Dining room, ABH Home Design
In the second floor dining room, Aude Bronson-Howard of ABH Home Design was blessed with good architectural bones in the form of a tin ceiling, lengthy windows, and clean-lined mantel. “It reminded me of those intimate rooms evoked in the work of the late 19th- and early 20th-century European artists,” Bronson-Howard says. To play up the moodiness, she looked to the works of painters Vilhelm Hammershøi and Giorgio Morandi, taking note of diffused light sources and the room’s aged wall paneling. Persian rugs from Darius Nemati, ceramic vessels by Ibu Nabaraki from Lawton Mull, and pieces by Michael Christie-Fogg (“the faux-bois genius,” Bronson-Howard says) delight throughout the layered space.
Primary bathroom, Barbara the Decorator
From a custom Fromental wallpaper featuring metallic, embossed blossom trees to the ceramic inlay floor detailed with butterfly motifs, designer Barbara Fisher’s primary bathroom weaves in elements from nature. Local cabinetmaker Matt Hogan of Reliquary Studio designed the pared-back vanity and hutch. (“I already have a new project earmarked for him,” Fisher adds.) The end goal of the tranquil space, Fisher says, is to create an antidote to multifunctional spaces. “There should be one room designated to rejuvenating and feeling a sense of calm,” she adds.
Lounge, Damour Drake
Inside the “Anywhere But Here” lounge, designers Maryline Damour and Mel Jones Jr. of Damour Drake encapsulate the adventure-seeking spirit that almost everyone encountered over the past year and a half. Though the room’s inspiration may “speak to our need to escape, physically and mentally,” Damour says, the furnishings featured throughout it are sourced close to home: Artist Kim Markel’s recycled composite-made Glow chair and table coalesce with fine artist Eric Archer’s meditative woodcarving and an Enfumé Acid mural by Flavor Paper owner (and Kingston Design Connection board member) Jon Sherman.
Outdoor Patio, Nest Designs Studios and Jeff Keiter
In the backyard, Keiter establishes a cheerful outdoor escape with a Benjamin Moore Rosy Peach-painted arbor. Nest Studio Designs outfits the space with outdoor furniture from Kingston shop Milne and textile art from Folk House Collective.