New Canaan ResidenceModern Living Room, New York

This residence, nestled into a clearing in a lush forested landscape, was designed to immerse its occupants in the full range of environments that the site offers. A winding drive brings visitors through the forest to arrive at an open hilltop court that is defined by the low, embracing form of the house. The house is built on a steep grade, with the entry on the second level, so as you move inside, the feeling of grounded horizontality becomes one of floating in the treetops. The tree canopy enfolds the interior space and creates a visual perimeter that changes with the seasons.

A staircase tucked behind the free-standing fireplace leads down to the lower level of the house, which is carved into the earth and gives onto the forest floor. The cozy nature of the lower level provides an experiential contrast to the expansive and light-filled level above.

Architect: Specht Harpman
Interior Design: Carrier & Co.
Photographer: Elizabeth Felicella

Press and Awards

AIA Design Award
Residential Architect (RA) Award
Architectural Digest
New Canaan Modern Homes Tour

This is an example of a large modern open plan living room in New York with white walls, dark hardwood flooring and a two-sided fireplace. —  Houzz
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Suzanne P added this to Fireplaces4 June 2020

added seating could be cool. Dont want the FP to block too much tho

Sophia Bailey added this to Living room29 April 2020

This flat bench to save eyesight - also that grey wall as an accent wall above fireplace

Eva Munro added this to Wish List22 November 2019

Good separation wall/ fireplace

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