The Pelham Manor started out in 1961 by Harold and Judith Edelman as a stunning mid-century modern home showcasing the best design elements and aesthetics of the era. The couple also lived here for years.

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A two-story sleek long house lit up during evening time

However, a tree fell on the house, leveling the sunroom. And it seemed that the stunning house was simply lost. But the tree became an opportunity to restore the house instead. The entire property was gutted and expanded, with an additional 1,500 square feet of space added. The entire exterior was stripped and rebuilt. The floors inside are white oak and the kitchen has custom oak cabinetry.

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A white house with areas where it is exposed in wood

Furthermore, the new design still has that mid-century look. It’s all clean lines and seamless transitions. It definitely captures the popular aesthetic of the mid-century era, when everyone was living in the Space Age. The modernist design continues inside with minimalist furniture in sweeping, curving lines. There’s a huge oval tub in the master bath and built-in shelves in the living room. Huge glass windows allow natural light and nature itself to enter into the space.

A dining room area that features floor-to-ceiling windows to slide out to the balcony

Additionally, the wood design is everywhere. It’s on the floors, the ceilings, the cabinets and in the view outside. Colors from nature fill the interiors, which are made in an open, airy design. On the other hand, the lighting fixtures honor the mod designs of the 1960s. The design was inspired the original couple who created the house but it still looks modern enough for today’s homeowners.

An outdoor balcony seating area overlooking a forest

The landscaping outside is a mix of natural plants, beautiful grass and the natural world beyond. It’s a home that pays homage to the past and to nature through elegant design inspired by nature. Designs that draw from nature and use the natural world as a guide are one big step toward building a better world for tomorrow.

+ Specht Architects

Photography by Dror Baldinger