act like steppingstones connecting the rooms.
Keeping interiors lively is a mantra of
her consultancy as well. With new clients,
she typically starts by examining artwork they
already own. Frequently, reframing a piece
or displaying it in a new location can bring
it back to life. “Often, I just refresh a house
or move stuff around,” says Silvia, who also
works regularly with interior designers.
With the exception of their kitchen,
which was renovated shortly after the couple
moved in, the Silvias have made few structural changes to the house, preferring to allow
their decor, art, and personal style to develop
over time. In the library, that meant adding
floor-to-ceiling shelves, which are filled with
books, objects, and personal photos. Pocket
doors separate the space from the living room,
where the focal point is a stunning, geometric
mixed-media work in black, blue, and orange
by Stephanie Henderson of Atlanta, which
hangs above the mantel.
A visual buffet of paintings — including
the first major piece that Silvia purchased for
herself — adorns the walls in the dining room,
where works are also laid out on a credenza
and propped up on the floor. The furnishings’
and artworks’ various eras and styles are held
an oil painting by Craig Mooney of Vermont brings a peaceful vibe to the master bedroom.
Silvia herself painted and hung the blue-and-white canvas “to ground the space,” she says.
The sunny kitchen (facing page, left) is a rotating gallery of personal art and collectibles;
pops of color tend to follow a common theme. The library’s floor-to-ceiling shelves (facing
page, right) hold books, personal photos, and other ephemera.