Avid traveler, history buff, and antique collector needed to update the home he built for himself. The home had good structure- plaster walls, marble floors, Persian rugs, and lots of original works of art and antique pieces, but it needed an update. Wanting to keep as many collectibles on display as possible, and maintain a masculine vibe, it was a challenge to incorporate some modern pieces in the home. Classic designs with unexpected finishes, oversized scale and lots of glass, chrome and nickel accents help dress up the space.
The homeowner needed a larger breakfast nook off the kitchen. A custom designed table made of walnut slabs, curved steel legs and nickel inlay and feet. The carving in the apron is the Egyptian symbol for “home”. Historic, yet sleek chrome Klismos chairs surround the table which is grounded by a large drum pendant. Custom shelves designed to match the kitchen cabinets proudly display a collection of decoy ducks. The adjacent dining room had a custom dining set commissioned in South Africa, made from railroad ties. The chairs, however were uncomfortable so they were upholstered with a soft butter leather making for comfortable holiday dinners. A glitzy 72″ glass prism chandelier sparkles over the heavy table and leads your eye to the oversized Greek relief that was relocated from another part of the home.
The long neglected living room sat nearly empty for years. The leather sofa, chairs and antique tables were inherited in the design. The antique mirror over the fireplace was painted black to match other black furniture in the room. Using an antique chair as a model, custom black framed chairs were upholstered in a soft blue velvet to compliment the colors of the rug. Noir’s concrete “Hand Side Table” and a garden stool compliment the large oval bone inlay and nickel coffee table. Nickel and chrome accents bring a little shine into the space.