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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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Adam T
6 years ago

Barn envy… fabulous!

11 years ago

Hi, nice interiors

11 years ago

just so beautiful

12 years ago

The walls look like they have a soft-finish. What color and technique was used?

Jeannie
12 years ago

have always wanted to live in a converted barn! Love everything about this one! Inspires me to start on the one we own…now if i can just get dh on same page

12 years ago

meh, not really my thing. I like the pool.

rustic decor
12 years ago

How do you imagine a comfortable interior like this? I would never say that the house seems alive and very comfortable. but this is very fantastic

12 years ago

amazing, this house offers a rustic interior, each of which captures the best this region – the hot late afternoon sun and cool wind southwest of. The floor to ceiling glass walls blur the line between indoors and out,

Suzanne
12 years ago

The only thing I don’t like about this is that it was taken OUT of Canada!

Lisa
12 years ago

Wow what great pics i have ever seen. Awesome. Creative one.

peace sign bedding
12 years ago

Great idea for the barn!
Must be expensive to heat up and cool the barn of this big size!

12 years ago

I wish I could also have the same house

12 years ago

The color scheme is very harmonious. It gives off a relaxing and peaceful vibe.

jay
12 years ago

this is such a gorgeous home, i love the use of raw materials, and the disco ball!

12 years ago

I like the above pictures they have royal look. I wish I could also have the same house.