What made everything work, the designer adds, was that the client trusted him to do what he does best — blending old and new, inherited and purchased, chic and fun. Although his client didn’t have the exact words to describe what she wanted, Arnold knew she was drawn to the layered look. blessings. In the living room, the Hickory chair reupholstered in a Rubelli fabric is fresh, while the Mini Skirt cocktail table from Bunny Williams Home is classic. Lucite tables are antique, and the Visual Comfort floor lamp covered in brass and leather, with a triangular shade, is antique.
The furnishings give this room and all the others a fresh feeling that they’ve been put together over time. “I threw several things around the house that she inherited from her grandmother, who had amazing taste and style,” adds Arnold. In the guest bedroom, Zak + Fox’s geometric and floral wall coverings roughly offset the owner’s grandmother’s dresser and vibrant blue bedspread. There’s a quirky Saint Pierre Paulin chair in the den and a very adult Philip Jeffreys wallcovering to soften the small space. In the dining room, Arnold took a rope-wrapped Broad Beach pendant and placed it atop a custom—if Lilliputian—dining table that only seats six.
“She’s not a huge entertainer, but friends come and hang out, and she sometimes works at the dining room table,” says Arnold. “The chandelier provides a honey glow that makes everyone look gorgeous.” For the primary bedroom, he had a Birmingham manufacturer design an iron four-poster bed, layer it over a geometric Antrim rug, then fill the space with armchairs from Lee Industries that were reupholstered in a royal blue Weitzner fabric. They finished the room with a custom dresser that looked like something the knight’s grandmother had passed down, as well as a Bhawana nightstand that Arnold got from Global Views.
Framed prints, urns, curious lamps, and unexpected objects are on nearly every surface in the bedroom and throughout the two-bedroom apartment. These one-of-a-kind items, Arnold points out, give the owner something new to wow every time she walks in the door, especially since she only works part time.
“I love smaller spaces, and when you have a great base, layering all of these pieces can really tell the story,” says Arnold. “I think this house tells the story of a well-traveled young woman who is eclectic, interesting and tasteful, but who is also playful and enjoys being surrounded by beautiful things. The strong architectural bones allow for that, and I love the way she has transformed.” She is eclectic and wild, just like her owner. .