Celerie Kemble and Caroline Irvin of Kemble Interiors made a chic, elegant family apartment a reality for a family of four in New York. The apartment is filled with natural elements and happy colors that make the home comfortable and stylish. Let’s have a look at this beautiful apartment!
Even though the walls are white, you are so arrested by the colors in the living room. And the two large fiddle leaf fig trees anchoring the window really seem to bring the outdoors in. In fact, the colors of this room – greens, browns, blacks, ochres, golds, and creams – are all colors evocative of nature. I love the giant dark chests flanking the sofa and their matching arched Karl Springer style mirrors.
In this shot, you get a much better look at the stunning pen shell coffee table, cowhide Greek key fretwork rug, and the branch detailing on the armchair. Doesn’t that green velvet look so mossy and delicious? Obviously I LOVE the bar cart with bamboo styled brass legs in front of a framed mossy green Chinoiserie panel.
If you know me you know one of my greatest pet peeves is red dining rooms. Woof. So I am deeeelighted by the appearance of this navy beauty. The curvy dining chairs upholstered in turquoise leather are so sassy and the silk chartreuse drapery with a (swooooon) ruffly trim contrasts gorgeously, whole also tying into the greens of the living room. The feather inspired chandelier brings lots of twinkle into this seductively glossy and dark space.
In case you’re wondering how this killer strie effect was achieved, it’s layers and layers of gloss paint over vertical grasscloth. Tricky tricky.
The candy-colored kitchen is such a joyous space – especially for a family with two young kids. Classic Shaker cabinets and stainless steel Sub Zero appliances are slipped into lemon drop yellow walls, and are nestled between a sky blue ceiling and a trellised blue and white painted floor. The marble topped Saarinen Tulip table is chic and an efficient space saving shape, and the matching Tulips chairs and banquette are upholstered in fabulous lavender leather. A bright and swirly abstract painting ties all these cheery pastels together.
The master bedroom is, again, a space that takes its cues from nature. The calming cream and blue color palette is deceptively simple as its so richly layered. I adore a half tester – one of my favorite things to add in a bedroom – especially with teeny tiny sconces behind the headboard. The gentle sprinkling of embroidered flowers on the duvet gives a subtle floral element. And again we see another shiny, happy, green fiddle leaf fig tree.
This apartment by Kemble interiors is somehow dramatic and very friendly. By utilizing lots of happy color and mixing that color in with grounding neutrals the result is a personality-filled family home that is totally livable.