Interior Designers' Favorite Design Projects: Carol Kurth of Carol Kurth Architecture, PC, and Carol Kurth Interiors, LTD
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Designer: Carol Kurth
Architect and interior designer Carol Kurth called upon both sets of skills to open up a stuffy, circa-1960s Colonial into loft-like, modern family spaces for a young family of five.
|The existing library, maid’s bedroom, and bathroom walls were torn down to create the open, loft-like space called the Cue Spot, with room for relaxing in front of a fire|
and playing pool. The windows were relocated to create a focal connection between the ledgestone wall, billiards table, and the new ledgestone-clad fireplace. The billiards table is a Brunswick Treviso and custom Habbarodon Forge lighting is by Carol Kurth.
|This light-filled piano pavilion replaced the former breakfast alcove.|
|An innovative wine rack covers a dining room wall.|
|The dining room's gallery-white aesthetic is a juxtaposition to the textured family room; the chandelier is by Cellula Linear with Swarovski crystals.|
|Museum niches highlight art and create a visual transparency in the gallery hall between the dining room and other family areas.|
What was the design theme for this project?
“This home is a fabulous mix of urban loft meets low-key family spaces. The home-owners were receptive to our design vision and we had an absolute blast working with them to create their eclectic vibe!”
Is there something you did here that you wish you could have in your own home?
“The billiards room—it’s such an open, relaxed space where the kids can watch a movie while adults can enjoy a cocktail, conversation, and an after-dinner game with friends. The ‘beer niche’ wall is a cheeky nod to the Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall song.”
You are known for your ‘green’ designs. How did you incorporate sustainability into this home?
“An existing wood-burning fireplace in the living room was stripped to the basics and integrated into the space with industrial steel detailing and grooved barn siding; the dropped ceiling is wood trim inlaid with eco-friendly Barkskin.”
Any juicy tidbits?
“The home was actually used as a backdrop for an HBO pilot about late-30-somethings with kids, so we know the spaces will definitely appeal to hip Westchester parents.”
Photography by Peter Krupenye