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GOLD COAST JEWEL BOX

A 1980’S CONTEMPORARY TOWNHOME, CUSTOM TAILORED INTO A SHOWPLACE TO ENTERTAIN FRIENDS, RELAX & REJUVENATE, AND BE CLOSE TO FAMILY.

Article by BETH KRUPA INTERIORS

Photography by PETER RYMWID & WILLIAM HUNTLEY

Originally published in Greenwich Lifestyle

Tucked away on the Gold Coast in lower Fairfield County, this jewel box home, designed and renovated by Beth Krupa, Principal and Lead Designer of Beth Krupa Interiors in Greenwich, was custom tailored for entertaining, relaxing, and being close to family.

Beth Krupa explains the purpose and inspiration behind the design… “Our client, as a present to herself for her 70th birthday, bought this townhome to be closer to her daughter, new son-in-law, and grandchild. She’s a racehorse owner (and rescuer) who often travels between Saratoga, NYC, and CT, so the design was about making her home a “showplace”, a place to entertain and host friends when they are in town.”

 

With the homeowner’s father having been an artist, original artwork was an important and symbolic addition to the home. His philosophy “to always surround yourself in beauty” captures the essence of this whole house project.

In the living room, the custom hand-painted feature wall by Phillip Bland, a decorative artist on Long Island, is a stand-out focal point of this space. Phillip has worked with Anna Wintour on her various homes and is the painter behind the incredibly detailed Met Gala-themed carpets each year.

Washed desert rose herringbone wool drapery with fringed sheers adds a dramatic effect. Lots of luxe lounge seating was added for parties and entertaining, all pointed towards the “fire and ice” gas fireplace. The organic sculptural lighting adds a modern, yet feminine flair and sets the mood for evening chats by the fire. The original art in the foreground is by Suzann Kaltbaum.

The owner often travels back and forth to Saratoga, so the dining room design was very much inspired by her equine passions and desire to entertain! We transformed what was once a common dining room into a bar-like lounge—complete with a custom deep teal leather banquette, custom lounge swivel chairs, and a large faux horn starburst patterned table. Three sunset velvet barstools accompany the adjacent console bar. Wink Gaines, an award-winning wildlife photographer, captures the essence of the room with a high-energy racehorse image printed in HD on aluminum metal. The jockey silks of the winning horse in the artwork were custom colored to match the owner’s own racehorse silks making this print not only personal but one-of-a-kind.

The homeowner wanted to feel like she was on a vacation-like retreat when she entered her main bedroom after a long day. To create that vibe, we layered coconut shell panels onto the 16’ high pitched ceiling adding instant warmth and used her favorite muted color palette to create a soothing and relaxing ambiance. 

Dual acrylic custom upholstered accent benches at the footboard create textural interest while allowing light to playfully pass through producing a warm and airy effect. Using various fabrics softens the space and adds just the right feminine touch. The original oil on canvas is by Liz Leggett.

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