The main floor of 166 Boundary Lane consists of a formal central entry and stair hall with a long gallery, living room, library and private guest suite to the left, and dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, pantry and servant’s quarters and preparation areas to the right.
The grand foyer is a stunning room unto itself, featuring a wood-burning fireplace and white-painted floor-to-ceiling paneling, with hemlock herringbone parquet floors and a spectacular 19th century chandelier that is original to the house. A serpentine staircase opens broadly to the entry, then sweeps back to carry visitors to each side of the second floor. It is defined by ornate iron railings that compliment its graceful curves.
To the left of the foyer, resides a spacious living room, centered by a large fireplace and opening onto the rear promenade via three sets of French doors. Ornamental plaster has been used to great effect in creating a sense of history and drama with corbeled ceilings and pilastered walls, all pulled together by gorgeous parquet floors.
In front of the living room, a wide gallery hall connects the foyer with the main floor guest suite, located in one of the house’s angled wings. The gallery is a light-filled and elegant display area for collections of fine art, and a delightful space for entertaining or reflection. It is paneled to match the foyer, and includes beamed ceilings and herringbone parquet floors.
The gallery leads to the library, a meticulously detailed room, resplendent in traditional walnut paneling, and offering two sets of French doors to the surrounding grounds. The room is grounded by a more intimately scaled fireplace and incorporates built-in bookshelves, display areas and ornate carvings into its paneled walls.
At the end of the gallery hall is the “Henry” suite, a completely autonomous guest suite composed of a formal sitting room with fireplace, dressing rooms and a full bath and a spacious bedroom.
To the right of the foyer is the dining room, arguably the masterpiece of this already exceptional residence. It is visually anchored to its space by ornately painted plaster moldings that reference the great country houses of England and France, and which crown French doors to the patio with elegant archways and corbels. The ceiling is covered in intricate filigreed ornamental plaster, with a large central oval and rosette for the chandelier, and the room is of banquet scale.
A charming and more relaxed breakfast room sits to the immediate right of the dining room, and connects directly to the gourmet kitchen with a full complement of professional level appliances, including Sub Zero refrigeration and a La Cornue French-top range This is an ideal setting for everything from morning breakfast to professional caterers, and opens on to a stunning pantry with glass display cases for multiple sets of china and silverware. This wing of the first level is rounded out by a complete maid’s wing that is ideally scaled for live in help or child care.