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Westchester Home Magazine

Westchester Home Magazine

The Perfect Pairing

When a North Salem architect and a Manhattan interior designer collaborate on a Dutch Colonial in Rye, the modern and the classic blend into a seamless symphony of style. This new home, designed by Ralph R. Mackin Jr. of Mackin Architects in North Salem, was built for a family of five with three young children. It is 6,500 square feet, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths.

This new home, designed by Ralph R. Mackin Jr. of Mackin Architects in North Salem, was built for a family of five with three young children. It is 6,500 square feet, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths.

“The owners love the look of coastal shingle homes and the Dutch Colonial style,” says Mackin. “They wanted the home to be in scale with the neighborhood, like it had always been there, and have a comfortable, welcoming feel.”

Designer Kathleen Walsh of Kathleen Walsh Interiors was brought in early to design the interiors. “Being part of the process from an extremely early point allows for a very nuanced conversation to be happening as all the details are being developed,” Walsh says. “Selecting architectural details with an understanding of what furnishings are being used — and vice versa — makes the two elements work together in a way that’s difficult to achieve otherwise.”

Mackin said they started with the kitchen and family room, the heart of the home, creating a wide-open space while having “added the other spaces around those core rooms.”

“The idea was to give the house a classic, understated elegance,” says Mackin. “We used window seats, wood panels, shiplap, and beadboard, along with different ceiling details, to give the home interest and a comfortable feel.”

Those architectural details melded with Walsh’s interior design plan beautifully.

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