People to Know: Lyn Peterson

Sitting down with the longtime Westchester businessperson to find out how you can replicate her design themes at home.



Photo by John Rizzo

She started her design career with a small retail shop in Larchmont. Some 30 years later, she’s still spreading her love of design around the county. Here’s what inspires designer Lyn Peterson.

 

Who:

Designer and founder of Lyn Peterson Design, Mamaroneck

Design Philosophy:

Eclectic, human, and forgiving. I embrace your home, what you have, and who you are. My job is to make [your home] look new and fresh to the world —
and to you.

Words to Live By:
"[Good] design welcomes and embraces. It sets the tone for the real heart of the home and how you live."

Inspiration:

Architect Gil Schafer’s book The Great American House; the artist Milton Avery; and, most importantly, my clients. I learn from them — about how they want to live, how they want their homes to work, and how they want to spend their time at home.

 

Top Tips:

• Embrace the range in design today. No one genre dictates.
• Go big or go home. Space allowing, always opt for the more generous size.
• Remerchandise: Our interiors tend to get static, so shake it up! Move things, reuse, repurpose, and reinvent.
• Rotate your rugs, sofa cushions, and mattresses. They’ll last longer.
 

Hottest Trends:

• Long-term patterns of consumption, like the new classicism, are a good thing. Fads, like black ceilings, are a definite no-no.
• Pale, almost washed-looking, wider-plank oak floors are having a big — and refreshing — moment. 
• Tribal rugs rule. Ditto pedestal-base dining tables — they allow for maximum seating.
 

Go-To Home Design...

Shelter Magazines (Other than Westchester Home):
• World of Interiors
• House & Garden (UK)
• House Beautiful
 

Websites:

www.nytimes.com/section/fashion
www.sfgirlbybay.com
www.myscandinavianhome.com
www.abeautifulmess.com

 

TV Shows:

• Maine Cabin Masters
• House Hunters International
 

Westchester Shops/Showrooms:

• Patty’s Portico (Port Chester) for vintage wrought iron and restored outdoor furniture
• Briggs House Antiques (Port Chester) for English antiques
• Home Goods (White Plains is the best Westchester location) for one-of-a-kind finds
• Arrow Lighting (Larchmont) for lighting fixtures and repairs
 

CT Shops/Showrooms:

• Bungalow (Westport) for on-trend furnishings
• The Antique and Artisan Gallery and Hiden Galleries (both in Stamford) for antiques from individual dealers
 

NYC Shops/Showrooms:

• Holly Hunt (Rose Tarlow, Christian Liaigre)
• Ralph Lauren Home (innovative vignettes)
• Fishs Eddy (whimsical serving platters)
 

Brands/Designers:

• Dash & Albert (area rugs)
• Thibaut (wallpaper)
• Robert Abbey (lighting)

 

Products She Loves:

 

1. Jaclo Rain Head
Klaffs, Scarsdale

2. Parker Series Lighting by Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler
Arrow Lighting, Larchmont

3. Silver Plate Tizo Picture Frames
Home Fair Camera, Larchmont


“These wood cut–like, ethnic-inspired primitive prints are classic yet super current.”

4. Thibaut Cochin Wallpaper (in aqua and brown)
Village Paint Supply, Larchmont

5. Zodiaq London Sky Stone
Millennium Stone, Port Chester
 


“Perfectly made, perfectly detailed — its semiattached back creates a tidy look yet provides maximum comfort.”

6. Mariette Himes Gomez Hickory Chair Foster Sofa
Motif Designs, Mamaroneck

7. Oversized Cherry Blossom Branches
Main Wholesale Florist, Elmsford

8. Oversized Vintage Wall Clocks
Scarsdale Clocks, Larchmont


“Easy to maintain, with their architectural stature they look more like tall green sculptures.”

9. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees
Shemin Nurseries, Greenwich
 

10. Dash & Albert Wool and Jute Area Rugs
Motif Designs, Mamaroneck

11. Wolf Combination Convection Steam Oven
Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center, White Plains
 

12. Alvar Aalto Oval Tulip Table in Lacquer
www.roveconcepts.com
 

13. Artistic Tile Pacific White Stone
Artistic Tile, White Plains
 


“These handmade, ethnic designs come in terrific, vibrant colors.”

14. Vintage Moroccan Rugs
A.T. Proudian, New Rochelle

 

 

 

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