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“While the architecture and interiors are formal,” says Rak, “it’s not your grandmother’s house.”

the vanity and shower. Creamy beiges and rich browns continue in the primary bed- room, which features one of the home’s most prominent pieces of art above a small sitting area opposite the bed. “The client came with their art collection,” Rak explains. However, he notes, “for a house of this size, there were relatively few open walls where art could be incorporated.” In contrast, the secondary bath was desig- nated for the clients’ son. “We wanted it to be a be a bit more relaxed and kid-friendly,” says Rak. So where the designer opted for marble and natural stone in the primary bath, this bath uses more forgiving materials such as ce- ramic tile and quartz—not to mention durable Kohler for the sink and tub. However, it is in the powder room where Rak had, in his words, “a lot of fun.” He liked

that the wallpaper still felt formal but loved the squirrels hidden throughout the design, a perfect touch for the animal-loving homeown- ers. “We tried to include some elements that showed that we—and our clients—don’t take ourselves too seriously,” says Rak. The room also features sconces from Hudson Valley, a Rohl faucet, and undermount Kohler sink. Another space where the walls offer an air of drama is the office. Picture frame moldings make their deep color feel even more dignified. Plus, with careful planning, Rak was able to make space for both a substantial desk and a meeting area with a table with multiple chairs. “Fortunately, the raised ceilings helped the room to feel larger,” says Rak, “and allowed us to use more furniture than we might have been able to use with a lower ceiling.” So what are the takeaways from Rak’s

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