Blues, creams and gold combine to create a luxurious aura in this Westchester home.
As soon as the owners of this home in Purchase, N.Y. gave Melissa Sarhane some clues to their taste and vision, the Safavieh designer was off and running. "John and Georgette wanted modern glamour," she explains. "They liked blues, creams and gold. That was all I needed to know to get busy."
The project began with a formal living room. Sarhane, who is based at Safavieh's Hartsdale, N.Y., showroom, used a Venetian plaster treatment on the walls to create a rich, cloudy blue. Then she moved on to furniture. "The room is very large, so we did a custom-sized sofa," she notes. "Other than that, we wanted the furniture to have a light footprint. For example, we wanted literally to see through certain pieces, so we selected a drinks table and a cocktail table with glass tops on thin gold bases."
Ottomans also suited this purpose; being low, they don’t obstruct views. Sarhane flanked the cocktail table with a pair of ottomans upholstered in cobalt blue cotton velvet, providing a pop of color. She added another pair of ottomans—these with fluffy sheepskin tops on light gold bases—beneath a console table. The sheepskin addstexture and anchors the console, creating an interesting tableau at one end of the room.
"The real drama here is created by the billowy blue walls and the layers of gold accents," says Sarhane, "so we kept the furniture and rug pattern free. The rug is a simple, silk, custom-sized rug—a light, luxurious backdrop to a glamorous scene."
Accessories to finish the room include pearlescent ceramics, crystal flower arrangements, books and a chunky crochet blanket—one of Georgette’s distinctive creations—draped over a chair.
Next up was the library, for which Sarhane had dual goals. First, it had to be comfortable, as the homeowners spend a lot of time in this room—he working, she reading and creating her crochet designs. Second, the designer aimed to tie this room visually to the adjacent living room.
Because the existing wood paneling was left in place, a traditional library look that could become oppressive, she brightened up the space with contemporary, Art Deco-influenced chairs upholstered in a creamy fabric, as well as a creamy, vanity-like writing desk.
Another adjacent space, the entrance hall, has strong vertical lines. To counterbalance them, Sarhane chose an elongated, horizontal statement piece—a console with intricately patterned wood and gold accents. Reminiscent of Old Hollywood, this gently curved console provides a visual preview of what’s to be found in the formal living room and dining room.
"For the foyer, I specified a transitional, hand-woven area rug to spice up the dark wood and textures of the
console," she explains. "The rug makes the home more inviting as you enter. Except for some accessories atop the console, these two pieces were all the room needed."