The beautiful old mahogany in the living room/library was outfitted with enough shelves to accommodate both homeowners’ books. “Eric also created conversation areas and included a writing desk so that we can use the room every day as both a library and a living area,” explains Thuy. “We didn’t want a formal room behind closed doors that would only be used when we had guests.”
As a tabula rasa, the home was a designer’s dream. Lysdahl was free to decorate not only with furnishings and fabrics but with new flooring, millwork, and other architectural details. He also designed an all-new kitchen and baths. “It was a blank slate,” he says. “With no redeeming interior architectural features to start with, I was able to do a complete renovation that included drawing all interior moldings, millwork, and ceiling details.”
Millwork: Statham Woodwork, 203/831-0629.
Sconce: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com, trade only.
Sisal carpet (“Natura’’): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com, trade only.
Sofa (“American’’): Andrew Martin Ltd., 212/688-4498, andrewmartin.co.uk.
Sofa fabric (“Cricket Silk Canvas’’ #19380): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com, trade only.
Sofa pillow with Greek key trim (“Stoddard’’ #36205M-003): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com, trade only.
Trim (“Aristotle Greek Key’’ #977-33661): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only.
Diamond pillow (discontinued): Kravet, 888/457-2838, trade only.
Cocktail table (“Alexandre Stool’’ #6300B by Jacques Garcia): Baker, 800/592-2537.
Armchair with serpent arms: John Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060.
Fabric (“Charleston’’): Bergamo Fabrics, 914/665-0800.
Side table: The Antique & Artisan Center, 203/327-6022.
Table lamp: The Accessory Store, 203/327-7128.
Fabrication: David Laureano, 212/717-5121.
Painting (antique): owner’s collection.
Paneling (recycled antique mahogany): milled and installed by Stratham Woodwork, 203/831-0629.