Using rich jewel tones, luxe accents and lots of texture, interior designer
Sara Gilbane turned an old house with quirky charm in Rye, New York, into a stunner suitable for an active family with four children. 51
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The foyer and main stairwell are high impact and timeless with a striking tree mural that reaches the home's second floor. Painted on a deep blue grasscloth, the tree's design was influenced by an oak tree in a nod to the client's Southern roots.
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The library is the room where the family of six most often finds itself at the end of a day, so it was important that the small sized room have space for everyone. Gilbane packed in as much seating as possible and chose jewel tone colors, like the navy corduroy on the sofa, for durability and coziness.
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The library furniture includes a custom lacquered console with brass detailing, custom lamp shades, and baskets to hold plenty of throws. The walls were hand painted a custom orange color and in a crosshatch pattern to resemble grasscloth but with a bit of shine.
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The dining room is fun and filled with bold colors. The glossy moss green on the walls is striking and pairs nicely with the deep blue mohair upholstery on the front of the dining chairs. A hint of sparkle is added with the silver paper on the ceiling and a modern glass chandelier.
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Nestled between the dining and sun rooms, the living room is warm and inviting with an easygoing color palette and lots of texture. The overall feel of the room is neutral but pops of pink warm up the pale seafoam color. Grasscloth walls, a gold-splatted ceiling, soft upholstery and a custom bone cocktail table add depth and dimension. The art was found after the room was done and brings the whole space to life.
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This is the view of the sunroom while standing in the living room. The seafoam blue in the living room shifts into a deeper blue in the sunroom with the delft blue of the cement Moroccan tiles and the pale blue lacquered ceiling.
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The sunroom is used most on weekends for entertaining or playing board games. The enormous L-shaped banquette seats up to 30 for dinner parties and multiple tables are available for games, cocktails and magazines. Cafe curtains keep the space feeling cozy in the winter and give a bit of privacy.
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Visible from several rooms, the kitchen is light and bright with neutral accents that do not take focus away from the home's main living and entertaining spaces. The French bistro bar stools add geometric patterning while the hand blown glass bell jar pendant lighting brings sparkle and an organic touch.
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The breakfast room, which is right off the kitchen, is light and airy with huge windows that overlook the front yard. The space has a rustic feel with an antique farmhouse table and chairs, a vintage looking mixed metal chandelier from
The Urban Electric Co., and wicker and rattan accessories. Modern art keeps the room fresh with a clear fish hanging from WonJung Choi at Voltz Clarke Gallery and a seaside oil painting by Annie Wildey from Markel Fine Arts.
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The bar is accessible from many rooms in the home, serving as the hallway between the foyer and the dining room and looking into the kitchen and library. A bold printed wall covering and runner create a cozy feel but the pale stain of the wood keeps the space from being too closed in. Antique brass lotus pendants add a quirky charm.
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The art in the bar was custom designed by Gilbane and the client and was made by artist Mark Boomershine through Voltz Clarke Gallery.
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With soft grays, creams and whites, the master bedroom is a quiet escape from the rest of the house. The room is filled to the brim with soothing color and textures—the walls are covered in an ivory linen; the carpet is silk; and the bed is upholstered in velvet. A canopy was added above the bed to visually counteract the low ceiling and give a sense of importance to the room.
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The master bathroom continues the soothing color scheme and features simple charcoal artwork of nudes.
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For her bedroom, the oldest daughter preferred a color palette of aqua and lime green in place of more traditional purples and pinks. The wooden bed, an heirloom from her grandmother, was lacquered in a bright teal to fit into the space, and the moldings were painted a bold color to highlight the room's interesting angles. A chic fabric by Katie Ridder lends some sophistication and will allow her to grow in the room.
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One son's bedroom is perched on the side of the home, making it feel like a tree house. Divided into two smaller spaces, the internal room houses his chest of drawers, desk, and play space while the external space, which has windows on all three walls, features a built-in bed and hanging swing. The blue quadrille fabric keeps it fun.
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The third child has a punchy bedroom with an Americana inspired palette of red, white and blue. Graphic prints keep it modern, and the bold red molding is unexpected.
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The youngest child has a dreamy nursery with plenty of space, a daybed to grow into, and a playful wallpaper by Katie Ridder to inspire dreams.
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Located off the library, the wife's office is boldly colored to encourage work with pops of turquoise and deep blues that echo the jewel tones found elsewhere in the home. A dark grasscloth on the walls and matching painted shelves help the room feel larger. Similar fabrics were used on the roman shade and chair to match the smaller scale of the room.
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The powder room on the main floor is used by guests as well as the kids, who often use it to brush their teeth in the morning. With a deep fuchsia lacquer on the ceiling and candy colored stripes on the walls, the space brings in every color found in the house and does not take itself too seriously.
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The mud room off of the kitchen also features cement Moroccan floor tiles like the sun room. The tiles are ideal for hiding dirt, easy cleaning, and adding pattern and personality to the large space.