This home is actually the second home of a “very hip couple from Palm Springs,” as interior designer Kati Curtis describes her clients. She says, “They have a very modern home out west and wanted this New York City home to be vastly different. The request was specifically warm and cozy! They also have a beautiful Bernedoodle, Charlie, who was an important part of the design! I love using vintage rugs for our clients who have kids or pets as they hide a multitude of sins. And the design worked great with the bones of this home.”
With the goal of creating a cozy part-time home in a classic 1899 townhouse (that is now divided into a duplex), Kati took much of her inspiration from the Victorian-era home itself. But, she says, “since they’re super-hip California guys, the home also had to have a masculine edge to it!” So Kati layered on colorful patterns in the wallpaper, rugs, and accessories while also including modern art and an eclectic collection of furnishings to give the home a modern feel.
Her biggest challenge? “Doors upon doors! Probably because heating rooms was more challenging back in 1899, we had to reconfigure and resize furniture to fit between door openings. The scale overall was also a challenge! As is often typical in NYC, the rooms were small and strangely laid out, so making sure the living room sofa fit exactly between the door frames was just one of the things we had to obsess over.”
See how Kati solved the challenge of too many doors and brought bold color and pattern to this home in the slideshow!