Fabulous Room 07.28.17

Sometimes, I feel like my design sensibility is a true dichotomy. I absolutely adore traditional design elements– give me a beautiful, hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, vibrant ikat fabrics, and a gorgeous, gilded Chippendale mirror any day of the week and I will be happy. However, I also find that I am incredibly drawn to modern spaces filled with fantastic textures, warm wood hues, and a relaxed sensibility. My own style is sort of a mix of both sides, but I have an ardent appreciation and thankfully, a pretty solid understanding of both points of view which allows me to be versatile in the spaces I design for clients.

This week, after being in the Hamptons, I am feeling really drawn to the warm, modern look I described before. When I came across this beautiful Manhattan loft by the ultra-talented Neal Beckstedt on the Architectural Digest website the other day, I was immediately drawn in by the chic mix of furnishings, crisp palette, and airy sensibility of the space. The living room was designed to maximize seating for a client who enjoys entertaining at home. The leather and linen sofas are custom while the midcentury bench is by Poul Kjaerholm. One of the most interesting features of the space is the custom-designed floating staircase along with the feature wall behind it which is covered in cypress panels, which add a rich dose of texture to the space. This apartment is what I like to call a palate cleanser. When you feel overloaded by visual and sensory stimulation, it’s so nice to come across a beautiful, chic space that speaks volumes without screaming at you with tons of pattern and color. Every now and then, it’s nice to have a clean slate.

{Photography by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest}

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