In a New York apartment, Bachman Brown Clem performs an about-face: The moldings and trim — not walls — are in gleaming blue, framing a neutral backdrop filled with antiques and treasures.
Clem combined two apartments in a 1920s building in Manhattan to create a new family home. Trim painted in high-gloss Benjamin Moore Twilight creates a common thread that runs throughout. In the foyer, walls are covered in a Phillip Jeffries hemp. "I always feel an entry should be assertive, not restrained," he says.
Clem commissioned a custom living room mantel after striking out at salvage stores and topped it with Lobmeyr sconces; the Baker sofa is upholstered in a Kravet Couture fabric.
Clem updated the family's antique English mahogany dining set by re-covering the chairs' seats in a "ruddy orange" Pierre Frey leather with brass nailhead trim. As a counterpoint, he added elements with midcentury-modern appeal to the room, including a retro-style chandelier from Studio Van Den Akker and a vintage Renzo Rutili sideboard, which he gave a striking new custom-lacquered finish in a vivid blue. The figures, including an 18th-century standing Cambodian Buddha, were collected during the owners' travels through Southeast Asia.
A former closet is now a bar, with a bronze-tinted mirror and Global Brass cabinet pulls.
A wall in the library is dedicated to 16th-century maps of Asia and the Americas; the mahogany chairs are Chinese, the custom sofa is in a Holland & Sherry fabric and the Roman shade is in a Kelly Wearstler fabric for Groundworks.
The checkerboard Marmoleum floor is a tribute to bygone linoleum kitchens. "It's simultaneously classic and tongue-in-cheek," Clem says. "We were giggling when we placed the order." A blue ceramic pendant lamp from Tamma Design takes center stage, while milk-glass Scavolini cabinetry allows for easy cleanup.
A Ralph Lauren Home wallpaper behind an Oeuf bunk bed offers a playful touch that the children won't soon outgrow. Clem found the sunny vintage desk chair and lamp at the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas.
Clem stands under one of the home's original arches. Read more about his inspiration for this home here..
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This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Natipernavigare.