When a family came to Kimberly Scanlon of Vera Interior Design to renovate their home’s guest suite, which was originally built as a nanny’s bedroom with a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette, the interior designer had no idea what to do. I knew. “She was a great client to design for because she has a very unique personal style that is eclectic, intertwined with bold edges and gentle vibes,” explains Scanlon. . “So the inspiration for this space was to really make it feel like it had her unique sense of style.”
The kitchenette and bathroom have both been renovated. In the former, the brick wall that housed the old-fashioned oven was torn down and replaced with a creamy Corian backsplash with floating solid-surface shelving and repainted cabinetry. The latter, on the other hand, used to be dark. Once dingy, it has been opened up and transformed into a spa-like space with fireclay tiles and glass walls.
The bolder side of the client’s personality can be seen in the stylish art prints and dynamic wallpaper that decorate the bathroom and nearby reading nook, but her more gentle side is visible in the team’s favorite space, the bedroom. A sense of sophistication is evident. Before the renovation, the rooms were characterized by vaulted ceilings, plain walls, and no light sources, making them feel dark and dreary. So when the design team suggested painting the entire space pink (including the ceiling), the homeowners were all for it. “She certainly wasn’t afraid to push the envelope,” Scanlon says with a laugh. The shade they chose, Farrow & Ball’s setting of her plaster, is a subtle pink that adds a feminine touch to the room without being too youthful. The elegant color also inspired her living area, which consists of a small table and her two chairs, another focal point of this space. The homeowners wanted to maintain but refresh it. “We breathed new life into these pieces by refinishing them in a powdery pink that acts as a monochromatic accent on the wall,” continues Scanlon.
Chair cushions were reupholstered with new fabrics, custom table skirts with linen tassel fringe added texture, and table lamps, vintage items collected from the client’s travels to Taiwan, were given new shades. The perfect finishing touch is the thoughtful uplighting added to the beams that run throughout the room, bathing the entire small space in a soft rosy light at night.
“This was a project where our style matched the client’s style perfectly,” says Scanlon. “She gave us creative freedom to execute our ideas, so we were able to create a space that captured the essence of her spirit and style.”