A gray paneled accent wall lends dimension to this Bedford, New York, living room, drawing the eye to the chic black and white artwork above the sleek fireplace. A full-scale renovation opened up this once-dark farmhouse, lifting ceiling heights and transforming the space into a livable, comfortable family home. Modern furnishings blend effortlessly with period architectural details.
Architectural detail abounds in this space, from the inlaid flooring to the beamed, cathedral-height ceiling, to the custom wrought-iron balcony rails. A Medieval-inspired chandelier gives a nod to the castle-like detailing in the home's architecture. A stone fireplace creates a focal point, and traditional furnishings are in proportion with the room's generous dimensions.
Period details abound in this two-story, wood-paneled library, part of a 3.5-acre Mediterranean-style estate located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Known as The Beverly House, the property was designed by Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1927. In this library, the design of the sculpted, cathedral-height ceiling mirrors the pattern of the custom carpet underfoot. Carved panels lend architectural detail and visual interest to every inch of the massive space, while warm wood tones, a crackling fireplace and accent lighting lend coziness and warmth.
When the homeowners went to renovate their 1980s home, they knew they wanted a sophisticated style that was a little more casual and up-to-date, so designers transformed the outdated library into a beautiful, contemporary-chic great room for the family. Designers worked with a local wood company to refinish the entire space, stripping the original stain and bleaching the wood to achieve a stylish "greige" stain on the walls and ceiling beams. To maintain the room's grand feel, designer chose to keep and update the gallery, which also adds height to the room. Finally, the marble clad and antique mirror fireplace surround helps to break up the wood paneled walls and the home's original handrail, comprised of brass and iron, was modified to meet modern safety codes and standards.