Everything Catherine Casteel Olasky and Maximilian P. Sinsteden design sets my heart aflutter, including this beautiful home located on the Channel Island of Guernsey between the French coast of Normandy and southern England. The client had spent most of his time between the U.K., Ireland, and America, picking up an eclectic mix of furnishings and art along the way. Olasky & Sinsteden were charged with paring down and re-energizing his 60-year accumulation, while bringing unity to the home’s “crazy-quilt accretion” of 16th- through 20th-century construction.
The designers culled the best of the possessions and set out to create a look that was both cohesive and worldly. Much of the work involved refreshing and recomposing elements: reupholstering existing sofas, matting and reframing the art, and changing wallpaper colorways. Continuity was created by consistently painting architectural trim white, using brass whenever possible (to reflect the client’s lifelong passion for sailing as well as the house’s maritime locale), and by adhering to a palette of muted colors. The result is a home reflective of the homeowner’s life, in addition to the various cultural influences of the island. “Nothing is too precious,” said Olasky. “Every room is used daily.”
This home was featured in the February 24, 2018, print edition of The Wall Street Journal, and additional pictures have been included from Olasky & Sinsteden’s online portfolio. Photography by Read McKendree.
The incredible attention to detail these talented designers put into their work is second to none. (Before joining forces, Catherine worked for Bunny Williams and Colefax & Fowler, while Max worked for David Easton and Charlotte Moss.) It doesn’t get any better than this! For additional information, please visit Olasky & Sinsteden, and The Wall Street Journal to read the article in entirety. For additional articles by The Glam Pad on O&S, please click the links below: