Meg Braff‘s colorful and exquisitely layered new home in Long Island is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a long time! Of course I would expect nothing less from the illustrious Braff, but hands down, this is my absolute favorite example of her work to date. Braff is a Mississippi native whose Southern roots and passion for color and antiques help define her style. She and her husband, Doug, had been living just two miles away when they found this 1960s era ranch that would perfectly suit their changing lifestyle as their four sons were getting older. (You can tour her former home here.) However, the home needed an update, and Braff spent three years working with architect Laura Casale as they transformed the ranch into a spacious two-story home. “This neighborhood has so many charming old-world houses, and this wasn’t one of them.” Braff told Veranda. “We wanted it to feel like a house built in the early 1930s, like it had always been here.”
Braff found old mantels at auctions and raised the ceilings whenever possible. Centuries of storied antiques mix with contemporary pieces, while bespoke details and a touch of whimsy give the home elegant yet cheerful distinction. Braff is also a master when it comes to color… “I love walking from room to room and experiencing how the different tones work together, like they’re all speaking to each other in a beautiful, congenial way,” she said. “I try to be very thoughtful about threading color through the rooms.” Let’s take a tour with images by Annie Schlecter, as featured in the May/June 2019 issue of Veranda, and from Braff’s own portfolio.
Positively divine, I will be studying every detail for hours! For additional information and resources, please visit Veranda, or you can pick up a copy on news stands. If you don’t already have a subscription to Veranda, you can purchase one here, or I recommend subscribing through Amazon and utilizing their Magazine Subscription Manager.
I also recommend Meg’s delightful book The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy… You can read a Q&A with her about it here. And you can tour her former Locust Valley home here (with images from House Beautiful and the former real estate listing) and her Palm Beach pied-à-terre here. For more on Meg Braff, please visit her website and follow her on Instagram for ongoing inspiration.