Interior Design Innovator Winners

Our IDA winners have been announced! Discover who our judges picked for best in Interior Design!

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Timeless Appeal A black-framed mirror from Inside Avenue over a white mantel sets the tone in the living room, where custom purple pillows from Lynn Morgan Design provide a pop of color. The lamp is Ralph Lauren Home. The Mesa coffee table from Circa Antiques has a bluestone top. The striped rug is through J.D. Staron. photograph by jeff mcnamara

left: Dine-In Style A chandelier and sconces through Circa Lighting add panache to the dining room. The sisal rug is Merida Madagascar through Redi-Cut Carpets & Rugs. The painting is by Brian Kammerer. Central Zone (above, left) Barstools from Restoration Hardware provide seating at the island. Robert Abbey Penelope pendants are through The Accessory Store. Cabinetry through NuKitchens. Short Stop A Jonathan Adler rug takes center stage in the upstairs landing (above, right), where an Oomph mirror hangs over an Emissary garden stool. Suite Serenity (bottom) Morgan designed the upholstered bed, chair and blue lacquer console that give the master bedroom a sense of harmony. Black and white framed photography is by Jeff McNamara. photographs by jeff mcnamara




“This style of living works equally well for a young couple with children seeking a maintenance-free life or empty nesters who want room to entertain the grandkids,” says interior designer Lynn Morgan about the model townhouse she designed for a planned community in Darien. “It’s very traditional architecture, but there’s a contemporary layout, so the goal was to make them work together and keep it simple.”

The open floor plan centers around the kitchen where the stacked gray cabinets, farm sink and Carrara countertops balance the stainless steel appliances and open shelving. “It’s traditional with a modern accent,” says the designer, who painted the window frames black to add a touch of sophistication, and went on to similarly paint the windows and doors in all the main rooms. “We decided to go with a black and white color scheme. It’s fresh, but it’s also very New England.”

With that theme in mind, Morgan selected white linen furnishings, a black and white striped rug, and a custom bluestone and metal coffee table to ground the living room. In keeping with her simple, no-fuss philosophy, there are no window treatments, the pillows are low-maintenance cotton, not silk, and artwork is black and white photography by local artists. “It looks great and is a very cost-effective way to fill your walls,” she adds.

A subtle shift occurs in the master suite, where Morgan defines the wall color as “a whisper of sky blue with a hint of gray.” “We wanted this space to feel more spa-like, so we introduced the lacquered furnishings, painted the windows white, and put soft sheers on the them,” she says.

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