When interior designer Rena Cherny of RC Studio was hired to transform a Victorian home built in the 1900s in Englewood, New Jersey, her goals were twofold. One: to make it “super fresh, classic, and functional,” and two: “to preserve the classical layout and general proportions of the structure, as well as certain period details.”
To that end, her team gutted the majority of the interior but maintained special elements like the leaded beveled windows and cast-iron clawfoot tub. The kitchen was expanded to make way for modern living and completely reimagined with a variety of materials, fixtures, and finishes to achieve “visual interest and balance.” From the indestructible Caesarstone countertops to the custom “greige” island to the light-reflecting Ann Sacks backplash tile, the new and unique finishes brought special interest to the room’s quite classic interior architecture.
In both the kitchen and the dining area, Cherny used a palette of neutrals, “warm white, ivory, gray, greige, saddle, and powdery colors,” “to maximize natural sunlight and create an airy feeling.” We love how the sun beams onto the glass table in the dining room, and buttery leather chairs and a polished nickel chandelier have a heavenly, cloud-like effect.
The designer tells us the outdoor loggia is her favorite element of the project. “It’s elevated above ground, connected to the second floor, and covered, so you look out into greenery during the rain or shine,” she says. “It’s serene. The perfect combination of layered, nubby, silky, woven, chalky, and raw textures. It gets me going.”
Cherny tells us that the custom solid Carrara sink in the powder room from Stone Forest was one of her greatest finds. “Natural stone is inherently beautiful, and the way it contrasts with the dark wall and the metal sconces is a special moment.”
The client’s directive was that “this home should be their haven,” Cherny says. They wanted “high style, practical, warm, and timeless.” We think the master bedroom is the perfect example of this. The soft gray walls, rich headboard, and textured throw have a moody Victorian vibe that speaks to the home’s history, yet elements like the chrome table lamp and chunky Lawson-Fenning nightstand feel decidedly fresh and stylish.
The clawfoot tub in this soft gray bathroom is actually vintage and original to the home. Cherny refinished it in black to give it a modern facelift.
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