A family seeking comfort and practicality turned to interior designer Gray Walker to renovate and design a home that was traditional, inviting and reflected their love of things both old and new for their growing children.
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The living room evolved around the Aubusson rug. The room had always been yellow, but the new rug moved it towards a softer palette. A collection of fine antiques give the room a feeling the couple gravitates to for their formal spaces. Pieces from Niermann Weeks and Nancy Corzine help bridge the centuries with grace and continuity.
Featuring Pecky Cypress ceilings and double slab marble surfaces— the kitchen and breakfast room evolved into open, inviting spaces with the help of Don Duffy, AIA Architecture and Hubert Whitlock Builders. Gray Walker worked with Niermann Weeks to custom design the chandelier above the island. The foyer features an elegant wallpaper by Tyler Hall. A Niermann Weeks mirror hangs boldy over a serious Georgian antique in the dining room.
The soft blue walls and hints of lavender create a soothing retreat in the master. An antique Italian mirror hangs above the bed with modern nightstands topped by Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and pieces of antique porcelain placed throughout. The sitting room with its iridescent beaded wall covering and custom sectional, is like the inside of an oyster shell. The Stark carpet, high gloss wall and cabinetry finish, custom lucite and matte gold hardware, custom designed by Gray Walker, and the antique bronze dore chandelier hung in the master closet, create a feeling of Hollywood drama.
The sunroom, an elegant extension of the living room that overlooks the pool and gardens, features a blue and amethyst color palette, custom carpets by Stark, Niermann Weeks floor lamps, a John Rosselli chandelier and custom sit-upons by Gray Walker. The living room walls are upholstered in a fern green velvet, while an antique Oushak rug adds textural coziness. Tribal elegance rings throughout the poorhouse entry, which features shades of electric blue, faux obis wallpaper and a beaded stone light fixture. The side entry is covered in Manuel Canovas wallpaper, with a lucite console and antique Italian mirror. It also features a chevron honed marble floor and Pecky Cypress ceiling.
This interview was conducted late 2012.