Change in­side an all-amer­i­can red-brick home.

Belle - - Rhode Island Home -

Chan­ning, an el­e­gant red-brick neo-ge­or­gian town­house built in 1910 faces a wide tree-lined street and one of the small rivers that run through the town of Prov­i­dence. The well-pro­por­tioned, tra­di­tional ex­te­rior be­lies its el­e­gant, un­ex­pect­edly mod­ern and as­sured in­te­rior. Step in­side, and this chic fam­ily house ap­pears to be quite a con­trast to the rest of con­ser­va­tive Rhode Is­land and was trans­formed by Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard, one of the best-known dec­o­ra­tors work­ing in the US, to reflect the own­ers’ ur­bane fam­ily life. Mar­tyn says his clients “love hav­ing the ‘cool’ house” and are quite happy their six-bed­room home is such a bold de­sign state­ment.

The own­ers spot­ted Mar­tyn on TV’S Mil­lion Dol­lar Dec­o­ra­tors and ap­proached him. “They had sev­eral prop­er­ties in vary­ing styles and saw I could han­dle many dif­fer­ent vibes, so this be­came the first of sev­eral houses I have done for them,” he ex­plains. And, while he’s fa­mous for his ad­ven­tur­ous and dra­matic de­signs, and “hon­oured the his­tory of the house by not re­mov­ing orig­i­nal de­tails”, he ad­mits the fam­ily might not have quite been ready for such a bold in­te­rior. “I was in­spired by the Hol­ly­wood Re­gency pe­riod, and added a 70s Ital­ian in­flu­ence as the house has great clas­si­cal pro­por­tions.”

Mar­tyn used lots of white trim and neo-clas­si­cal ac­cents which, com­bined with vin­tage Ital­ian-style chrome and plex­i­glass, give this oth­er­wise quite staid house plenty of piz­zazz. His at­ten­tion to de­tail shows. The en­try is paved in black and white mar­ble, in­spired by the floors in Rome’s Pan­theon, which links in with the white walls and glossy black doors. Here, dra­matic sil­ver lamps by Craig Van Den Brulle and 70s lu­cite chairs cre­ate a glam­orous first im­pres­sion.

On the right as you en­ter is an equally fear­less main liv­ing room, its ceil­ing pa­pered with a David Hicks pat­tern from the 70s and a daz­zling faux ze­bra-skin rug called ‘Zanz­ibar’ de­signed by Mar­tyn for The Rug Com­pany. The mono­chrome pal­ette of blacks, whites and greys is punc­tu­ated by deep jade-green walls with shine added thanks to the mir­rored cof­fee ta­ble by Paul Evans. A large semi­cir­cu­lar Milo Baugh­man sofa up­hol­stered in a grey silk-velvet an­chors the room. “I was in­spired by Ital­ian palaz­zos that were re­dec­o­rated in the 70s,” says Mar­tyn, who en­joys help­ing clients pick out art, pre­fer­ring iconic, bold pho­to­graphs such as a pair from the famed Melvin Sokol­sky ‘Bub­ble Se­ries’ from 1963.

Truly a cos­mopoli­tan house, the fur­ni­ture was sourced from all over. The own­ers shopped with Mar­tyn in New York and LA, while other pieces were found on trips to Paris. In the fam­ily room, Mar­tyn de­signed a gen­er­ous green sec­tional sofa and added a pair of up­hol­stered Milo Baugh­man arm­chairs on an­other bold geo­met­ric pat­terned stone floor. The high­light of this room is a strik­ing work by Pi­casso hung above a shiny chrome con­sole ta­ble.

The fam­ily owns a lo­cal restau­rant but does plenty of en­ter­tain­ing at home. Mar­tyn painted the din­ing room walls black, and con­tin­ued the same monochro­matic com­bi­na­tion, en­livened by the deep green. He de­signed a geo­met­ric cowhide rug es­pe­cially for this room, and brought in a hard-to-find long burl wal­nut ta­ble by Paul Evans, de­sign­ing the white patent leather din­ing chairs to match. The Venini Mu­rano glass chan­de­lier takes cen­tre stage, hang­ing from the ceil­ing pa­pered in an ad­ven­tur­ous green mala­chite wall­pa­per from For­nasetti, be­cause, as Mar­tyn says, “the ceil­ing is the most un­der­es­ti­mated area; I love dec­o­rat­ing it with wall­pa­per”.

The pow­der room is equally dra­matic. The dec­o­ra­tor de­signed the mir­rored van­ity in 1970s-style chevron pat­terns, and mir­rored the ex­ist­ing an­tique pan­elling. The kitchen and pantry were gut­ted,

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