We gave this formerly run-down, split-level ranch a thorough update. The main floor’s cramped, enclosed living areas were replaced with a bright, airy great room and an open kitchen, while the master bath was relocated to the back of the house, where it now opens to a lovely garden. A restrained color palette—ebony floors, white walls, and textiles and tiles in various shades of green—creates a sense of repose. Nearly all the furnishings, including a gorgeous rocking chaise, are vintage finds that we reupholstered and refinished; one exception is a coffee table that Jessica’s husband, architect Yianni Doulis, made from a slab of locally salvaged Eastern hard rock maple. Antiques, including a pair of Portuguese eel traps hanging over the fireplace mantel, Chinese garden stools, a rustic mirrored cabinet, and
French blown-glass demijohn bottles, add a patina of age. The master-bathroom cabinets are built of kirei board, an engineered-panel product made from the stalks of sorghum, a food plant grown in many parts of the world.