Set just outside of New York City, this renovation by Rachel Jacobs Interiors demonstrates the transformative power of vision and collaboration. “My clients are a young family and were expecting their third son while renovations were underway,” Rachel tells us. “The wife, an accomplished event planner, brought a creative flair and a hands-on approach to the project. Together, we aimed to create a space that seamlessly integrated her love of hosting with the energy of her boys.”

When Rachel first toured the home, her work was cut out for her. “Upon our first walkthrough, the home was painted predominantly yellow, and each room was burdened with unnecessary closets built into every available wall,” she recalls. “These closets posed a significant obstacle, constraining the potential of the rooms and impeding their functionality. However, through strategic planning and demolition, we successfully reimagined the spaces.”

Entering the home, the foyer highlights many of the home’s original features, including the front door. “We curated an angular console paired with striking Truing Studio sconces to make a bold statement upon entry,” the designer explains. “This fusion of old and new elements set the tone for the home’s welcoming ambiance from the moment one steps through the door.”

In the dining room, they meticulously preserved the original moldings, strategically applying a dark ceiling paint to create an illusion of taller ceilings. “Sage-sprinkled wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling curtains were carefully selected to infuse an air of freshness and elegance,” Rachel explains. “Another highlight in the dining area is the stunning Apparatus fixture, adding a touch of drama and sophistication.”

Moving to the living room, they brought in a custom curved sofa to match the original curve of the back wall. “The addition of Cuff Home sconces, Anthony Fahden art, and an Art and Loom rug further enhanced the room’s character and warmth, while curated artworks added a personal touch,” she says. 

For the less-formal family room, comfort and durability were key. “We opted for an oversized, stain-resistant sectional, ensuring ample seating for the family’s cozy gatherings,” Rachel explains. “Lauren Williams artwork was strategically placed to complement the room’s textures and colors, infusing the space with energy and personality.”

Finally, a few of the home’s private spaces saw an update as well. “Each bathroom received a thoughtful update, with fixtures and finishes carefully chosen to complement and enhance the overall aesthetic of the home,” Rachel says. “From the lilac marble in the guest bath to the playful accents in the boys’ bathroom, every detail was considered to create spaces that are both functional and stylish.” 

The boys’ room was designed with imagination and playfulness in mind—handsome suiting wallpaper, an original headboard, and playful artwork create a space that sparks creativity and adventure. The guest room was transformed into a serene retreat, with a full curtain wall masking an off-centered window to add drama and texture to the space. “Comfort and style were prioritized, with plush furnishings and curated artwork welcoming guests with warmth and elegance,” the designer shares. 

It was a year-long renovation, and thanks to a mix of high-style with personalized touches, the home now reflects the vibrant spirit of the young family who lives there.