Sophisticated Living - Mar/Apr 2011


Interior Designer John Harrison of DIGS creates a gracious home in The Grassmoor bursting with personality.

"I have a reputation as a monochromatic designer, but when I do use color, I enjoy making a statement," said interior designer John Harrison, who brought his years of experience and training in New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, and London, England, to DIGS when he joined their staff of experts in October 2010. Case in point is a stylish unit in the Grassmoor where the design doyenne "stepped up the color ratio" to create a residence full of panache.

The spacious home is the result of combining three units in the Grassmoor, an elegant and classic pre-war blond brick and red barrel tile-roofed condo building oriented around a courtyard located at the corner of Madison Road and Vista Avenue in Hyde Park. According to Harrison, the building "has a lovely sense of period to it." He added that it was undoubtedly the premier address in the pre high-rise era.

Downsizing from a larger home nearby, the homeowners still wanted large rooms that would accommodate their existing collection of fine antiques and rugs and provide plenty of room for entertaining.  By gutting the units and adding modern conveniences such as central air, the homeowners did not have to forgo style or substance.

Harrison's distinct point of view begins in the small vestibule where one is greeted with striking French wallpaper featuring a repetitive small floral design on a black background. Continue Reading »