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November 2006


FEATURES

Victorian Veneer
By Diane Di Costanzo
Photographs by Chichi Ubiña

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER ENERGIZES A 19TH-CENTURY GREENWICH HOME WITH A JOLT OF MODERNISM

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Six years ago, interior designer Bonnie Copp took on the task of modernizing a Belle Haven Victorian. This gorgeous Greenwich coastal neighborhood is famous for its impeccably restored antique homes. Today, Copp's project sits among them, the picture of proper Victorian design—at least from the outside.

The real impact of Copp's modernizing isn't evident until you step inside. Throughout the house, the Greenwich-based designer reconfigured rooms to create loft-like spaces ideal for showcasing the owners' contemporary furniture and modern art. She also infused the house with a bold, invigorating palette that's both sophisticated and family-friendly—a plus, since four young children live there.

Finally, Copp added her own—at times rather peculiar—brand of embellishments to make the place modern indeed. Case in point: Standing in the foyer is a wacky, eight-foot-tall sculpture made of candy-colored calabash gourds that are painted, stacked and stuck together. The curvy column looks like a psychedelic Christmas tree. The designer made it with London-based floral designer Harald Altmaier, a friend and frequent collaborator who also helped her create a sitting room installation of silvery bamboo poles wrapped around the middle with LED lights.

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