An elegant, spiral staircase ascends to the second floor of this beautiful home. Spanish inspired art and large windows line the staircase, bringing color to the space as well as natural light and a sea breeze.
Gladys Tay is a woman of many interests. The Singapore native and current resident of St. Paul, Minnesota explores a few of them in-depth through her eponymous website, which focuses on an eclectic combo of cooking, art and vintage furnishings. For the past two-and-a-half years, she’s shared a 3-story, split level house with her husband, Frank. After an intense period of renovation, Gladys' strong design sense and love of objects combined to turn the 1800-square-foot space into a wonderful temple of maximalist design.
The owner's art collection creates a personal, one-of-a-kind space in this chic, contemporary hallway. A gorgeous oval mirror with thick, brown rope toes the line between art and utility in this inviting space.
It’s easy for a small space to feel cramped even with little or nothing in it. Yet throughout this space Leyden mixes many different forms, styles, and types of art, tying them all together in a color palette that not only accommodates his various collections but makes the space feel larger and more airy. The living room is a study in warm neutrals with pops of blue and black that set the stage for the oversized black-on-black artwork that is the room’s centerpiece.
On both sides of the home's elegant, antique fireplace and mantel, designers stacked coffee table books to add a pop of color to the space. For the finishing touch, each bench was given a white chinoiserie lamp and graphic art to complete the funky design.
Down the hall, three large portraits of Disney princesses give the walls an unexpected dose of color. When set against the polka dot wallpaper, these colorful canvases transform the space into a working art gallery.
“I’m an art lover and an artist at heart,” Gladys says about her extensive use of art in her design aesthetic. Arguably, the family room houses an even more impressive collection than the living room. Abstract paintings of all sizes sit alongside Italian posters, hand-carved stools, larger-than-life statues and a variety of sculpture. At the center of it all: a beautifully designed console and striking side table blur the line between furniture and art.
A custom art piece hangs above a gray and black stone mantel in this stunning, modern living room. A blue velvet couch and purple rug add bold blocks of color that pop against bright white walls. Windows line the walls offering gorgeous panoramic views of Lake Washington and flooding the space with natural light.
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.
A black and white chair blends styles in much the same way as the house around it. The design team went for an Arts & Crafts feel in the space to embrace the homeowners' desire to maintain the warm wood trim throughout the house. This armchair in the media room features a traditional black and white checked fabric on a chair form with mid-century lines and legs. A wall of built-ins features white cabinetry with crisp, clean lines.