"Design is about problem solving.
I create gorgeous solutions"
" Inspiration can come from from every conceivable source: architecture, nature, art, fashion, music, literature, the list goes on..."
"My goal is to find the intersection of Art, Design and Technology"
"My career began in theater, exploring the relationship between the set, the props and the characters that interacted with them. My work is still informed by these early experiences."
"Never be afraid to let the genie out of the bottle!"
I placed their collection 19th century engravings against butter cream yellow walls, the clients favorite color, and added classic French country toiles, checks and plaids. The green sofa and ottoman anchor the room opposite the mantle and provide a shot of strong color. The antique mantle came from a salvage yard. I carried the black and white theme into the two story vestibule with the same check on the walls and transitioned into the classic red Georgian dining room with a mid-century red and gold Tabriz rug.
A Country Carraige House
This home was originally built as the carraige house for the neighboring property sometime in the mid-19th century and converted to a home around the turn of the century. The client wanted a sophisticated country space in which to entertain. The floors are continuous throughout the entire first floor of the house and dated back to the original conversion. We removed a wall between this room in the next to make room for the clients grand piano and to allow more natural light and then feathered the floors together with salvaged wood to match the original.
The drapery is an ivory floral damask lace. The room is anchored by a gold cut velvet sofa in a subtle floral pattern opposite the fireplace (and the study in oils by Guido Reni over the mantle)
The decor is built around an ever evolving display of beautiful black and white family photos. The walls are covered in an ivory pearl venetian plaster to create a neutral gallery for the growing collection
The Living Room adjoins the Library and Sunroom. All three rooms are carpeted in the same Stark seagrass broadloom, cut to expose the inlaid floor borders and banded in lilac canvas. The aqua Persian carpet protects the seagrass broadloom from children and the family's large dogs
To give the room strong tactile appeal, there are passementerie details throughout, bespoke lampshades and floral pillows custom made in the clients favorite colors
A Country Living Room
The client asked me to bring the gardens indoors. I wanted to focus on the room's spectacular lake and garden views. I chose to work with a subtle play of more ubiquitous floral motifs and patterns rather than straightforward floral or garden prints.
A pair of white and gold floral brocade sofas flank the mantle at opposite ends of the room. The client has very eclectic taste in continental antiques.
The linen drapes have an custom engineered Queen Anne style embroidered border with a sculpted silk flange on the to echo the scrolled rail of the loveseat.
A Lady's Library
The room originally had a very traditional red mahogany finish and was very dark and claustrophobic. We bleached the woodwork and gave it a pecan finish and gilt all of the carved details. The bespoke periwinkle blue mohair velvet loveseat has a hand carved, scrolled and gilt gallery rail and cabriole legs and was contoured to fit into the bay window
The tables are Giacometti inspired. A friend of mine sculpted several beautiful little iron birds and I had them applied to the custom hammered iron cocktail table and console and gilded everything.The inside of the ceiling coffers are finished with a hammered gold paper and the inside backs of the bookcases are lacquered in pale lilac. I filled the shelves with literary classics, specifically Irish writers. The curved cerused oak Art Deco desk with a tooled leather top is from Nancy Corzine. The seagrass rug was cut and bordered to fit the room and continues the design scheme into the adjoining sunroom and living room.
drapery continues the line of the strie'd wainscoting around the room. I found a lovely Aubusson rug in amethyst and celadon and upholstered the window settee in a violet Lelievre brocade. To give the room a modern touch I accessorized with some very delicate yet contemporary Blanc de Chine peonies and floral ginger jars.
A Country Dining Room
The client had a beautiful George III dining suite and wanted to freshen up her lovely but somewhat dated decor. I used couture details, beaded trims and passementerie, to add a touch of femininity. Given her collection of antiques and traditional romantic tastes I chose to pattern the drapes after a 19th century ball gown. The lower kick pleated silk taffeta portion of the
The cushions are all upholstered in Sunbrella excpet the lavender stools which are in Christopher Hyland iridescent silk. The seagrass rug contnues from the adjoining rooms and the room is filled the room with low light plants, or exceptionally good silk reproductions.
A Four Season Sunroom
This room adjoins the Lady's Library and was originally an summer porch. After weather proofing and installing an HVAC system. The color scheme continues from the adjoining library, albeit lighter. .
A Teen Media Cave
This client had three boisterous teenagers, each with a large circle of friends. The goal was to provide them with a gaming/exercise room in order to preserve the rest of the house from destruction. The shelves are filled with vintage mid-century robot toys and found object robot sculptures by Gordon Bennett.
Storage cubby holes in the wall were disguised with classic sci-fi movie posters framed to look like movie marquees. The storage ottomans are covered with giraffe patterned cowhide and nailheads. The twin sectionals are very sleepover friendly. This room is in the basement and has no natural light so the ceiling is lacquered in ultra high gloss white.
A Family Great Room
This family room has spectacular lake views. The client wanted a bright, colorful and emphatically durable family space. I opted for a mix of Colonial and Anglo-Indian motifs to compliment the stunning 19th century Persian rug. I layered patterns of similar colors to create a colorful chaos. I anchored the space with a spectacular custom double-tiered painted wood chandelier. The sofas are mohair velvet and will look beautiful as they age and take on a patina.
The club chairs are upholstered in Lee Jofa embroideries and beaded trims. The William and Mary armchairs are covered in colonial blue wool herringbone and nailhead trim.
An Elegant Vestibule
This vestibule is the central axis of the home. The walls are covered in platinum grasscloth and the fixtures are silver leafed to create a neutral and tactile warm gray/cool gray background for the black and white photography and the antique tribal rug. The slumped glass center table is French Art Deco.
A Country Kitchen
This kitchen has only one small window over the sink to allow natural light however it opens onto a great room with two story windows. I wanted to keep the colors light and soft. The wall cabinets are hand-rubbed in a light khaki finish. I painted the island and insides of the cabinets a soft colonial blue to emphasize the Lemurian blue/green granite counter tops. The back splash is a classic white subway tile over which I hung a series of hand tinted 18th century Revolutionary era engravings.