This five-storey New York brownstone comes with a playroom in the basement, a kitchen, family room and office on the ground floor and a dining room, library, living room and WC on the first floor. The second floor houses the main bedroom, children’s room, a bathroom and WC. A dressing room, guest bedroom, bathroom and laundry room are on the top floor.
The library, with its dark wood panelling, sums up the richness and romance of the property. It’s the clash of the conventional with the unexpected that makes this scheme work – like the Chesterfield next to a portrait of Eva Perón.
As befits a space as impressive as this, the library has a stunning ceiling to match the wood detailing elsewhere. Bright bursts of colour really help to make the furniture sing out in this dramatic and daring scheme.
In the hallway, an antique sideboard displays many of the owner’s treasures. Think of objects and artwork as accessories like shoes or jewellery. Vintage pieces work well when paired with contemporary furniture for a look that is bang-on trend.
A collection of kitsch artwork and junk-shop portraits really stands out against a brilliant white backdrop in the dining room. The dark-wood floors act as a foil for the furnishings and artwork, while a classic set of dining chairs give this scheme an air of grandeur.
This space is full of intricate surfaces that bring a subtle opulence to the cool blue and white decor. Inlaid tables, a striking metal pendant light, rich velvet and a shaggy rug all add to the luxe feel of the room. If guests look closely at the artwork, they’ll see a few more surprises.
Vladimir Kagan at Chaplins
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The main bedroom gives classical features an update with pops of eye-catching colour. There’s nothing like adding a patchwork quilt to your to your bedroom to spruce it up a bit. Use your bed linen as the basis for the rest your colour scheme – it’s a fail-safe way to create a cohesive look.
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