The fireplace is converted into a two-sided design, now servicing both the dining room and the adjacent living room. New arched doorways in several locations help provide a unified look throughout the home.
The first-floor garrison room currently serves as an elegant dining room with its own fireplace and original, never-painted paneling and hard-pine flooring. Originally built in 1665 in Billerica, Mass., this Pilgrim-era saltbox garrison home is believed to be one of the oldest homes in the country. It was dismantled and reconstructed board-by-board in Gilmanton, N.H.
The homeowners wanted an open, airy space with modern and rustic touches, so designers brought in a modern take on the farmhouse table and a matching bench. On the other side of the table, three modern chairs add seating to the table bathed in natural light. For a bit of fun, designers had a turquoise accent wall painted and some fun art hung on it.