Chinquapin Residence

With many inherited furniture pieces and a collection of china on display, this client wanted to re-imagine many of the pieces she already had and try to incorporate some of the colors of her existing collections of china, pottery and passed down pieces in the new design.

In the tiny forgotten library, we lacquered the walls to give the room a shine and bounce light around, creating the illusion the room is larger than it really is. We custom designed a small banquette covered in a velvet, brought in rose-colored shagreen nesting tables, new floor lamps to visually create a little more height in the room, and new art by Trish Land, which became the crowning jewel over the banquette. In the dining room we re-used all the existing furniture and installed custom chinoiserie panels painted on silk that draw from the colors of her china. We added new lighting, recovered the chairs and brought in a new rug, better sized for the room. The vestibule was covered in grasscloth, which adds another wall texture to the mix of silk and lacquer in the previous rooms. We installed a new floral painting that picks up on the colors of the needlepoint chairs, previously belonging to her grandmother, which now proudly sit next to her grandfather’s writing desk under the new sconces. On the porch we pulled from the earth tones of the brick, the surrounding exterior landscape, and the neighboring green room for the rug, fabric and finish selections. We refinished the top of the table, painted painted her existing shaker  chairs, added new side chairs, and painted the legs of the table to brighten it up and to tie it all together. For the bedroom, the client wanted to lean a little more cool and modern, so we created a tonal palette of cool greys with soft color accents to bring the very traditional furniture into the the present. The abstract art by Deb Rosenbury infuses a bit of modern, while remaining consistent with the color palette.