Home Tour—-Whimsy + Modern Chic + East Coast Sophistication

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With Spring  approaching, we are more obsessed to light and airy home interiors. And what really made us want to talk about today’s home(located at Park Ave.), besides its lightness, is its way to masterfully bring past and present together with the charm of East Coast sophistication.

This  Park Avenue abode gets an airy update by American renowned interior design firm Kemble Interiors. Celerie Kemble, the founder of  Kemble Interiors, is well known for her signature style of whimsy and color. And we will say her style also embraces maximal-ism since she is very detail-oriented in a classical way. But when she took the project with her design partner, they really listened and  incorporated  client’s minimalism aesthetic in the design and created this  whimsical  modern chic East Coast home. Let’s take look at this home together:

  1. Airy Color Palette: white-on-white wall paints with modernized classical chinoisorie and striped wallpaper treatments on the accent walls.
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The wall paints, the furniture, the lamp shades and flooring are in a harmonious elegant light color palette of white,  cream, blush  and light brown while the brass on the lighting fixtures and coffee tables  add touch of glamor.  Greenery and fresh flower arrangements make this living space alive.  The colors in furnishings of this living room actually were pulled out from a modernized chinoiserie wallpaper on a accent wall.  What we want to mention here is the modern classical chandelier hanging over the living room ceiling, if this is a west coast home, this light fixture might go super minimalism style.  This is where we see the decor difference between East Coast and West Coast.
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Chinoisorie wallpaper nicely contrasts with modern furniture.

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2. Bring the past and present together : One of the way to bring the past and present together is to modernize classical furniture and let them stand out in a light muted  backdrop.

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The black wall mirror, console are streamlined classical pieces with details. Same are two acrylic Louis XVI chairs flunking the console.  A modern gold-leaf chandelier in this foyer truly makes a statement.

 

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3. Pop of subtle warm colors to make this home inviting.

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We love this green velvet on both wall treatments and chairs in the dining room, which is contrasting with a crisp white elliptical dining table, white floors and white ceiling.

 

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Warm muted dark orange and brown on the pleated to-the-floor drapery panels and desk chairs elevate this all-white study and add a touch of sophistication. The chevron-patterned area rug is the star in this study.

 

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4. Art and hand-made furniture makes huge difference

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The trim on the edge of the white tufted bench echos with the tapestry atop of it.

 

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5. A banquette in a kitchen is an effective way to bring the style and comfy to a kitchen.

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We love this light  blush channeled banquette—it is stylish and easy on the eyes. The artwork on the wall make this all-white kitchen interesting.

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Home Tour—a Before-and-After Case Study of a Modernized Urban Pre-war Apartment in New York

 

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We came across an article on Architect Digest this morning talking about the renovation of a prewar apartment channeling old-School New York. We fell in love with this newly remodeled NYE home immediately thanks to its muted pearl-on-pearl color palette. This soothing off white color palette with subtle shimming pearl  undertone creates a very calming and elegant atmosphere through the house. Because the home owner and design team have kept some of its classical bone, we are please to see  eye-pleasing classical design details at the mantle, bathroom and kitchen …etc. So, today, we are going to use this NYE pre-war apartment makeover as a before-and-after case study to share our take-aways on small-space makeover.

1. Choose a warm light neutral color palette.

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The colorful books on the white bookcase, the dark brown and black on the dining furniture and light fixture anchor and elevate the space.

2. Dining and Living Area.

Before:

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Before: dining room and living room are 2 separate small rooms without smooth flow.

After:

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The design team combined the dining and living rooms  to form one larger space.

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This is a small apartment about 1,200-square-foot s featured a restrictive layout, and lacked the unique character. So the  design team decided to focused on simplifying the home’s layout by combining the dining and living rooms  to form one larger space. Additionally, three elegant archways were installed to encourage a sense of symmetry. And you can see one of the archways from the above picture. The pearl-on-pearl color palette here reflects the classic vibe of the apartment and also serves as a perfect backdrop for modern furniture and furnishings. We love several textures inter-playing at this space—elegant marble, wool area rug , soft linen fabric on the sofa, wood frames on the furniture and polished chrome metal legs of the marble dining table.  The oversized black artwork anchors and elevates the space while an one-of-the-kind mid-century modern chandelier over the dining table is a huge wow factor.

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2. Kitchen

Before:

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A tiring and dated small kitchen

After:

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An  custom Moroccan  Tadelakt plaster backsplash adds a touch  of old-world charm to this newly modernized light-filled space.
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Storage was shifted to one side of the kitchen so the other side could remain airy.

 

You can tell that the old kitchen was tired and dark. So one of the successful strategies to renovate a small and dark kitchen to make it bigger and brighter is to streamline the layout first.  We have done that many times. The design team for this NYE project got rid of wall cabinets on the stove side which really helps open the kitchen and keep the storage on another side with adding tall cabinets. We love the old-world charm Tadelakt plaster on the stove side. And the French vintage range adds a dose of glamor  to the kitchen. in order to enlarge the kitchen visually, lighter wide oak planks replaced original narrow busy wood flooring. So our suggestion here is L: don’t be afraid to use large wood planks or large-format tiles in a small space. They actually  dramatically make the space looks a lot of bigger and UN-fussy.

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3. Bathroom

Before:

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a cramped bathroom with a French classical bone.

After:

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The issue for the old bathroom is that  the space is a little bit cramped. In order to guarantee the comfy of usinh this bathroom, the best strategy in this kind of situation  is propally to re-figure the layout if the budget is allowed. The design team created a wet zone with separated shower and tub.  Then, we feel this bathroom is a breathable space.  We love the idea of changing black frames of the window to white.  The white window frames together with   newly added white-framed panels open and light  up the upper space of the bathroom while the black hexagon mosaic tiles anchor this space.

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4. Fireplace.

 

We don’t have the before photo for the fireplace.  But we really love how the design team did this fireplace—the beautiful Calacatta marble on the surrounding of the fireplace, a muted color palette, and a custom artwork that actually hides away a TV. We are usually not a big fan of any cabinet or panels that are designed to hide away a TV. But this project is different. The artwork  quietly seamlessly blends in the wall. It is so minimal and sleek. You couldn’t tell it actually hide away a TV if you  are not told so.

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A San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After

Decorating  is usually the final touch to make the room look finished with personality.   In today’s blog, I would like to share one of our recent projects—a San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After.

The client remolded her house not long ago—painted the whole  house, changed the floor and re-did the kitchen. However somehow, the client felt that she might need a professional interior designer help her  put everything together and finish the house. Here are several steps we did to create that chic, modern yet inviting  space.

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The client used to have a much smaller chest with a  burst mirror hanging  above it at her entry as it showed in the following first  photo.  What we did is to replace that  short and bulky  chest with  a long yet sleek marble-top console to make the whole vignette look modern and more proportional.  Also, we used classic black houndstooth wallpaper to elevate the space.   The muted multi-color artwork and jewel-toned  glass vases are highlights  for the vignette adding touch of elegance and youthfulness to the entry.  The greenery underneath the console makes the space alive.

Last but not least is the proper lighting for the whole entry vignette since there is not that much natural light in this area. We used adjustable LED ceiling  light fixture with warm light to light up the entry.

We also replaced the original cabinets with a bi-folding door and simple shelving system.

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Chic yet modern entry featured with houndstooth wallpaper, jewel-toned vases and artwork.

Underneath the stair and by the side of entry, we installed a pull-out rack, a bench and an artwork together to form a casual, relaxing yet functional  vignette set.

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Breakfast Room Before-and-After

From traditional country to modern chic.