Robert Passal brought this Upper East Side apartment to life by mixing the owners' incredible collection of exotic keepsakes, antiques and artwork with contemporary furnishings and finishes. The result is an elegant, welcoming home that feels like a personal gallery. 61
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The home has a unique and personal feel thanks to the homeowner's collection of art and antiques. To balance these more traditional pieces, Passal chose furnishings and lighting with a clean, more contemporary look that allows the home to feel current while staying true to its owners' aesthetic.
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A relaxed floorplan makes the formal living room feel more approachable. In this space, Passal creates an elegant contrast to the vintage orange oushak carpet with fabrics and accessories in varying shades of blue. The furnishings span many decades, styles and locales.
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For Passal, the design was all about the mix of styles. In the living room, a continental sofa is paired with an 18th-century French commode and vintage Fortuny pillows, and is shaken up with a splash of contemporary art.
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The clean lines of the kitchen are highlighted by antique furnishings and accessories that allow the home to have a consistent look and feel throughout.
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A vintage mirror was layered on top of a custom roman shade and hung in front of a window with an unsightly view in the kitchen.
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Passal used large scale artwork in the dining area for dramatic impact and to diminish the small feel of the space. A custom banquette was used to provide maximum seating and is paired with a contemporary dining table and antique Swedish dining chairs for an an eclectic look that fits with the rest of the home.
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The den has a darker, dimmed palette. While dark spaces can initially seem somewhat daunting, they encourage comfort and relaxation.
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For a vignette in the den, Passal grouped art and accessories together, following the design maxim, "like things go together," a lesson he learned early in his career.
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The master bedroom was designed as a retreat from daily stresses. Passal paired the clients' antique pieces with cleaner furnishings and a bright, clear palette to encourage relaxation.