The rooms where we welcome friends and family into our homes speak volumes
Written by Deborah L. Martin
Our homes function on many levels besides basic shelter. They provide safety and security, a private escape from the world, and a comfortable place to connect—and reconnect—with family and friends.
The most public rooms in the home should be stylish and comfortable, but also functional and efficient. Whether you are entertaining a crowd or having family game night, places to put drinks and snacks, comfortable chairs, storage, and durable surfaces are a must.
These rooms can also be a place to express your own personality, experiment with new trends, and just generally have fun with pattern, texture, and color. As demonstrated in our portfolio of rooms, bold color, comfy seating, and even a touch of Pop Art whimsy are all perfect when it comes to our public spaces.
For this loftlike apartment in New York City, designer Stephanie Cohen created an elegant, light-filled space for a creative mother of two girls who frequently hosts dinner parties and fundraisers. Cohen’s brief was to create a space that was both glamourous and livable. At left, a cube chandelier by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort illuminates a seating area with sofa and chairs by Nathan Anthony and cocktail table by Vanguard, all through J. Marshall Designs.
Photography by William
Lisa Wolfe created a Warhol-inspired, eclectic pied-à-terre in a condo previously used by her clients’ son while attending college. The designer created a wild color palette with three custom murals by Studio Lunaris, one featuring the client’s favorite champagne. The shaggy wool rug and white bouclé upholstered chair are by Kravet, and the psychedelic lumbar pillow is by Romo. A sculptural cocktail table by Arteriors flanks the sofa.
Photography by Michael Kaskel
MILIEU INTERIOR DESIGN
When a young family of four hired Milieu to design their French colonial home in River Forest, they asked for the unexpected. The result is a space with vibrant color, pattern, and quirkiness. In the dining room, a Century table, chairs, and étagerè are mixed with far-out pieces like the lime green bust of Lincoln. The chairs are covered in green velvet by Pindler. The living room is opulent but modern, and includes swivel chairs by David Sutherland and a custom sofa covered in fabric by Romo, lighting by Hudson Valley Lighting, through CAI Designs. Drapery by Romo frames the windows. New Style created custom cabinetry throughout and alsocreated the custom living room ceiling.
Photography by Tony Soluri
KAUFMAN SEGAL DESIGN
In a David Adler house in downtown Chicago, the team at Kaufman Segal Design created a study lounge that blends modern design elements with the historic architecture. Deep green walls by Sherwin-Williams; lighting by Visual Comfort; chairs by Baker Furniture; ottoman by deAurora. In the entry (above), a mirror by Saki Taylor for deAurora hangs over a custome Lucite table.
Photography by Ryan Mcdonald
KIM SCODRO INTERIORS
Enveloped in forest-green lacquered walls and cabinetry, this front living room by Kim Scodro has a wide variety of uses. Multiple textures were used to help cocoon the large space. Grasscloth on the ceiling and a large sisal area rug are complemented by linen fabrics from Pindler and Kravet on the sofa and chairs. Pindler fabrics also cover the swivel chairs and window-seat bench and pillows. The pillows are adorned with trim by Samuel & Sons. Roman shades create diffused light, in fabric by Cowtan & Tout. The room is a great space for the entire family to play during the day, but when the kids go to bed, it also serves as a refuge for a glass of wine and a quiet game of backgammon.
Photography by Mike Swartz
For a client who recently made partner at his law firm, designer Anthony Michael created a tailored, luxurious apartment. The space was awkwardly designed, so the team settled on a crisp black-and-white color scheme that added structure and continuity. The result is a home that is cozy yet dramatic, and perfect for entertaining. The curved sofa by Caracole Home, through CAI Designs is elegantly upholstered in fabric by Pindler, and mimics the curved backs of the Bernhardt accent chairs. The rug is by Stark Carpet, the lighting by Sonneman. In the dining area (below), the J. Marshall dining table is surrounded by custom chairs and a bench upholstered in fabric by Pindler.
Photography by Michael Allan Kaskel