An historical-style New England home in Connecticut

A passion for 18th-century American architecture inspired the building of this traditional wood-frame home, which combines authentic materials and 21st-century design solutions.

At first glance, this clapboard clad house could be mistaken for one of the many original 18th-century homes that grace Danbury, Connecticut. In fact, it was built in 1968 by the co-founders of the Waterworks bathroom company and lifelong enthusiasts of all things 18th century.

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THE PROPERTY

‘We decided to build our own historical-style home partly because we were young and didn’t know any better. We had hunted high and low for an original 18th­-century house, but they were all in a terrible condition. In the end, my father suggested that we build our own and we thought, ”Why not?”’

‘I think we were influenced by the region in which we live; there are some extraordinary 18th-century houses in Connecticut. We spent a lot of time at museums and open house days and were drawn to the clean architectural style of that era. There is a certain beauty in its simplicity,’ the owners say.

DINING ROOM

The cabinet, which houses Dutch and English Delftware, adds decorative interest to the homeowner’s favourite room. ‘It’s not a huge space, so gathering around the table and trading stories is quite a cosy affair.’

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For similar urn-back dining chairs, try Piers Pisani Antiques & Furniture, pierspisani.com.

EXTERIOR

The simple front door is an 18th-century original, which sits well with the grey clapboard.

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For similar clapboard, try Air-dried Oak Featheredge cladding, from £28.79sq m, UK timber, uk-timber.co.uk. For similar antique urn planters, try Holloways Garden Antiques, hollowaysgardenantiques.co.uk.

ENTRANCE HALL

Remarkably, the Queen Anne chairs did not come as a pair; the owner stumbled across the perfect match to an existing chair while hunting for antiques in New York.

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For a similar rug, try Farnham Antique Carpets, farnhamantiquecarpets.com.

KITCHEN

The cabinets are made from reclaimed headboard. ‘They’re built in a traditional 18th-century style, but still look contemporary due to their simplicity,’ explains the homeowner.

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Similar bespoke kitchen cabinets, Holloways of Ludlow, hollowayskitchens. com. Paint on floor cabinets, Mouse’s Back, Estate Eggshell, £53 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.

LIBRARY

Built-in niches with doors are typical of traditional Connecticut homes.

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Paint on woodwork, House White. Estate Eggshell, £53 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. For a similar Delftware vase, try Mytton Antiques, myttonantiques.co.uk.

LIVING ROOM

When it came to choosing curtains, the homeowner took great care to find fabrics sympathetic to the period.

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Curtains in Welford in col 934, £114.45m, Hadsall McKenzie at Zimmer+Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.

LIBRARY

Built-in bookcases and a snug seating configuration give this room a cosy and inviting feel.

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Similar sofa, Padstow large fixed cover sofa, from £1,300; similar table lamp, Rupert rubbed wood table lamp, £65; both John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Similar rug, Diamond weave grey jute rug, £76, The Merry Magpie, themerrymagpie.co.uk.

FAMILY ROOM

The family room was extended to incorporate this peaceful space when the owners’ first grandchild was born.

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For a similar vintage rug, try The Rug Company, therugcompany.com. Similar sofa, Florence Knoll-style two­-seater sofa, £849, Vita Interiors, vita-interiors.com.

LIVING ROOM

An antique Canadian writing desk occupies a comer of the sitting room where the owner likes to read and relax.

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Similar Windsor chair, £625, The Windsor Workshop, thewindsorworkshop.co.uk.

MAIN BEDROOM

The couple chose a cream palette to create a restful feel.

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For a similar painted chest, try Shimu, shimu.co.uk. Similar chenille throw, £69, Marks & Spencer, marksandspencer.com.

GUEST BEDROOM

The pencil-post bed was one of the first pieces of furniture commissioned by the the homeowners as a married couple.

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Similar bed, Brooklyn contemporary oak four-poster bed, £1,514.50, Oak Furniture Solutions, oakfurnituresolutions.co.uk. Similar throw, Elvang luxury throw in Dark Blue, £157, Houseology, houseology.com.

BATHROOM

Despite running their own bathroom company, the couple could not resist installing an early 20th-century American Standard basin.

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Daphne rectangular trifold mirror, £1,842, Waterworks, waterworks.com.

Photography/ Ngoc Minh Ngo

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