athome in Fairfield County - Nov/Dec 2019

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WINNER athome magazine A-List Awards 2019

living space



he owners of this traditional home had a specific goal in mind— they wanted to seamlessly modernize their house while retaining its classic architecture. Charged with opening up space and giving a sense of lightness while highlighting the showstopping water view, Diana Byrne of DB Design completely altered the layout of this sumptuous space, changing it from a classic living room configuration to this airy design with creative angles. Having worked with the family previously on their beach house, Byrne knew they were comfortable pushing boundaries stylistically. The challenge? Making the room sophisticated and spectacular enough for entertaining but not so stiff that the family wouldn’t regularly use it. Byrne’s concept for the reworked space struck the perfect balance— the reimagined room can be dressed up for an elegant soirée or dressed

down for snuggling up with a good book and enjoying the view. Ligne Roset chairs, a Minotti ottoman and a Botolo chair invite relaxation, while stunning artwork—which includes paintings by Günther Förg and Robert Kelly, “Wall River” in stainless steel by Artur Lescher, a Walter Furlan sculpture and a wood veneer sculpture by Joseph Dermody—are sure to spark cocktail party conversation. Anchoring the space is the mesmerizing Edra sofa. With its fluid and versatile form, its function is endless no matter the occasion. The family entertains often, and the unexpected layout of this piece creates multiple conversation points while keeping the water view center stage from all directions. What sets this project apart is the overall balance of the loud and the quiet, knowing where to go all in and where to show restraint in this large living room.



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