Far from An Empty Nest

With the kids grown and living lives of their own, the River View home gave a couple the chance to create a sophisticated and inviting space that matched their lifestyle as super-active empty nesters.

Perched above the Connecticut River with stunning sunset views of the Vermont hills, anyone who visits instantly falls in love with the setting. We wanted to make sure the house itself fully celebrated the location and gave all who visit a warm sense of home. Because this family spends their summers elsewhere, we needed to consider how the spaces would feel in the cooler months when leaves are down and skies are grey. Yes, New England is still beautiful in the late fall and winter, but the sun doesn’t shine as brightly or for as long around winter solstice and we need to take that into account when we design.

From our first look, we started imagining how textures and shapes coupled with color tones and lighting would help the spaces transform through the seasons.  Before they owned the house, we reviewed the existing layout and proposed ways we could customize the place to best fit their energy and lifestyle. At the macro level, we crafted furnishing layouts complete with custom cabinetry, lighting, and woodworking. Then, we focused on the small details that would make it perfect, from new light fixtures to custom wood floor grates. These details would make the difference and we needed to bring the right team together to execute the final craftsmanship.

All window treatments, bedding, and upholstery, as well as pillows and accessories were fabricated in our own workrooms. Custom wood finishes, stone tops and hand-woven custom rugs were detailed and supervised by our design team at Gilberte Interiors.

With the exception of a baby grand piano and a few other pieces the family had previously collected, we furnished every aspect of the home.

It was a true pleasure and honor to have the ability to help shape even the finest details of this home. You feel the success of the design and space from the moment you enter: elegant, warm, and welcoming, complementing nature, and holding you in its warm embrace.