When I received a phone call from my client, she lived in Tribeca, NYC and was about to move to the Westchester Country Club in NY. I was based in the Washington DC area. She had seen some of my work at a mutual friends’ house and asked to meet to see if I could help make this new home her own. An American Colonial style home, not exactly her style. Several designers already consulted on the project, suggested to remove all molding, stair balustrades etc. in order to get the more contemporary feel she was looking for. To see the original condition of the house, click on the Before/After gallery.

I suggested to keep the integrity of the house in tact and have it work to our benefit, comparing it to the old European homes with modern interiors. To create a play between "old" and "new". Existing floors were stained a warm grey, window mullions painted black, the family room fireplace received a makeover, door hardware was replaced with bold modern style knobs, a new powder room, new artful and unexpected lighting and new kid friendly furniture. The library was turned into a playroom. Existing built in cabinetry was removed and new cabinetry designed including a media cabinet inspired by a swing and a wall to wall buffet in the dining room.  Ultimately, the most important aspect of the final result is the way the house is in sync with the family’s way of living and their enjoyment of the space. The project came in on budget and on time.


Photography by Gurusurya Photography