Modernism Revisited

With a few bold moves, we updated a Gardner Dailey masterpiece to reflect the way we live today.


Not all of our moves are drastic, but the results can be dramatic. Playing off the homeowners photography collection, we created a clear black and cream color palette. The refinished floors were stained an ebony finish, and the dark stair runner provides texture and depth.


I find that many of my clients seldom use their formal dining rooms today. Here a centrally located dining room is transformed into a family/media room, a place for all to gather to watch a movie or play games around the large coffee table. This truly is the heart of the home now.


Sometimes our work starts with bold moves. Here a massive fireplace was removed, combing an underused office and a small kitchen. The kitchen, now greatly expanded, is the place for this family to gather.

Project Information

With plans in place and a bold vision, we transformed a mid-Century architectural gem, pulling it into the 21st Century. With a few decisive strokes, we opened up the interior, reimagined the use of spaces, clarified the design, and unified the progression of spaces using materials, color and art.

Creating a great room wasn’t our only miracle worked on this project. We were challenged by the client to turn a closet size bathroom and cloak room into an elegant powder room. Through subtraction and a lot theatricality – continuing our black and red color scheme – we introduce a Timorous Beasties McGegan Rose wallcovering in a nod to Scottish ancestry.

Furnishings from a previous home were refurbished – rugs were rewoven, tables refinished – while custom new pieces were added to add a bit of sparkle. Fortuny fabric cohabitate with Florence Knoll designs, contemporary pieces mix with mid-century classics and 1980s fabulous.


Interior Design: David Bjorngaard
Construction: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
Photography: Adam Rouse