Grand Home for Making Memories
These empty-nester clients were after a quintessential extended family experience: a home with space enough for all to gather to make memories. They had enlisted me on interior design projects before, and now I was challenged with transforming the expansive Westchester home.
With many kids coming and going, bringing their partners and ever more grandchildren to visit, I knew every design element needed to feel cozy, comfortable, and inviting. I let the clients’ traditional tastes shine through, with a timeless color palette that flows through every room.
Though no major architectural changes were needed, I made the home feel like new with furnishings, fabrics, and a flow made for gathering. I kept my mind on family traditions around the holidays, with enough space for all to sleep comfortably and stay for long, family-filled visits. The home is now the center for family life for the entire extended family.
A custom Oriental rug was created to fill the space in this gallery, leading from the foyer to the study and living room. Decorating transition spaces with the thoughtfulness you would give other rooms in your home adds consistency throughout the home.
This view of the bar area in the study shows its central location, making it perfect for entertaining.
A pair of sofas flank the fireplace in the more formal living room and provide an intimate seating arrangement for conversation.
Light pours through the many windows in this living room. The sophisticated color palette brings the outdoors in with its happy, yet soft, green and yellow tones.
The details in the living room, such as the bullion fringe on the chairs and the antique textiles used for the lumbar pillows, add that “little something extra” to the room.
Robin hung the living room window treatments at the highest point possible to give a sense of height and importance in the room.
The elegant living room fireplace features stunning antique green onyx andirons. A round antiqued mirror is the backdrop for the accessories on the mantel.
The dining room is a great example of how to mix styles to create your own look. The antique Asian baskets are set off by the traditional dining table and cane-back chairs.
The monochromatic kitchen flows with the other areas of the home and features two islands with different countertops. Robin chose iron-and-glass lanterns for task lighting over the cooktop.
Surrounded by windows on three sides, the breakfast nook is a wonderful, light-filled space for casual brunches and early suppers.
The warm, cozy study features deep, luxurious colors and textures.
The deep green of the study’s sink-in velvet sofa lets the pillows’ antique textiles capture attention.
In the less formal family room, the television is centered over the fireplace and highlighted by sconces. A symmetrical arrangement of prints flank the walls on either side of the fireplace, completing the warm, traditional look.
Robin brought the homeowners’ favorite color of blue into the light-and-airy master bedroom. Blue is a calming color and perfect for relaxation.
In the master bedroom, shades of blue in the textiles and accessories carry the color throughout the room.
A pair of comfortable chairs in the master bedroom provide a quiet place for relaxing. The light that streams in from the French doors makes this the perfect spot for reading.
Mirrored frames on the artwork in the master bedroom bring elegance to the space.
Robin believes great design is in the details. This pillow in the master bedroom is made special by the use of both ribbon and ball-and-tassel trim.
Our homes are a reflection of who we are…they also help us become who we want to be.
Place objects that inspire and uplift you in key locations throughout your home. Also...a little Feng Shui goes a long way!