A Delightful Medley

A gothic style barn outfitted with modern elements, who would have thought such home exists?

But believe it or not, that’s how one could describe the eclectic home of Michel Bolbo and his partner, Arthur Krystofiak. Nestled in Brookhaven Hamlet, New York, the house was gently renovated by architect Calvert Wright who managed to keep intact its sense of history while adding all the modern conveniences. The interiors are a delightful medley of old and new, modern industrial details juxtaposed to salvaged woodwork and flea-market finds. Actually most of the house is sheathed in wood panels that were salvaged from an old ship.

Unexpected finds, like maps from a London flea-market, a beehive fashioned into a lampshade, a twig chandelier in the breakfast nook and a charming-albeit quirky- twig four-poster in one of the guest-bedrooms, all add up to make the interiors personal, and uniquely tailored to their owners.

Although my personal architectural taste is somewhat different, and I could never picture myself living in a hybrid home, I do love the moments created throughout this one. I can certainly appreciate the rugged warmth of the natural wood against the soft upholsteries and I could definitely spend many happy hours in their library (pictured below)!


Library corner


The screened porch.


The family room


A modern kitchen.


Breakfast nook


A happy guest bedroom


Reading nook


The dining room


Master bedroom


Master bath


The pool house


Fun outdoor dining area


A view of the barn with its gothic style windows and modern annex.

This home was originally published a long time ago, in Elle Decor- April 2010 issue but I believe its appeal is timeless. Plus, I’m always happy to discover such gems from the past.

Take care and stay warm!