a living room furnished with a long black sectional, armchair and green rug
A custom sectional wraps around the living room atop a custom rug by Angela Adams.

This Connecticut Home on the Water Offers an Invitation to Slow Down

Overlooking Long Island Sound, this contemporary 5,500-square-foot new build by Acorn Deck House features interiors inspired by the surrounding landscape through its color palette of sea foam green, gold and charcoal gray; its organic forms; and its natural materials including white oak wood, schist stone, linen, and wool. 

“I wanted to create a place to stay still and slow down, to gather your thoughts and rejuvenate—a reprieve from the city,” says interior designer Sashya Thind, founder of her eponymous studio. “We coined the terms ‘Slow Living Cottage by the Sound (waterfront)’ for this project.”

Prior to the pandemic, the homeowners—a couple in their 50s with two children (one in college and the other in high school), and a place in New York City—envisioned the locale as a holiday home. As the project, and the pandemic, progressed, discussions shifted to viewing the space as a primary residence.

a kitchen with natural materials and bar stools around the island
Norman Cherner stools accent the kitchen island.

Organized in two floors plus a basement, the home comprises an open plan concept for the living room, dining and kitchen, with access to the patio for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Built with prefab components and filled with light, the house allowed Thind to be creative with the interiors. “I am sensitive to the architecture and work to elevate the interior spaces in an approachable and livable outcome,” she says. 

Thind’s approach of warm minimalism pervades throughout this project that also reflects a careful attention to details. “Exposing the joinery and handcrafted nature of the elements is something I’m drawn to,” confesses Thind. “I think it showcases the human touch in the pieces. It took my clients a while to wrap their heads around it during the presentations but they absolutely love the outcome now.”

Bringing nature closer to the inhabitants of this home, Thind created a perfectly balanced space. A sense of harmony is omnipresent in this refuge where a peaceful atmosphere prevails in every nook. 

a white dining room with a circular hanging light
An Ethnicraft table sits below a Foscarini lighting fixture.
a built in shelf runs from ceiling to floor next to a bench in the entryway of this Connecticut home.
A soft color palette and natural materials were used throughout this Connecticut home.
a living room furnished with a long black sectional, armchair and green rug
A custom sectional wraps around the living room atop a custom rug by Angela Adams.
a bedroom filled with natural light
The main bedroom’s bed is custom, with nightstands and armchairs by Lawson Fenning.
a home office space with a wall to wall desk that slots into an adjacent wall's built in shelving
In the office, a custom desk was created to slide into one of the slots of the shelves, allowing the two structures to meet in an elegant way.
a bathtub in front of a large frosted window in a Connecticut home
A minimalist bathroom serves as a peaceful haven.
a terrace with lounge chairs looking over the Long Island Sound
Visible from almost every space, including the terrace, the home overlooks the Long Island Sound.

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