Photo by Jane Beiles
Old World Construction
The owners of this midcentury modern house found their designer in a 21st-century way: via Instagram. An accomplished author, the homeowner had been following D2 Interieurs for months and couldn’t get enough of the bold designs the firm was posting.
“She just loves what we do with color,” says Denise Davies, owner of D2. “She wanted a very comfortable, livable home.” So when it came time to update their newly purchased Westchester house, the homeowner met with Davies and hired her on the spot. She and her husband, who have two teenage sons, appreciated the architecture of the house, built in the ’50s. The bones and mechanicals were in good shape, Davies explains, but the interior was quite dated.
One of the first orders of business in the living room — and throughout the house — was to refinish the honey-tone wood floors, which were stripped and treated to a light finish. The living room beams, formerly an ugly brown were painted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, which is also the new wall color.
At the homeowner’s mandate, there’s no TV in the living space, but instead stacks of the family’s reading materials fill the room. Davies performed “built-in Botox” on the massive shelving wall that holds the family’s many books. She had the built-ins painted with Farrow & Ball Ammonite, installed new lighting, and did a little zhushing of the books, art, and objects.
The homeowners love art and already owned a stellar collection, including the oversize nude in this living room, which provided a starting point for the design. Custom furnishings in the room create an especially relaxed space. For instance, the bespoke sofa was designed to be extra deep and covered in a “yummy” fabric, so it’s ideal for lounging. Davies had a pair of vintage Milo Baughman chairs recovered. A bench finished in a Romo stripe sits by the fireplace, which was also redone in a style that reflects the period of the home. Rounding out the seating options and adding an element of fun: a hanging bubble chair. Everything surrounds a custom wood coffee table with rounded corners.
All of the house’s windows were replaced as part of the gut renovation; in the living room a wall of oversize windows lets in tons of natural light. Drapes in a Holly Hunt fabric encase the windows, which are flanked by contemporary Lawson-Fenning sconces. A spiky glass chandelier completes the lighting layers and has a sculptural presence that anchors the space.
The homeowners are thrilled with their new living room, both for its comfort and the way it suits their personal style. “This is how a home should look,” Davies says. “It should be a reflection of what you love and what you collect — what’s important to you.”
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Farrow & Ball Ammonite
Farrow & Ball
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Custom covered in Montana Silver F1027-33 Fabric
Clarke & Clarke
Similar Vintage Milo Baughman Covered in BANDOL 4858-13 Manuel Canovas Fabric
CH-B330-12PN Chandelier EOS
Benjamin Moore Simply White
Rolled Perforated Sconces
Custom finished in Soraya Cobalt/7813/02 Fabric