Photos by Kim Jeffery
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Shirley Meisels and her blended family of five
Size: 4,200 square feet (390 square meters); four bedrooms, five bathrooms
The 1960s house had great bones and didn’t require much structural work, but it did need new heating, air-conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems. The single-pane windows were replaced with double-glazed, insulated aluminum windows, and a lot of cosmetic work was done to the kitchen and bathrooms.
In the entry hall, Meisels had an arch removed to keep the more modern squared-off look. The black outline around the sidelights plays off the black frames on the large painting and the mirror. The floors are 2-by-4-foot porcelain tiles digitally printed to look like marble.
The bench, a modern take on traditional Shaker style, is an unexpected touch. “I wanted to do this house modern but not necessarily midcentury modern,” Meisels says. “I had enough retro pieces to bring with me, and I wanted it to look more current; I wanted to mix it up.”
The entry also foreshadows what’s to come. While Meisels loves a light background and strong contrasting black accents, she adds in dashes of color in a carefully edited way, as you see here with the saturated rug.