home of distinction
PASSING golfers notwithstanding, most family members, friends and guests
are invited through the front door, entering a sunken foyer where a circa 1966
Platner steel and glass circular table grounds the space anchored by classic
black leather and steel Wassily armchairs designed by Marcel Breuer.
An open circular stair leads to the upper story, while a three-stage rise
provides a dramatic entrance into the grand living room that occupies the same axis as the
renovated family room. Sixteen-foot ceilings tower above the space furnished in reupholstered
family pieces. Removing privacy drapes and wall-to-wall carpet to lay hardwood floors were
tough decisions, Sutton says.
The choices were made in consultation with Schoettelkotte. “Sissy says, ‘I think you want
this,’” Sutton says. “She knows me well enough to know where I’m going.”
Together they arrived at a palette for the living room that bows to the era in which the
house was built, but they flipped the color pops from burnt orange to aqua on the vintage
Knoll Platner armchairs. Adding dashes of chartreuse brings the tender green of leafing
deciduous trees from the outdoors in. When the azaleas bloom, the landscape is awash in vivid
lavender, magenta and white petals. Come summer the blue hydrangeas reign.
Clockwise from top left: Authentic Wassily armchairs by Marcel Breuer always send a message,
especially this pair placed in the home’s foyer. The message? This family is serious about modern
architecture. The elevated living room integrates the outdoor landscape to the interior and the color
scheme is purposely understated with subtle shades of pale blue and chartreuse. An original paint-ing
powerfully transports its viewers seaward, across an expanse of savanna marsh and Carolina
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