Tour a Colorful Suburban Splendor in Pound Ridge



Suburban Home Pound RidgeWhen Lindsey and Ben Doramus went looking for a country home to augment their city life in Manhattan, they fixed on a stone-and-shingle stunner on 10 acres of wooded land in Pound Ridge. On first glance, the structure seems to have been rooted on the property for as long as the sheltering trees that surround it. In fact, it’s a developer spec house that was nearly brand-new when the couple bought it in 2015.

“The house is Adirondack-style from the outside,” says their interior designer, Garrow Kedigian, “with some whimsical interludes in its architectural language. It’s a charming house in an idyllic setting.” The interior, however, wasn’t quite as captivating. “Inside, it was just a drywall box.”

Although Lindsey Doramus is a Parsons-trained interior designer, she balked at decorating the 5,600-square-foot home on her own. “I had only worked on small apartments in the city,” she explains, “and this was overwhelming.” Doramus found Kedigian on television, on NBC’s Open House, during a segment where he was giving a tour of his Park Avenue apartment, which was once owned by Fred Astaire. “I initially hired Garrow to help with the paint colors, but he wound up doing pretty much everything.”

Pound Ridge Home Tour

“The interior lacked architecture,” Kedigian remembers. “It had minimal moldings, not what you would expect in such a grand house, and issues with proportion and scale, which are important to my design work.” The native Montrealer, who trained as an architect at McGill University, found the soaring entry foyer a particular challenge. “I wanted to raise the front door and give the house a grander entrance, but there’s an eave right above the door, so I wound up adding additional paneling to make it more of a focal point. I also added crown moldings to the room, and then painted all the millwork in a high-gloss finish.”

Paint is something of a calling card for Kedigian, and he used lots of it here. The dining room, for instance, is the same shade of blue as his own library. “Lindsey had actually cut a photo of my library out of a magazine years ago,” he recounts, “but didn’t realize that it was mine until after she hired me.” The Benjamin Moore Mozart Blue “is perfect for the room’s quality of light,” and the high-gloss finish “gives the space a bit of extra sparkle, which is magical at night.”

To create a little “push-pull” between the dining room and the living room, Kedigian chose orange for the latter, although he calls it ‘“clementine, which is a much softer word.” (Benjamin Moore doesn’t pull any punches and calls it Outrageous Orange.) The master bedroom’s Bavarian Forest, a dark teal, was inspired by the clients’ stay at the Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London. “Garrow convinced us to paint the ceiling, too, which I was totally not on board with, but now I’m glad we did it,” Doramus says. “The room has just the cozy feeling we had experienced at the hotel.”

Throughout the house, Kedigian juxtaposed all that gloss and shimmer with textured fabrics and rugs, mostly from Stark, aside from a geometrical Native American–inspired Ralph Lauren rug in the sitting room. “I showed Garrow a photo of it,” says Doramus, “and said, ‘I hope you like it, because we just bought it!’” Furnishings range from pieces already owned by the couple to vintage and antique additions bought in the flea markets of Paris and upmarket galleries of Connecticut to custom sofas, along with items from mass purveyors like West Elm, RH, and Anthropologie.

Artistic grace notes include some “old masters” by Kedigian himself: unframed prints on canvas made from transparencies of public-domain museum and auction house paintings. The striking red gestural brushstrokes above the dining room banquette, meanwhile, are signature works by British artist James Nares.

Blessed with such creative freedom, Kedigian considers himself “lucky to have had Lindsey as a client, because she understands the concept of pushing the envelope and taking a fresh look at things,” he muses. “She’s young and playful and wanted a house that was both modern and traditional, but never predictable.” 

A version of this article appeared in the September 2018 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Suburban Splendor.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

Builder Spotlight

Edit Module
M&M Custom Homes
M&M Custom Homes is recognized as one of the premier home builders in the Hamptons and throughout Nassau County. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we provide a superior client experience—creating exceptional value with state-of-the-art construction and unsurpassed design.


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Garden Spotlight: Gardeneering

Gardeneering
For thirty three years, every design we create stems from our holistic approach to landscape gardening. Beginning with developing the best possible soil, our attention branches out to address all facets of a project with similar focus. Whether it's hardscape or quality of plant material, the installations are of the highest order -- as is the quality of our estate maintenance services. Every effort is made to blend the client's vision with the aesthetic aspects of the house and property -- ultimately, to create an organic realization.


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Garden Spotlight: KathrynFlowerGardens

Kathryn’s Flower Gardens
Kathryn’s Flower Gardens is committed to providing exquisite cutting gardens, container plantings and unique and heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs, all grown right outside your door. Inspired by the agricultural heritage of the east end, Kathryn’s was created as a sentimental tribute to the owner’s young daughter. Led by a team of experienced horticulturalists, the firm’s sole focus is on providing boutique and personalized containers, flower and vegetable gardens. Located in Sag Harbor, Kathryn’s Flower Gardens is a subsidiary of Summerhill Landscapes.


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Garden Spotlight

HARMONIA INC Creative Landscapes and Fine Stonework
HARMONIA INC was founded out of a profound passion for creating complete landscapes and gardens that co-exist in harmony, with the natural settings that grace each property. Harmonia will design and install a customized landscape complimentary to your visual desires, and your personal lifestyle. “ Our work is a reflection of how you will want to enjoy your property for years to come.” Harmonia Inc is a full service design, installation and maintenance company, beautifying the Hamptons every day. 631-537-9672

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module