The final plan, which was approved by council, used the existing footprints of the buildings on the property: a 1770 Colonial house, a 1925 farm house and various adjacent outbuildings to create a complex of houses that would serve different functions. The original tractor garages, which were adjacent to the 1925 Winter House were converted into a large space for entertaining, connected to the main house by a new addition: a corner kitchen with an apartment above and a servery that led to the main residence.
The new entertaining room was eventually called "The Brown Room" due to Martha's chosen colour palette for the space: brown sycamore veneer paneling, brown putty walls, dark hardwood floors covered by sisal rugs in a soothing neutral and a mix of wooden dining furniture and luxuriously upholstered seating.
Connected directly to the kitchen by double doors, the long, rectilinear room lent itself perfectly to large-scale entertaining. Martha installed two enormous tables: one was a table she designed that could be separated into two halves or pushed together to create one long table. With marble tops and wide, sturdy legs the look was sleek but traditional. The other table was a 15 foot-long wood table Martha purchased in Maine that once belonged to a convent. Between the two tables (three, if Martha's original table was separated into two) dozens of guests could be seated at once.
At the north end of the room, which connects to the kitchen through double doors (shown above) Martha installed a wall of shelving and cabinetry to house her collection of glassware.
At the opposite end of the room, there is a marble fireplace with seating arrangements for gathering and conversation.
Tall, triple-hung windows on two sides of the room let in light from both east and west directions
This photograph shows the south end of the room with the fireplace and reveals how Martha's table can be separated into two dining arrangements.
This photograph shows the long convent table set beautifully for an Easter lunch.
Martha's tables are always spectacular.