When Carolyn Grove of C. V. Grove Interiors looks at a project, she sees potential that few interior designers have the gift to see. She recently was asked by a longtime client to 'freshen up' the home that she had done for them 15 years ago.
“My client loves color,’” Grove emphatically states, which is obvious to the visitor upon entering the foyer. A custom-banded runner climbs the stairs to the second level. A Majolica collection creates a colorful tablescape that is lit by a custom lamp that Grove created using a Majolica teapot, as well as an Art Nouveau chandelier she purchased in Paris.
Stepping down into the living room, your eyes gaze at the stunning, custom-designed woven wool area rug that serves as a plateau for a gathering of patterns, colors and woods. “We sent a piece of the Clarence House toss-pillow fabric from the sofa to match the wool threads for the rug. We didn’t want too many shades of coral in the room,” Grove notes. The fireplace is scaled for the room but it wouldn’t 'sing' if it weren’t for the large antique brass andirons. Artwork by Dan Christensen (Grove's late brother-in-law) crowns the fireplace. A custom-finished Brunschwig & Fils cocktail table is harmonized with an antique tole side table and an antique turquoise garden stool.
The dining room is dramatic. Like a glittering crown, the Niermann Weeks chandelier illuminates the dining table surrounded by custom-upholstered chairs in a Romo silk fabric, all gently resting on an antique Oriental carpet.
For the kitchen, the Vermont Danby stone used on the island and countertops is echoed in the basket weave backsplash. The Bausman dining table is surrounded by McGuire custom 'cracked ice' chairs. Again, Grove went to Niermann Weeks for the chandelier. All this beauty is surrounded by an Asian-inspired Kravet wall covering, adding just enough patterns to the space.
For a little hideaway, the morning room complements the kitchen with shades of grey and plum. The F. Schumacher wall covering is the backdrop for Vervain silk draperies, a Bausman secretary and a Zebra skin rug. Look up! The coffered ceiling is a product provided by Jim Bowling to create the look of a master woodworker that is actually a drop-in ceiling!
Nowhere in the home is the outside view more effective than from the family room: Large windows frame the lush botanical landscape. Inside, Clarence House pillows add a splash of whimsy and pattern to the coral velvet tone-on-tone sofa. The back of the seating area is framed by a portiere created from Designers Guild and Vervain silks. A pair of club chairs flank a Woodland custom cocktail table that faces a great Gothic stone fireplace by Artifacts. The piece de résistance is at the far end of the room, where an antique blackamoor bust (found at Ken Meisner’s) rests on a drop-leaf table that creates the foreground for an antique tapestry hung under a Juliet balcony.
This home has been updated and fine-tuned by a maestro of design, creating a very harmonious environment for the lady and gentleman of the house. Cheers!