In November 2014, Margaret received a call from a couple who searched online for a “traditional young designer” while looking for a decorator who could create a youthful but classically beautiful home. The clients wanted their Manhattan apartment to have a completely different aesthetic than their primary residence in the country... with a March installation! The husband requested that the house be “grown-up and pretty, with a chintz bedroom,” a 21st-century version of his childhood home, which was designed by Mario Buatta—the iconic Prince of Chintz, renowned for his lush, colorful interiors.
Using the clients’ collection of antiques, Margaret mixed bright colors, sophisticated patterns, and contemporary pieces to create a vibrant interior for this busy young family that feels like a timeless, collected home.
Framed prints from Fred Reed balance porcelains from Jane Marsden Antiques on the mantel. A pair of chairs from Lee Jofa are upholstered in a sunny yellow chinoiserie by Scalamandré.
The living room draperies are by Brunschwig & Fils, and the tufted sofa is covered in Scalamandré velvet.
Gilt bamboo stools from John Rosselli balance an antique Chippendale mirror.
Chocolate strié paint complements gilt tea-leaf paper on the ceiling.
Cowtan & Tout chintz complements a coral sofa and pops against green walls.
The dining room and family room were combined to create one large living space.
A mix of contemporary and antique pieces creates a vibrant and fresh interior.
The floral wallpaper is Coralie by Hines in rosy lacquer. A gilt mirror and white lacqured console from Parc Monceau are paired with English Regency armchairs upholstered in Les Touches by Brunschwig & Fils.
The bold four-poster bed in the master bedroom is balanced by the Colefax and Fowler chintz encapsulating the entire room.
The carpet is by Stark.
The chairs are upholstered in another favorite - Dolly by Sister Parish.