This project was a studs-up renovation of a 19th Century Carriage House. The decor of the rambling, open interior was inspired by the Client’s art collection. A Roy Lichtenstein lithograph hangs on the family room wall in the physical center of the home. The lithograph is colorful, lyrical and lighthearted. That energy is repeated on the wall of the breakfast area where a painting by local artist Piero Manrique provides an almost audible blast of color. The nearby kitchen is anchored by a blue center island and ringed by windows filled with natural light. Tucked behind a barn door (salvaged from the original structure) is the playroom – the floor covered by a thick turquoise rug. On the wall is an abstract painting commissioned to represent the family – one puzzle piece for each of their three children.
The carriage house entry arch is now an enormous window in the living room where cognac-colored swivel chairs wait invitingly in the glow of the afternoon sun. Nearby, the dining room is graced with a wine cellar capped by a red ceiling – a color repeated in the adjoining round library. The curved library window was restored with uniquely crafted arcs of glass. A swirling vintage chandelier mimics the movement of the Lichtenstein lithograph at the center of this joyful, artful family home.
From start to finish, my Clients were open to new ideas and enthusiastic about each aspect of their design journey. They understood the plethora of design decisions to be made, and we worked together for well over a year to create their unique vision for their family home. They embraced unusual suggestions (painting the wine cellar ceiling red comes to mind) and encouraged the re-purposing of architectural elements salvaged from the original structure. It was a privilege to work with them!