I remember the first day I walked into this home…I thought I’d made a wrong turn and was in Greenfield Village! It was way too literal in its colonial direction. Thankfully, my wonderful clients agreed–They wanted a more modern feel. We got rid of the heavy drapery, reupholstered their settee, painted the woodwork a darker color so it would pop, and added new, clean-lined furniture and accessories to complement what they already had. Provided it works, we love to re-use pieces our clients already own; the result is totally fresh, but familiar and comfortable, for them. (After photo by Beth Singer)
This was a total home renovation, which included a new kitchen, and master suite addition. We worked with von Staden Architects, and the goal was to update and orient this Bloomfield Village house to the garden our clients love. By keeping the furniture plan uncomplicated , the view takes center stage. We brought in low contemporary furniture of the highest quality, to contrast the fine rug they already owned. Sometimes nature decorates the best. (After photo by Beth Singer)
A foyer should make a statement and set a tone for the rest of the house; it’s the first thing guests see. We took cues from this home’s straight-lined, Georgian colonial architecture, and made a focal wall of layered paper squares and rectangles. We contrasted it with sculptural pieces like the sconces and a Venetian mirror we found in San Francisco . More squares in the Tibetan rug and the contemporary Italian chairs flanking the Regency commode tie the space together. (After photo by Gene Meadows)
We designed the Birmingham Showhouse family room to include the characteristics of the Arts and Crafts style through the use of organic materials, with a hand-made quality. There is also slight Japanese aesthetic running through the design. It was designed to be a warm, comfortable place for the entire family to spend time in. For example, we designed the bookcases with integral, pull-out desks, allowing the room to serve many functions. The color palate is warm neutrals, with interest being added by using many textures and punches of geometric pattern. Of note, is the fireplace surround clad in patinated steel plate with rivets, the custom cow-hide herringbone rug, the drapery hardware made from copper plumbing pipe, and the antique Thai teak log trestle table. The custom ceiling light anchors the space, while the wall light swings to the desk area as needed. (After photo by Justin Maconochie)
These young clients wanted a modern kitchen. Since their home is located in a heavily wooded area, our concept was to take cues from nature. We started with the simple slab door front cabinets, and then brought in organic, “barky” looking glass back splash and rice paper laminated in glass for the upper cabinet fronts. The granite has very bold crystals which we thought resembled sliced tree trunks. The sheers in the adjoining room soften the wall of windows, and give a hint to the tree shapes beyond. (After photo by Chani Devers)
The goal in this dining room was to give a nod to the couples’ modern aesthetic while maintaining the architectural flow from outside this Colonial home. Our concept was that a young couple had inherited a Venetian palazzo. First, we raised the chair rail, and added some panel molding, then we applied a vintage looking damask wallcovering to add instant “age.” Dramatic green silk vintage linen velvet drapery and grass shades add texture. In the center of it all, contemporary Italian furniture and lighting contrast, yet compliment, the rest of the room. (After photo by Gene Meadows)
This bathroom hadn’t been touched since the 1950’s. The clients wanted a soothing spa-like feel, so we changed the color palate to clean white , accented by warm mahogany tones. Vintage inspired fixtures , vanity base, and tile fit with the homes vintage architecture. The large, custom framed mirror make the space feel twice as large. (After photo by Arturo Herrera)
Our client requested a wine cellar. We found the perfect place in a small, unused closet under the basement stairs. We had it insulated and a special cooling unit installed. The custom rosewood shelves can hold 1,003 bottles. The gravel floor can be sprayed with water to raise humidity levels, but we put it in because it looks cool.