Sophisticated Living - Jan/Feb 2012

Its Easy Being Green

The renovation of a 1920s home in Hyde Park accentuates its arcadia

"The gardens are absolutely legendary," said interior designer John Harrison of DIGS when describing the 1920s-era Hyde Park home of his longtime friends and clients. Equal parts urban and Eden, the premises boasts an enviable level of privacy, courtesy of its placement on a bluff, and carefully manicured grounds dotted with majestic specimen trees. Harrison's involvement with the property spans nearly two decades, and he was ecstatic that for the most recent renovation and redesign his deft interior design skills were once again called upon in collaboration with architect Don Beck. 

Each room is a repository of treasured items, often with an interesting provenance. In the dining room for example, the 19th century French chandelier was procured from a shop in New Orleans.  "Hunting for period antiques of appropriate scale was a fun aspect of this project, " said Harrison.  Hanging above the sideboard is a mixed media piece by Judy Paff selected from the Carl Solway Gallery.  part of the wife's burgeoning collection of Majolica is found in the dining room, and Harrison remarked that she is prone to frequently rearrange their presentation.  Drapery is ombre silk with heavy fringe.  The deep windowsills are topped with granite to provide additional serving space.

Evidence that good taste is timeless, most of the original interior doors and hardware were retained during the renovation, such as the English-inspired double doors with diamond pane leaded glass in the dining room Continue Reading »