Center Hall Colonial means Classic, and this architectural style was popularized by European settlers when the United States was just a scattered colony. But while aesthetics strive to be timeless, interiors can feel stuck in the era in which the home was built. That’s why the owner of his circa-1990s colonial four-bedroom center hall in upstate New York turned to New York and Connecticut-based Curated Nest Interiors to give it a much-needed refresh. “The house was in good condition, but very old. It had a lot of elements from the 1990s,” says Lina Galvan, the company’s co-founder and head of design.
To honor the original architecture while realizing the homeowner’s vision of a more livable modern space, Galvan designed wall-to-wall carpeting in cool tones, heavy wood accents, mineral fiber ceilings, and more. , we have eliminated some elements stuck in the past. Tile and classroom-like recessed lighting. However, while many spaces were in near-complete repair, others were intact and did not need repair. “This beautiful house had great bones, great light, high ceilings, and a lot of potential,” Galvan explains.
To accomplish that, she renovated and decorated only the rooms she needed: the mudroom, entryway, eat-in kitchen, and basement. The latter is often overlooked by both homeowners and designers, but not in this case. “Her basement is 1,400 square feet and was worth a complete rethink of functionality and zoning,” she points out.
After replacing the unsightly acoustic tile ceiling with a more modern and stylish plank alternative and installing the walls, Galvan completed the “retrofit” of the expansive basement, which was a great fit for this family, especially with their three young children. We have made it a much more meaningful and important space for us. I use it the most. “There’s an arts and crafts area, a secret playhouse under the stairs, a reading corner with a teepee, a dance room, a climbing wall area, a dress-up corner and a lounge area for watching movies,” she explains. She carved out a sizable space for the new laundry room, but it was gutted “down to the studs,” along with the mudroom and entryway.
The entrance, which now serves as a magnificent exhibition space, was one of the spaces that retains the most vestiges of the past. “The floors were vinyl and the light fixtures looked like they came from a medieval castle,” Galvan says. Despite the ceiling being twice her height, she found this huge space visually uninteresting. So she and her team replaced the original vinyl flooring with gray and white checkered porcelain tiles, refinished the central hall staircase, and incorporated double-height paneling into the walls. Ta. “The new chandelier gives the space a more inviting and modern feel,” she added.
Now, the entryway, and the entire home, feels warm and welcoming. That was the goal of both the designer and the homeowner when renovating some of the rooms. Galvan says, “The muted colors, clean architecture, and lofty farmhouse-style décor give the space a livable luxury.”
“This was a dated, monochrome, unwieldy space that turned into the crown jewel of the house,” says Galvan. “Flooring makes a big impression and instantly sets the tone for the rest of your home.”
table: Dovetail. shelf: Serena and Lily. runner: Installed by Carpet Trends.
“This nook is the basement lounge area,” says the designer. “The floating staircase is clad in sheetrock and shiplap, which creates an additional zoning mechanism in the large open-concept space.”
sofa: Row. Chair: Daily necessities. Candelabra: Lucent Light Shop.
When sprucing up the basement, Galvan either repurposed furniture that was already there or purchased new furniture that matched the aesthetic.
Lit: Lucent Light Shop. bench: home goods. Side table: messenger. Artificial plants:Pottery Barn.
“This basement is completely for the children (twins, younger girls and older daughter),” she says. “My kids are very active, so I wanted a space for their friends to enjoy, so I created this custom climbing wall with a hand-painted mural.”
Custom climbing mural: Sabrina mural. Faux sheepskin rug: NuLOOM. basket:Serena and Lily.
“With its vegan leather cushions, this chair is perfect for a family corner,” explains the designer.
This bench, which looks built-in, is actually two storage banquettes covered with 10 feet of custom cushions, creating the illusion of one super-long seating area. “The cushions could not be transported folded, so they had to be delivered by hand from the workshop,” Galvan added.
Chair: Four hands. storage bench: Ballad. pendant: Hinckley Lighting. Custom bench cushion: Stitch room. Acacia extension dining table: Daily necessities. art: Four hands.
The basement features a laundry room that is bright and airy with new recessed and decorative lighting and lots of custom light-painted woodwork.
lighting equipment: Lucent Light Shop. faucet: Brizo. bench: Four hands. mirror: 1800 lighting. Lug: Loloi. Custom cabinet: DTF Rosemount. Brass cabinet hardware: Forge Hardware Studio. Floating shelf: mint. pillow: tonic living.
“The family now has a place to store everything and keep it organized,” says the designer. “A separate bench is a convenient place to put your shoes on.”Although there are moments when it gets dark, the space remains in a pale, quiet palette.
Lug: In trouble. bench: Four hands. Woodwork: DTF Rosemount. Lit: Visual comfort.
“We ended up with five lockers for each member of the family, a custom shoe storage cabinet, and an upper for storing luggage and miscellaneous items,” Galvan says of the finished space.
beautiful house: What is the reason/inspiration for the new design? How will you achieve your vision?
Carefully selected nest interior: The goal for this home was to modernize and increase functionality for a busy family. This family appreciates good things, but they wanted them to be durable and thoughtful. We achieved our vision through a combination of custom solutions (custom factories) and creative space zoning. The client loved the modern farmhouse style and incorporated elements of that into each space.
HB: Did you encounter any memorable problems, challenges, or surprises during the project? How did you pivot?
CNI: It was difficult to convince the homeowner to make major renovations to their basement, but in the end they love it and use it a lot with their three young girls.
H.B.: Where did most of the budget go?
CNI: Most of the money went into renovations, but we kept the furniture prices affordable to keep the budget in check. However, we continued to splurge on family-friendly aspects of furniture and decor, such as using higher-performance finishes.
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