Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES -

The recipe for ren­o­va­tion suc­cess is: 1. Find a gem of a space that’s been awk­wardly mod­i­fied;

2. Re­move those dated eye­sores and re­con­fig­ure the lay­out, re­pur­pos­ing all of the pe­riod fea­tures; 3. In­ject some colour, a dose of sassy prac­ti­cal­ity and some won­der­ful fur­ni­ture and voila. You have an in­cred­i­bly cov­etable home that com­bines mod­ernist and pe­riod styles that are fem­i­nine, warm and cheer­ful.

Make the wall be­hind the bed a strong fea­ture by us­ing the wall treat­ment theme of the decor.

The vel­vet head­board in the main bed­room was in­spired by pan­elling, not up­hol­stery. It was a team ef­fort. I had the idea for the look us­ing vel­vet and brass, the ar­chi­tect drew the right pro­por­tions, the con­trac­tor cre­ated it and we used a vel­vet ex­pert who usu­ally works on hotels to pose the vel­vet, which is from Pierre Frey’s new col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dia Mah­davi.

Build in your stor­age as much as pos­si­ble.

The toaster and ket­tle can go in a cup­board too, but on a re­tractable shelf that you can close up when you’re done with break­fast.

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