The greatest challenge for any architect has got to be designing their own home. Louise Brooks, founding partner at Brooks and Falotico, did just that in 2011. The design reflects her years spent creating homes for others, her ability to make traditional details fresh, and her family’s love of sailing.
This is one of several Brooks and Falotico-designed homes that sit on one street near Fairfield County’s Long Island coast. Gambrel style detailing and the house’s traditional proportions and scale are pleasing to the eye. A sweeping staircase makes for a dramatic and welcoming entry hall.
Details, like bespoke millwork and trim, give the living room character and charm. Notice the nautical rope molding on the mantle — a nod to the Brooks’ Martha’s Vineyard summers.
Here’s the picture perfect dining area with generous windows to fill the space with light. Rounded bow windows and a backgammon table provide the ideal post-dinner lounging spot.
In contrast to the rest of the bright, white interior, the library, with its warm cerused oak millwork and sisal carpet, has a cozier feel.
The kitchen is classic, simple, and refined. (And the plate rail is a Brooks and Falotico signature.)
Adjacent to the kitchen is this lovely spot for morning coffee or evening drinks. That’s Louise on the right.
The first floor’s fresh white finishes are reflected upstairs in the master bath and dressing room.
When the Brooks’ grown children visit, they hang out and play pool in the third floor game room.
At the small kitchen off of the game room, cabinet details, a round window, and hardware are reminiscent of a finely fitted yacht.
P.S. Many of the unique pieces of furniture you see in these photos are by Oomph, the furniture company that Louise Brooks started with her Vineyard friends in 2009.
Photos courtesy of Traditional Home, New England Home, and Nancy Hill.