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Collectors of Ancient Asian Artifacts

I actually met these clients at the gym…their beautiful high rise condominium needed a face lift when it became their principal residence.The project, including a new custom kitchen, was completed in 12 weeks for a Christmas deadline.

I was charged with the mantra, “no pattern, no color,” which I varied from only slightly with bath wallpapers. The clients had a few very special antiques they wanted to feature, including an 18th Century English sideboard, as well as museum quality artifacts. Many of the new items came from Italy, including all of the white leather upholstery and the magnificent dining room table, which arrived Dec. 23.

The grand salon became an expression of the owners’ passions with the prominent placement of the grand piano, a magnificent screen and the tomb carvings highlighted with art lighting and placed on custom pedestals. I designed a coral branch mirror, crafted by a local artist, to place over the sideboard. The artist, Ed Koehler, also designed the lamps on the sideboard.

We created a more contemporary kitchen with clean lined cabinets, white quartz counters and custom backsplash, tiles were cut from the quartz marble, and stainless accents including the island and the counter base. A Baccarat chandelier with the brand’s signature red crystal added a touch of color
over the island.

In the master bedroom we had white auto paint applied to the dresser and night tables to create the look of white lacquer for a fraction of the price. We splurged on a custom Ultra-suede bed, a custom mirror and rock-crystal lamps for the bedside tables.

In the “Circle Bedroom” beautiful sheer curtains with a circle weave cast a magical shadow pattern in the room. The rattan bed was also painted with auto body paint in Mercedes Wheatstone and the armoires from Julian Chichester repeat the circle motif.

Signature Fornasetti wallpaper brings whimsy to powder room. I designed a slightly over scaled mirror to balance the strong pattern on the walls.

These clients sold this condominium to relocate to Newport Beach, CA. where they have purchased a home once owned by John Wayne; it is one of my new projects. I will feature their new home when it is completed late 2011.

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