Mid century Dorothy Draper-style loop motifs are used in variations throughout an elegant house.
We’ve seen a lot of the high-contrast ivory-and-java color scheme blended with various aspects of mid century style. Accent colors also come and go but even many 1940s Hollywood interiors weren’t as glamorous as this sleekly renovated house in suburban New Jersey by architect James Paragano and designer Patti Smith.
The simple lines of the entry hall rely on lavish polished marble surfaces – botticino in the center and chocolately emperador along the edges. A two-tier bronze and crystal chandelier looks modern but actually is a vintage number from ArtsyLights, a wholesale resource in L.A. which expanded to the web.
In this house, going pale vs. dark on the floors seems to reflect light from the walls. Espresso-colored furniture ties into the woodwork and the play of dark pattern squares repeated by a Holly Hunt lantern overhead and in Victoria Hagan drapery fabric. As always, contrast provides drama but sometimes houses as visually composed as this one can feel a bit compulsive — always a danger when perfection is so clearly a goal.
The rigorously matched, brand-name materials should make a bold statement since no one wants an expensive house that doesn’t look it. The lone practical compromise here is laminated fabrics on handsome breakfast room chairs and banquettes required to repel buttery fingers and childish spills.
(Source: New York Spaces)
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