Before Virginia DesRoches began designing the scheme for this primary bedroom in a Westport summer house, she wanted to alter what her clients saw out the window. A guest cottage “was blocking the view of the water, so we flattened its roof,” says the principal designer of Ironwood Studio, based in Fairhaven. The charming harbor vista, she explains, was imperative to creating a coastal vibe in the otherwise outdated, cookie-cutter house. Now, the bed faces a wall of glass that opens onto a deck, and the whole space feels airy. Plus, the entire look was pulled together using retail finds.
One of the newest environmental hot buttons is passive home design. Actually, it’s nothing new. Architect’s designs today hearken back to ancient times when our ancestors paid attention to their