Overlooking the Connecticut River, River Knoll was built in 1748 by a ferry captain and today serves as a summer retreat for a family that respects its history. Originally a 1,500-square-foot Cape style cottage, River Knoll had undergone an unfortunate addition in the 1980s that overwhelmed the house. The owners called upon architect Brooke Girty, a specialist in historic properties, to renovate and expand the home so that visitors would not be able to tell where the old part ends and the new begins.
Girty worked with designer Cathy Kincaid to ensure the interiors were harmonious with the home’s original scale. “We nodded to that cozy New England look,” Kincaid told VERANDA magazine. Cathy selected a color palette suited to the woodland setting to create unity. She utilized curtains and canopies to distract from the home’s awkward architectural angles and add coziness. Landscape architect Drew Kenny integrated the house and landscape by creating a series of landscapes from refined to wild. Avid boaters, the river provides the owners with easy access to the Hamptons, Newport, and Nantucket via the Atlantic seaboard.
This is a truly exceptional home, inside and out. Cathy Kincaid is one of my all-time favorite designers, and the level of detail she pours into her interiors is truly an art form. Today let’s tour River Knoll with photography by Tria Giovan from the May/June 2020 issue of VERANDA. Additional images from Kincaid’s portfolio are also included. I could spend hours analyzing every single detail! As an added bonus, we will also peek inside the owners’ yacht, also designed by Cathy!
For more on Cathy Kincaid, I highly recommend her book, The Well Adorned Home: Making Luxury Livable. You can also see more of her work by visiting the following features by The Glam Pad.
- CATHY KINCAID AND THE WELL ADORNED HOME
- FOR SALE: HISTORIC HOME BY WILSON FUQUA AND CATHY KINCAID
- A 1920S DALLAS TUDOR RESTORED BY CATHY KINCAID AND WILSON FUQUA
- A TIMELESS CLASSIC HOME BY CATHY KINCAID
- A STUNNING SPANISH COLONIAL BY CATHY KINCAID AND J. WILSON FUQUA
- AN ELEGANT ORANGERIE BY CATHY KINCAID AND WILSON FUQUA
- A SOUTHERN ACCENTS CHRISTMAS
- A DALLAS HOME TOUR WITH J WILSON FUQUA & ASSOCIATES