After working with KWI on another property, our client called on us again to refresh their historic townhouse. Tucked away in the West Village and designed to honor the past and step forward into the future’s next chapters, they wanted a new full-time home office for her and a master bath renovation. Updates to the family room, living room and sun-drenched breakfast room followed.
We love this client and their sensitivity to place, each project they embark upon is done with a desire to reflect both where and who they are. With their art collection as our springboard, new color and fabric schemes were selected to weave together a conversation of elements.
A primary home, the house reflects a family’s evolution with decades’ worth of treasures from trips abroad, projects from their kids’ childhoods, sentimental mementos. Pieces of shared experiences informing and revealing who these owners are, in every room. Individually, all the pieces seem random and disparate,but together, they reveal a full life. We wanted to evoke that same eclecticism through the pattern-play of fabrics, the mix of textures and weaves, and the selection of colors. These elements are beautiful on their own, but together spark a connecting current that is even better when juxtaposed with all else.
Favorite moments include the dashed rug pattern in the family room echoing some of the glittering light in the street scene from the painting above. The LR coffee tables and chandelier- which both blur the line between art and furnishings- were selected to hold their own in a room with dominant paintings and sculpture that use direct, angular lines against the softer curves of the 120-year old architecture.
I love that an antique hot pink and tangerine rug allows for just-shy-of neon contemporary art, deco-inspired embroidered fabric and feathery peonies to marry together into a cohesive whole. I have an affinity for designing workspaces, and while this one quietly plays second-fiddle to the room’s antique mantle, backyard-tree view, and soaring crown mouldings, it works beautifully, and keeps the owner well-organized.
The scope of work was not our usual whole-house, but the desire to do the rooms right made this just as engaging as any of our usual projects. It’s become one of my personal favorites, and one that lets us demonstrate how we master color and form. The house looks inviting, welcoming…like, home.