A Sophisticated Connecticut Home

Architect Joel Barkley and decorator Alexa Hampton help a couple build a striking house that blends English-style architecture with Swedish charm

Text by Jesse Kornbluth/Photography by Durston Saylor
Published June 2011
Architectural Digest

Smart black shingles and board-and-batten siding distinguish Liz and Chris Pollack’s Fairfield County, Connecticut, house, which was designed by architect Joel Barkley, of Ike Kligerman Barkley, and decorator Alexa Hampton, of Mark Hampton. The landscape design was by Mario Nievera.


The white stucco façade of the entrance court.

The foyer, as seen from the living room, contains quatrefoil chairs and a stool, all by Hickory Chair; the living room’s Swedish clock is from Liza Sherman Antiques, and the table lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller.

A view from the foyer into the living room, where vintage loop chairs by Frances Elkins surround a pedestal table; the ebonized bookcase is from 145 Antiques.

Artworks by Alexander Calder (left) and Joan Miró hang in the living room; the club chairs, sofa, cocktail table, and bench—covered in a Cowtan & Tout velvet—are all by Hickory Chair.

Hampton reupholstered the Pollacks’ club chairs in a brown Rogers & Goffigon linen and a patterned Lee Jofa cotton for the new family room; the sofa and nail-studded hassock are by Hickory Chair, and the carpet is by Stark.

The kitchen’s Wolf range and twin Sub-Zero refrigerators face an island topped with absolute black granite.

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