Designer Krista Fox Gives the Reception Area at the Connecticut Governor's Residence a Fresh New Look
When Krista Fox of Krista Fox Interiors was approached to refresh the reception area at the Connecticut Governor’s Residence, first she was flattered and then excited to get started. Creating a welcoming first impression at this historic home, while also using no public funds, might seem a daunting task, but Fox was up to the challenge. “Being sensitive to the financial concerns of the home is always a consideration when addressing a public space,” says Fox. “We used existing items when we could and tried to draw in talented local trades and resources that we knew would take pride in becoming involved in the story of such a historic and cherished family home.”
A sophisticated design was key to success in the space, where several rooms pinwheel outward. As Cathy Malloy explains: “The beauty of this design is how each element complements the next. When you enter the space, there is a certain calmness. Although it certainly has its own personality, it also works well with the formality of the dining room and the elegance of the living room. Each element introduces itself to you every time you enter the space—the light fixture with its classic style and a contemporary twist, how the wallcovering works so well with the carpet, the lush velvet on the benches and, of course, the texture and detail of the wallcovering, with a classic Asian feel.”
Inspiration for the space started with the first family’s art collection. “Each painting has an interesting story of when it was purchased, the artist and its origin,” says Fox. “Also the Malloys have a beautiful book called the Artists of the Litchfield Hills by Robert Michael Austin. The greens, blues and ambers of those landscapes gave us our connection to all things indigenous to Connecticut. The color green is a favorite for the Governor and the First Lady, and in Connecticut it’s certainly an easy color to draw in! The Malloys also weren’t afraid to say yes to a rich, burnished custom gold painted ceiling. It speaks to all of the beautiful gold gilt frames in their collection and of the warmth of the pieces on loan from the Wadsworth Museum.”
And Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who wanted a place that reflected his aesthetic but was in keeping with the history and architecture of the house, is also happy with the result: “This design has given a wonderful refresh to a space that is very important to the Residence, a space that welcomes all of our guests from all over the country and the world.”
A version of this article appeared in the October 2017 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Meet & Greet.