The foyer was an opportunity to do something dramatic and unexpected and to reflect the energy level throughout the house,â says designer Gerald Pomeroy, who accomplished his aim with an oversize striped banquette, playful wallpaper, a mirrored screen and a circular console table. Contemporary abstract art and animal-print upholstery share space with a traditional exposed-beam ceiling and paneled walls in the family room. The foyerâs poppy wallpaper repeats on the upstairs landing, where a zebra-print wing chair invites a short rest and a spectacular view.
While a large classic colonial with traditional interiors was well-suited to a newly married couple moving to the suburbs, ten-plus years later the husband and wife—now happily raising three young daughters and a menagerie of pets—needed a better fit for their family’s upbeat, energetic lifestyle. In a nod to its neighborhood surroundings and classic lines, the home’s exterior was kept relatively intact, with slight layout changes to some of the windows and the removal of two chimneys. Creative cabinetry and millwork throughout the house conceals toys, art supplies and all other accoutrement of children, and most of the casework was designed with simple lines and flat panels to blend with the new transitional look.
Conservative artwork gave way to thought-provoking abstracts, and touches of whimsy were introduced by adding simple patterns in the sitting area, a Louis Ghost Chair and apple-green accents on walls and furniture. With motherhood comes a strong sense of practicality, so homeowner and designer worked together to retrofit and reuse existing furniture—modifying arms, painting legs, adding nailhead trim, re-covering with statement-making patterns and relocating pieces to different rooms—whenever plausible. The open kitchen has room for everyone at the wide island, large breakfast table and cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace.
Pomeroy designed the area as a place to relax and linger, choosing royal blue Ultrasuede dining chairs for their practicality and adding a bold ikat pattern on the back that mimics the window treatments.
Wall textures, fabrics and accessories are understated, with the dining room’s platinum-leaf ceiling, crystal chandelier and crown molding a nod to its traditional roots. Artwork and upholstery patterns speak to the contemporary while reflective elements, jewel-tone accents and furniture with clean silhouettes make for a fresh interpretation of classically designed formal rooms.
When the parents need some time on their own, the master suite offers a peaceful, romantic retreat of rich taupes and silvery grays. The spa-like master bathroom is wrapped in a luminous silk wallcovering and mosaic tile, with a pristine floating tub beneath large windows that look out to expansive woodlands beyond.