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A Waterfront Dreamscape Comes True

Written by Karen Marley
Imagery by Sandra Kicman

Upon entering, you’re treated to a world-class view; a dynamic panorama of endless water that, depending on its mood, sparkles, threatens, inspires, and captivates.
The moment the homeowners saw it, they were enchanted. After traveling all over the country searching for a winter place, they found what they wanted on a Lake Ontario shoreline in Rochester, New York.
    “At a cocktail party everyone was discussing their winter home locales,” says the homeowner. “We heard, ‘Boca, Sarasota, Marco Island, California.’ And we’re going Rochester!”
    Why Rochester? The view, for starters. Additionally, the plot is tucked into the end of sandy beachfront delighting the homeowners’ beloved dogs, two Havanese named Yogi and Boo Boo. The homeowners’ children and nine grandchildren live in Buffalo.
    On a more serious note, the homeowner needs to be close to a reputable cardiac care hospital. In Rochester, there are two.
    With its three-story turret, clapboard siding, and stone foundation, the residence displays a contemporary,  New England flair. Because it’s a vacation home, the home-owners wanted something fresh for the interior. They used Danielle Benson of Danielle Benson Interiors. Benson had decorated their Clarence, New York residence and knew their tastes.
    The homeowner says, “We’ve always been into taupes, browns, and traditional looks; gilt frames and oil paintings. We asked Danielle for a new look and perspective.”
    The foyer floods you with fresh, natural light intensified with its creamy white tiled floor and crisp blues. The elongated living room functions around three key features: the white marble fireplace, a television, and the view.  A sitting chair of rich cocoa brown wood with mid-century modern details balances the crisp navy and white nautical stripes on the armchair and ottoman. “Yogi’s hangout,” says the homeowner.
    The turret space off the living room hosts the home-owner’s office, his favorite place. A kidney bean shaped wood desk is engulfed with lake views. Below the bay window are two powder blue,
tufted ottomans, one for each dog. Across from the office a feminine space with floral highlights provides a nook for her.
    A deep ocean blue linen wraps the dining room walls and the crystal chandelier evokes sun sparkled water. A wood Romanesque side table and curio cabinet add warmth. 
    Oversized artwork, saturated with accent colors of blue or poppy, is placed throughout the home. Poppy is repeated in the guest bedroom’s Hermès-style, upholstered headboard. The finished basement with radiant floor heat has a full wet bar connecting seamlessly to the outdoor, covered patio.
    Overall, the home accentuates a nautical theme minus the predictable anchors, buoys, and ropes. The dominant expanse of water, beautiful and beckoning, commands your attention from every room. “We spend six days a week here” says the homeowner.  “We just love it.”

Arthur’s Home Furnishings  
Danielle Benson Interiors   
David Tiftickjian & Sons Oriental Rugs & Carpeting   
Orville's Home Appliances   
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