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The 2016 CTC&G Innovation in Design Winners: Interior Design

Innovator 1: Calla McNamara

"IT'S A SEAMLESS MARRIAGE BETWEEN OLD AND NEW IN A RENOVATED 19TH-CENTURY COLONIAL WITH 21ST-CENTURY ADDITION" | BY MINDY PANTIEL

Calla McNamara was faced with the somewhat daunting task of stitching together the remnants of a 19-century Colonial with a contemporary renovation and addition. By the time she arrived on the scene, Cugno Architecture had already carefully relocated the structure to the back of the property and added two wings to accommodate a new kitchen and family room. "In order to maintain the home's charm, the original beams and fireplaces were kept, but other than that everything was taken down to the studs" she says about the spec project. 

Starting in the existing living and dining rooms, McNamara introduce wall paneling more in keeping with the formal nature of the rooms. Next. in the new family room, a fireplace fashioned from local stone meant to harken back to another time and the refined ceiling beams, a 21st-century interpretation of the reclaimed variety seen elsewhere, established continuity. 

In the kitchen, the face frame cabinetry has an antique look, while the custom metal stove hood, which runs the length of the room, is an unexpected surprise. "Because the ceiling is lower, there are no upper cabinets, so the stove hood dresses things up and serves as a centerpiece," she says. 

Claiming her biggest challenge was creating a sense of flow and making sure the spaces had adequate light, McNamara used light paint colors to achieve both. Soft grays dominate with a slightly darker, moodier tone in the dining room. " The original beams, neutral colors and transitional details help create a seamless flow between old and new,"  she says.