House Tour: Transcending Time in Greenwich, Connecticut
At the end of an allée of linden trees in Greenwich, Connecticut, a gorgeous combination of historical and custom details converge in a classically designed house constructed in 2009. The culmination of the clients’ vision of a new home that would transcend time, the Sir Edwin Lutyens-inspired English Manor-style house melds an appreciation of history with high-quality materials and a desire to design the perfect family compound.
“Steven and Diana Steinman’s love of design is clearly evident in every aspect of the house and its function,” says designer Michael Aiduss, who worked with the owners on every aspect of the home, which consists of a main building, guest house, and pool house created from reclaimed stone from ancient villages in China. Reclaimed tiles from India comprise the loggia floor, adding another historical element to the stately residence.
Aiduss channeled his clients’ passion for design into atmospheric rooms that are not only beautiful, but livable. The result is a home that is both relevant to the Steinmans’ lifestyle and to the architectural surroundings. Thoughtful details and exquisite pieces add authenticity and interest throughout the house, including a pair of needlework panels from Mallett that were designed by Gertrude Jekyll, a close friend of Lutyens; library and bar walls panelized in natural leather with hand-tooled designs that include a double palmette motif that can be found in many locations around the home; fireplace mantels designed by Aiduss and handcrafted in England; and a dressing table inspired by Lutyens and upholstered in Fortuny fabric.
Thanks to the owners’ and designer’s commitment to creating a house with a sense of history suited to modern needs, the project, which was 10 years in the making, will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
Michael Aiduss is featured in The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey. Photography by Grace Brown Photography and George Ross Photography.