Realizing Dream InteriorsThe challenge of transforming a twenty-year old house into a lavish home requires remarkable talent, nothing short of genius and… renowned designer Selwyn Elkin. The home is an excellent example of understanding the preferences of the owner and not imposing a design on them. This couple wanted a traditional home with a lived-in feeling as opposed to a modern minimalist style.
The pink and orange-tinged marble floors throughout combined with buttery-cream colored walls immediately gave the home a warm and rich atmosphere. The lounge is framed with rounded pillars, bookshelves fill niches flanking a cherry wood gas fireplace with realistic-looking logs, various coral pink custom-made fabrics cover the couches, and built-in storage cupboards painted the same shade blend seamlessly into the décor.
The all-white kitchen is home to two ovens, two refrigerators and two dishwashers all built into the walls to keep the lines clean. Even a pantry lies hidden in a corner. The dining room features a 14-seater oak table and a dangling chandelier with crystal drops. Both the kitchen and dining room line the back of the house and overlook a delightful garden. Open glass shelves separate the lounge and dining rooms with additional storage space below.
The main bedroom, found half a flight up, has a romantic balcony and an enormous bathroom with a rose-patterned rug under the side-by-side sinks. In fact this isn’t the only surprise carpeting in the house – there is a runner down the center of the kitchen.
The basement, with its Inca red walls and luxurious turquoise carpet, is testament to Selwyn’s expertise in using color. The entire home is also proof that if done correctly, fusing various design styles can have remarkable results.