See how designer Kelly Newton created an elegant country home in the city.
Anyone who enjoys the easy feeling of a day in the country but also the fresh and refined elements of city living will appreciate the efforts designer Kelly Newton has made to live both ways. She's ably combined rough and rustic elements with a refined design style to create a fresh country look in her city home.
An abundance of color makes for a rich, inviting look on the first floor, where red, green and wood tones dominate. Worn fabrics in subdued colors cover the furniture in the living room. A wicker chair features an upholstered back for a more formal take on a what's usually a casual piece of furniture. The two side tables are a perfect example of Newton's flair for combining rustic and formal furnishings — one is a French-inspired piece with a marble top, the other a simple colonial table with a round wooden top. The orginal 8-inch fireplace mantel didn't suit her needs, so she added a larger one below for a stacked effect.
Electric red walls are the backdrop for the eclectic look in the dining room. A formal crystal chandelier hangs above a dark-stained farm table. A silver candleholder sets the tone for the table setting, which includes a mixture of black and red staffordshire dishes, old hotel silver and mismatched glassware. A large red cabinet in the corner is fronted with a screen door for a definitive cozy farmhouse look.
The green hue of paperwhite blades inspired the wall color in the kitchen. The space is comfortably country with folk art styling and modern amenities. A hooked rug is angled on the floor for a sense of movement. The breakfast table is surrounded by three wicker chairs. The windows are dressed with balloon shades for a traditional look.
The master bedroom is monochromatic with shades of true color only seen on the upholstered window seat. Layers of coverlets dress the white iron bed; the outer layer is a silvery yellow-green velvet, which adds a hint of color to the neutral space. The wrought-iron crystal chandelier adds a rich, textural element with its patina finish. Monogrammed lampshades add a touch of sophistication. Instead of balloon shades, lacy curtains are used to filter the natural light.
The master bath is a refined space with white beadboard walls and cabinetry, marble countertop, ball and claw tub, leaded glass windows, silver candlesticks and a wrought-iron chandelier.
The shower is disguised behind beadboard doors that used to open to reveal a linen closet.
The guest bedroom has a more traditional country look. The walls are painted a wheat color to set off the black chest of drawers, wrought-iron bed and colorful quilt. The architectural elements are something unexpected in the simple space. Cafe curtains lend to the room's pared-down elegance.
What looks like wallpaper in the hallway is actually a custom stencil treatment completed by Newton.
The large ledge on the landing has been turned into a comfy reading nook plump with pillows and an upholstered seat.