Mar 212012

The iconic Chesterfield sofa have graced homes since the 18th century. It is named in honor of Philip Dormer Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield and then tastemaker, who wanted a sofa that would allow a gentleman to sit upright on a sofa and remain comfortable. A true classic, the Chesterfield has remained the same after all these years. Its tufted upholstery, equal height rolled arms and back, and nailhead trim is most often seen in leather, but is certainly not limited to it.

Though traditional, the Chesterfield is a timeless option that has a place in any home’s decor.

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Feb 152012

Who says colonial has to be traditional? Not the designer who used a touch of gray to take this Westport family home from cozy classic to sleek sophisticate.

Few talents could have managed the transformation of such a space from its suburban groundings into something so urbane, but in the hands of Mar Silver, this home in Westport reinterprets every idea of family living today. What started out as a small interior renovation for a family with two young children turned into a two-year, full transformation.

“I see everything ­architecturally first,” says Silver, a Westport-based designer. “I start by thinking about how the walls play into each other and how art is going to fit on the walls.”

For many designers, contemporizing a space would mean painting it white and eliminating most ornamentation and accessories, but for Silver it was about adding just the right color. Shades of gray in a combination of tones coat each room, while woodwork is either painted or stained Silver’s signature gray hue. The colors unify the house beautifully, enveloping the spaces in moth-wing softness. “For me, gray is more soothing than stark white,” the designer says. “Grays look beautiful with woods.”

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