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Spectrum of Change

Jennifer Flanders chose a dyanmic color palette for her new apartment

Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund
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    When Manhattan interior designer Jennifer Flanders decides to make a change, she moves at a chop-chop pace and with a spectacular plan. Mid-winter last year, the newly single Jennifer found an Upper East Side apartment that she shares with her daughters Emma, 9, and Allie, 6. Within six weeks of signing the lease, Jennifer had chosen a dynamic color palette and picked an array of vintage and antique furnishings. She quickly transformed the apartment into a haven where she could feel inspired to start her new life.

    "I wanted to have a home for my daughters that was settled and finished, not half-done," says Jennifer.

    Intense color saturates the living room. Two separate seating arrangements-one in front of the fireplace, and this one against the back wall-are enveloped by red walls and are anchored by matching brown velvet sofas. Piped in orange, the sofas are topped with soft cashmere throws and pillows in orange, red, and gold.

    Interior design: Jennifer Flanders, Jennifer Flanders Inc. Interior Design, 177 E. 70th St., New York, NY 10021; 212/888-2690;

    Photography: Julian Wass

    Wall paint ("Drop Dead Gorgeous'' #1329); trim ("White Dove''): Benjamin Moore, 888/236-6667.
    Rug ("Goa"): Michaelian & Kohlberg, 212/431-9009,
    Sofa fabric ("Velluto Excelsior'' #90641/81): Hines & Co., 800/996-9607, trade only. Pair of small coffee tables; marble-topped tables in front of sofa, back wall: Flessas Design, 212/289-8484.
    Art above sofa (Mirror House, by Allison Gildersleeve): Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory, 212/929-2224,
    Fabric on chairs opposite sofa: Brunschwig & Fils, 212/838-7878, trade only.

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    This is the living room seating arrangement in front of the fireplace. To keep the number of patterns in the living room under control, Jennifer Flanders introduced solid brown velvet on the matching sofas that anchor the seating arrangements. Simple window panels of embroidered silk were fabricated with chunky tassel fringe along the edges.

    Wall paint ("Drop Dead Gorgeous'' #1329); trim ("White Dove''): Benjamin Moore, 888/236-6667.
    Rug ("Goa"): Michaelian & Kohlberg, 212/431-9009,
    Sofa fabric ("Velluto Excelsior'' #90641/81): Hines & Co., 800/996-9607, trade only. Drapery ("Fatale" #15227 827, Aredecora): Zimmer + Rohde, 866/627-6899,, trade only.
    Drapery trim ("Justine Tassel Fringe'' #33452/9500 by Houlès): Brunschwig & Fils, 212/838-7878, trade only.
    Chaise (Directoire): Adams & Comer Ltd., 914/725-4080, adamsandcomer.comChaise fabric ("Wild Cheetah''): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,, trade only.
    Bronze nude on mantel (by Bruce Bennett): Bridges Over Time, 845/778-0544.
    Art above mantel (by Cathy Daley): Newzones Gallery, 403/266-1987, newzones.comPainting behind sofa (Pink Garage, by Barbara Friedman): Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory, 212/929-2224,

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    Designed with multi-functionality in mind, the pumpkin-colored dining room triples as a library (after-school homework), a workspace (late-night projects), and a place to dine. Storage in the apartment is minimal, so bookshelves with interiors painted a contrasting shade of eggplant were installed to house books and dinnerware, and introduce an additional vibrant color. "I thought this room would feel more warm and inviting if there was seating beyond the formal dining chairs," says Jennifer, "so I pushed the table against the wall to make room for cozy, comfortable chairs."

    Rug ("Barcelona"): Michaelian & Kohlberg, 212/431-9009.
    Drapery ("Plaisir'' #15222 236, Aredecora): Zimmer + Rohde, 866/627-6899, trade only.
    Sheers (#9330-16): Kravet, 888/457-2838,, trade only.
    Banquette; dining armchairs: by Jennifer Flanders through Deco by Designers, 888/215-4487,
    Banquette fabric ("Metamorfose''/Prugna #1435/05): Dedar USA Inc., 800/493-2209,, trade only.
    Dining armchair fabric ("Cosmopolit'' #14060-118): Christian Fischbacher, through Steven Harsey Textiles, 800/776-6999, trade only.
    Spoon-back dining chair; armchairs: Lerebours Antiques, 917/749-5866.
    Dining table ("Jansen Table''): Greenwich Antiques, 203/274-5130.
    China on table ("Chelsea Botanicals'' by Mottahedeh); chargers ("Purple Lace'' by Mottahedeh): through The Elegant Egg Cup, 212/288-2660, theeleganteggcup.comChandelier: Connecticut Antiques Center, 203/355-9335.
    Wall, trim paint ("Vegetable Patch'' #062): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Ebonized 1940s-era armchairs newly upholstered in textured orange velvet and highlighted in luxurious gold braid are situated in front of the window.

    Fabric on vintage armchairs ("Salina''/Arancione #I0259001, by Fadini Borghi): Pierre Frey, 212/213-3099, trade only.

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    A vintage crystal chandelier glows in the hallway of the Flanders apartment.

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    The ultra-feminine master bedroom glows in raspberry tempered by a taupe glaze applied in a crosshatch pattern. Jennifer used an antique bed as inspiration for the shaped headboard tufted in hot pink wool. Instead of the expected stark white, the bedroom trim was painted in taupe to add depth and more warmth. Newly constructed armoires faced with mirrors house Jennifer's clothes and accessories.

    Headboard: by Jennifer Flanders through Deco By Designers, 888/215-4487. Headboard, bed-skirt fabric ("Mallory'' #7181/31); drapery ("Roselli'' #7270/07): Romo Fabrics, 800/338-2783, trade only.
    Bed linens: Schweitzer Linen, 800/554-6367. Ceiling fixture: Connecticut Antiques Center, 203/355-9335.
    Artwork (The Mirror, by Beatriz Milhazes): Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory, 212/929-2224. Decorative wall finish: Deux Femmes, 203/545-1995.
    Wall paint ("Drop Dead Gorgeous'' #1329); trim paint ("Great Plains Gold'' #1077): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    In a corner of the master bedroom, an armchair designed by Jennifer draws attention with its nailhead decoration.

    Chair: by Jennifer Flanders through Deco By Designers, 888/215-4487.
    Chair fabric ("Luxury Velvet''): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777,, trade only.
    Carpet ("Oscar''/Ivory Linen): Einstein Moomjy, 212/758-0900.
    Decorative wall finish: Deux Femmes, 203/545-1995.
    Wall paint ("Drop Dead Gorgeous'' #1329); trim paint ("Great Plains Gold'' #1077): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    The bedroom for daughters Emma and Allie was the biggest design challenge. They are used to having separate bedrooms, but in this apartment they will be sharing a room. So Jennifer worked toward a happy compromise in tastes. "I knew they would have conflicting thoughts about what their room should be," Jennifer says. "But in the end, they loved it. They are like me. Offer them a bit of sparkle, and they'll take it."

    A silver damask motif on reddish pink walls updates a traditional pattern, and floral window panels complement the wallpaper's oversized pattern. To give each daughter a modicum of privacy, matching storage units with a shared bookcase in between create niches for beds upholstered in a metallic turquoise fabric.

    Drapery ("Ismene''/Fuchsia #7192/09): Romo Fabrics, 800/338-2783, trade only. Headboard, bed-skirt fabric ("Lin Metallique'' #LI 607 49, by Elitis): through Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 914/662-2377, trade only.
    Desk chair: by Jennifer Flanders through Deco By Designers, 888/215-4487.
    Desk-chair fabrics ("Valleta''/Kingfisher #1149-34, and "Savini'' #7290-34): Romo Fabrics, 800/338-2783, trade only.
    Floor pillows: ABC Carpet & Home, 212/473-3000,
    Wall treatment: Deux Femmes, 203/545-1995.
    Desk: Antique & Artisan Center, 203/327-6022.
    Custom painting, desk: Osmundo Echevarria, 719/707-9610.
    Linens: Schweitzer Linen, 800/554-6367.
    Ceiling fixture: Flessas Design, 212/289-8484,
    Art: Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory, 212/929-2224.
    Wall paint ("Rosy Blush'' #2086-30); trim ("White Dove''): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Emma and Allie read and relax in their shared bedroom.

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    Designer Jennifer Flanders with her daughters Emma, left, and Allie. Jennifer was not shy about dousing her apartment with strong and dramatic hues. She follows these guidelines when choosing colors for her design work.

    Go Beyond Tried and True. Instead of having go-to colors, Jennifer prefers to tackle new color combinations for each project. "Not only does it keep the work interesting, but it allows me to give something unique to each client," she says. She does, however, use one trim color repeatedly-Benjamin Moore's white dove, which, she explains, is neither too bright nor too creamy, just the perfect white.

    Introduce Color Surprises. Trying a new wall color is the easiest way to change the look of a room. But why stop there? Jennifer advises painting the moldings white and suggests painting the inside of bookshelves a contrasting color. That offers opportunities for more interest and drama.

    Think Balance. Mix light with dark and large scale with small scale to create a room of ease and comfort. Bold colors and patterns should be evenly distributed throughout a space, not clumped together in one area.