Mixing it up in the Suburbs
In a leafy suburb of New York City we designed the interior of a spacious 1920’s Colonial Revival home for a family of five. The décor is a blend of classical elements, with contemporary items reflecting the tastes of the young family.
Rich wood tones, golden hues, and the color purple are favorite elements for these owners which were skillfully woven in to many rooms in a variety of ways, whether in large pieces of furniture, curtain panels, pillows, piping, or accents giving continuity to many spaces.
A circa 1820’s antique French-Empire daybed layered with rich pillows and antique textiles create the ideal corner for respite in the spacious living room
A large center table from the 1940’s inspired by the Chinese Chippendale style draws you in to the bright and spacious Living Room with windows on three sides. The center table offers a rich tableau of books, objects, and plants, but also serves as a buffet for food during larger events. A small scale work by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe mimics the form of the large scale bronze Asian style urn set upon the center table.
The home’s original paneled Library was painted a glossy aubergine to create a rich backdrop of the owners’ collection of black and white photography and antique leather bound books.
Bold-scaled furnishes including the 18th-century French armoire and a new wood four-post bed were put into the spacious Master Bedroom to anchor and break down the scale of the generous volume. Both the soft palette and hand-embroidered drapery with a delicate pattern give the room a counterpoint to the more bold elements.
A seldom-used guest room was transformed into a playful media room for the owners’ three daughters. The room combines a graphic mix of patterns with a vibrant color palette to create the perfect place for the teens to hang out with friends.