A Balanced Blend of Decades and Styles in a Sophisticated Home

A Balanced Blend of Decades and Styles in a Sophisticated Home

Project by: Sophia Shibles of SCS Design
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Sophia's clients had an enviable inheritance of mid-century modern furniture and art that they wanted blended into their older home. With incredibly rich colors and varied textures the space is sumptuous yet playful, striking an impressive balance of artistic nonchalance with classic glamour.

From Sophia: A creative family purchased an antique home within walking distance of Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. We were commissioned to design calm and comfortable interiors that would respect the history of the architecture while expressing their affinity for modern decor. We were also tasked with integrating several pieces of inherited mid-century modern furniture and a few significant works of art, including a 1949 abstract expressionist painting by Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock's wife.

To brighten and modernize the center hall we used Farrow & Ball's Pointing on the walls, paired with an ever-so-slightly silver blue ceiling. The staircase was reinvented by painting the risers a brown-black and adding a graphic modern runner. To greet visitors at the front door, we selected Oly Studio's capiz shell bowl chandelier.

With all of the hard and reflective surfaces, the mahogany bar was wanting for texture and warmth. So we backed Schumacher's heathered grey wool flannel in paper and used it to cover the plaster walls. A splash of pattern was added by upholstering the custom built-in banquette in Neisha Crossland's fabulous zebra printed linen.

To give the dining room its own distinct ambience we selected the show-stopping hand silk-screened wallpaper by Grow House Grow. It was installed on the ceiling because the walls were filled with windows and doorways. We sourced a 1950s Dutch walnut server (Fristho) with six brass legs in pristine original condition to serve the connected living and dining room.

The almost white living room sports bookcases with fiery red interiors and a vintage loveseat reupholstered in a Jane Churchill zig-zag fabric. A 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch leather bull shares space with a pair of smashing Art Deco vintage arm chairs upholstered in Cowtan & Tout's boa woven chenille. Krasner's original work is prominently displayed over the mantel.

Thanks, so much Sophia! To learn more about the company visit SCS Design!

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