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July/August 2009


2009 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS

Interior Design
by Sarah Firshein

STRIVING TO CREATE (AS ONE FINALIST PUT IT) 'GRACIOUS, AIRY INTERIORS WAITING TO BE FILLED WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER' YIELDS HOMES THAT MIX TEXTURES EFFORTLESSLY AND COAX NEUTRALS INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Interior Design Category – Winner
YVONNE FERRIS – Yvonne Ferris Interiors

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Yvonne Ferris (click image for larger view)

Even the steadiest among us fall prey to the seven-year-itch, and designer Yvonne Ferris of Yvonne Ferris Interiors is no exception. Having lived in her Weston home for exactly that duration after a major renovation, she felt "ready for a change and wanted to lighten up, freshen up and modernize the furnishings." No overhaul necessary, though—Ferris worked to weave more contemporary pieces into her existing collection of antique ones, crafting an interior scheme that embraces periods and styles of all persuasions and pays homage to the power of "re"; for instance, she re-framed landscape photographs in a white wood that complements the clean lines and airy feel of the re-upholstered furniture and re-painted walls.

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Yvonne Ferris (click image for larger view)

Ferris chose to keep it sleek throughout certain rooms, such as the dining room, living room, bedrooms and foyer, and opted for a cozier feel for the media room, where a leather sofa and dark-stained paneling afford a plush cocoon-like vibe. And the library's dark paneling, streaming sunlight and chaise longues upholstered in cream linen manage to indulge all these aesthetics in a single room. "As an interior designer, it's always exciting to use one's own house as a way to experiment and try new things," Ferris adds.


Interior Design Category – Innovator
LESLIE MAY – Leslie May Designs

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Leslie May (click image for larger view)

Rarely does a young couple, just preparing to start a family, possess the astute foresight that this couple exhibited when they approached designer Leslie May of Leslie May Designs about outfitting their 8,000-square-foot New Canaan home. "It was apparent that they yearned for spaces that they could truly live in," May says. The fabric selection, bold patterns with traditional piping and trims, along with painted ceilings, faux finishes and upholstered walls, helped the couple realize their vision of achieving traditional interiors with a youthful twist. Case in point: brown corduroy walls, zebra-print drapes and the Kelly-green trellis fabric. "They wanted their children, friends and family to feel at home in every single room of the house," May adds.


Interior Design Category – Innovator
ROBYN KARP – Robyn Karp Interiors

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Mark P. Finlay Architects (click image for larger view)

A study in not judging a book by its cover, these rooms differ wildly from their brick Georgian Colonial exterior. When the Greenwich couple requested modern interiors, designer Robyn Karp of Robyn Karp Interiors worked around pieces acquired from the wife's Southern grandmother, adding touches of Lucite here (now the hardware of demilune cabinets) and lacquer there (the cabinets' new finish, inside and out). "Our challenge was to keep a classic sensibility with a more modern and clean approach," Karp says. The dining room's double-pedestal base is now topped with a hand-painted eglomisé glass top that Karp co-designed, and a contemporary geometric wall covering refracts in a crystal chandelier the couple already owned. In the living room, a neutral-toned Tibetan carpet from Baker anchors the Baker curved-backed sofas; a mirror-topped coffee table adds glamour to the space. And the designer cites the master bath, with its romantic claw foot tub, as one of her preferred rooms.

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