Southport, Connecticut, United States
A charming Queen Anne Victorian originally built in 1882 for John Hoyt Perry, a prominent judge, politician and businessman, has been extensively reimagined for a family with three young children. The 6,000 square foot Southport residence sits on a 1.73 acre property and was purchased by Sandi and Chris Wright in 2012 for $3 million. It had been on the market for four years and for as much as $8 million. The Wright family enlisted Massachusetts-based interior designer Rachel Reider to overhaul the interiors. Reider told New England Home, “It was important to the owners to respect and maintain that architectural history, but make it feel more like theirs. Make it fresher, a place they could feel comfortable spending time as a family.” Rachel Reider described the project as being “an eclectic mix of old and new” with “traditional forms found throughout covered with modern and family-friendly fabrics.” Strong pops of colour and striking patterns stand out against the neutral palette of grey, white and black. The kitchen, one that we’ve seen floating around the internet for years, strikes a balance between modern and traditional. Better Homes & Gardens revealed that leaded-glass doors original to the 1882 home are installed in the upper cabinets. A subway tile backsplash and simple white knobs maintain the charm and period feel of the home. Property records show the home spanning 6,106 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms on a 1.73 acre lot. Landscape architect Kristina Gates removed plantings that blocked the home, added hedging and reimagined the rear yard for entertaining. Photography by Michael Partenio.