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Tour this gorgeous modern rustic barn in rural Connecticut

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Marrying old with a modern aesthetic, a barn that previous owners had bought and deconstructed, has been moved from Canada to Connecticut, and then converted into this modern rustic barn house. This picturesque historic barn is located on an expansive estate in rural Connecticut, receiving a top to bottom renovation by New York-based architecture firm Russell Groves, to provide the necessary modern amenities.

The original, naturally distressed, wood beams and wide-plank flooring were carefully resorted, then offset by an eclectic combination of custom and vintage furniture, patina finishes, and heavily textured fabrics. Combined with refined detailing, extensive cabinetry, and state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, the result is a rustic, yet glamorous and comfortable, setting for family, friends, and household pets. There is also added drama with some double-height ceilings created within the spaces.

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The project also entailed the design of the exterior grounds, including the pool area and guesthouse, custom-designed to blend with the inherent beauty of the pastoral setting – the lush greenery and rolling hills gently descending towards a bucolic, meandering stream.

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The steel fireplace surround was finished with an oxidizing process that darkened the metal, giving it “a lovely patina — coppery in some places and jet black in others,” says architect Russell Groves.

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Cushions in olive and fern green add a subtle punch of color to the oatmeal-hued contemporary sofa, keeping the setting subdued and the focus on the artwork on the wall.

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The Shaker-like simplicity of the kitchen was preserved by keeping material variations to a minimum and by using beadboard cabinetry painted a soft grey-green. On two walls, a mosaic marble backsplash extends to the ceiling. The countertops along the walls are zinc, while the island is topped with Caesarstone.

Rough-hewn floors and beams and the rustic flagstone fireplace are balanced by the simple linear dining table.

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The Shaker style furniture was made by a local workshop; the bed was further streamlined by ebonizing it for a darker appearance, giving it a modern edge. Open shelving offers plenty of storage and display space.

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The custom tub’s modern silhouette adds a sculptural touch to the ensuite.

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The mix of traditional and contemporary elements extends to the decor in this guest house. Here the living room boasts the same mellow, natural tones and contemporary furniture as in the main house. The tree graphic on the throw cushion echoes in the wooded area beyond.

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Photos: Eric Piasecki

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amazing interiors

Bedding27
13 years ago

This is the nicest barn I have ever seen! It is amazing how some of the “contemporary flare” actually goes well with the rustic nature of the property. It is a master piece!

13 years ago

What’s not to like ? Its done in good taste. SOLD :D

13 years ago

I LOVE it, every single corner! My favor Rough-hewn floors and beams and the rustic flagstone fireplace!!! Authentic. Again, LOVE it.

chris
13 years ago

a lot of EXTRA pieces that I would eliminate; cool space but feels over stuffed with accessories.

13 years ago

beautiful interior decoration

13 years ago

I love the photos! I have always loved the pairing of rustic with romantic! Gorgeous!

first autumn
13 years ago

To a city girl like myself this is awesome.

Roscoe Jackson
13 years ago

I love the natural wood in the ceilings and the wide planks on the floors as well. Overall A+ design.

13 years ago

overdone = perfect, rare to see, very good work by the author, thanks for the suggestion.

13 years ago

This is stunning!!

Rob
13 years ago

I love antique houses, but I don’t get this one.
Seems like a TON of money to spend for something that really looks disjointed to me.
This person has too much money to throw away, and not much taste, if you ask me…
Expensive, yes, but seems like they just wanted to get into a magazine or something.
Pick a style!

Angie
12 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I agree. Much of the decor makes little sense, like the new take on the disco ball for instance looks way out of place. I’m of the feeling that with structures like barns the best way to decorate is to keep to the same styling throughout or at least smooth the space transitions.

11 years ago
Reply to  Angie

Just love this style ..mix of old and new and lots of space….

kelly
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I think it’s perfect in every way! Who cares how much they spent. Obviously $ is not an option. It’s unique, fresh and unexpected. Love the combo of old wore post and beam with clean line modern. It’s not matchy match and leaves me wondering what’s around the next corner. Think outside the box! Would love to see a floor plan!

13 years ago

If this is still considered a barn, then I’d love to live in one.

Brandi @ FLip Flop Mama
13 years ago

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

D
13 years ago

What does it cost to heat a barn?

13 years ago

This is beautiful and so natural, awesome images thanks for sharing them

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