ly came to incorporate refined blues and chocolate browns, providing thoughtful contrast to creamier tones throughout. “I’m really big on a sense of cohesion when it comes to a house,” says Rak. “I’m not a fan of moments where it feels like you’ve gone through the looking glass.” So, for example, one will not find a wild contrast between the kitchen dining area and the more formal dining room. “The distinction is subtle,” Rak points out. “We allowed the color in the breakfast room to be a bit more saturated than the color in the dining room.” The latter seems set up to function flawlessly, uncluttered by much more than table, chairs, and a banquette—but offers richness via a patterned wallcov- ering and painted recessed ceiling. The living room is similarly stately. Crisp white
shades crown substantial table lamps, which stand sentinel above a sofa and chairs in beige, brown, and blue. “The armchair that sits in the living room, with its back to the foyer, is an absolute favorite,” say Rak. “We didn’t want the overall feel of the house to feel stodgy or traditional. Including this contemporary piece helped set the tone from the start.” Meanwhile, there were ghosts of design past to be banished in the primary bath. “When we started, there was a large glass-block window at the center of the room where the vanity is now,” remembers Rak. “It felt anything but luxurious.” So, the team separated the windows to create space for the client’s makeup table, and used materials with depth and texture to empha- size a sense of luxury—including luxe Rohl fixtures in
Balancing the formality of this dining room with less formal areas took editing to ensure
subtle contrasts, according to Rak.
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