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Seana’s bedroom is a seamless mix of the opulent and the effortless. While she finds that natural colors make it difficult for her to create the bold looks that she prefers, her bedroom has been designed to be a tranquil retreat. Providing the flair she needs in the space falls to the mix of gold tones that she weaves throughout the space, including a pair of leopard print side chairs and the framed Egyptian papyrus art that hang over the bed. The room is the final note in a song that Seana spent four years learning how to sing. Now that it’s out, she’s pretty happy with the results. “I love everything about my home,” she beams, “The windows, the plentiful art, the balance of bold and tasteful elements, and the fact that my decor documents the story of my life.”
Global culture is as constant a presence in this home as Brooklyn or Virginia Beach. In this guest room, the play of soft neutrals, natural wood tones and rich blue tones mixes with Seana’s green thumb to create the perfect oasis. As in her other rooms, creating the aesthetic is a matter of mixing new pieces and vintage finds. Considering the whole of her collection she states, “I’ve thrifted a few really cool mirrors and objects. Pretty much all of the pieces I love are vintage.”
Cavern of Color
One of the ways design helped Seana explore her creative side was by giving her a chance to explore her bolder side - something she did by going big with color in her second-story rooms. “I started slowly,” she remembers. “I had to keep reminding myself that I could change it if I didn’t like it, or just close the door.” Her experimentation led to masterpieces like this Moroccan-inspired room. The blue walls are amazing, but the gold ceiling simply steals the show. Together with poufs, masks and framed fabric, the room is an instant trip to a far off land.
North Carolina homes have room to spare and Seana’s is no exception. The dining room boasts a classic use of blacks, whites, browns, and green plants. It’s elegantly simple, but surprisingly presented one of Seana’s bigger challenges. “I actually find styling and decorating with neutrals to be more challenging,” she confides.
Between Virginia Beach and North Carolina, Seana spent fourteen years in Brookyn, NY. As excited as she was to buy her first home, she felt she needed to grow her apartment-based design style to fill a whole house. “I didn't want to lose my urban vibe,” she confides, “so I did my best to incorporate glimpses of my old life in this new home.” Art became a major way to bring a bit of New York City street style to her Charlotte home, and can be seen in her gallery wall on the stairs.
The living room is a study in neutrals, and the subtle layering of objects, textures and color. “I am eclectic,” Seana says of herself, “you can actually find a bit of every design style in my house.” It’s a personal combination that she refers to as “glamohemian.” But pulling influences from everywhere doesn’t mean that she wants a crowded space. “I don’t prefer a space to look overly crowded or over-done,” she says. “I like to be elegantly eclectic.”
The room past the light-filled entryway is the parlor, where Seana gives the first hint of how deep her design skills actually go. The walls use black as a neutral, making it a canvas for all of the room’s other colors to pop against. The centerpiece of the room is a breathtaking painting that also serves as the foundation of the color palette, featuring every color that’s present in the space, from bright fuchsias to the deep yellow reflected in the upholstered side chair.
For Seana, design isn’t a job, it’s a passion. More importantly it’s a way to express herself in a way where the only meaningful critic is her. “My major focus was giving this newly built house some character and soul,” she says. “It was a new build with no renovations to do, so I focused on the decor.” Her focus started with the home’s gorgeous entryway. The white walls come alive with a series of large-scale paintings purchased from a local Charlotte artist. Meanwhile, elements like the side table, rug and brass vase give the space a warm and grounded feeling.
A three-seater sofa and two deep armchairs provide comfortable seating in the multipurpose room, a flexible space that can be used for a variety of activities like watching an awards show, the big game or your favorite HGTV special.
This 40 Mercer apartment features two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths with the option of a third bedroom. Large windows make the entire city a moving canvas in this artsy apartment situated in New York City's one-time gallery neighborhood, SoHo.
This kids' bedroom features white floors, white furniture and pale blue walls. Green bed curtains add a pop of color as well as a cozy sleeping area. The green is echoed in a green striped window treatment.
Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel who is the winner of multiple awards including the Pritzer Prize, 40 Mercer is Nouvel's first New York project. Located in the heart of Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, this loft-style 2,200 square foot apartment features 11 foot ceilings and the incredible view only a corner lot could deliver. An automated glass curtain wall opens to allow the outdoors in.