Linda Ruderman Updates a Greenwich Colonial
October 10, 2023
A chance encounter in NYC leads to a transitional home in Greenwich fit for both active kids and formal entertaining.
Text by Erika Ayn Finch Photography by Laura Moss
Then one soon-to-be-former New Yorker walked into her friend’s redesigned Tribeca apartment, it made an impact she wouldn’t soon forget. “It was a wow moment,” she recalls. “The design was unique but not over the top.” When it came time to furnish the Greenwich home the woman and her husband purchased for their family of five, she knew exactly who to call. “I told my husband, as soon as we move to Greenwich, we have to call this Linda Ruderman,” she says.
The house, a center-hall colonial constructed in 2016, was essentially a blank slate: the family was its first occupants. Before move-in day, millworkers from Connolly & Kyne Interiors gave the home some bespoke touches by adding paneling to the foyer and built-ins to the family room, modifying the family room’s ceiling beams, and sprucing up the kids’ rooms.
When Linda Ruderman entered the picture, she suggested a rich shade of emerald green, which makes its first appearance in custom Rug Art carpets in the back foyer, main staircase, living room, and dining room. In the intricately textured rugs, the green hue seeps through shades of gold and cream for one of those wow moments that drew the clients to Ruderman in the first place. “When you walk in the front door, you see all of the carpets together, and it’s quite beautiful,” says Ruderman.
The green shows up again on chairs and pillows in the living room and in the form of Swarovski crystals on the formal dining room’s chandelier, which, at night, throws sparkles against the lacquered ceiling. The design becomes more casual in the family room, which Ruderman outfitted with durable fabrics that will stand up to the antics of three young boys. “Having three boys speaks for itself,” says the homeowner, laughing. “I wanted something as nice as possible while still being livable. Linda has three sons, so she’s kind of an expert on designing a house for boys.”
Speaking of those boys, they got in on the design process, too. The homeowners asked Ruderman to complete most of the heavy lifting, including the boys’ rooms, in the six months before they had to move in. “We were together a lot,” says Ruderman. “In fact, when I would ring the doorbell, the boys would greet me with ‘What did you bring today?’ ”
The homeowner, who grows all of her own vegetables in the backyard garden—“I don’t have to buy any produce during the summer”—loves to cook and says the home has become a gathering spot for extended family up and down the eastern seaboard. As a result, the kitchen boasts two Carrara marble-topped islands and a cozy breakfast nook complete with its own fireplace.
It all adds up to a property that’s equally adept at hosting football practices in the fall and visiting cousins in the summer while still showcasing a growing fine art collection. “It was hard to envision what I wanted because I like so many different styles,” says the homeowner, “but I wanted a specific feeling—something comfortable but not too casual, not rustic, not beachy. This is just right for us.”