C.J. Knapp / Kimberly Kowalski

Savvy Surrounding Style

Fine woodwork, a high ceiling and graceful windows provided the perfect starting point for the design of the second-floor guest room in this year’s urban manse. In fact, the classical framework emboldened the designers to think out of the box and take a fresh, eclectic approach to the space. Rather than furnishing it to accommodate infrequent overnight visitors, Savvy Surrounding Style designers C.J. Knapp and Kimberly Kowalski envisioned an elegant second-floor living area that would be useful to the home’s residents on a daily basis. Hence, they dispensed with the expected 18th-century reproduction bedroom suite in favor of an assortment of transitional and modern furnishings that play off key 2013 design trends.

“We were inspired by our recent trips to markets in Chicago and New York,” explains designer C.J. Knapp. “We loved the mix of rustic, contemporary and metallic that was so prevalent.”

Working with a neutral palette of cream, taupe and white, Knapp and Kowalski filled the room with several large-scale artworks and stylish seating pieces for relaxing and entertaining, including a large comfortable sofa and two klismos chairs. Adding to the room’s rustic-contemporary ambience is a pair of chic acrylic ottomans topped with unshorn wooly sheep skins, white lacquer bar and a rustic beaded chandelier. In place of traditional window treatments, the designers used Asian wood screens with a geometric design, providing privacy and a subtle pattern. Creating a pleasant contrast to the whole are warm metallic accents: a gold-painted ceiling, gold-flecked cowhide rug, gold-leaf and glass étagère, and various gold-finished accessories throughout the room.

“Our goal was to create a serene, livable, yet current and casual chic interior by combining natural elements with rustic glamour,” says Diane Fogerty, owner of Savvy Surrounding Style. “This room would be a very comfortable reading room or a family gathering area for playing games, relaxing and unwinding.”



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