Up next on the designer’s list: keeping the look, feel and ethics of the antique touches, while updating the space to accommodate today’s trends. He tore a downstairs wall to expand the kitchen the master suite got a contemporary bathroom with a soaking tub.
“it is a big glorious house, along with my family is a big glorious family. We have loved it,” he added. “I feel like I’ve loved my time being up and there in Vermont, but it is time to find the next one. Perhaps an oceanside property.”
In the winter, the adjoining land allows for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
“What I wanted to use for inspiration was that the house and also the period of the house, so nodding into the period and upgrading it with a modern aesthetic,” Favreau said. “It says now, but in addition, it says .”
It was the ideal place for this particular designer to escape from the hubbub of big city life after working together with more and star clients.
Steven Favreau is the type to go large – and go home.
Built in 1832, a guy named Aaron Davis, whose family lived in it for 100 years owned the house. Davis’ granddaughter eventually sold the 23-acre land and the new owner converted it. (There’s still a portrait of Davis above one of the house’s five bedrooms.)
The residence is on the market for $695,000. Zoe Hathorn Washburn of Snyder Donegan conveys the listing.
Favreau painted walls in his signature vivid colours and added bold wallpaper. He lined the master bath with tree-print wallpaper. The dining area got a splash of flamingo pink with a print of cake plates – a nod to the era in.
There’s also an old wood barn, which Favreau envisions getting an event space for weddings or storage. The possibilities for your owner are limitless, he explained.
“It was a quintessential Vermont home at a quintessential Vermont town,” said Favreau, about visiting the house in 2012. “I hopped on a plane and bought it another week”
Interior photographs courtesy of Jim Mauchly of Mountain Graphics Photography.
After Favreau bought the 5-bed, 5-bath home, he sought to restore it to its original grandeur – at a frenetic rate. A builder brought in a team to rework everything out of the wiring (it was a fire waiting to happen) to the background (there were eight layers throughout the home ). The workers even place in a huge new beam to support the home and keep it from sinking.
Some matters are clearly New England. On warm summer nights, Favreau’s family dine and then will pull out on a dining room table on the bridge.