“Modern, warm, and timeless.” That’s how Denise Davies, founder and CEO of D2 Interieurs, describes the aesthetic of the Dobbs Ferry home she designed for a couple and their two young children. “The owners wanted it to have a sophisticated feel, but they also wanted it to be livable — a home where they could entertain but still feel comfortable every day.”
Another important goal was to use the totally open floor plan to best advantage. “There are no rooms on the main floor, so all the spaces had to flow together while still serving different purposes,” she says. “That was part of my challenge: to give the family all the things they wanted and needed but still have the house be open and airy.”
Also crucial: celebrating the glorious views of the Hudson River, which can be seen from almost anyplace in the home’s two stories and the lower level, which looks directly onto the water. “We wanted the outside to flow with the inside,” says Davies. She spoke to Westchester Home about what makes the design work so beautifully.
Walk in the front door, cross the width of the home, and gaze out onto the Hudson from the wraparound deck.
Thoughtful choices in this room include the custom dining table and chairs upholstered in an indoor-outdoor fabric that can be easily cleaned — a bonus with kids in the house. The pattern on the custom rug looks like waves, and the blue shade also evokes the water — which is accessible through a sliding door that opens onto the deck. Overhead is a sparkling Moooi chandelier that Davies describes as “oversized but still light and airy.”
“This room was all about the view,” Davies says. Situated on a corner of the house, with a wraparound balcony, the room has two views of the Hudson. “We wanted to give it a very peaceful, serene feel with muted tones.” The seating area features a chaise lounge and a painted-glass table. The rug is made of silk. “It’s dreamy,” Davies says. “When you get out of bed you are enveloped by it.”
“For the boy’s room, we wanted to create a space that could grow with him,” Davies says. “He wanted bunk beds, but instead of something that looked juvenile we chose more sophisticated beds.” The “fun” sign above them is made of letters that were part of a carnival sign; it lights up.
Gray dominates in the sitting room off the living room — in the fireplace, the chairs (which Davies describes as “deep and comfortable, with a midcentury vibe”), and the rug. But the showstopper in this space is the artwork, part of the “Spoken Words” series by Lawrence Lazar. The family provided the quotes, and the artist rendered them in asphalt on canvas. On the left: “There’s no place like home.” On the right: “We are the change we seek.”
The blue color extends into the living room but in a more intense shade on the sofa and rug. Blush accent chairs add a contrasting pop of color to the space.
In the kitchen, Davies is particularly fond of the stools. “We chose them because they look more like furniture than typical counter stools,” she says. “Because of the open floor plan, what we did had to look substantial. If we’d put little bar stools in, they would’ve looked out of place.” The breakfast nook — with a custom table and banquette upholstered in distressed leather — provides additional seating.
The family room departs from the color evident in the other rooms. “Here we chose to do the opposite. We wanted to keep it neutral. It’s more about texture and pattern than color,” Davies says. The walls are covered in grass cloth, and the oversized armless chair provides “a little bit of a tribal feel,” she says. Built-in bookcases hold collections of pottery and vintage books. “The house is so new and minimal that wherever I could I wanted to add texture and age.”
The office also serves as a guest room, with a sofa bed and a lacquered coffee table that can be divided into thirds and provide versatility. The photograph, by Allyson Monson, was taken as a Rolling Stone exhibit in Manhattan.
The mini kitchen on the home’s lower level serves two purposes: It’s an arts and crafts area for the kids and a place for the husband to play poker with his friends. The Caribbean blue accent wall is made of matte textured tile to reference the river outside. The vintage “American” sign is made of metal.
Lower-level Seating Area
The lower-level seating area has 24 feet of built-in cabinetry in 32 colors. On the bottom are drawers for storage; at the right is a closet for the daughter’s dress-up clothes. “It’s a playful space but also a place where the adults can entertain and the kids can grow into,” Davies says. “Teenagers could easily use the space.” Visible through the window is a home gym.