The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.
The open plan living room is grounded by a refined color palette of navy blue, black and pops of red. Over the sofa, a painting of a lion mane’s mushroom adds a modern, rustic touch to the living area. The mushroom silhouette continues with two bright Verner Panton Flowerpot Lamps. The table lamps bring a 1960s vibe into this modern living room.
Everything in this interior was thoughtfully designed by Ana Claudia and her husband. In the kitchen, custom details stand out as unique statement pieces. Chevron brick tile creates a graphic display as the backsplash behind the kitchen stove. At the center of the kitchen, an island has been designed, blending stone and natural wood in an unexpected way. The mix of materials adds to the home’s story of midcentury meets modern design.
The living room can easily seat 10-15 guests. To one side, a large sectional provides an inviting view of the great outdoors. The streamlined sofa is featured alongside a vintage coffee table. Ana Claudia loves sourcing vintage finds in neighborhood stores. The living area also brings the outdoors in with sculptural plants in the corner.
Focal Wall in Masculine Midcentury-Modern Living Room
A classic framed sport jersey is paired with refined design pieces, creating a focal wall in this midcentury-modern man-cave living room. A metal cabinet offers display and discreet storage space, while two industrial-style light-bulb sconces hang on either side of the jersey.
Open Plan Kitchen With Corner Office and Polished Concrete Floors
This open plan kitchen features sleek white cabinets and stainless steel appliances paired with a gray marble countertop and polished concrete floors. The ample space allows room for a convenient corner home office with geometric print wallpaper.
Midcentury Modern Living Room is Sophisticated, Masculine
An abstract rug brings style underfoot, while sleek yet comfortable furniture pairs with glass coffee tables and a chic bar. Glass French doors bring in natural light and overlook the California vineyard.
Boy's Nursery Features Peacock & Yellow Polka Dot Roman Shade
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
Mid-century modern case pieces fit the architecture and the vibe of this cozy, eclectic living room. White walls reflect light that enters the space via floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer a view to the sunny outdoor eating area. Slipcovered sofas create a relaxed ambiance, as well as a great spot for intimate conversation.
A formal dining room that offers the only path from the sitting room at the front of the house to the kitchen in the back of the house. In order to make this a comfortable area, we made sure to have chairs that could push all the way up to the table's edge leaving a clear walking path.