Interior designer Debbie Jackson has an enviable bicoastal perspective: she was raised in Brooklyn, lived in the California Bay Area, and just recently moved back to the East Coast, landing in New Canaan, a quintessential Connecticut town. “My house is located on the corner of the main street going through the town,” she says. “It’s literally a few blocks to the downtown area. I love being able to walk to restaurants and stores, and my kids are able to walk to school.” The location was key; the design came next.

“The moment I walked in I was drawn to the 10-foot ceilings and beautiful paneling details throughout,” she tells us. An open floor plan was a benefit, but the designer wanted to make the most of the space. “Since the overall room was so large, I wanted to make sure I designated 3 separate living areas,” she explains. She describes the overall style as “California, clean, laid-back interiors with a touch of bohemian,” and the flow from room to room only highlights that.

In the slideshow, she tells us more.