Living In The Present

Life is all about change. One day, you're running your kids to sports practices and the next moment they're running their own lives. Suddenly you look around and realize it's time to adapt your surroundings to keep up with those changes.

What We Created

A total transformation was in order for these empty nesters in their large-scale lower level. The result was a wonderful blend of 1940's glam with echoes of mid-century modern. Katie and her team divided the huge space into four quadrants—a private retreat for movies; a sleek, black lacquered kitchen and bar with a handsome pub table for guests; a music-themed game area centered around a custom pool table; and a second seating area to cozy around a stone fireplace.

The couple was open to pushing the creative envelope with Katherine Elizabeth Designs. A custom canvas was commissioned of two life-size dancing silhouettes, subtly lit by dimmable stage lights. The window treatments became a study in contrasts - cream wool with bands of dark charcoal and gold tape on transparent acrylic rods, brass rings and end caps. Shagreen wallpaper infused with a gold wash picks up other memorable accessories such as sparkly geodes, gilded antlers and other organic elements. Even the pool table is covered in Hermes-colored orange felt - a present to open every time someone picks up a pool cue.

Each different area commands a unique aesthetic - yet KED made certain that all meld effortlessly into the other. The modern kitchen with its antique mirrored backsplash tile that was fabricated in Europe plays off the gleaming black cabinets, quartz countertops and floating, illuminated glass shelves. The eight-seat pub table is crowned by a brushed brass light fixture, embellished with rock crystals. Even the second seating area picks up shimmer in its vegan cocktail ottoman hide.

It's a lower level like you've never seen before. As elegant as an upscale European hotel lobby— as comfortable as a screening room in old-time Hollywood.

Sometimes there’s no time like the present to redo, reinvent and reimagine your life. The result is a gift you open up every day - a chance to live your life through the changing lens of time.

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