It was a nice change for this family home. Originally dubbed the “worst house on the best block” of a prestigious New York suburb by the owners themselves, it is now truly one of the best houses in the world.
Following a major redesign and reworking of the internal layout, the house is unrecognizable from the tired 1950’s home the family purchased in early 2020. They had a real vision for the property and knew they would be able to take her down the studs and rebuild their home forever with a little help from some interior design professionals.
He points to the Danielle Rose Design Co., based on Long Island (opens in a new tab), whose founder and lead designer Danielle Chiprut was enlisted to help improve the home’s functionality. Danielle explains that the purpose of the rebuild was to add square footage needed for a growing family. “We added a third story to the house, allowing for a grand two-story entryway, as well as three children’s bedrooms, a bathroom, and a loft,” she says. “We also added an addition off the kitchen, which included a powder room, mud room, laundry room, and pantry.”
Interior designer Danielle Chiprut founded the Danielle Rose Design Co (opens in a new tab) and worked with the owners on the rebuilding of this New York suburban home. Well-known for her use of earthy colors, natural materials, and signature bohemian style, she says she wants to make sure the home has soul and a warm, welcoming feel. She describes the look of the house as “earthy eclectic modern”.
Ideas for the living room in the recently renovated home it showcases the designer’s and homeowners’ love of earthy colors and textures. White walls and sofas lift and lighten the scheme.
“This is my favorite room,” says designer Danielle. ‘I love the layered texture, subtle print, and rich color. The camel velvet sofa matches beautifully with the white linen sofa and brass chairs. The warmth and comfort we have managed to create in this room is something we are very proud of.’
Key pieces include leather ottomans by Jamie Young and a natural wood coffee table by Noir, with knots and textures that Danielle says “ground the room and bring it to life.”
Anyone looking for kitchen ideas they’ll find inspiration in this bright space, whether it’s the massive pendant lights from Circa Lighting, the padded bar stools from Essentials for Living — which definitely don’t compromise on comfort — or the mix of warm gray Shaker cabinetry and quartz countertops. A family-sized kitchen and plaster hood, as well as brass hardware, are further design notes.
Speaking of the home as a whole, designer Danielle Chiprut says, “The overall design was addressed in lush textures, earthy tones, touches of brass and natural materials. We used a line of greenery throughout the home to add interest and depth to the design.’ Indeed, she dining room ideas she incorporates greenery into one of her favorite furniture choices, the dining chairs by Four Hands. “They’re the perfect jewel-colored, emerald green, and the distressed velvet fits the earthiness of the space beautifully.” We fell in love with the rich color and vintage brass detailing along the back of the chairs,” he says. The round table is by Arhous.
For this family of five, with three very young children, family room ideas were a key part of their home renovation plans. It was important to create a space where everyone could relax.
“We created a custom sectional sofa using Robin Bruce’s Sylvie sectional bench and paired it with a gray cryptocurrency fabric,” says Danielle. “We layered the room with blue and green tones.” This room was once a dark, dingy room that felt like a basement, and now it feels like a light and bright space for family entertaining or relaxing.’
Mud room and laundry room
A new mud room and laundry area has been created to the rear of the home, in an addition accessed through an archway into the kitchen. The laundry room ideas feature sleek black stained cabinets, letting the wood grain show through, and a deep cushioned bench with drawers underneath for outerwear.
Steel framed double doors at the front of the house and a woven bench ensure that the entrance to the house is as stylish and welcoming as its new interior. One of Danielle’s keys hallway ideas was to “create an intimate space when you first enter the home, giving guests a moment to settle in before entering the expansive two-story entryway.” The lobby walls and ceiling are painted an earthy green, Benjamin Moore’s ‘Intrigue’, a semi-recessed brass light fixture, and juju hats, sourced from Cameroon, create an unusual and very tactile wall display.
Double height entrance
As visitors step further into the two-story entryway, a hand-knotted vintage runner adds color and texture to the space. The key to the staircase ideas here is the paneled wall. Wainscoting adds extra texture and interest and gives a stylish finish to a staircase. “The two hanging lanterns are from Visual Comfort and are one of our favorite elements of the project,” adds designer Danielle. The console is by Anthropologie, the mirror by Four Hands.
If you are looking for inspiration for bedroom ideas, take note of this calm space. “We wanted to create a sanctuary for my clients and offer them a serene retreat with a lush yet grounded vibe,” Danielle explains. “We opted for a soft rug that brings out the mauves, grays and taupes used throughout the room.” We added touches of brass throughout, particularly in the chandelier and sconces, both from Visual Comfort. We would describe this room as soft and romantic.’
Guest room style
The soft, romantic look continues in the guest bedroom, which is papered in vintage palm-print wallpaper. “We had fun layering prints and patterns in this guest suite,” says Danielle.
If you’re on the hunt for kids room ideas, congratulations and stop right here as there’s plenty of inspiration for a fun nursery in this eye catching set up. A sparrow-print wallpaper by Rylee + Cru, a white crib, gray glider, and handmade stuffed animals help set the scene. “We wanted this room to feel whimsical and playful, while remaining gender-neutral, as our clients wouldn’t find out the baby’s sex before birth,” Danielle explains.
If it’s vanity ideas you’re after, why not steal some from this clever space? A Carrara marble vanity with a brass surround sets the luxe tone, with Sandberg’s Karoline wallpaper design striking a more eclectic, vintage note. The appliques are by Visual Comfort.
The view from outside
The home’s sleek contemporary exterior couldn’t be more different from the run-down exterior designer Danielle saw on her first site visit.
“This house was really there “worst house in the best block”. The lawn was overgrown and the shrubs were overgrown. It was a sore eye on a beautiful block. We wanted to breathe new life into the facade of this home and amp up the curb appeal,” she says. ‘We wanted the house to be modern and impactful, a real ‘wow’ as you drive down the tree lined street. We chose a dark black hardie board and painted the brick a custom color. All the window frames were black, inside and out. We added copper gutters and lighting for dramatic contrast and a dark brown wooden door for warmth.’
A real transformation, inside and out.
Designer: Danielle Rose Design Co
Architect: hierarchical architecture
Builder: Long Island Universal Services (opens in a new tab)
Photographer: Raquel Langworthy (opens in a new tab)
Stylist: Deirdre King (opens in a new tab)