2011 CTC&G and WC&G Innovation in Design Winners

We bring you this year's cutting-edge LANDSCAPES, sophisticated KITCHENS, playful INTERIOR DESIGN concepts, beautiful BATHS and transcendent ARCHITECTURE

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A renovation goes green in this Hudson River enclave, turning a tired raised ranch into a cozy cottage
Mindy Pantiel

photographs by ellen mcdermott

A series of life changes prompted interior designer Susan Anthony to purchase a 1950s raised ranch, breathe new life into the tired building, and upon completing the renovation, name her new home Acorn Cottage in honor of the surrounding oak trees. Determined to have the refurbished 2,200-square-foot ranch be as green as possible, she chose recycled materials for the insulation and roof, installed energy-efficient windows, doors and appliances, and refinished existing kitchen cabinets to better suit the home’s refreshed look. “By the time I was done, I’d reduced my energy bills by fifty percent,” says Anthony, who added an entry foyer, full bathroom, a bedroom, laundry room and four closets.

But perhaps her biggest environmental contribution was decorating her renovated home with things she already owned. After adding antique limestone floors in the entry and kitchen, and staining the original white oak floors elsewhere, Anthony fashioned a kitchen breakfast bar out of an antique shop counter: “A remnant from my former life,” she notes. Her camel-toned velvet mohair chairs are arranged around a walnut coffee table, and favorite collectibles are housed in an oversized Ralph Lauren hutch. “I filled the cabinet with family items I love like silver, china, crystal and books,” she says, “it’s utilitarian and beautiful.”

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