What’s Old is New Again
Interior Decorators Katie Eastridge + Elizabeth Pyne on Mixing Design Styles
28 November 2016
Interior decorators Katie Eastridge (Eastridge Design Home) and Elizabeth Pyne (McMillen Plus) detail some of their favorite spaces ahead of our November 29th panel discussion “Mixing Contemporary Design and Antiques like a Pro.”
Saying yes to our customer’s treasured furnishings and heirlooms is something I philosophically believe in. Deep sentimental value is compelling and meaningful, though it can be a challenge to make it work aesthetically.
Successful blending of styles and time periods requires close attention to harmonizing shape and color. The remix of this parlor began with an understanding that the front door opens directly into parlor. There is no entry foyer. We covered the floor with a subtly striped dry wool, mud-friendly carpet. The family’s Federal settee is contrasted with a dramatic Gwathmey Siegel chair and the leggy seating is grounded by a chunky, low cocktail table we designed.
Careful control of color or color blocking knits the different eras together. This project’s palette began with the golden hues of the Fornesetti cabinet and bluish tones of the Laverne side table. The muddy neutrals of blue and gold are set off by crisp white walls and fresh clean orange.
Tread lightly, go slowly and be careful while re-mixing styles. You can expect to be rewarded and dazzled.
This is a foyer in a prewar pied-à-terre in New York City’s West Village. The foyer is a landing from which you step down to the living room, which is decorated in different shades and hues of aqua. This foyer has the only wall in the public space of the apartment that doesn’t have paneling or built-in bookcases, so we wanted to take advantage of that and do something really fun and bold. The wallpaper has aqua, but also some darker teal-blues and citrus green, which makes it punchier and stand out from the more soothing living room.
I found the mirrored bar cabinet at Rago Auctions. I was hoping that my client would like its patina – the tiny chips in the mirror and the etched motifs – and she did! The whimsy of the etched scenes complements the playfulness of the pagodas behind. For the lantern we picked a custom color, Benjamin Moore San Jose Blue, so that it relates to the wallpaper. The foyer ended up being a 21st century take on the Rococo Chinoiserie.