It’s time to get personal about your living space. Here, we peek at two projects packed with joy-sparking design for clients spending more time at home.
With lifestyle flexibility top of mind, many are seeing the appeal of the urban pied-à-terre anew. Take the owners of this Manhattan apartment: a Connecticut couple with a passion for the arts. After finding the perfect part-time roost in a historic West Village carriage house studio, they tasked Brooklyn architect Sarah Jacoby with infusing function and romance. An immersive coat of Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black and a wall of custom built-ins (including the sleekest of compact kitchens) make the space “a fun and special retreat, not just a crash pad,” says Jacoby, adding, “They met in and love New York. This is their ‘reverse country home.’”
Quarantined in their home last spring, Chad Dorsey’s clients had a revelation. The crafts room of their Dallas home was languishing unused: Could Dorsey turn it into a getaway for the grown-ups? “The entire space was inspired by the idea of cocktails and wine,” the designer explains. Envisioning a bar with all the glamour of a swank night on the town, he devised a moody, burgundy scheme, selecting Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal to lacquer the millwork. Adding further sparkle, Dorsey designed a hammered brass and Calacatta viola marble bar illuminated by a crystal chandelier from a Parisian hotel. The result? An invigorating idyll when cabin fever sets in—one bound to delight guests when safe, as well as future buyers seeking the ultimate at-home escape.