The energetic mix of colors and patterns gives so much life and personality to this space, and the extreme-attention to detail is intoxicating.
LIVING ROOM: Love the mix of colors: burnt orange, peacock blue, hot pink, and the mix of textures: washed walls, lacquered table, leather chairs, velvet pillows, worn antique rug, and the mix of patterns: Greek key, chinoiserie ginger jars, floral and leopard pillows.
TERRACE: Love the beautiful lush greenery of mature trees and landscaping, and the interesting, organic pattern of the stone terrace floor....you would never know this is an urban dwelling!
|"A dogwood shades the terrace; the garden was created |
by Christina Michas Landscape Design."
LIBRARY: Love the cozy lounge/club feel of this space enveloped by peacock blue lacquered walls and vivid accent colors of orange silk pillows, retro throw blanket, and brown velvet chevron chair (reminiscent of designer, Madeline Stuart's 2013 Academy Awards Green Room chairs in Schumacher Shock Wave fabric). Also love the architecturally-interesting (antique?) large scale wood mirror above the sofa. Finally, note the way the blue and orange tones are repeated in adjoining room for continuity.
|"In the library, picture lights from Circa Lighting top the bookcases; |
the sofa is by Dune."
REAR STAIRWELL: Love the unique and visually stimulating mix of red and black frames used for this gallery wall of photos. What a fun way to display so many family memories!
|"Family photographs are hung salon style in the rear stairwell"|
KITCHEN: Love the mix of both traditional (striped window treatment, checkerboard floor) and modern (sleek counter top, range) textures and elements, and the overall quirky, lively vibe.
|"Olsen paved the floor with a jazzy checkerboard of cement tiles, covered the casino-style Soane Britain chairs in scarlet Brentano faux leather, and introduced blousy red-and-white-striped Roman shades that frame views of the bosky backyard."|
|"The office features Zoffany wallpaper and a Vaughan lamp."|
Interestingly, this historic property needed to be significantly gutted to correct various structural issues; yet, the owners rejected the open-plan layout commonly used in renovations throughout their neighborhood. Rather, they "wanted distinct rooms and a cozy feel," says Joe Datema, of the Manhattan firm Baxt Ingui Architects. Granted, "the connecting portals can be flung wide during parties, so the public rooms meld into one long convivial space... "The couple wanted the home to be dense, warm, and inviting," Olsen says of his clients, who entertain frequently and prefer the flicker from fireplaces and candles and the flattering glow of table lamps to bright recessed lighting and sparkling chandeliers." I could not agree more! Lamp lighting is so much warm-and-cozier than overhead lighting. It makes such a difference in a room.
I love Hamilton's description of the home, "as if assembled by an eccentric, well-traveled aunt with a refreshingly indiscriminate eye, the Brooklyn residence casts a wide embrace, from the plainspoken George III bookcase-on-cabinet of the sort often derided as mere "brown furniture" (it was snapped up at Christie's) to the whimsical Tibetan tiger figurine (captured at the famous Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts)..."Usually stuff like that ends up in an attic," Olsen says. "But here it's downloaded to the main floors, where the effect is a bit hodgepodge-lodge."
From a practical perspective, all of these patterns and colors come in handy. As Hamilton describes, "it's all extremely family-friendly. After all, in this kind of hospitable pattern-rich jumble, a stain left by a clumsy youngster would be very difficult to find."
Architectural Digest text provided by William L. Hamilton, photography by Pieter Estersohn, and produced by Howard Christian.