Punched up classic

When a documentary filmmaker wanted to revamp his shingled Cape Cod-style house after an amicable divorce, he turned to Los Angeles-based designer Julie Goldman. Seeking a relaxed-yet-vibrant style, he desired a home that would suit his classic sensibilities and his newly single life with his two daughters.

“[My client] wanted a space where he and friends could watch television or enjoy a barbecue and relax,” Goldman says.“He wanted to be able to entertain both kids and adults.” Goldman, who launched her J. Latter design firm in 2000 after years in production design, started with color.

To make the 2,100-square-foot house feel alive and younger (it was built in 1922), Goldman chose punched-up colors with a masculine twist in the living and dining areas. She darkened the hardwood floors and changed the staircase banister.

A spicy saffron yellow works as an appetizing yet not-too-froufrou shade for the dining room, while blue-gray tints Family room Comfort is key in this colorfully patterned space. Designer Julie Goldman replaced a collection of chairs and sofas with one clean-lined, comfy sectional sofa. Walls were tinted a subdued blue-gray.

the family room walls in contrast to bold curtains in a primitive earthy orange pattern.

“In general, we gave the house a more classic feel,” says Goldman.

A redo of the fireplace allows easy TV viewing above a new mantel. An enlarged doorway next to the hearth balances the spaces flanking the fireplace. “It made a huge difference,” says Goldman, who, as a mother ^ of two girls, understood the need to provide p as much comfortably functioning space n for the family as possible. She subbed a sectional for a mishmash of furniture and laminated the breakfast room banquette for unfussy life around the table.

Goldman, an art history graduate of Tufts, as well as an artist, designed clever laundry and storage areas and an art room converted from a former sleeping porch. The room is an artist’s dream with lots of natural light and space for paints, markers, papers, and—best of all—wild imaginations that can thrive in a classic house with plenty of comfort.

Family room

Curtains in a fabric from Manuel Canovas mingle with pillows from Mecox sc? and Katie Ridder. Entry A campaign bench from Serena & Lily offers handy storage. A colorful rug from Lawrence of Labrea adds a welcoming air.

Julie Goldman’s tips of the trade

Use classic shapes in new or unusual materials or colors.

Mix old and new Display things meaningful to you: a stone found on a beach vacation, a postcard you received. New traditional style mixes across eras, too.

Bring life to a room Something alive—fresh flowers, a potted tree, a goldfish in a simple container—infuses a sense of animation. Rooms need to feel inhabited—not staged. Don’t skimp on the paint job Hire a good painter, or—if you’re DIY-ing—don’t rush to paint. It’s all in the prep. Spend extra time sanding and smoothing.

Dress windows fully Proper window treatments must be full, so buy more panels than you think you need. Err on the long side. Nothing gives away design on the cheap more than improper window treatments.

Dining room Goldman chose Farrow & Ball’s lively yet masculine “Babouche” ochre shade to enliven the walls. Curtains in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s “Kaba Kaba” pattern and ebony and ivory accents in the rug and mirror continue a subtly exotic yet festive mood anquette Goldman makes a point of using sentimental-yet-chic pieces from clients’ collections, like the Cleveland documentary film festival poster promoting the event in her client’s hometown.

Master bedroom Layers of blue and bold pattern add a masculine quality to this collected-over-time ambience. Shaggy accent rugs are from Woven Accents, and the primitive quilted pillow and vintage desk lamp are from Hollywood at Home. Art behind the bed is from Natural Curiosities, and the indigo quilt is from Serena & Lily.

Girl’s room “Petticoat Lane” window shade fabric from Osborne & Little is a great jumping-off point for this room. A chartreuse-and-cream throw (on the foot of bed) from Nickey Kehoe and Julie Goldman’s own fine-art watercolor canvas pillows (available at Harbinger) add a touch of artistic hip to the happy turquoise polka-dot comforter from Garnet Hill.

Kindred spirit

You can tell a lot about a relationship by how it begins. In this case, the serendipitous first encounter took place at designer Andrew Maier’s shop/studio in Locust Valley, New York. An elegant space filled with antiques, upholstered furniture, and one-of-a-kind pieces, it showcases his eye for contrasting styles and periods that produces a serene, harmonious ambience.

The clients, who lived nearby, wandered into Maier’s shop and immediately sensed a kindred spirit. Planning a simple family room makeover, the couple enlisted Maier’s help. Soon the collaboration grew to encompass the entire sprawling farmhouse.

Built in the early 1900s, it had been renovated in 1921 by its owner, architect William Wales Bosworth. He had carefully stuccoed over the brick exterior, giving the house the appearance of a paginated Italian villa. Its interior is equally whimsical.

The original footprint had been augmented to hide a full kitchen behind

Family room In this airy space, an eclectic collection of vintage chairs and sofas cluster around a coffee table designed by the homeowner. The end tables are Andrew Maier designs.

Preceding pages A chaise longue sprawls comfortably in the music room. The leather- covered walls, original to the house, depict scenes of fox hunting and polo matches.

Living room Strong bursts of color are anchored by a black lacquered coffee table and a George Smith sofa upholstered in a neutral fabric from Pindler & Pindler. The large-scale photograph is by Seth Casteel.

dramatic leather murals cover the walls. Rather than erase these quirky elements, the couple embraced them. They also built two additions and filled the house with fascinating collections and custom-made furniture they designed themselves.

Building on these elements, Maier refined the couple’s ideas to produce a space both richly textured and infinitely livable. Antique and modern mingle effortlessly. Fine art rubs shoulders with the children’s masterpieces, and the doors are flung open in the summer.

Finessing the details, Maier channeled the home’s vibrant spirit to bring the rooms into focus. Re upholstered sofas stand up to the demands of kids and canines. Large- scale rugs and dramatic window treatments marry the diverse collection of furniture into a cohesive whole. The hidden kitchen became a secret bar.

Underplaying his role, Maier gives credit to the clients. “I just did my job. It was all them,” he protests, like a conductor diverting attention to his orchestra’s talent.

Living room Contrasting shots of orange and lime green pop against the neutral backdrop. The sisal rug is by Stark. Unique accessories and a vintage wall sconce next to the mantel add a dramatic touch.

Music room A vintage chair is reupholstered in Pindler & Peddlers “Luxembourg” fabric in raspberry. Leather wall murals depicting hunting scenes are original to the house and were embraced by Maier’s clients.

Kitchen Designed to match those on the original home, the windows on the kitchen addition provide a dramatic setting for breakfast. The stools are from Crate & Barrel; the lights are from Restoration Hardware.

Master bedroom For consistency, Maier upholstered the custom-designed bed in the same Kravet fabric as the chaise. The commode, chest, mirror, and green chair are all vintage finds. The throw on the bed is from Anthropologie. In a sunlit corner, a portrait by Chuck Close shares the spotlight with a child’s sculpture. The custom chaise is by Andrew Maier Designs. The pillow is from John Rob show.

Andrew Maier’s tips of the trade

Live in your living room If you don’t already have a TV there, install one in a bookcase or conceal it in a cabinet.

Reupholster your traditional pieces

Try an unexpected fabric—a favorite bright or a funky, modern print.

Make your area rug big enough Rugs should fit under all of the furniture.

Have one custom-made, or if necessary, use two side by side.

Avoid light-colored rugs They always seem to say, “Don’t walk on me.” Nothing is more elegant than rugs that are neutral in color and s just rustic enough to be forgiving underfoot. Introduce modern art by framing a child’s

P-t art project and hanging it in a “serious” w location, such as over the dining room ^ buffet or at the end of a hallway.

Local Talent

Utah-based designer Kristin Rocky is proof that some of today’s most exciting design work can be found outside the design enclaves of New York and Los Angeles.

Looking for someone to decorate their vacation home in Park City, Utah, Rockets clients never imagined they’d find someone locally. Until, of course, they stumbled upon Rocky. When the project was completed, they were so happy with the results that she was the natural choice to renovate their primary residence in Florida.

Their three-story home overlooking the ocean was a mess of dark walls and faux finishes—more Gothic castle than Mediterranean villa—but Rocky saw beyond its cosmetic challenges to the inviting space hidden below the surface.

Stepping away from the pastels that are often part of the conversation in this area, she opted for a more subtle glamour. White

CO walls unify most of the house, turning the ° spotlight on the few exceptions. In the living g room, dramatic black walls are offset by

Great room A walnut coffee table from K. Rocky Design anchors the all-white seating area. Vintage Cola chairs were found in Spain.

Preceding pages A Miles van der Rohe Barcelona couch and a rug from Fizzy Dallas Designer Showroom are a cozy balance to the staircase’s grill work.

light reflected from the pool, providing a respite from the bright noon sun.

The dining room is equally surprising. A week of painstaking work made the walls blend indoors into outdoors. The colors fading into one another meld with the ocean view just outside the windows.

The trust that Rocky forged while working on the Park City house enabled her to ^ use some of her favorite craftspeople to p create one-of-a-kind pieces for the Florida n home. Mixed with finds from New York, Los

Angeles, Miami, Spain, and France, these one-off items inform many of the most arresting moments in the house: a delicate light fixture in the master bedroom, consoles marching down the hallway, and a coffee table that anchors the great room.

Lighting, the final punctuation, is more than practical. Juxtapositions—of modern with traditional, ornate with spare, contemporary with classic—skirt the predictable, bringing a surprising freshness to a setting that is majestic and intimate.

Hall Moroccan-style lanterns were spray-painted glossy white for an easy update. The consoles are from K. Rocky Design.

Living room A painting by NIC Red pops against walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Black Tuxedo.» The Vanguard sofa is covered in fabric by Kravet; the wing chairs are Robert Allen.

Dining room In a deviation from the home’s chalky palette, custom-painted walls set a contemplative mood. Swarovski sconces and a custom sideboard inject glamorous accents. Hallway A rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company and custom lanterns from Visual Lighting add fanciful flair to the upstairs hallway.

Kristin Rockets tips of the trade

Use unexpected pieces to elevate your interiors. Distinctive lighting, an intriguing rug, or a unique play of color works well. Add sharp contrasts Juxtapose texture, color, style, or pattern to bring a dynamic and exciting energy to a room.

Choose carefully Opt for pieces for their individual qualities, not for how they coordinate with other things. Don’t buy things just to fill a void; wait to discover a piece you love.

Find balance Plants, flowers, and displays of fruits and vegetables add life to a space h that’s empty and quiet one that’s animated by people.

s r Add one-of-a-kind pieces that were g designed specifically for the space.

33 They fuel the feeling of being intimately connected to your home.

Kitchen The walnut-and- stainless-steel console, as well as the kitchen cabinets, are from K. Rocky Design. Vintage French lights and a rug from Safavieh complete the room.

Bathrooms Unique wall coverings, bold pattern, and interesting fixtures add visual interest to the home’s bathrooms.

Master bedroom The custom chandelier hanging over the black four-poster seems to shower tiny porcelain petals. It and the Bolier chaise are by K. Rocky Design. Master bath A bathtub from Waterworks and a chaise from B&B Italia accentuate the glamour of the custom-cut Calacatta tile.

Girl’s bedroom Pale lavender walls, a curvaceous headboard, and ethereal draperies compose a bedroom fit for a princess.

Boy’s bedroom Graphic wallpaper from Given Campbell and sleek lines give this boy’s bedroom a space-age vibe.

Bathroom Hansgrohe fixtures and a Kohler sink are a good match for the marble countertop and floors.

Old world stile

Florida designer Andrew Howard maintains that his design style is nothing more than a reflection of his clients’ goals. If that’s the case, he’s successfully done his job, transforming a newly constructed residence into a family home that feels as if it could have been built a century ago.

“We wanted the house to look like it had been here for a while,” says the homeowner. “I loved the idea of creating the character of something old—but without the repairs.” Borrowing interior architectural and design elements from French, Swedish, and Belgian influences, the four-bedroom home looks every bit as genuine as a historical original.

Howard set out to create a comfortable home for the family of four with a soothing pastel palette that lends airiness to the home’s gracious scale and proportions.

Powder blue sets the stage in the primary living space. To insert character, Howard

CO added depth with layers of paint. “We color- ° washed the blue walls with coats of cream, g slate gray, and off-white,” he notes.

Living room Cream-colored sofas from Lee Industries face each other to promote easy conversation. The fabric on the spool chair from Hickory Chair picks up the blue of the walls. Accessories are from Mrs. Howard.

Preceding pages Barley-twist iron railings and framed French postcards make for a dramatic entrance in this home designed by Andrew Howard.

Entry A landscape by Stephen Floyd creates an intriguing focal point. The hanging lantern is from Circa Lighting. Library Faux bios walls are MDF (medium-density ) grained to look like old cypress. “It’s a great way to get the feel of a wood- paneled room at half the cost,” says Howard.

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Furthering the home’s sense of age, heavy beam work overhead breaks up the expanse of ceiling and provides interest above eye level. A fireplace flanked by thick cased doorways gives the illusion of weighty masonry and connects the space to the adjacent dining area. Fireplace bricks laid in a herringbone pattern and an old-world limestone mantel play up European leanings. p In the kitchen, a trio of windows and p a large dark-stained island add allure.

n Overhead, distressed beams offer the charm and patina of a century-old farmhouse. “I wanted the kitchen to feel like something more than just a place where food is prepared,” says Howard. “We created a space where people would want to gather.” Nearby, the informal dining area features a shapely Venetian-arched niche and wide-plank oak floors. A French walnut dining table with barley-twist legs provides understated elegance. The choice of details contributes to an ambience rivaling the authenticity of a Provençal estate.

Dining area Lacking a separate formal dining room, the home includes an elegant eating space just off the kitchen, featuring a round walnut dining table custom made by Howard. The wine barrel chandelier from Intriguing Objects lends visual weight while the carved mirror from Made Goods offers a lighter, airier appeal.

Andrew Howard’s tips of the trade

Create an enjoyable space A room is only as good as the people who occupy it. Rooms should be an enjoyable experience for family and guests.

Never settle Don’t make decorating decisions based solely on durability. It’s better to have something you love than to settle for a piece because it might last longer.

Let some pieces be the stars You don’t need to be over the moon about every element in a room. Let some pieces take a backseat. Don’t be afraid of color Each space should have its own mood—color is the best way to create that mood.

TVust your designer We spend sleepless nights and countless hours thinking of ways to make your home wonderful.

tips from the trade: modern art

The key to successfully incorporating modern art into traditional interiors is in how you place the artwork, ensuring the contrast of styles looks intentional and purposeful. The juxtaposition sets the artwork apart, placing it in the spotlight without overshadowing the furnishings and aesthetic. Drake Drake Design Associates

My philosophy for art really follows my philosophy for decorating—the mix of modern and traditional can look seamless and natural. The traditional softens the modern, and the modern gives the traditional an edge.

—Scott Leslie Scott Leslie Design

Adding modern art to a traditional interior is a simple way to add energy to a space. Tie in either shapes, gestures, or colors—it doesn’t have to be specifically coordinated, just conceptually tied to the space.

—Nina Haus Interior

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Modern art in traditional spaces can create a beautiful tension. This house was built in the 1930s.

I love the dialogue between the Georgian-style architecture and these pieces.

—Kelly Wearstler Kelly Wearstler

When pairing contemporary art with traditional architecture and furniture, make sure there isn’t a disconnect. Here, the color of the wall and the antiques have a moody feel, as does the art by Courtney Garrett. —Barbara Westbrook

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