“Our clients are a newly engaged couple in their early 30s, and this is their first home together,” Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 told us of this new construction property, which the couple had purchased just after it was completed. “The interior finishes fitted with what they wanted and worked well for the design we were planning.” Abbe had a good idea of the couple’s style, as she had actually worked with the the gentleman to design a bachelor pad a few years earlier. They opted to reuse as much of the furniture from his previous place as possible, and Abbe got to work making them go from bachelor pad to romantic home for two.
Though the furniture was being repurposed, the design was anything but boring. In the dining room, Abbe decided to make a few bold pattern choices since this is one of the first rooms you see as you enter the home — this is the space she admits is her favorite in the home. “The Kelly Wearstler Channels fabric was the first element we selected for the room because of the classic navy colorway,” she recalls. “We used a few pieces of existing furniture from his bachelor pad including the dining table and chairs and the navy lacquered console table from his entry. The table fit perfectly between the windows and gives them a place to serve from when entertaining. The statement art and custom rug from Jaipur Rugs helped us to complete the bold look we wanted.”
The formal lounge started with the custom bar that had been relocated from his previous home. “I love the moody vibe in this room, and our clients wanted a place to relax together or entertain friends easily,” Abbe says. “The Hermes wallpaper sets the tone for the swanky vibe and the new sofa, navy velvet chairs and brass accents gave them the room they were hoping for.”
The living room, kitchen, and breakfast nook all flow together seamlessly, and the couple wanted the room to feel comfortable and sophisticated for entertaining family and friends. Abbe decided to go with teal, mustard yellow, and modern metallic accents for this open space. “All of the living furniture is new with the exception of the swivel chairs that we had recovered,” she says.
Since there is quite a bit of pattern and color in the common areas of the home, the master suite is soothing and calm. “They have traveled quite a bit together and loved the idea of having the master suite feel like a boutique hotel room,” Abbe explains. “To keep things from getting too blah, we brought in plenty of pattern and texture to keep the room from falling flat.”
The backyard saw some pretty substantial changes after the couple moved in, as they wanted a modern pool design with a hot tub and plenty of places to enjoy the sun. The pool has a side fountain and there’s synthetic turf in the yard. The covered patio feels like an extension of the indoor space, with doors opening up to connect the two. It’s a great spot to lounge, cook out, and watch TV when the weather is right.
The final way Abbe took this space from “his” to “theirs” was incorporating many personal mementos. Most notably, there are quite a few photographs from their travels, enlarged and framed between acrylic panels in the master bedroom and breakfast nook for a modern feel. The piece in the living room was printed on metal so the bold color would really pop, though Abbe’s favorite is the cheetah in the powder room. It was captured on a safari trip and perfectly complements the bold wallpaper. Take a tour in the slideshow.