Classic Style Manor

Classic Styled Manor Details

Remember the Boatel? These same clients rent this Long Island, New York home year round, only visiting occasionally. Empty when I arrived, I was tasked with furnishing the front entrance foyer, living and dining rooms, master bedroom, and office. Carpet for the stairs and white faux wood blinds for most all of the windows, Roman shades and pinch pleated window treatments on the sliding doors in the master bedroom, and not a lot of accessories keep with their clean and minimalist contemporary aesthetic.

Design aesthetic and theme

The home has nods to life on the water with one white wood shiplap feature wall in each room. To ground each space and ease the flow from one room to the next, I carried a common color palette throughout. To give additional sparkle, I made certain that in every room the furnishings had one or more of the following elements; stainless steel, glass, acrylic, polished chrome and crystals in the chandeliers, tables, and lamps. I also kept the color palette consistent using shades of blue/gray with touches of color accents in various rooms. Pale purple and pink bedding in the master bedroom and a pale blue leather sectional dressed with soft blue striped velvet pillows in the living room. Occasional chairs upholstered in a soft blue, gray, and charcoal colored updated and current animal print pattern which is mimicked in the soft gray tone on tone color in the area rug.

Homage to modern architecture

The master bedroom sports a transitional collection of Bernhardt furniture case goods with a modern slant. All of the furnishings are made from engineered faux Anigre veneers inlaid in two tone white and off white finishes. The front face of the dresser, tall chest, and nightstands all have a three dimensional motif of an inverted pyramid offering a subtle yet dynamic visual appeal. The clever mixture of clear acrylic material combined with nickel plated metal gives the door and drawer hardware pulls a fresh and unique "jewel-like" feel to each piece. The office plays homage to mid-century modern architecture with the installation of the authentic Charles and Ray Eames's desk chair, lounge chair and ottoman.

Artwork as a backdrop

The six major pieces of giclee canvas artwork arrived unstretched and unframed, leaving it to me to implement a museum quality technique in the choices for the crisp cream colored mats and simple thin matte black wood frames, so they were ready for their wall mount installation. The accent colors in each piece added all the necessary contrast to the soothing grey and white backdrop found in each room of the house. Once all of this was accomplished, this home was ready for business.