Living Spaces

Claire Paquin of Clean Design

(914) 725-0995;
Location: Rye

“The clients love to entertain and a main goal was to maximize seating in this space,” says Claire Paquin. “Since the room is very long, we divided it into two seating groups, which created a layout conducive to entertaining. Instead of separating the seating areas with two different rugs, we used one rug throughout to maintain a cohesive feel and added an overlapping organic hide as an accent.” Pattern and color were also important to the clients, so Paquin incorporated both on the back of the love seat (custom via The Tac Room with Donghia and Norbar fabrics), antique wing chairs (clients’ chairs, reupholstered with Donghia fabric), and occasional chair. “The elegant jewel tones gave the room a bit of whimsy and helped make the entire space unique.”

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Mara Solow Interiors

(914) 329-1151;
Location: Armonk


“The design is all about clean-lined furnishings juxtaposed with a touch of industrial and subtle glam,” says Mara Solow. “The fabrics selceted included luxe linen, velvet, and wool in pale creams, taupes, and earth tones with splashes of color accents. All of the furniture and lighting were custom designs and made in diverse materials like metal, leather, shagreen, parchment, python, lambskin, and exotic woods. The rugs were custom as well, in hemps, linen, silk, and wool.”

Kent Pruzan Interiors

Greenwich, CT 
(203) 531-5959;
Location: Purchase 

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Kent Pruzan and his staff had five weeks to transform this 8,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom traditional residence into an East Hampton-style modern home. A team of 50 tradesmen got started; vendors were asked to find creative, expedient solutions; the design team had to find imaginative alternatives to industry standards. When the construction dust settled and the many layers of primer and paint had finally dried, the suburban home had taken on an entirely new aesthetic. Cool gray and putty and cadet blue walls replaced primary color blocks, and sculptural lighting fixtures, made of 60-inch glass tubes with reflective crystals inside, were used. “The glass sculptures have no internal light source,” says Pruzan. “They reflect the light from recessed lights above positioned directly over the sculptures. The special effect is that they appear floating without electrical wires to illuminate them.” They were originally purchased from Moura Starr in New York City. The design partner was Gaussen Hamner.


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