Grand and Cozy

A bustling local family of six builds their dream Adirondack from scratch. The 8,500-square-foot nest manages to offer comfort, functionality and understated opulence



Photograph by: Chris Meech

Marc and Julie Johnson’s house exudes a friendly vibe. Sure, it’s large and it resides on a nice piece of land (about 2.57 very private acres in the heart of Greenwich). But it’s so thoughtfully laid out and decorated that you feel like you are in snugglier quarters. What’s the secret of making a vast new house seem cozy and welcoming? It starts with the planning. The Johnsons had years to think about their ideal home as they raised their four kids in tight Riverside quarters. Their patience paid off when Marc found a perfect piece of property in 2004.

Marc, who co-owns Stone Harbor Land, an award-winning Greenwich-based building company, labored over construction materials and the layout’s flow. A main priority was giving the kids some privacy while promoting family bonding. The girls  — Annie, 19, and Blair, 13 — have their own sorbet-paletted bedrooms and bathrooms. The boys — Campbell, 16, and Gordon, 10 — have their own sports-themed bedrooms and share a bathroom. Other cool features are  personalized storage cubbies in the mudroom and third bay of the garage, a second-floor playroom and craft area, the third-floor exercise room and the mini-sports complex that’s in its own building off the top of the driveway. “The kids use that for playing basketball, smashing tennis balls and shooting lacrosse goals,” Julie explains. “We also end up hosting a lot of end-of-the-year class parties.” With a fabulous pool and open field in the back, a screened-in porch and outdoor fireplace, those parties are well attended.

In addition to being downright fun, the shingle-covered house is surprisingly serene and sophisticated. Greenwich decorator Brooke Stahl honored the Johnsons’ subtle elegance when she helped Julie pull all of the rooms together. Brooke says, “My intention was for the interior design to complement the house’s architecture and natural surroundings, and to reflect the Johnsons’ spirit and lifestyle.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


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