traditional Waterworks fixtures.
Above: A narrow space under the eaves serves as a home office.
Above: One the the three guest bedrooms.
See more historical house overhauls:
House Call: 50 Shades of Weathered White in Hudson, NY, from Zio & Sons
Saved from Abandonment: A Historic Hudson Valley Farmhouse Receives the Ultimate Makeunder
Hudson Eclectic: An Artist’s Circa-1830 Home in Claverack, New York