Cream roses, brunia berries, pine cuttings, Dusty miller, rosemary, succulents and white hydrangeas make up this elegant container arrangement for a winter wedding. Florist: Williamsburg Floral. Planner: Sterling Events.
Stone Double Fireplace in Contemporary Master Bedroom
A double-sided stacked stone fireplace is a stunning focal point in the center of this elegant master bedroom. Comfortable chairs sit on one side for a cozy seating area, while a platform bed is situated between picturesque windows with beautiful views.
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On the other side of the room, a nook away from the kitchen’s more functional areas, is a study in comfort. A small bistro table flanked by chairs and built-in seating comfortably accommodates the family of four while keeping the space neat and streamlined. A second fireplace features a collection of small busts and other elements set against the ultra-modern geometric wire artwork that adorns the wall. A large plant provides the final touch that makes this curated space feel like a home.
The kitchen island was designed to include a sink and dishwasher. It helps facilitate movement throughout the room by dividing attention between the island and cooking surfaces while a line of bar stools provides seating for family, friends and guests.
The walls of this coastal breakfast nook are painted a fresh white, Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee, highlighting the gray of the charming banquette bench. A natural oak stained table and dining chairs are paired with a white airy drum light for a modern touch. Designer Becki Owens ties the look together with the pink block print fabric of the window treatments and pink and neutral throw pillows.
Through a colorful doorway and past a tastefully appointed parlor is a breathtaking living room. The dark stained floors, which run through the entire house, were laid by Julio, who taught himself the skills he needed to accomplish the job. The white masks that hang from the far wall are his creations as well. The masks offer a modern way to bring classic Angolan art home. The ornate fireplace, one of four hearths this home boasts, is original to the space, as is the decorative scrollwork that runs across moldings and ceilings in this room. The way that Kenza and Julio have maintained the architecture of the home, is a reminder not to remove or cover up original fixtures, but to instead accentuate them. Filling a traditional space with modern furnishings creates a unique contrast of styles that can add layers of sophistication to a room.
The kitchen in this home is expansive, a rare luxury in New York living. The black and white color palette is perfect for kitchens because it is clean and perennially on-trend, especially when accented with warm metallic fixtures. The black kitchen island provides a streamlined and efficiently laid out space, perfect for preparing family meals. Behind the counter, a marble backsplash is another timeless touch.
A stunning gallery wall in Julio's studio features a mix of family photos and images from his dance company Batotu Yetu. The dance troupe focuses on bringing dance to children and many of Julio’s dancers grow up to become instructors. A home studio or office is a great place to showcase your own creative talents or create an inspiration wall to drawn from in your work.
Julio’s fifth-floor studio is an explosion of color. A man of seemingly endless talents, in addition to being a professional dancer, Julio creates large masks for productions of both his own Batotu Yetu company and Broadway shows. Julio's studio space is filled with color and inspiration. Bright, energizing shades are perfect for getting the mind ready to work. Along with masks in various stages of completion the walls are adorned with images of his beloved dancers, past and present.
The Leitao house is full of wonderful details. Every opportunity to tell a cultural story at home has been found as with this ebony banister, original to the space. Kenza and Julio added a personal touch by turning an intricately detailed piece of art into a unique pommel.
This bedroom positively glows with style. The mantel is a great area for display, featuring a variety of the girls’ favorite accessories and even a few plants beneath a bright, neon sign, spelling out the words, Say What! Most importantly, the room showcases the girls’ talents with their art and gymnastics medals on display, proof that you can highlight children's accomplishments and collections without sacrificing style.
Bedding in the home’s signature black and white color palette juxtaposes stripes and polka-dots for a very modern mix of patterns. Pops of orange throughout the room liven up the space while giving it a warm yet youthful feel. Even more color finds it way in through the metallic side table and lamp, while leopard-patterned pillows on both beds tie the colors and patterns together.
The girls’ room is an excellent example of how to design a kid’s room with a sense of style. When designing a room for kids there’s a lot to be said for keeping the overall aesthetic aligned with the rest of the home. Instead of decorating with bright pastel colors and more traditional "kid's colors" that don’t reflect their personal style, Julio and Kenza have blended their grownup black and white color palette with fun elements like the heart polka dots on the sheets, typographic art and pops of orange in this kid-friendly space.
The Leitao master bedroom is a beautiful, minimalist retreat. Black walls are on-trend, and envelope the space, creating a cozy vibe. The dark walls in Kenza and Julio’s room are also a great backdrop and visual contrast for the art and architecture. Above the bed, another image by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, of dancers from Batotu Yetu is is the perfect artistic touch.
The living room is large enough to fit a full dining area that seats eight. On the wall, an image of young dancers from Batoto Yetu, taken by French photographer, Patrick Demarchelier is the perfect accent piece on the wall. The Drop dining chairs by Fritz Hansen continue the room’s dichotomy between modern and traditional aesthetics and provide wonderful contrast to the ornamentation in the doorway.