topped with a runner in the same shade, the rich dark tones in stunning contrast to the off-white risers and woodwork.
Boston designer Frank Hodge of F.D. Hodge Interiors also used
decorating derring-do in his reinvention of the now warmhearted yet
sophisticated living room. Pale, silvery sage walls, light-beige woodwork, and varying shades of taupe set the background for his menu
of intriguing design innovations, including tailored, linen-covered
shutters on the lower half of the windows and long, striped sheer curtain
panels that added softness. The placement of a 1940s painted desk
in the bay added visual depth and a charming focal point, while the
oversize scale of the 4-foot-square ottoman grounded the space.
Across the foyer from the living room, the glamorous dining
room was richly layered in neutral tones and textures by native New
it was love at first sight when designer Phillip Jude Miller saw the
gracious foyer, where he hung modern art above a 19th-century
English settee, giving each element more importance. In the small
study off the hall (facing page), Miller hung art by Bill Thompson
above an antique writing desk, but for this room, he chose a bold
red color scheme offset with neutrals.
Englander Nicole Yee. Her firm, NY Interiors, is based in Oakland,
California, where she and her husband and two young children live,
and in Kittery, Maine, where they spend their summers. Dove-gray
walls, creamy woodwork, a high-gloss painted ceiling, and a sparkling
chandelier created an ideal ambience for the long formal dining
table covered with a floor-length cloth. White china
place settings, vintage linens, and striking blue glassware added to the elegance. The backdrop of mixed
neutrals set the stage for the burst of color found
in the painting “Heading Into Harbor” by Robyn
Prezioso that hung above the fireplace. “That infusion of turquoise
is an important factor in the room,” says Yee.
Finally, tucked out of sight but accessible from both foyer and
living room, Phillip Jude Miller’s small study took a bold stance with
tomato-red walls and woodwork, which he deftly combined with
modern art and pale colors for fabrics and upholstery.
Every space titillated design taste buds, perhaps because smart
designers know how to combine the best basic ingredients with just
the right amount of spice.