The Simple Styling Trick Guests Always Notice, Says One Kings Lane

Gabrielle Savoie

After spending most of her childhood in the quaint rural towns of southern England—surrounded by charming gardens and picturesque roads—it seemed only natural for Debbie Propst, president of One Kings Lane, to relocate to New Canaan, Connecticut, to raise her growing family. The quiet New England town—a one-hour commute from her office in New York City—has its own history deeply rooted in architecture and design: a hub for Harvard Five modernist architecture, stately farmhouses, and historic estates, all nestled in the scenic rolling hills of Connecticut's Gold Coast.

Propst wasn't specifically searching for a farmhouse-style home for herself and her family. But after stumbling on a Royal Barry Wills–designed 20th-century farmhouse that had been meticulously updated to reflect the home's authentic character, she couldn't pass it up. Most of the home's renovations were already completed by the previous owners, so Propst called on the help of The Studio at One Kings Lane to breathe life into this already dreamy home. By mixing traditional staples with modern convenience and a dash of humor, she was able to create a timeless family home to enjoy for years to come. The One Kings Lane exec recently invited us on a tour of her meticulously designed modern traditional home. Step inside and find out her one trick for making a house unforgettable.

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