2011 CTC&G and WC&G Innovation in Design Winners
We bring you this year's cutting-edge LANDSCAPES, sophisticated KITCHENS, playful INTERIOR DESIGN concepts, beautiful BATHS and transcendent ARCHITECTURE
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WINNER: YOUNG HUH INTERIORS
In this designer’s rambling tudor, high-end fashion and glamour meet kid-friendly furnishings and finishes
photographs by john m. hall
Asked to describe THE STYLE of her rambling Tudor home, interior designer Young Huh answers, “It’s Marie Antoinette meets Jean Michel Frank.” In the living room, soft gray damask-covered armchairs backed by oyster-toned walls emulate the renowned French designer’s minimalist style, but the unexpected chartreuse sofa and swoop of duchesse satin drapery in the dining room would have made the Versailles queen smile.
“I was definitely having a Marie moment when I picked that satin,” says Huh, who further indulged the fantasy with shiny curtain hardware but added a dark wood Deco-style table for restraint. “The house was built in the 1920s, and we wanted it to have a feeling of fashion and glamour.”
According to Huh, nothing adds elegance like the introduction of white, so she paired pale accents, such as a large round mirror with a Jonathan Adler lamp in the living room, and topped the sofa in the family room with furry Mongolian-lamb pillows. “White accents really help people see the contrasts,” she explains.
Balancing her desire for chic was the need for kid-friendly furnishings and finishes (Huh has three children). Enter the washable terrycloth slipcover on the sofa and the black-concrete kitchen floor. Concerned the stainless-steel and charcoal elements in the latter might feel unwelcoming to children, Huh introduced maple cabinets for balance and lively, printed wallpaper for fun.