1. Lacquered Walls
Redd transformed a blank canvas into an arts-and-crafts room in custom emerald green lacquer with polished stainless steel banding. "I hate to say we were inspired by Brooke Astor's red library, but we were!" he says. When the kids are of age, it will seamlessly convert into a glamorous lounge. "Childhood is brief. Before you know it, these kids will be teenagers."
2. Stainless Sink
A polished custom sink with a streamlined faucet from Waterworks makes cleaning paintbrushes a breeze, and it will (eventually) make a handy bar sink for entertaining.
3. Cork Floors
Cork is ideal for children: "It's soft underfoot for running and playing, you can drop things on it and they won't break," Redd says. To give it a chic look, he laid the panels in a parquet de Versailles pattern, created in the late 17th century at that Versailles.
4. Plenty of Storage
Cabinets that Redd designed with the project's architects, Richard A. Bories and James Shearron, currently stash away toys, blocks and art supplies but can be converted to bar storage (and even fridge drawers!) down the line.
5. Bulletin Board
What's now a show-stopping place for the kids' artwork will make a perfect surface for a painting later.
6. Ample Seating
The cozy felt window-seat cushion with horn buttons and a mattress edge will beckon friends in their teen years — just swap out the IKEA table and stools for some low-slung cocktail tables and, as Redd says, "You can hang in there."
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Parents and kids relax in this living room off the playroom.
"We wanted a bright, cheery room that said little boy," Redd says. He paired the existing carpet with hand-painted faux-bois walls by Hurtado. "The red outline lends graphic edge."
The homeowners wanted to instill an appreciation of pretty things in their children, so their son has an antique Venetian mirror and artwork purchased at Christie's. "Hey, I always say, Start young!" Redd says.
"The seven-year-old's favorite color is purple, so we used it! But we made a room she can grow into," Redd says. "When all the toys are put away, it just looks like a charming guest room."
The family invested in classic pieces, including a timeless swing-arm sconce and a Louis XV chauffeuse in green velvet from Christie's. Art by Paule Marrot from Natural Curiosities and an antique Chinese rug keep things cheerful.
"I wanted the room to seem like a fantasy birdcage of sorts," Redd says, "which is why we added the lattice motif to the ceiling and door."
This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Natipernavigare. For more details, see resources.