There are homeowners who leave everything to the pros and homeowners who work alongside the pros. This particular client knew exactly what he wanted, rendering this complex project a partnership with his designer from beginning to end.
“I had worked with this client on his previous home,” says designer Jeff Elliott, owner of Jeffrey P. Elliott Interior Design, “and he had learned things that informed this project. He had very specific wants and needs—including large rooms, a double staircase in the foyer and art that created the personality of each room.” He loves French-inspired design, and architect Carlos Alvarez, of AlvarezMorris Architecture Studio, and Elliott worked together to assure the classical interior would flow naturally from the classical exterior.
Most of the rooms in the home are expansive, with high ceilings, says Elliott, which presented a human-scale challenge. To that end, Elliott took basic details—fireplaces and doorways, for example—and bulked them up. He used bold wallpapers and accent colors. And he selected furniture pieces that fit into large rooms without becoming dwarfed by the space. “Using bold finishes and large-scale furniture in big rooms brings everything down to human scale,” he says.
Elliott’s design inspiration came from the French Baroque style with classical touches from Asia. To keep the home from looking dated or stuffy, he added a contemporary spin—updated wallpaper patterns, classic furnishings upholstered with fresh, sumptuous fabrics, and traditional colors—black, gray, brown, blue—used in interesting ways, such as the blue granite fireplace and black Schonbek chandelier in the living room.
Large-scale art—including a number of fine reproductions of great masters—makes a bold statement throughout. The client and Elliott combed through 1st-art-gallery.com to select pieces for each room that would set the personality of that space.
The oversized details, the elegant materials, the traditional-but-updated wall coverings, the dramatic historical art, all reveal the homeowner’s distinct personality and style, brought to life through his partnership with Elliot. It is a home whose magnificence results from genuine collaboration—a designer’s trained eye and the owner’s confident heart.