The original owner of this Easton, CT home was actress, Anne Baxter. As granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, she wanted the design of the house to pay homage to his architectural style. The current owners commissioned Christian Rae Studio to add onto the house in order to accommodate the needs of their growing family. In keeping with the mid-century modern style, the addition features walls of glass, flat roofs and the integration of large, native stones. The new and old blend seamlessly and we hope FLW would approve!
The home was designed with sustainability in mind by taking advantage of the flat roof area to install an extensive array of solar panels to heat water and generate electricity.
As a team of architects, interior designers and lighting designers, we approached the design of these spaces holistically to bring the beauty of the landscape inside with large expanses of glass. The natural materials help blur the lines of interior and exterior and the lighting brings to life the textures of those materials in a unique way.
The large family room space features a native stone fireplace using large, hand-selected rocks to create a wood storage niche. The back-lit stone and live-edge wood bar is ideal for entertaining and the adjacent wine room with two glass walls is the perfect spot for showcasing the owner's extensive wine collection.
Finally, a ride in the elevator up to the 3rd floor lookout tower allows the owners to escape the demands of modern life and take in the view of the treetops from a private perch. The mini-bar with limestone relief walls gives them the sensation of being on a retreat in their own home.