Editor’s note: Today I am in a Vince silk blouse, dress shorts from Theory, and shoes from Banana Republic.
Happy Wednesday!!!! Happy May 1st!!! Rabbit Rabbit! This is my and Mackenzie’s birthday month….and Mackenzie’s wedding month! She will start out he month being Mackenzie Stewart and end it as Mackenzie McLeod. MAJOR EXCITEMENT! I cannot wait to address her as Mrs. McLeod when she returns from her honeymoon. I will be greeting her with bells on when she gets back. Lord help me make it through two weeks without her. When my old assistant Mallory went on her honeymoon my email crashed overnight. Needless to say this non-technical girl was in a pickle. I called a client and asked if she had a nice computer man who would work with an ignorant designer. I use him to this day! I will be zooming around the Design District today in the rain working on 2 client’s houses. What is it about Wednesdays and rain????? I will have a different hairstyle by the end of the day…my hair is like a chia pet when it is humid. Oh well…design must go on!
The article I picked out for today is out of the newest Veranda. When I was looking through the article, I found one of the pictures that I included in my Instagram posts on Monday’s blog. What do you know about that!!!
I have often admired the work of Meg Braff and this article is so much fun because it is her own home she renovated for 3 years with architect Laura Casale. She and her husband loved the property of this 1960s home.... but said the “curb appeal pretty much stopped at the curb.” They added 15 feet to the front of the house and combined rooms inside. Her choice of colors is amazing... coming from a designer who adores color. She said her grown boys had a say so in their rooms....having grown up being dragged around top auctions with their mother. My twins have an appreciation of furniture and fabrics from living with me and going on deliveries. They helped me decorate my client’s houses for Christmas for about 8 years working side by side with their task master mom. They are proud of Kay Genua Designs and are part owner of my business. Enjoy this glorious home and have a super first day of May!
The library is the only room that was left untouched in the renovation.
Meg standing in what looks to be her dressing room. Notre that the closets are hidden with wallpaper on the doors. LOVE IT!!!!
This is the picture that I included in my blog on Monday . I love every detail. I learned something new about antique mirrors from this article..... that the thinner frame on this mirror from the late1700s was in vogue at the time when the more lavish frames declined in popularity.
This is the upstairs media room where the boys hang out. The sofa purchased at auction is reupholstered in a performance velvet. I am in love with performance fabrics that let life happen without worrying about spills. The rattan chandelier is from curry & Company... one of my favorite resources. The cool chairs are from mid century designer Mont . The cotton ticking from Malibar ( I just met with that rep yesterday!!) is casual and perfect. Wallpaper is by Katie Ridder.
The valance on the draperies by Holland & Sherry is AMAZING!!!!! The spring green mixed with the blues and peach is all in the chinoiserie panels on the wall. The antique caned chairs were painted to resemble tiger maple. The juxtaposition of the more casual chairs with the dressy dining room makes the room more approachable.
This stunning Coromandel screen was found at a local estate once designed by the famous Mario Buatta. The yellow Zoffany fabric and the Houles trim really pop against the black screen.
I would never have thought to put a turquoise sofa with this Lee Jofa yellow and green floral.... but it works! This room is so happy. The goat-skinned lacquered Karl Springer cocktail table was found on 1stdids.
This peacock blue wallpaper from Schumacker is a show stopper!!!!!! The fact that she carried it up the walls onto part of the ceiling is brilliant. The ruffle detail on the bottom of the roman shades is so lovely . The bed linens are from Satori Fine Linens. What a fabulous room!!!!
The wallpaper in the breakfast room is Meg Braff’s own design . She uses lacquered paint often in her homes to bounce the light. The trim color in here is Sweet Daphne by Benjamin Moore. I adore the shape of the tablecloth!
The 19th-century Chinoiserie silk panels were purchased at Sotheby’s. The colors for the whole house were inspired by these panels. She collected antique mantels to give the hopuse patina. The goal was for the house to look like it had been there since the 1930s. I think her goal was met and far exceeded that. What a spectacular house in every way!!!!!!
“Step Inside Designer Meg Braff’s Colorful and Modern Long Island Home” article featured in Veranda May 2019 Issue
BY STEPHANIE HUNT | INTERIOR DESIGN BY MEG BRAFF | ARCHITECTURE BY LAURA CASALE | PRODUCED BY CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD
So so true!!
Dinner last night was gumbo from River Crest.
Love this song!